What I Learned from Vending at 100 craft Shows!

What I Learned from Vending at 100 craft Shows!

Over the 11 years of my own handmade business I showed at about 100 shows. It feels like quite a feat when I look back at it. All of those hours spent in planning and attending the shows, all those customers served.

Today I wanted to put something together that give you an idea of the really important lessons I learned.

Stop Hiding Yourself Behind the Curtains & Start Selling!

Stop Hiding Yourself Behind the Curtains & Start Selling!

So far this month we have been looking at Craft Shows with the release of my new course and today I wanted to bring in Ophelie who helps build confidence in introverted entrepreneurs to speak to us about confidence at a craft show.

10 Reasons Why Your Last Craft Show SUCKED!

10 Reasons Why Your Last Craft Show SUCKED!

Having shown at many crafts shows with my previous business, I learnt very early on how to set up a stall that worked at marketing and selling my product and so it pains me to see others getting it wrong.

Crafts shows should be a wonderful addition to revenue streams for handmade artisans and are a really important way to engage with new and existing customers, as well as other opportunities. For example I have secured wholesale clients through shows and interviews in magazines and blogs. So it’s incredibly important to take the act of showing and selling our craft seriously.

THE 4 Reasons to Take Your Craft Biz on the Road

THE 4 Reasons to Take Your Craft Biz on the Road

Craft shows used to be the corner stone of how many artisans made their money, but with the advent of the Internet it has opened up new possibilities to artisans who want to trade in other ways. In fact some would say that trading has become much easier because of the internet.

But what about craft shows, do they still hold relevance today?

I wager that most successful artisans would say that showing your craft in person still has a far reaching effect on long term customer relationships and sales, than selling on-line alone, whether it be; in a studio setting, a gallery (or boutique shop), or at craft shows.