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Thread: Craft Show Best Sellers

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    With all the fall festivals and craft shows just around the corner, I was wondering what those who sell at them find to be their best sellers? What are your quick projects that turn quickly and are most profitable? What are your secrets for a successful sale? I did craft shows years ago (before I ever started quilting) and was thinking it might be something I'd like to try again at some point. They were always a lot of fun. A lot of work too, but still fun! Thanks!

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    I will be watching this post

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    These would be easy to make and cheep. casserole carrier..

    http://www.vivelyonline.com/2009/01/...-tutorial.html

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    I have never sold anything at craft shows but I go to every one I see. Seems to me that the smaller items are the ones being purchased - placemats, coasters, potholders, aprons, table runners. One crafter I know routinely sells out of fabric bags with sandbag attached to be used as thread catchers or trash bags in cars. Hope this helps!

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    I'm part of a group that holds a benefit fair each summer. Balsam bags, placemats & potholders have been good sellers.

    I've contributed 'bookcases' - pillowcases with books that match the theme of the fabric. I'll post some later today when I finish the ones for this year.

    Also made some baby bibs to see how they will sell - those are quick & easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    These would be easy to make and cheep. casserole carrier..

    http://www.vivelyonline.com/2009/01/...-tutorial.html
    Thank you!

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    My neighbor participates in a show every November. She makes lots of table toppers and table runners for them, I know.

    This is a good thread! Hope we get lots of ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    With all the fall festivals and craft shows just around the corner, I was wondering what those who sell at them find to be their best sellers? What are your quick projects that turn quickly and are most profitable? What are your secrets for a successful sale? I did craft shows years ago (before I ever started quilting) and was thinking it might be something I'd like to try again at some point. They were always a lot of fun. A lot of work too, but still fun! Thanks!
    I need ideas also. Can't wait to see suggestions

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    I agree. It seems to be the small items that sell best these days. I haven't done a show in along time, but when I did, I sold lavender sachets in the $10 -$12 range. I'll be watching this thread too!

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    me too ! Michele

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    Your best bet is to make something that is wanted that other sellers aren't making. My sister's makes quite a bit at some shows selling potholders and similar items. However, the sales at these shows have been horrible for the last 2 years. My sister, who makes doll clothes (American Girl, Barbie, etc.) has abandoned most craft shows now and sells at 'boutique' shows because those who show up to these are not pinching pennies. They buy. The folks who run the boutique shows only have ONE seller of doll clothes and ONE seller of quilts, etc, and they are usually higher quality.

    I plan to make sports oriented remote control holders to see if they will sell. My BIL loves his.

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    Prices are often regional, and according to where the sale is being held in a lot of areas. The same with what is popular, but smaller inexpensive items are usually always a hit :D:D:D

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    I sold a ton of totebags and Christmas ornaments.

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    i'll bet mug rugs would be good sellers. not everyone sews. and they are very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    With all the fall festivals and craft shows just around the corner, I was wondering what those who sell at them find to be their best sellers? What are your quick projects that turn quickly and are most profitable? What are your secrets for a successful sale? I did craft shows years ago (before I ever started quilting) and was thinking it might be something I'd like to try again at some point. They were always a lot of fun. A lot of work too, but still fun! Thanks!

    I saw bibs,burp bibs, hanging towels today at Farmer's Market.

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    Best selling items depend on your area; for me table runners do not sell well. My best sellers are placemats, prices as a pair or 4 in a set, and crayon roll ups w/ 12 crayons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    I'm part of a group that holds a benefit fair each summer. Balsam bags, placemats & potholders have been good sellers.

    I've contributed 'bookcases' - pillowcases with books that match the theme of the fabric. I'll post some later today when I finish the ones for this year.

    Also made some baby bibs to see how they will sell - those are quick & easy.
    I have made potholders and did not sell any!

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    the casserole carrier was a hit with my brother , made with the U of M fabric . he tailgates at the games.

    so my thinking would be, if you make things out of your states pro-teams, they may sell well.

    also items for cats and dogs..or items made from cat or dog material. snap bags seem to sell well..different sizes.

    snap bags:
    http://4tsmom.wordpress.com/2010/06/...-bag-tutorial/

    snap wallets:
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index...966#msg1961966

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    In my area, sales of crafted items seem to have really dropped off. I was at a town festival yesterday that had a whole area set up with a variety of booths selling everything from fresh honey to sunglasses and t-shirts. I felt so sorry for the lady with the beautifully stitched resonably priced craft items. They just were not selling. She had bibs, aprons, pot holders, place mats, casserole carriers, etc made in modern fabric and well stitched. My daughter noticed them first and said "Mom, she isn't even charging enough to hardly pay for her fabic" and they still weren't moving. Maybe it was too hot or the wrong venue but I bet she was sorry she came.

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    be careful doing things for sale out of pro team fabrics. it isn't legal and says so on the selvedge edge. Not to rain on your parade but I wouldn't want to see you get in trouble. It has happened around here twice.
    Big fines.


    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    the casserole carrier was a hit with my brother , made with the U of M fabric . he tailgates at the games.

    so my thinking would be, if you make things out of your states pro-teams, they may sell well.

    also items for cats and dogs..or items made from cat or dog material. snap bags seem to sell well..different sizes.

    snap bags:
    http://4tsmom.wordpress.com/2010/06/...-bag-tutorial/

    snap wallets:
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index...966#msg1961966

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    a quick tip for those of you doing table runners. If they are made to use, use thinsulate instead of batting or fleece. Protects the table a little better. Got this tip during the last shop hop.

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    never thought of that! thanks for the heads up...good thing i didn't charge my brother for his carrier! lol

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    Thanks! Lots of good ideas so far....I'm also thinking of Christmas, for sisters, friends, etc. A lot of these ideas are great for that, as well. :thumbup:

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    I bet this year mug rugs w/be popular with and without mugs!

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    Lots of good ideas. In our area things are really slow, hope will be better soon.

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