If you are a strong salesperson,
and particularly if the area you live in is under-served when it comes
to craft shows, consider starting your own. You should begin your planning
more than a year in advance. This will enable you to collect business
cards of those crafters you think would like to sell at your craft fair,
and begin networking.
Having previous ties to the
craft industry, which will make it easier for you to get credibility when
renting a venue, and renting tables to crafters. Join any local craft
associations, or offer to give a talk to one of these groups in exchange
for a pitch about your craft show.
Once you set the date and have
the venue rented, decide whether you will have a theme or not. Is it a
Christmas craft fair? An antique craft fair? Much will depend on the types
of products of the crafters you plan to have exhibiting.
If you put on a quality show,
you will likely have a waiting list for the following year, so this is
really a business that you should plan as a multiple year venture rather
than just a one shot deal. Your networking and word-of-mouth will increase
year-to-year to the point where you won't have to call upon crafters
they will call upon you to get their spot.
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