My First Experience at a Craft Fair

Cute yet Spooky Pumpkin PAtch.jpg
Spooky Pumpkin Patch 2017 7″x 5″ Acrylic on Watercolor paper

It’s still technically fall right? Even though it feels more like winter, especially since it’s December and currently snowing.

So let’s get right into it! In November, I decided to try out a craft fair. I brought along with me my paintings and macramé bracelets. My prices are quite reasonable; paintings range from $10 to $30, and all the bracelets were $5. I figured that if someone could not afford a painting, a bracelet would be more in their price range. That could at least help to get my name out.

At the end of the day, I had $55 profit after subtracting the table fee. For my first craft fair, I think is an okay amount. I have had a while to reflect, and I want to share some things I have learned.

Bring a friend. This was my number one mistake. As a lot of people have said, two sets of eyes are better than one. When the fair first started, I was sitting down behind my display. One of the first people to stop by my table was a lady. I like to think I am a professional at spotting shady people, and she sure did meet my criteria. But of course, I treated her like any other potential customer, and greeted her with a smile. I think you know exactly what came next. Yep, I’m 98% sure I saw her swipe one of my bracelets and place it between her back and her backpack. I didn’t call her out though. I remember reading somewhere that some stores have a policy where they are not supposed to call out a shoplifter unless they are 100% sure. I was not going to lose sleep over $5. If she was so poor that she could not afford to pay that small amount, then I think she needed that more that me. I was not going to let that happen again, so for the rest of the show I had to stand up in order to keep a better eye on my stuff.

Invest in a good display. Maybe this is why not much of my stuff sold? I don’t know. I didn’t have any fancy display decor or whatever. I literally just made mini easels out of craft sticks to prop up my paintings, and scattered my bracelets on the table. If I ever do another craft fair, investing more into my display would be the first thing I do. But I don’t think I will be doing another one, at least any time soon.

Be Positive. I received many complements on my art. “Wow you are so talented!” “I love your work!” You know, stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong, I truly appreciate every one of them. But I’ll admit, at the time, I was starting to get bummed out. Did they really mean it? They clearly didn’t like it enough to buy it. I now realize that was a horrible way to think. I shouldn’t be mad that someone didn’t buy my art. On the other hand, I am extremely grateful to the 3 people who did buy a painting from me. Edit: I almost forgot about the few people who bought bracelets, I appreciate them too! While selling anything, I think that the most important thing is to keep a positive attitude, even when sales are low!


About the Painting

This spooky yet cute pumpkin patch was inspired by a set of 4 mini pumpkins I found at a craft store. I set them up kind of like a still life on my desk and began sketching. The background is my favorite part. I almost left the grass all one color, dark green. Adding the lighter green was definitely a good decision.

Side note: Orange is probably one of my least favorite colors to work with. I don’t quite know why, but I just feel like it doesn’t ever work the way I want it to. Do you know what I mean? Like it needs a lot more layers than other colors. Maybe its just the cheap paint.

Speaking of paint, I used Acrylic paint on 7″x 5″ Watercolor paper. This is for sale! $25! If you happen to be interested in this painting, go over to my contact page and send me a message!


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