Need to Know: Craft Show Best Sellers

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Ever wonder which, of the tons of items that you make, products you should bring with you to a craft fair? It can be a challenge to bring everything in your inventory if you make something that is large and difficult to transport or even if you make something small, how do you guess how much of it to bring? If you’ve been doing craft shows for a while, you can probably guess pretty well about what color scarves you’ll need more of and which earrings you’ll need to make more of before the big show. For those of you just starting to sell at shows (like me), it can be much more difficult to keep these things in mind when gathering together product for the craft show.

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I’ve been selling on Etsy for a while now, but I know that the items that sell well on Etsy are not necessarily going to be the same items that sell well to the people visiting the craft show. Luckily, the internet is always full of fun advice and information from people that have been/ are selling at craft shows! From what I’ve noticed so far, small take-away items do great! People love buying little trinkets and gifts from craft shows because it’s a cute and unique gift they can hand even someone they don’t know very well. You don’t want to give someone the same box of chocolates you do every year, but what about some delicious chocolates that come in a handmade paper box with a little birthday message inside?yarnandknitting 300x199 Need to Know: Craft Show Best Sellers

Here are some ideas to consider when building your inventory for a craft fair:

  • ¬†Holidays – think stocking stuffers, teacher’s gifts, neighbors gifts, gift card holders
  • Thanks – everyone has someone they want to say thanks to
  • Shiny – this may sound trite, but get something that attracts people’s eyes to your booth right away
Here are some other ideas for Craft Show Best Sellers:

What have you seen to be some of your best selling items?

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  1. Vandeao says:

    Never seen shoulder-throws to protect office suits and cocktail dresses from babies throwing up… Bibs all over the place, but mommie-bibs are just as necessary :-)). Stiff, thick pads to be foreseen for the shoulders, with Velcro strips to take soiled parts off easily for washing. Maybe an idea for craftsters ? The commercial circuit doesn’t offer anything for that…

    • Hollkyrose says:

      Hello ! Could you give me a bit more detailed description of how this looks and fabrics possibly used to make. Like perhaps, how thick, and are these attached in layers to place soiled ones in a small plastic lined bag ? A nice dark fabric to blend in with office suits or cocktail dresses? With a bit more to create on, I could draw up some ideas…sounds interesting. Holly

    • brilliant!

    • there are.. they are called burp clothes.

  2. Louise Hughes says:

    I make baby’s clutch balls and have found that they only sell at craft sales. People have to pick them up and squeeze them to make up their mind to buy them. I tried selling them on ebay, but got no bids at all. My dad made wooden scroll saw pictures and had the same problem. People seem to have to see them up close to pick one. Both the balls and wooden pictures sell great at craft shows.

  3. I have been considering attending craft shows for my crocheted items and other
    items. I really appreciate your efforts in providing information for all the newbie’s

    Thank you.

    • Cindy Davis says:

      Minta,
      I’m no expert however, I’ve been to many craft fairs. I’ve found most people avoid the “crochet items” assuming they will be too pricey. And most the time they are. I’d suggest displaying a few smaller items up front with a noticable price and sign stating “handmade crocheted “(bibs etc) $2.oo. If people already assume the items will be high, they hesitate stopping to ask prices.

  4. A good way to “feel out” what might sell is to check out what things/colors are trending in the clothing stores, and I have several shopping sites like Bryanlane Home, Lands End, and One Kings Way to name a few to keep up on what’s “hot”. Observing fashions and jewelry trends on popular shows (even newscaster and tv hosts) are a good resource. I find by the time something gets to a crafts magazine, it’s almost too late.

    • I have been a jewelry designer 30 years and it seems every other exhibitor sells jewelry whether its hand made or the direct sales reps like premier or cookie lee. Its almost impossible to avoid the competition. I used to have 600-800 days and now Im lucky if I break even on the space rent at shows.

      The trick is being as unique as you can.

  5. I used to attend craft fairs and sold homemade soy candles and advertised special non-lead wicks in a variety of containers and fancy glassware, even took special orders for wedding/baby shower favors and then boom, nothing really for the last couple years. Is the candle phase out?

  6. I make jewelry to sell at craft shows. One thing I don’t do anymore is the local “school” craft shows. It seems most vendors invite their friends to buy at these types of events rather than have a show in their own home. Also, I try to distinguish myself from other artists because the field is so over-saturated with people making jewelry. by making unique designs that are not seen in the malls and that other jewelry people aren’t making has been pretty successful for me. One thing I have noticed in terms of candles is that there are so many people selling candles. Particularly people selling “Scentsy”, they’re everywhere!!

    • I do too. 30 years designing. Its so competitive now with almost everyone at craft shows making jewelry. hey its fun, I get that but you have no chance of making big bucks with all that competition. When I produced shows, I would make sure there is no more than 4 jewelry people per 50 vendors.

      People love interesting scented candles. And the glass they go into.

  7. I live in Canada and have hosted 3 Christmas craft shows in my home.This year we are branching out to a hall and making it bigger. I make cookie Christmas trees and breads and loaves such as banana bread and pumpkin bread. I’ve tried other Christmas cookies and fudge without much success. Does anyone know of anything else in the baking line that sells well ? I admire anyone who can make all that beautiful jewelry.

  8. I know keychain fobs may have been around for some years and may have ran it’s course in other parts of the US, but I make out like a bandit every single show with these. I have expanded my product line to include at least 300 different designs and styles. I even started selling tons of pillows with characters. What has helped me out the most is my display catches buyers attentions because each one stands about 2 feet tall and expands almost 5 1/2 feet long; mind you I have 6 of them.

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