Vendor Events can be scary. A bunch of people are coming through the event. Will they like me? Will they buy from me? Am I any good at this? I guarantee those thoughts have gone through any vendors mind. The fall and holiday season are HUGE for craft and vendor fairs. With Lucy only 8 months and our family schedule I have only been able to sign up for 1 fair this year. That made this fair last Saturday super duper important for me.
Things I learned this year versus last year:
I really enjoy fairs. Love the interaction, love meeting new people. Note to self I need to do this more.
Cash and carry is not necessary as a direct seller. Leave that stuff at home! Save time, hassle and money. Don’t just be a transaction. Build a relationship. This was the best advice I followed this year. Last year I spent soooo much time putting together gift baskets for cash and carry. While I sold the majority of them, none of those customers returned and I don’t even want to know how many hours I put into creating the gift baskets.
My mom brought Lucy so I could nurse her and was awesome working my booth for me. I can learn a lot from her. Also, can I hire her???
One note, I used paper raffle forms. Never again. I’m going to use google forms for any raffle entries from now. It took so much time to enter them into my system and I couldn’t understand half the writing. Anyone had luck with using google forms for this??