I want to talk about Art Fairs. There are some people that hate them, there are other people who love them. I personally find them a good place to meet new people, and just having a good day. I have not done many fairs, and the few that I have done have been not bad. Granted, I didn’t sell much, but I did make many connections. Most of the time, connections are better than sales.
I have met many awesome crafters at all the fairs that I have gone to. One time, we even traded items. I do believe my problem was that I tried to sell to everybody. I have learned now (After some hard lessons) That my art can’t please everybody. If we try to make everyone happy, then no one will end up happy.
Art fairs can be fun when after all the stress of preparing for them is over. I have checked my list three times and still managed to forget something at home (I am terrible that way). My last fair, I talked to my tent neighbor, (Who by the way, makes the best smelling candles.) Then they helped me come up with a few new ideas. Who knew?
it does help to have a list, I learned that the hard way. Make sure everything you are going to take is packed the day before, and ready to load up. If you can, make sure it’s organized and easy to reach for easy set up. I put all my price tags, receipt book, and writing things in one small bin.
Should you promote that you are going to be in a local fair?
I do think you should do that, give your audience a heads up so they know to look for you. I think that would be a great way to meet your fans.
You definitely need those. Any way you can get your information out there. I find it best to always carry a few with you. You never know who you will meet along the way. I have seen many artists who do not have them with them. It always looks professional if you do.
It is essential to have one, I believe. It doesn’t have to be super advanced but it shows that you are serious about your art. It helps people see all your past work. Unless you carry a booklet with you (Which is not a bad Idea).
Banner or Something to Display your Business name.
I have a banner, it helps that I work at a Printing company so I get discounted prices, banners last a long time if treated properly so it’s a good investment. Anything helps so people can see your name. It adds a professional look.
My husband always goes with me to the fairs, and sometimes my sister tags along. It is very helpful to have somebody with you. It helps to have somebody watch your tent while you go take breaks to eat, use the restroom, or simply walk around. (It’s good to walk around and get a sense for the things everybody else is doing.) There was a lady in the previous fair I did, she sold beautiful jewelry. At the end of the day, she confided that she sold as much things as people stole. She was alone and not once did I see her leave to take breaks. Most of the fairs i have gone to are all day, and this particular one was a full weekend. I can’t imagine doing it on my own. Another neighbor told me one lady almost walked away with one of her handmade purses!
Collect emails. Those are one of the most important things you can collect. You can keep in touch with them and send out newsletters on your current projects. They won’t forget about you that way, and maybe even pass on the word to your friends.
These are a few things I wanted to share with you guys on art fairs.
What are your thoughts on them? Do you hate them? Love them?