Our first craft fair is in the bag!

Craft Show

 Thank you to our friends, old and new, who visited with us yesterday at the St. John Vianney Craft Fair.  The texts, Facebook posts, and kind spoken words meant the world to us.

 

 I’m still in shock that we successfully did this. I consider the fair a success because we met our main objective: to learn. Selling our creations was an added bonus. Mrs. Keto only had to tell me three times to chill out and have fun. I finally did both.

 

Lessons learned:

  • Practicing the set-up of the booth in advance makes the actual booth set-up a breeze
  • Investing in a dolly (or a flat bed cart) would be beneficial
  • Wi-fi is not reliable; having a phone to process Square credit card purchases over $100 is a necessity
  • $25 in ones and $25 in fives was the right amount of change for our items.  Rae only carried a small amount of coin in her fanny pack at a time (since it is so heavy). Coin was required since we collected sales tax.
  • I forgot to get shopping bags and I told myself it was okay, but then customers asked for them.  Gosh darn it, I knew I needed them.
  • A customer suggested we provide cutting board care instructions. Genius. Why didn’t I think of that?

 

 Now for the part that people really want to read; who won the give-away!  Background story: On Friday, Sassy J suggested we offer a raffle. Umm, yeah, I’ll get right on that in my spare time. Well, I mentioned it to Mrs. Keto and she did get right on it. Thank you to our new followers who liked us on Facebook. The winner is Jennifer Elliott Osborne. Jennifer won a black walnut meat and cheese serving board.

 

What’s next for Rae and Rose? We will continue to blog about our adventures in rustic and refined home décor. At dinner last night, we discussed signing up for a spring show. Stay tuned….

Prepping for Our First Craft Show

Craft Show, DIY

The official countdown has begun for Rae and Rose’s craft fair debut. November 21st is right around the corner. I’m more and more nervous as the day draws near. I’ve been researching “preparing a craft show booth” to make sure I am fully prepared.

Bi-fold closet doors to define the booth space

Display: I purchased bi-fold closet doors from Habitat Restore to define our booth space. The doors have been painted cream and include the R&R logo. The back “wall” of the booth will have fabric in between the doors. I am excited about the atmosphere created by the contrast of straight lined doors against the flowing fabric.

Set-Up: Our entire inventory will attend the show. I intend to stack and display smaller items on top of larger items to 1) allow for more floor space and 2) draw the eyes up. To protect finished surfaces and to make the space more visually appealing, I have purchased remnant scraps of fabric to use as table runners and drapes.

Small portable cart for our “register”. Stain will be applied to the base and black chalkboard paint to the top.

Point of Sale: Our Square credit card reader has arrived and I have already uploaded our inventory list. The inventory tracker is sweet- I can use it for cash and credit sales and it is programmed to calculate the local sales tax (yup- Rae and Rose went legit). Etsy seller Fullofcraft advises craft fair vendors wear a fanny pack instead of using cash box that someone can easily steal. Smart. We have a small stand to represent our “register”. Added bonus- the portable stand includes a bottom shelf that can store packaging materials (I should probably acquire said packaging materials)

Am I ready? Only time will tell. This craft fair will be a learning experience and learning is good for the mind.

My assigned reading:

What to Bring to a Craft Fair written by The “Craft Fairs… It’s a Living” Etsy team

Craft Show Series by Silhouette School

Craft Fair Tips From a First-Timer by Jenny Bartoy