I really like that this market, being my first, is only one day instead of two. I feel like that will be more manageable for me. I am kind of nervous. It seems like there is so much work to be done! On the fly, here's a checklist of things I need to do or purchase before the show.
*Buy something to use as a tablecloth
*Figure out what I'm going to do for credit cards
*Buy a cash box or something for money & get lots & lots of change
*Create new postcards to handout
*Buy bags for purchases
*Figure out table layout, buy or build displays
*Create a show box with things like scissors, tape, push pins, paper & pens, calculator etc
*Figure out how to do pricing labels
*Create an email list sign up book
*See if mom can work with me
*Get a large sign made
*Make lots & lots & lots of beautiful books to sell
Handmadeology has a pretty great list of items you need to bring to a show, I'll probably use that to help with my packing. I think though, that the packing & set up shouldn't be too difficult. The thing that I'm most perplexed about is the number of actual items to bring. I've heard that you should bring 2 to 3 times the number of items that you want to sell. Ok. But how many items is it reasonable to expect to sell? Maybe I need to find out the number of attendees from last year? This isn't a massive market, but it is the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I believe it is well advertised. Plus, I think that I have a product that lends itself well to gift-giving. Journals & photo albums are perfect gifts for those friends & family members who you don't know what to get them. Everyone can use a blank book!
|From Flint Handmade Holiday Market 2011|
Anyone have any advice for me? Anything major that I missed on my preparation list above? Any help figuring out how much product to bring? My items are priced anywhere between $6 for a single little paper jotter notebook to $70 for a quality 252 page corded quarter leather journal. I'm thinking that I'll need a larger supply of the less expensive things & a smaller supply of the more expensive ones right?
Well, I just wanted to share my excitement with you all. If you have any suggestions for me please let me know in the comments! I can use any & all I can get :) :)