My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Timer at the Big Apple Festival!

Craft Fair Booth
Big Apple Festival
Cornelia, GA
Saturday, October 11, 2014

This was my first craft fair booth!  I had a wonderful time meeting lots of folks and selling some of my cards and paper crafting projects!  I had lots of help and inspiration from my darling daughter, Amanda Davidson.  I could not have taken on this project without her help!

Here is a list of the items that I had to sell:

Single cards-displayed on a wall of chicken wire and PVC pipe with cards held on with wooden clothes pins!  Thank you, Amanda, for creating this really cool way to display cards!

Notecard Box with Notecards-This was one of my most popular items!  Each handmade box held 4 handmade cards.  I stamped a variety of sentiments on label paper, cut out the sentiments, and put them in a plastic box with dividers.  Customers that bought cards chose the sentiments they needed/wanted.  The sentiments were free with purchase.

Cascading Cards--had lots of compliments on the cards, but did not sell a single one of these.

Card-in-a-Box--lots of compliments and sold some, too!

Bookmarks and Christmas Tags-another popular item, sold lots of these items!

Exploding Box--had lots of compliments and sold some, too!

Portfolio Notecard Sets--not as popular as the Notecard Box with Notecards, but did sell a couple.

What I learned...

*I plan to reorganize my booth so that it will set up quickly! I will always ask for help!  

*It was a great idea to buy a 'Square' to accept debit and credit cards!  I purchased the reader on Friday, worked through the process to register and get the reader to work.  The 'Square' provided a way for several of my customers to purchase more items!

*Took notes about what my customers asked for and I didn't have.  I will use this information to create cards for the next booth.

*Customers had lots of $20 bills!  Plan my change accordingly!

*I had each item in its own plastic bag.  This was a great idea because it was a rainy morning and the plastic kept the item dry.  I plan to do this every time.

*Wore an apron with pockets!  Great idea!  My iphone and 'Square' was always handy and safe.

*Have a buddy to watch my booth for a little while.  I didn't have time to walk the fair.

*Place like-items together with price on a label in front of the group.  I didn't have to price each item individually. 

*Have my business cards available for customers to take.  I did this and was pleased with the number of cards that were taken.

*I had a tent to cover my booth.  Next time, I plan to have a couple of tarps to hang on the sides, too.

I am sure there are more ideas and tips!  I am keeping a list!