Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How much to bring to sell...

Megan Carty, a fellow letterpress printer, recently asked me how much product I am bringing to the Got Craft craft show to sell. To be honest, I've been kind of winging it on this aspect of my first foray into the craft fair industry. I have probably printed between 300-400 cards, and I have no clue whether this is way too much, or way too little. The craft fair organizers had about 500-600 people at their previous show, so I sort of used that figure in my estimate of how many cards to bring, but God knows I'm probably way off.

The other factor is that I have packaged some cards and stationery into packs of four, so that people can purchase sets. This means that there are less "singles" available for sale. But, as my hubby pointed out, if the singles are selling more, I can just take the packs apart and sell the cards individually.

But, I may not sell a thing of course - and I need to keep that in mind so I'm not disappointed with my first craft fair attempt. I really am going for the networking opportunity, and the chance to meet young women in my target market that are interested in wedding invitations, birth announcements, and the like.

If I sell one card, I will be happy :)

If anyone has any craft fair advice or tips for me or AIL readers who are entering their first craft fair, please post a comment.

Happy letterpressing...


  1. Good Luck! I will be rooting for you!

  2. At my first craft fair, I had to send out my helper for last-minute supplies: receipt book, bags, tape, and a tablecloth. Bring lots of business cards; people will always take one. One thing I'm going to do at the next book arts fair is bring the woodcuts and some type, because it's hard for some people to understand the letterpress process. Good luck! I wish I were going.

  3. Erin, I have your post bookmarked so I can visit it often. Your cards are great!! I wish you all the best of luck at the show. Can't wait to hear how it goes.


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