my etsy shop has been in existence for just over 5 years now. it doesn’t seem like that long, but that’s what the banner says.
in all that time, i have heard about other sellers doing craft fairs. heck, i’ve even applied for some in the past, but never expected to be accepted into them, and never was. i don’t know the first thing about selling at fairs, so i don’t know how to look good on the applications.
i’ve been solicited to sell in consignment stores. that also seemed to never work out. i don’t think i can really wrap my brain around dumping all my stuff with a stranger i don’t personally know, and then agreeing to only a portion of the sales of MY items. it’s a weird idea, and it kind of bothers me. not to mention, the logistics are not great for me, since i can’t just create tons of stuff on demand at the moment (having a normal day job and all).
well, this time, a craft fair representative contacted me, out of the blue. their craft fair is a little different. there was no application fee, so i didn’t feel cranky about giving it a try. and it didn’t hurt that they already liked my stuff. so, i gave it a go, and was accepted right away.
i’m still a tiny bit leery, since it was a group i’d never heard of before (which isn’t really a feat, since i only know of maybe one of two of these outfits anyway), and this will be their first time in the specific area they’re coming to. but, they don’t charge $500-2000 for a table, and they don’t charge people to come check out your stuff. oh, and they’ve apparently been pretty successful in their other venues. i find that to be a solid start.
if you’re in the portland, oregon area in mid-june, and have always wanted to see my stuff in person, hit up the link and maybe check it out with me?