My First Craft Fair


I’ve been sewing since I was old enough to hold a needle (safely) and always thought of it as a fun hobby. I liked to hand stitch doll clothes, then clothes for myself, (which got me made fun of in High School, but I didn’t care.) I made pants for a local vintage resale shop with fabric sewn into the sides of jeans at $5 a pair. I made simple circle skirts out of plaid fabric to wear with my vintage t-shirts in High School. I upgraded to using patterns by the time I was 19 making shirts and quilts. I made stuffed animals for relatives children, and wine bottle holders out of felt and hot glue. Then I started to make handbags and found my real sewing passion. These are not only fun, but you don’t have to sell them to fit one and only one person at a time. You can create what you want, use any fabrics you see fit and market your creations online. (Hello Etsy!)

So this 4th of July weekend will be the first time I take my hobby large scale, and do a Craft Fair. I went from having 20 or so bags on Etsy (as a hobby for extra money here and there,) to having close to 200 total bags, stuffed animals, leather cuffs and keychains, pillows, and framed art pieces. I talked to a friend a few months ago about a craft market in Door County, Wisconsin that she does with her and her husband’s garden supply and plant business. She said it’s so busy at this craft market / farmer’s market that her tent sells out completely. Tell you the truth, I saw dollar signs more than a good time, but I wanted to take my craft and share it with people. I love to take fabrics from thrift stores, like linens and curtains, as well as fabric samples from Interior Design and Upholsters and make something awesome from materials that would have otherwise been tossed. I like to create while lowering my carbon footprint.

So for months I’ve been reading articles on how to set up a craft booth, pictures on what makes a booth enticing, and what to bring with you for success. So much to do! Here’s my Pinterest board if anyone else is interested in this info.

For now, here’s a sneak peek at my inventory.

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The whales were fun to make, and were made with vintage  button eyes, and leftover materials from local interior design studios.

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With wedding season coming up, I thought I would do a collection of bridesmaid and bride clutches. The only thing purchased for this set was the zippers.

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Tagging everything was fun, plus I got to see how many things I really made. I didn’t realize the amount in inventory till I started putting price tags on it all.

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The little beanbag chickens were the fiancee’s idea. I think they are fun.

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These ricepacks are stuffed with rice (duh) and home grown and dried lavender and lemon verbena. When you heat them they will smell heavenly.

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Clutch inventory!

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More bags

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I’m using business cards as price tags. I got 500 from Vistaprints for like $10.

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I made a ton of large bags for farmer’s markets, the beach, or the gym. I love digging through the materials I got for free and finding ones that match and creating something from nothing. The one here is made from 100% repurposed materials from Interior Designers or yard sales.

I’ll post again with the results! Happy Holiday Weekend!

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2 thoughts on “My First Craft Fair

  1. Looks amazing! 🙂 I wish I was as talented as you. I favorited your etsy. My boyfriend and I have an etsy. Do you have any advice on getting more views and sales?
    Thanks,
    Megan

    1. Thanks for the Etsy love! I’m still learning how to get more traffic to my Etsy store. The Etsy blog has some great tips, I subscribe to it. I also like to blog here and there about the store, that helps with traffic. So does creating a board on Pinterest on my Etsy creations helps people to see my things. Good luck! Roxanne

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