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Joining a Craft Fair for the 1st Time? Here are Some Do’s and Don’ts

Joining a craft fair for the very first time is like an unwritten initiation for anyone who’s just begun making a profit out of selling their own handmade products. This is where you get to meet other crafters who are just as passionate about their crafts as you, as well as bigger businesses like craft wholesale UK suppliers.

But before you jump in on your first chance of showing what you can do to the general public, it’s time you equip yourself with a few Do’s and Don'ts to make your successful entry to the craft community.

Do Get All the Information you can get about the Event
If you don’t know anything about the fair you’re about to join, do some research. Check the average turnout of people, what kind of customers to expect, the size of your stall, and just about any information you can get. Some craft fair organizers only provide you with one table and chair so if you’re bringing someone with you, make sure you have enough seating for the both of you.

Also, you can do some research on how your actual booth will look like by checking out previous photos of the event. You can then easily plan on how to arrange your merchandise to make your booth look appealing and organized.

Do Make More Products than you Need
Knowing how much items to make and bring to the fair can be tricky if it’s your first time. Depending on how big your stall is and the duration of the show, you can gauge how much merchandise you will bring. It’s always best to bring more stuff than you actually need. If you can place 50 pieces of coin purses on your show table and the event is a 2-day market fair, then it’s ideal to prepare at least 200 pieces of products.

Do Bring Money for Change
Customers don’t like to wait. When a customer pays you, make sure you have enough change, otherwise you’ll end up keeping them waiting –which they hate. If you don’t have change ready, you might even lose your customer if she’s in a hurry. So have a few large bills changed at the bank before the event if you have to. Not having enough money for change is a big No No.

Don’t Keep Yourself Busy with Your Phone or Tablet
There will be times when no one will be looking at your display. Don’t use this time to check on your Facebook or Instagram. People will most likely pass by your stall if they think you’re busy with something. Customers will not interrupt you since people are naturally polite. So if you must check your Facebook status, stop immediately once you see customers coming.

Don’t Put All Your Merchandise on the Table
Avoid squeezing all your items on your table. You might think this is a great way to show more merchandise but a cluttered display is very unappealing. Make sure your display is good to the eye, well organized, and every single item is visible for customers to see. The tendency for putting so much stuff on your table is that other products will be piled on top of another.

Other important things you need to bring are business cards, food to eat so you wouldn't have to leave your booth, and a friendly smile.

List of UK Craft Fairs