You don’t have to be a full time business to make some extra spending money from your crafts. Many crafters sell their items at church bazaars and community arts and crafts shows as a way of “reinvesting” in their hobbies! All you need to do is dedicate a weekend once or twice a year to participate in a bazaar and you can make enough to spend through out the year on your crafting passions.
Most smaller craft shows and bazaars do not “jury” participants, which means you don’t have to prepare slides or photos of your work and booth display to get into the show. You’ll simply have to fill out an application to participate and pay a show fee. Fees do vary depending on how much advertising is done, but you can expect to pay as little as $25 for a tabletop for a day to as much as $150 for a 10’ x 10’ space over a weekend. You do need to find out what the show promoters are offering for that fee. Do you need to bring your own tables, chairs and booth cover?
It’s important to know if the show is indoors or outdoors. Depending on the weather in your area you might chose not to participate in outdoor events. It’s also nice to have a crafting friend who might want to share a space with you for the event and you can give each other breaks through out the day. You might also like to ask the show promoters approximately how many shoppers turned out for their last craft event so you’ll have a better idea of how much inventory to prepare.
Don’t over tax yourself preparing for a small show or bazaar. You can always take orders at the event or hand out simple business or contact cards to the shoppers. It’s better to sell out at a show like this than to sit on unsold inventory. Pricing the items can be difficult. The main pricing point is that you must make back your supply or material costs plus 35% for overhead (your show fee, labor and other odds and ends). Remember that you aren’t “in business”, but rather supporting your crafting habit. It is difficult to sell items priced over $20 at a small show or bazaar. Your hot selling items will be those priced under $5, but don’t give away any item by under-pricing it!
Small craft shows and bazaars are a fun way to earn a little extra spending money and a way to motivate yourself to make more by selling off the crafts sitting in your closet! You can find shows and bazaars by word of mouth or contacting your local Chamber of Commerce.