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Capturing the Craft Show Market
Finding the right product to sell at a craft show is extremelyimportant in finding success on the craft show circuit. You mayalready have an excellent craft product or line of products youare creating or even selling, or you may be looking for a craftto produce in order to enter the business. In either case,market research is going to help you find a craft show productthat you can produce at a low enough cost to net a profit - andone that you will enjoy making. If you don't spend time lookinginto what everyone else has at their craft show booth, you mightrepeat what others have, or create a product no one really wants.
What exactly is a craft? The dictionary definition of "craft" isto make by hand, therefore, theoretically anything handmade is acraft. Although that's true, a craft typically falls into acategory of items that are normally sold under the umbrella ofarts and crafts that are either decorative or useful or both-andthat consumers generally purchase for ornamental or practicaluse. The endless creativity of new craft show items is nothingshort of remarkable. The product you choose will likely be oneyou enjoy producing or have a natural affinity for. It might bea skill passed down from generation to generation in yourfamily, but you can also learn it on your own. You may decideto take classes or apprentice to a master to learn a new skillfor producing a craft show item. Yet in order to make your craftbusiness a success, you should consider doing a little bit ofhomework about what craft show item to make, ahead of time.
What sells? Wouldn't you like to have the answer to thatquestion before putting all your resources into creating aproduct? How can you get the answer? Market research. Any largecompany that manufactures products utilizes market researchbefore developing new products. You can use the Internet as wellas common sense. You can ask friends, visit craft shows,galleries, retail stores, eBay and other websites to see what isselling and what isn't. Ask other artisans and craft show boothowners. Study trends by reading consumer magazines, tradejournals, the fashion section of the newspaper or even watchingTV.
Product ideas also come from everyday life-find a niche and fillit - and you will most certainly find success in craft shows. But, you need to make sure you stay on the cutting edge. Children, animals and nature can provide inspiration as well. Jot ideas for craft show items in your notebook or computerwhenever you come up with something you think would be a hotseller. Compile a list of possible items and compare it to whatyou might enjoy producing. Then ask yourself if the craft showitem is practical, decorative, unique, can be priced right (forprofit), has a personal touch, is of excellent quality andoffers exceptional value.
You might also want to check out the competition in any categoryyou select. How can you put a spin on your product to make itdistinct and stand out from the others? If you're a crafter,you're probably highly creative, so use your creativity to comeup with something imaginative. Without plunging into it full on,see if you can make a few samples and solicit feedback fromfriends or store owners. Do a small craft show and gaugecustomer response. If all systems seem to be saying "go" then gofor it!
Find a craft you enjoy making, that you can constructefficiently and cost effectively, and one you can sell, and youhave the craft show market cornered. But, you probably aren'tgoing to land the perfect product without some groundwork donebeforehand. If you want to find the utmost in craft showsuccess, then take the time to deliver a product that you haveresearched, and watch craft collectors flock to your booth!
Natalie Goyette shows you how to make your craft show
Woodworking Tools: Right Selection And Care Will Save You Money, Part 3
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A Brief History Of Reverse Painting On Glass
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Diecast Collectibles: The Collectors' Guide to Making a Profit
Millions of people have made a hobby of collecting items ofone sort or another, but some take it to a higher level. These collectors view their collections as more than just an accumulation of trinkets that they happen to enjoy; to them, it's a business, and they're not in it to lose money.
Treasure Hunting - Part Two
Treasure hunting begins at home. People regularly find famous old books and valuable antiques in their attics, so get up there and look.
Where Antiques Originate and How You Can Find Them
It's important to understand where antiques originate. Many antique buyers make the mistake of mis-understanding the process by which antique items are found.
Use Tags and Embellishments to Give Your Scrapbooks that Personal Yet Professional Touch
Tags are a little added touch of professionalism that adds to the overall well thought out look to your scrapbook. Tags can be used for accents, captions, and thought bubbles as well as dedications.
Preserving Thanksgiving Memories for Scrapbooking
Last year our family tried out a new way to preserve Thanksgiving memories, and the result was truly a treasured keepsake.A day or two before Thanksgiving, my daughter and I used a turkey rubber stamp to make place cards for all of our family members.
Embroidery Thread Tips for Better Machine Embroidery Sewing
I have some tips for you to get better results with using your embroidery threads in machine embroidery sewing.1.
How to Use Feathers and Dried Flowers to Give Your Scrapbooks an Artistic Feel
Feathers make exotic and interesting embellishments and borders. Feathers add an air of softness.
Make A Stunning Dried Hydrangea Wreath
Dried hydrangea wreaths are so beautiful and versatile in a home, and a lot of fun to make as well.You can either purchase already dried hydrangea flowers from your local craft store, or you can dry your own.
Bartering: A Modern Day Phenomenon
Back in the early days of America, families didn't have much in the form of money. What they did have was skill, creativity, and a desire to help each other out.
Wholesale Scrapbooking: Should You Start A Direct Sales Scrapbooking Business Just The Discount?
Have you ever thought about signing on with a scrapbooking direct sales company, just to get the discount on your own supplies? It can be a great way to get your own product at a discount and meet other scrapbookers, but it's also important to read the fine print. Here are seven of the most important factors to consider:1.
Printing on Canvas
Given the progress in inkjet and media technology, demand for printing photographs and art on canvas is growing exponentially. Whether you have a good inkjet printer or you prefer to have your work done by a professional outfit, it is worth to explore this option for any type of image.
When It Comes To RC Airplanes You Can Choose From Ready to Fly, Almost Ready to Fly or Scratch Built
Soaring through the air, watching the clouds and the birds fly by. No, you are not flying your own private plane, but you are doing the next best thing.
Embroidery Designs Sewing
Denim is a twill weave and runs diagonally and any diagonal weave is difficult to control, whether you are attempting construction sewing or machine embroidery. Twills are designed to give the wearer ultimate wearing comfort by the natural "give" it has.
Collectibles: Searching for those Hard-to-Find Diecast Models
For collectors of any kind, there are always those items that are much sought after, but nearly impossible to find. If they're lucky enough to finally locate them, the price is often exorbitant or there are some other restrictions which inhibit their ability to secure them.
Woodworking: Protection When Working With Wood - Ignoring Could Potentially Harm Your Health Or Kill
Woodworking: Basic Safety TipsWoodworking can be a dangerous undertaking if you are not careful and choose to disregard safety guidelines. A circular saw, router, or other piece of power equipment can disfigure and even kill if not used properly.
Embroidery Designs Testing for Machine Embroidery
We have found a "new" way to see how well the stabilizers and methods you are using are working with so that your designs look GREAT without any off outlines, puckering, cupping or warping. This is a TEST - Only a Test - but if You and your stabilizers pass - You will have great looking designs.
Airbrushing Does Not Have to be All Disappointment, Heartache, and Bloody Hard Work!
A smart, but irritating man once told me that Airbrushing did not have to be all blood, sweat and tears. If only I had someone guiding me back in those hard, frustrating and sick in the stomach days of airbrushing, I wouldn't have wasted all that time and money!So here you are.
How to Use Textured Paper and Book Jacket Backgrounds to Give Your Scrapbook Dimension
Textured paper can add extra dimension to your scrapbooking page. Textured paper can be used to highlight focus items on your scrapbook page.
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