I was so happy (and nervous) to finally test out all my products at a craft fair! I signed up for a local craft fair that was about six hours long so it was a good test run on how to set up my booth, see which products and scents people responded to and generally see if this was something I would want to do on a regular basis. I learned a lot and very thankful for all the support I got from friends and family!
Things I learned:
1. My products are all-natural and have a melting point. This means that I will need to consider temperature conditions and times of year before I sign up for fairs. Some fairs offer indoor spaces and I think that would be best for me.
2. There is a difference between craft fair crowds, school fair crowds and farmers market crowds. I think my products will sell better at farmers markets so I’ve signed up for a few of those before the end of the year.
3. A partner is a great thing. My sister volunteered to stay with me during the fair and I can’t tell you what a difference that made! First of all just having the moral support was huge. Secondly, I had help transporting, setting up and tearing down. Thirdly, there was someone else there when I needed to go to the bathroom and grab lunch or when there were lots of people asking questions. The lady in the booth next to me said that she likes to partner with a friend and they get booths next to each other so they can do the same thing. Great idea!
4. Water and snacks are essential. You really need to plan ahead and make sure you are well taken care of for the duration.
5. Don’t make a ton of stuff. I was so worried about running out of something that I spent two weeks staying up until midnight making tons of product only to find out that the traffic wasn’t as heavy as I thought.