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My Last Craft Fair

I attended my last craft fair today, was not expecting very much and was not disappointed! Takings for the day were 7 against a pitch fee of 15. At least I'm not obligated to attend any more! It was worth a try but it's obviously a business model that doesn't work, at least not with my photographs.

I got the usual compliments about how lovely my pictures are, but I've come to realize that's the equivalent of, when you are a young man, being told by a girl that you're sweet. It meens they're just being polite and you have absolutely no chance of ever going out with them - or selling a photograph!

I just have to decide now what to do with my stock of unused/unwanted cards and mounted prints. I think I'll display them for sale at my exhibition in February, then offer to donate what's left (nearly all of them) to a charity shop. If they don't want them I guess it's the recycling bin!
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I'm sorry to hear that it hasn't worked out. Have you thought about selling your work through a craft shop or even local cafe's or art centres. They will take a commission, but thats better than the recycle bin...

Having been down that road myself, in my experience the only way I was able to make more than the craft stall cost was when I adapted my printed work to what people buy at craft fairs. For me it was investing in different printing methods, as like you, cards and prints were always slow sellers. Eventually I started making prints on textiles and craft items and it made a difference. Images that no one bought for months on postcards sold quickly when printed on handkerchiefs, or t-towels, or on bathroom ceramic tiles. All in all though, I only made a fraction more than the costs of fuel, stall and my time. In the end I decided I wasn't selling enough of anything in the craft market arena, so gave it up. I was lucky though, as my other half had opened a craft shop business anyway, so I already had a shop window.

All I can say is, don't give up, there will be other opportunities.
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

At least you tried John, nothing ventured nothing gained as the saying goes. My brother runs his own crafts and models and picture framing business in Scotland and he attends craft fairs regularly. He gets exactly the same response as you did. People are very complimentary and polite but not willing to part with cash.

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Re: My Last Craft Fair

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The lesson seems simple, and you only have to slightly modify your approach.

Run Craft Fairs.

That way you can make money from other stallholders - you could even give yourself a 'free' pitch.

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Re: My Last Craft Fair

John, I for one appreciate your candour because I had thoght it wuold be a good way of getting a small income from my photographs. I even had some cards done by Moo because someone told me my home made ones looked amateurish. All very well, but I can't compete with the supermarkets etc on price, not for the cheaper end of the range anyway.

Since I don't live very far from you, and would probably end up at the same craft fairs, you have saved me a lot of time and effort. And investment.

I wondered about party plan.
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

Been there, tried that (back in the 90s - same response).

Now I still print letter cards, but it's for my wife who likes to do a lot of real letter writing. Incidentally, it's difficult to find card stock which is good for colour inkjet photos one side and accepts fountain pen on t'other. I use On-Line Paper, but there is only one affordable paper stock I can find, which is Imajet.
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

I'm sorry it did not work out for you John, but at least you tried and can put it down to experience and behind you now.
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

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John

The lesson seems simple, and you only have to slightly modify your approach.

Run Craft Fairs.

That way you can make money from other stallholders - you could even give yourself a 'free' pitch.

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OOh! Novel idea Nick and then you get all the moaning, whingy stall holders saying "you did not do enough marketing of the Craft Fair" ...

John, You were very comitted to your Project - I would have dropped out of the latter bookings - if only to save my ME Time for ME (not sitting at a Craft Fair).

Try Red Bubble - I know three Artists in UK who are making money and even getting Sales in Australia and Hong Kong

http://www.redbubble.com/

StephenL and Red Bubble cards are write in, inside see discount terms for over 16 cards
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

Hevvy, I'm confused... how does that work, then?
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

HI Lyn look at T&C's ... they pay you a % of the item purchased (all agreed prior to going "up for sale" ...
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

Linda here is "Base Price List" Artists get their agreed % of THIS eg 20% and its paid each month if its over 100/$100; or if the Artist asks for Payment and pays the $5.00 handling charge.

http://support.redbubble.com/kb/advanced/base-prices

as an example a 5x7 Greeting Card base price is 1.90 so you may get 20% of each one!

a Canvas print large is 66 so 20% is not bad

If this does NOT show - it is because you have to be an Artist and logged in !
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

Its up to YOU you add the % YOU WANT to the Base Price see here
You begin by uploading digital files of your artwork to RedBubble. Each product we offer has a fixed base price which is the amount RedBubble keeps for making and shipping the product to your customer. You can then add a 'mark up' on top of this, which is the part of the price you keep when your artwork sells. Add 3%, 30% or 300% - it's your choice.

Example:
If the base price of a greeting card is $3 and you add a mark up of 50%, your customer will pay $4.50
RedBubble will keep the $3 base price to cover manufacturing and payment processing costs, and you get the 50% mark up (in this case that equals $1.50)
You'll then get paid automatically, once you have accrued the minimum amount.

Uploading your work is only part of the equation. First and foremost the RedBubble community is about encouragement and support. We believe in the power of positive reinforcement. RedBubble is also a place to be inspired, meet like-minded folks, exchange ideas, learn, make friends and more. But the foundation of the community is its supportive and encouraging nature.

As more and more Peeps buy Online ... you keep getting more money ... lots of Peeps buy a selection of 20 cards in a batch purchase

OOh and with Google Stats you can get statistics on who and when visit your Art !
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StephenL and Red Bubble cards are write in, inside see discount terms for over 16 cards
Thanks Chevvy, great idea, but I'm looking for blanks for me to print myself. Even using the dearest card stock I can print them for less than Red Bubble cost.
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Re: My Last Craft Fair

I buy card blanks from Craft Creations
I use three fold with Aperture Cut out "to frame the photo" !

http://www.craftcreations.com/?gclid...FUUPfAodVUWHSg
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I buy card blanks from Craft Creations
I use three fold with Aperture Cut out "to frame the photo" !

http://www.craftcreations.com/?gclid...FUUPfAodVUWHSg
Thanks. I have emailed them to see if they do anything suitable.
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