Shop update #212 (11-17-21) – Local Craft Fair results
My son and I have been building products for a couple of weeks for a local craft fair that I signed us up for. It cost $10 to register and it was held on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Parent Center for our local school district. It was designed for students and their parents to sell homemade crafts.
We made a total of 10 closed lanterns, 8 open lanterns, 5 shelf plaques made from 2×6’s, 14 – 6″ square MDF tiles, and 41 Christmas ornaments. I knew that it was not going to be a big show and we had limited space to display so we didn’t go crazy on making too many products.
Everyone was given a basic 5 ft desk to setup their wares. We got lucky and were setup in a corner that had a couple of tables sitting behind us so I used that extra space to place product on. We were also the first space that everybody had to walk by to get to the rest of the vendors.
I believe that part of that luck was created by me. The initial flyer to sign up for the event was sent out in a district wide email and my wife forwarded me a copy of it. I immediately logged into the website and signed us up for the event within 15 minutes. I strongly believe that I was the first person to sign up. I also sent in pictures of what we planned on selling the same day that it was requested and paid the $10 fee the same day that it was requested.
We sold a total of 4 closed lanterns, 2 open lanterns, 1 shelf plaque, 9 tiles (6 with plastic stands for an extra dollar), and 8 Christmas ornaments for a grand total of $169. 1/3 of the money went to my son, 1/3 went to me, and 1/3 went towards building material and consumables. It was a good time that I got to spend with my son and teach him some lessons on producing products and then selling them.