Designing making and selling your own work direct to the public is a
To me, it has 2 major advantages, 1. despite doing all the work you
make all the profit and control the whole operation, 2. you get to
meet te customer with its invaluable feed back. So what tables you
use really doesnt matter, a couple of lightweight doors on trestles
covered with a nice bed spread if just as good as any fancy fold up
device. the customer doesnt see the table anyway. Your booth and its
presentation is as important as the work itself. your boot says so
much about you, the way you work without you having to say anything.
It sells for you.
So depending on the craft fair size, duration total of public coming
in through the gates, you have to decide how you will play it.
If for example its a 4 day show, with a gate of say 4,000 people
then its worth pulling out all the stops.
If your product sells for say $10.00 each, then aim to sell to 1 in
10 of the gate. that will make you $1000 a day.
you must do your own numbers to decide wether the fair is worth your
Displays can go from one extreme to the other. from a hippe with
beads on a blanket on the ground at a pop festival, to an important
international fair lasting 10 days in a major city.
If your prepared to actually demonstrate making your work then you in
a better position to bargain for free space at the fair. Fair
organisers love demonstrators. If you eventually get to the top of
your craft, you become something very special. then you will be
invited and sponsored with all expenses paid to take part…
It can be done.
go for it.