Are you a crafter? Do you enjoy creating jewelry, woodwork, scarves, purses, or other handmade goods? If so, you may be able to make a little extra holiday cash this season. Craft shows are all the rage around the holidays as people are on the hunt for the perfect gift. If you enjoy crafting one of a kind and handmade gifts, you could easily sell those items to eager shoppers. Take a look below at how to turn your crafting hobby into cash this holiday season. You will find out some important tips on how to make money at holiday craft shows, just in time to do your own holiday shopping.
How to Make Money at Holiday Craft Shows
1. Find events in your area.
The Sunday paper and Craigslist.com are the perfect places to look for craft shows in your area. You will typically see the call for vendors leading right up to the event itself. You can also find various Facebook groups that advertise local craft shows using the Facebook search option. Make a list of the shows that seem appealing to you.
2. Commit to an event.
Once you find a craft show you wish to sell at, request a contract. You can do this by contacting the person in charge. Review the contract carefully as it will let you know any special fees and rules that will be required of you. Most craft shows only let in 100% handmade items made by you. Read the contract, make yourself a copy, and send in any necessary paperwork and fees.
3. Start crafting.
You want to take plenty of inventory with you. It is good to take a variety of items that will appeal to a vast crowd. You also want to be sure you take items that are priced for all budgets. Take $1-$5 items for those wanting small and inexpensive gifts, and $20 and up items for those wanting to make larger purchases.
4. Don’t forget supplies.
Pack your own supplies you will need such as plastic bags, a receipt book, change, wrapping materials, and business cards. You may also need to bring your own tables and tablecloths. Remember you want to look professional, so showing up prepared can help you be ready to start selling!
5. Display is everything.
Think of your booth as a small store front. Make it welcoming and cozy. Use small shelves or a small thrift store bench to display items. You can also use baskets, a variety of linens, and signs printed on your computer and then placed in an inexpensive picture frame to give your space some charm. Make it as inviting as possible.
6. Be prepared to mingle.
Your customers may want to know about your products or how they are made. Be prepared to talk about the crafts you brought and be able to “pitch” them to your buyers. Be friendly, smile, and be prepared to make some new friends.
7. Track your sales.
Wrap up and bag each sale neatly and include a business card so you can drum up future business. Then, write down the item and what you were paid for it. This will make it easier to track your sales and see how much you made for the day. It will also help you see what items are in demand and what you should make more of.
When you are done for the day, sit back, relax, and congratulate yourself on all of your hard work. Then, start planning the next craft show! Selling your handmade items is a great way to make extra money during the holiday season while having lots of fun in the process. Good luck!