Well, I finally did it! I have been wanting to do a craft fair for a long time. I just never pulled it all together. But this past summer, a friend told me about a good fair coming up with high traffic. So, I figured I would have a decent amount of time to prepare for it. I began to make hats in June. I still was rushing in the end. But it was a good experience. I made money, had some orders, and met a lot of nice people. So overall, I felt good about the experience.
For this craft fair, since it was my first one, I had to purchase some items to help display my items and show off my business. Today, I will tell you about the items that I purchased and whether I was happy with them or not. I hope you can learn from this review. If you have an upcoming fair, I hope this helps!
This first item that I ordered was a rack to display my hats on. This rack was $48.00. This rack was very easy to put together. I was able to display my character hats and some bags on this rack. I used clothespins to clip them to the rack. I think that this is worth the purchase if you want to be able to get your items off of the table. Everyone that passed by saw this stand right away, with my hats and bags on it. I would purchase more of these in the future.
This was a good, solid cash box. It came with two keys and a lock on the box. I did use this and it was helpful. I think the price of $19.99 was a fair price for it.
Item 3- Avery Printable Business Cards, Inkjet Printers, 200 Cards, 2 x 3.5, Clean Edge, Heavyweight (8871), White
These Avery Printable Business Cards did not work out for me. I waited until the last minute to create my cards (don’t do this!). But anyways, the cards became stuck in my printer over and over and I really couldn’t use them in the end. They are pre cut. I think for my printer it would have been better to have cardstock that I could cut myself. These were super frustrating. Part of it was my fault for waiting until the last minute. But, they just didn’t work with my printer… unfortunately.
This PayPal Card Reader was probably the best investment that I made for my craft fair. Most of the people who purchased from me just assumed that I had the capabilities to do a card transaction. I would not have been able to sell as many items, if I didn’t have this reader. It was very easy to set up. I had to charge it. Then, there was a software update to do. Next, I had to set up a PayPal Business Account. This didn’t take long. Then, I was ready to go. The reader can attach on the back of your phone with an adhesive sticker on the back. The reader was super easy to use and plug the transaction amount into. If you are doing a craft fair, I would suggest getting this type of reader for credit card transactions.
I ordered this Azar Pegboard Counter Display to show off my embroidered key chains that I made. I really liked how I could show off my key chains and they could turn it around. I set it on the table in the corner. This set also comes with extenders so you can add more to the tower later. I also purchased the hooks to hang up on the pegboard.
So, these are 5 items that I purchased for my first craft fair! What about you? Have you done a show? Did you use anything special to display your items? I will post some pictures below of my craft fair set up!
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