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From: Sherri
Date: 08-31-2003, 10:18 AM (1 of 7)
OK at our local annual fall fair they are having tables to sell stuff. Somehow I got roped into one of these tables. But I don't have any idea how much stuff to make. Can any of you veterns help me out?

I am worried of two things.
1) I will sell out in the first 5 minutes
2) I will sit there all day and not sell a thing.

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User: Sherri
Member since: 02-07-2001
Total posts: 357
From: sewnfrenzy
Date: 08-31-2003, 04:30 PM (2 of 7)
When I've done this I had 10-20 pieces of each item.(this depends ont he product your selling) I had a good selection of mini to large items to please all types of spenders. I always needed more of the smaller items since they sold quicker.

I also think it helps to have a really nice setup that draws the eye in to take a look closer.

A nice table cloth in a blue, red or black is usually good. Fill up the table so it doesn' t look sparce. Mini buildups on the table help too. Put boxes of varing heights underneath the same cloth as your table cloth to give your display dimension and appeal by grouping small and larger items around these. Make sure the boxes are heavy enough or weighted so they'll hold your display.

I always noticed vendors that sat reading, ignoring people didn't ever sell much.

If you start to sell out of something, hold on to at least one item so you a sample that people can see and tell people your taking orders for it if they want it.

So much Fabric, so little time.
User: sewnfrenzy
Member since: 11-06-2001
Total posts: 39
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-31-2003, 07:17 PM (3 of 7)
Try to have at least one item that no one else has.. One year , I made those scissors holders out of felt, (looks like a Granny Boot shoe) .. you can get 2 out of 2 felt squares.. Just to have something different and inexpensive and had to go home the first night and make 2 dozen more.. They went like hot cakes.. :cool:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Raine
Date: 08-31-2003, 09:51 PM (4 of 7)
The only item I've had good luck with is table runners. The small items seem to sell the best.
User: Raine
Member since: 04-19-2000
Total posts: 259
From: weB2cats
Date: 09-06-2003, 05:18 PM (5 of 7)
Hi Sherri. Instead of dreading this adventure, look on it as your starting point to launching a possibly lucrative business!

What kind of items do you want to sell? Can you make items for .99-$5.00, or will you need to charge more? I totally agree on the presentation of your display. No matter what you sell, there should be something that draws attention to you. Perhaps a guest book where people sign their names or give their email address, make comments, etc. Something that benefits you later, even if you don't make a sale. Don't worry, the sales will come.

I think the meeting of and learning from strangers will be very entertaining! Let some comments roll off your shoulders and don't get into any debates. Some people just like to talk when they browse. Be open to that.

Now, let us know what you're planning to sell and maybe some good ideas will follow to help ya.

User: weB2cats
Member since: 11-07-2002
Total posts: 232
From: mamahoogie
Date: 09-06-2003, 06:24 PM (6 of 7)
I only had a table one time, many years ago, and my sister had the one next to me. We were about the 3rd and 4th table in from the door - bad mistake. Everyone wants to "look around" before they buy and they didn't all come back to our tables, even though they indicated they would. Next time my sister set up about half way around the room and she sold much more. As in real estate, location, location, location!!!
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: weB2cats
Date: 09-07-2003, 07:03 PM (7 of 7)
Good tip! And if you want repeat traffic or want to build a clientele, make sure you have something for them to remember you by, like a business card with an email or phone listing.
User: weB2cats
Member since: 11-07-2002
Total posts: 232
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