Anyone done a Home and Garden show?
Yes, as a rule I would avoid anything with the word "home" in it.
The folks that attend these show's are just "looking and getting
ideas," for home improvements, such as a new roof or driveway
I currently sell handmade pottery at spring garden shows in the
Pacific Northwest. I have observed (a very few) jewelers who set up
every year at these very expensive shows (sometimes booth fees are
over $1600). They keep coming back, so I presume they have found a
niche market for their very "gardener and flower'" oriented work.
I have found that the best way to find out about shows is to ask
other vendors while I am at a show. I have observed that people love
being asked their opinion and will divulge all their great shows,
that they think may work for you, as well as give you tips on
everything from "hot" items to make more $$, and great places to get
cheap lodging and food. I have even asked these more seasoned
vendors what they think my strategy should be for a particular show,
such as high-end, low-end, etc.
More than a few times I have gotten the names of crafts people from
show promoters, and called them as way to do research on whether a
show would be viable for me or not. Mostly, I ask, "Is there any
money there?". Amazingly, I have never been turned down for this
request. It all helps.