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  1. Ellie
    Ellie May 25, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m thinking about selling at craft fairs so you’ve given me a lot to think about.

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  2. Lizzie
    Lizzie May 25, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    I have been to a few good craft fairs, but also ones that have been overpriced and no customers,

    I would like more tips

    Lizzie

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  3. Victoria
    Victoria May 25, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    I look forward to reading other articles in this series. I’ve never done a craft fair before, doing one this summer and I feel like I could do with a few tips!

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  4. Hilary
    Hilary May 25, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    Great! Glad you are all so keen :)

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  5. Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics
    Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics May 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    I love reading your articles Hilary! I look forward to seeing how you cover the answers to those questions :)

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  6. AlamsTrading
    AlamsTrading May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

    Thanks for your article. I am looking to join some craft fairs. Plz visit my facebook profile http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=100000963835593
    and plz plz suggest your idea how can I sell some of my handmade needlepoint quilts.

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  7. Fiona
    Fiona May 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    I’ve done lots of craft fairs over the years and have had hugely mixed results. Interestingly I just posted my most recent experience at a fair on my blog. I’m going to give the link as I think it may be some help but I hope you don’t think I ‘m doing blatant advertising.
    http://fionastolze.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/going-to-the-art-fairs/
    I’m willing to share on the topics you have mentioned as there is so much that can be learned and passed around.
    Cheers
    Fiona

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  8. Sue - Blue Box Studio
    Sue - Blue Box Studio May 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

    I’ve been doing fairs since 1993 and there are still days when I think I should have learned my lesson by now! Actually I love them, great chance to meet people and judge opinions of your work. Look forward to reading more posts and happy to help with tips if you want/need Hilary.

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  9. Jess
    Jess May 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    This would be a hugely helpful topic! I’ve done a few craft fairs in the past, nothing on a grand scale, but still with very mixed results. I’m looking to get back into the swing of things after a maternity break, that’s why I opened my Folksy shop.
    Great subject!
    Thanks
    Jess :)

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  10. Lynda Norton
    Lynda Norton May 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm |

    Will be following this one with interest, not done an actual craft fair but did one stall at a dog show and another one coming up on Monday as my crafts are many with dog themes.

    One of the things I struggle with is ‘what to say’ you dont want to stand and say nothing, but dont want to appear to pushy either, be interested in replies to that one.

    Lynda

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  11. MissFrekkles
    MissFrekkles May 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm |

    Fantastic and useful article.
    I’ve never done a craft fair but have thought about it so I’m looking forward to more articles. I’m completely daunted by the idea of doing one.

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  12. Shaz from OddSox
    Shaz from OddSox May 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm |

    Ooh, I’m looking forward to these posts. I’ve only done 3 and have been very lucky with good sales. I’m especially interested in the ‘how do I find…’ I have a post on my blog about a 2day fair I did in March which could be quite interesting for anyone organising events as they had a couple of really good ideas http://thesockgarden.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/fair-enough/
    Great topic Hilary – thanks! Shaz

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  13. cherry tree
    cherry tree May 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

    Really looking forward to reading this – I haven’t done a craft for a while and had the sad experience of there being more stall holders than customers!

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  14. Pretty Things Jewellery
    Pretty Things Jewellery May 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm |

    Lynda, I always just say ‘Morning’ or ‘hello’ if someone catches my eye. otherwise I just let people get on with it. I hate it when I get within feet of a stall or shop and get pounced upon by the seller.

    This looks like it will be a really useful resouce, there’s been lots of talk abou fairs on the Folksy forums lately so it’s obviously a hot topic!

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  15. Carrie: Made in the Shade
    Carrie: Made in the Shade May 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm |

    I’m really looking forward to reading and contributing to this blog series. I’ve been a craft market seller since 2005 and an organiser for over 2 years. I’ve only had a couple of miserable experiences out of a list of many fabulous ones. As an organiser of fairly large events, I hope I can help bring a bit of perspective from ‘the other side’ too. The success of a craft event relies on the whole-hearted input from organiser AND vendor. I’ll chip in where I can with hints and tips. Great that this series looks like it will go beyond the usual, “Bring cellotape and scissors” hints and tips lists :) Can’t wait for more!

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  16. Elissa @ Not Just Handbags
    Elissa @ Not Just Handbags May 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    Ooh good post I will be keeping an eye out for future ones on this subject. I have done about 6 now so am still on a learning curve. Luckily only one out of those was bad, really bad! However, I took it as a learning opportunity for what to avoid in the future and as a chance to pick the brains of the stall holders who were more experienced.

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  17. Polka Dots And Posies
    Polka Dots And Posies May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    Ohoo my favourite things are craft/school fairs. I am much more a face to face seller, and thus far have had really good events, lots of lovely sales, super networking opportunities and many orders so for me have been really succesful. I am now inspired to open up my own shop, lots to think about but the seed has been planted. I would love to help out with any craft fair research. x

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  18. Lauren Ceramics
    Lauren Ceramics May 27, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    Looking forward to reading more. I love a good craft fair, it’s a great chance to meet other makers and buyer who appreciate your work. I did my first fair 6 years ago and sold almost everything. I had lots of stock but as i new people hadn’t seen my work before and were very keen. It’s important to make new work if you’re doing the same fairs every year as many fairs have a loyal fan base. Two years ago i started organising my own xmas fair so i could guarntee that the quality of craft would be what i expected and similar to my own work. It’s now a succesful show taking place for the third year this year. Good luck to everyone donig their first craft fair.

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  19. Deb
    Deb May 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm |

    This is brilliant – I just did my first ever craft fair last weekend, and although it was really quiet and I didn’t sell anything, it was still a positive experience. Really looking forward to the rest of your posts on this subject!

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  25. Eddie
    Eddie October 15, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    Going to my first ever craft fair to sell tomorrow. I have never been so nervous in my life. I have been through a lot of exams in ,y life and have always done well and never been this nervous. This is like an exam where even if I get it right (although I don’t know what exactly is right!) the examiner may just not be in the mood that day.
    I’m a person who like to feel in control of what I do and this is an area where I am really not in control. The next couple of days will be an emotional roller coaster.
    But I have read the posts here and found them really helpful. Thanks!

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  26. Hilary
    Hilary October 15, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    Good luck – let us know how you get on Eddie :)

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