Merry go round October

It is the last friday of the month again, so the The Merry go round is turning once more. The merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world and are creative with different materials.

 For this last Friday of October the theme is : Do you do fairs/shows?  If so, share some hints and your experience. If not – why not

viltalakim, vilt felt,

Well I used to do some fairs last year, and some were good others not…  I have learned the following things:

  • Do some research on the fair, whom is the public, are there many visitors
  • do they need to pay an entrance fee
  • what are the participation costs
  • will you be getting sales/ responses afterwards too? I mean I give workshops and I tried to sell my items in Amsterdam once… it was 2 hours from my place and normal when I do a local fair I get people coming back to me for a workshop… but this time that didn’t happen  while standing in Amsterdam…
  • make on bag with rope, tie-raps, tape, wire, scissor, washcloth pins, extra paper a marker and add it in your car as last thing so you have it easily at hand when you start emptying the car and starting with setting up your table.  With an empty table you can climb on  t to add some ropes to hang your stuff on. doing so when you have all your stuff on the table isn’t working…
  •  The most important of all, make a test setup setting at home…. picture that and take that picture along so you know exactly where you want to place what, Saves you a lot of decision time at the fair….
viltalakim, felt, vilt,

The trail set up at home

fair in Sittard

  • I always try to offer small workshops at my table… so children (and adults) can make something small for €2,50. takes about 5-10 minutes  and all that time people are standing in front of my table, having plenty of time to see everything..
  • when I don;t have i kids for a workshop I try to keep on felting… people love to see how something is made and start asking questions, when 1 person is standing here, many others will likely to stop and watch too …. and it keeps me bussyand  making new stock , so if you don’t sell much it doesn’t feel as a waisted day
  • Talk to people…. Your stuff will not be sold when you don’t tell people about it. How you made it or what’s the story behind it, you can even start talking about the weather when you see people shivering :)
  • Visit other fairs and try to get on that mailing list too.

You can check more post about my fair experiences by searching my site for  “fairs”.

Meanwhile I am curious to read what other merriers have for experiences…:

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

Laura at Blue Terracotta -  http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

A  happy weekend, all!

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6 Comments for Merry go round October

chichiboulie | October 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

Good tips! I did do a lot of fairs when starting out, but then found it difficult to do both orders and fair prep. Going to check out some other blogs now.

riet baird | October 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

leuk stukje kim en zoveel handige tips, thanks:)

red2white | October 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Many good points, Kim, it’s obvious you have gained experience in this. I like the ide of detailed set-up plannning and short workshops on the spot. Good luck with the next fair!

Mitsy/ArtMind | October 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I like the trial set up a lot – I usually do it too. Saves heaps of built up time indeed. Your stand always is so colorful, bright and happy, Kim! :)

Meherio68 | October 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Great tips— thanks fo sharing them!

Ruth | November 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I think it is brilliant that you do a little workshop or have an activity area at fairs. Great idea.

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