My Horrible Start with Craft Shows (it eventually got a lot better!)

Craft Show Tips{A photo from my first successful craft show!}

When I first started making things to sell it wasn’t jewelry.  Yes, I had made jewelry since I was a child, but I put to to the side for several years.

I started making and then selling my own bath and body products.  Things like bath salts, shower gel, body lotions, salves, etc.

Rose{I remember the camera I took this on.  It was so long ago it had only 1 megapixel!}

I started selling my bath and body products on eBay before I started selling anywhere else (and before etsy was created!)

Then one day someone suggested I do a craft show.  I had no intentions of ever doing such a thing.  I was shy.  It seemed like too much work.  I was actually working full-time and going to school full-time at that time, too.

Not to make things even more confusing, but I also had started making jewelry again, but I was mainly just selling it to family and friends.

Well, I decided to try my very first craft show in a fire hall.  I was sick with anxiety.  I threw up.  I set up my bath and body stuff.  (No jewelry.)

And I sold nothing.

I tried a second show with bath and body stuff that was at a school and very busy.  And again, I sold nothing.  At some point during that show I got a terrible attitude and decided I didn’t even want anybody to buy anything.

The thing is I was completely off on my market.  (Plus, I was also completely off what I was selling.  I liked making bath and body stuff and I still do for myself, but it was never ever a passion of mine.)

Punk Rock Flea Market{The first year I signed up for this particular show I chickened out and didn’t do it.  The next year I was very successful!}

Eventually I started selling jewelry online along with my bath and body products and then eventually just jewelry.

Someone convinced me to try another craft show.  I got nervous and didn’t do it at the last minute.  I even had the car packed and started to drive there.

Finally, later I tried another show.

This time it was different.  I was still very anxious, but I did it.

It took me 3 hours to set up, but I did it.  And I had success, too!

What was different this time?

I had prepared myself.  I figured out my displays and practiced.  I thought about what to say.  I was in the right place selling the right thing (jewelry!)

I think most of craft show success is simply being prepared for what to expect and what may happen, in addition to finding the show and having a great set up.

That is exactly why I wrote Craft Show Tips.  Since that awful start, I have done uncountable craft shows.  That first year I did shows or markets ever single weekend (many times two a weekend!)  I have learned so much and I share it all in the Craft Show Tips eBook!

Learn more about the eBook here.  It’s just $6 and you get it instantly when you purchase (prices goes up June 16th).

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