Selling Your Crafts at Craft Shows: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-156 (Storey Publishing Bulletin, a-156)
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Publishing, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247. Storey books and bulletins are available for special premium and promotional uses and for customized editions. For further information, please call 1-800-793-9396. Printed in the United States Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gray, Madelaine Selling your crafts at craft shows / by Madelaine Gray. p. cm A Storey Publishing Bulletin, A-156 ISBN 0-88266-476-X 1. Selling - Handicraft. 2. Craft Festivals. I. Title. II.
commission charged in addition to the booth fee? Is there a written contract that you can read now? Some exhibitors who are considering a show with an unknown promoter will contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau to determine if there are any complaints against the company. Just as some exhibitors may be unscrupulous in their dealings with promoters, promoters have sometimes collected booth fees and then not lived up to their promises to exhibitors. Try to protect yourself
deposit and some require the full fee at the time of application. Show listings may state the size of the booth (usually 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller) and describe the type of work accepted or not accepted, for example, the listing may specify no jewelry, no ceramics. At some shows you may rent double booth space, two booths side-by-side. A number of shows like to feature crafters demonstrating their work and/or wearing a period costume. Informing the promoter that you can demonstrate your
of selling. Some show promoters sponsor 20 or more shows in a year, with 100 to 400 exhibitors. Other shows are organized just once a year, usually around a seasonal or holiday theme, and may have as few as 20 exhibitors. Shows can be held for one day or for as long as a week, and can draw as few as 50 customers to crowds of over 200,000. Most shows are retail shows but others are wholesale shows for gift merchandise. This bulletin covers only retail shows. Craft shows have been in existence
shows, but they do happen. Most crafters report no problems with shoplifting, but there seems to be a slightly greater incidence of cash being stolen. Always protect your cash box. Keep it in a place where the unscrupulous person could not easily reach into it or take off with the box. This is a rare occurrence at craft shows, but it does happen. You do not want your profits to be subject to theft. Fanny packs are also a good place for cash storage, but make sure you choose one that has secure,