Looking for a place to sell your handmade items?
If you are thinking about running a vendor event at a local art fair or Farmer’s Market, I can help you in finding some basics.
Depending on what you sell, you will need certain displays to help entice your customers. Personally, I sell Barefoot Books, my paintings, jewelry, and other crafts (like dream-catchers, sun-catchers, bean bags, etc- RANDOM CRAFTS).
This is my first run with the local Farmer’s Market of St. Louis, Missouri, and I plan to make the most of it…while also sharing everything I do right or wrong to help your experience be most profitable and fun.
Okay, so, to sell in your area…I have found the most resources from a Google search and Facebook search. There are a few websites that do all the dirty work for you and have all the fairs and events coming up.
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Items you will need:
If you are planning to sell at an event, you can plan on paying some type of booth fee per event. You will need AT LEAST one six foot table, if not more. I have two so far, and depending on the next month’s profits I plan on investing in one more to have a total of three for all my crafts.
U will really need table coverings to make your art stand out- bought these and will never look back. Stretchy, black (so you will not see dirtiness) table covers are super easy to attach and make your booth look that much more professional.
You will need a 10×10 canopy in case it rains, so it does not ruin all your belongings. I have one that my friends helped me set up the first week, but now can set up all by myself (hug to self).
My canopy was around $100 and got a deal on Groupon. Sorry don’t have a link to this one, but just find you an awesome Canopy for around that price.
Ideas to Make Your Booth Stand Out:
Yes, I know, a lot of investment at first, but if this is what you wanna do, we gotta be realistic in what you need.
For my jewelry, I bought these cool hanger clips to put on the canopy bars. I am on the search for the perfect jewelry display, but until that happens I will continue to do this method.
And for my paintings, I am using some clips that will hang from the bars of the Canopy. As well as some wooden crates and shelves.
If you have a banner you could have one printed. This will help with people seeing your work as a true business. If you don’t have one and don’t have the money to print one- don’t stress.
Definitely have a portable fold-up chair to sit in while the festival or Market is taking place. Some days it will be so busy you can’t even think about sitting, but other markets you will be SO ready to sit.
My purchase this year was a “spectator folding chair” which has a small folding table attached to the chair. I found this incredibly valuable to hold my beverage, square card reader, and anything else that I would need to hold a smooth-running market. Because I signed up for the entire season this year, I felt completely okay with investing in a chair that would take care of my needs.
Beyond these basics for running a successful vendor event, I would highly recommend bringing these things:
- CHANGE! Some people have cash, but usually not the exact number. I would recommend bringing AT LEAST one hundred (or two-or somewhere in between there) dollars in ones, tens, and fives. Maybe coins, but I find that annoying and just keep everything at an even dollar amount. But do what you are comfortable doing.
- Square card reader- and open your account online that will be linked to your bank account. Completely free to open, and your first card reader is free. No upfront fees, but the rate is somewhere around 3% per transaction for using this service (totally worth it in my opinion.). Even if you do not have internet service at your vending event, you will just download your smartphone app, open it, and it will allow you to accept credit/debit cards. You will want this for sure.
- Cashbox-or fanny-pack to keep your cash secure and organized. I like the fanny pack because it is with you at all times.
- Something to snack on or drink. The days can be hot and long, and nothing is worse than sitting in your booth without the ability to run out and get what you need.
- Make friends! The best thing you can do it get to know your neighbors. Great for networking, your soul, and also a nice resource if you have to leave your booth to use the restroom. We are all there the same reason, to let our businesses SHINE.
- Spread the word about your event! Not everyone knows what is available, so the more people know, the more will show up. Try creating an event on Facebook or your favorite social media platform to remind people that you will be there. Or you could create some type of coupon that will be incentive for your friends to show up and support you.
Don’t Forget the Cleanup!
Finally, at any vendor event, you wanna make sure that you keep your area clean of trash, and keep good communication between you and your boss. Whomever is putting this whole thing together has a lot to worry about and keep on track, so if you have any questions or concerns ask your supervisor.
You want to be in good with them so you can sign up for more events.
Hope this post helped you in planning for your event. Let me know if there is something I missed that is crucial. Sell your art!!!