Day 1 and 2

31 days to crafts show

Day 1 and 2
I’ve never done a craft show. I’ve been to a few, but I set a goal and I’m aiming to keep it.

But where do I start? Google of course.

crafts shows

I started clicking on the links to find one. I’m not going to lie to you, I got a little overwelmbed by the cost to enter, the application, the pictures… I mean what do I really have to offer? Why would they choose me? I don’t have enough inventory to sell? How much inventory do I need anyway?

Doubt after doubt crowded in around me and I thought, nevermind. Maybe next year…

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

And guess what? Sara Dungan posted on her Facebook wall about doing a 31 Blog Challenge by Molly Eleen about what? Preparing for a craft show! Hello, who’s your strength? I love it when I notice how God works in my life.

So I went back to searching and narrowed down my choices of which shows I’m going to enter.
– Hampton Bay Days
– Hampton University Homecoming Bazzar
– Virginia Beach Christmas Craft Market
– Viginia Beach Craft Show at Kempsville
– Christmas in Our Hometown Craft Show
– Cypress Point Circle of The King’s Daughters Holiday Bazaar.

The tree most important words in realstate also helped narrow down my choices: location, location, location! All of these shows are close to me that way travel won’t interfer with me being able to get there, transport my inventory (if and when I have some- more on that tomorrow) and bring it all home inone day.

So here are the contendors

1. Craft Show. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kempsville Masonic Lodge, 4869 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Baked goods for sale and lunch served. 427-1978, 681-1808 or 490-4808. OCT 13

My thoughts: It’s a one day show. They didn’t list a price, but I’m assuming it won’t be cost prohibited.

2. Christmas in Our Hometown Craft Show. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Workforce Center next to Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin. More than 50 crafters and home party dealers with items that can be taken home that day. Lunch available and provided by Southampton Social Services. Admission is free, but canned goods accepted to support the Emergency Food Pantry. 620-5499. Oct 27

My thoughts: Another one day-er, not a huge time committment, that’s a plus. It’s a little more distance. I wonder will it have the traffic I would want? But some times smaller is better, right?

3. Cypress Point Circle of The King’s Daughters Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quality Suites and Sleep Inn at Lake Wright, 6280 Northampton Blvd., Norfolk. More than 50 exhibitors featuring custom jewelry, children’s clothing, accessories, books, garden, holiday and more. Proceeds benefit CHKD. Admission is $2, children under 10 free. For information, visit http://www.kingsdaughters.org/holidaybazaar.

My thoughts: This is a holiday one, which might be nice. People are coming to buy, but I don’t really have any “Christmas-y” type items I make. I do like the one day and it isn’t so early in the morning.

4. 31st annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. Admission: $7, $2 ages 6 to 12, ages under 6 are free. Donations to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia accepted. For more information, visit http://www.emgshows.com.

My thoughts: Okay, this is the first of the multiple day craft fairs. Three days of travel, three days of on my feet selling, three days worth of inventory… (yikes)

5. Newport News’ Fall Festival of Folklife is one of Southeast Virginia’s biggest celebration of traditional crafts, trades and entertainment. From the 200 crafts people selling their wares under a canopy of trees to the acoustic melodies drifting from the Lake Stage, Newport News Regional Park is filled with the sounds, sights and memories that have been carefully passed from generation to generation. The festival includes a craft competition, craft and trade demonstrations, free children’s activities, food vendors and continuous entertainment. Parking fee. Deadline April 1.

My thoughts: This is a very large show (200 crafters) and it might be intimidating for a first timer like me. And I couldn’t find any information about the cost of space rental.

6. Hampton University Bazaar will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in front of the Student Center, which is located at 135 Marshall Avenue. The vendor fee for this year will be $155.00 ($40 for Hampton University students) and will include the rental space and one eight foot table. This fee only applies to the Bazaar held on Friday. To become a vendor on Saturday, October 12, 2013, please contact Ms. Evelyn Stewart at 757-727-5383. The fee does not include chairs; you will need to supply your own. (Depending on the needs of your organization, additional fees may be charged and a detailed explanation of these charges will be enclosed.) The deadline for applications, agreements and payments is Friday, October 11, 2013. Late charges will be assessed for anyone who does not meet this deadline. Payments must be made by cash, cashier’s check, or money order; no refunds will be granted under any circumstances. We encourage you to respond as quickly as possible; space is limited this year. We are also extremely limited in the number of electrical outlets we can provide. This year that limit will be strictly enforced. There will be no on-site registration.

My thoughts: This is very close to me. One day. I wonder if they give a discount for alumni? I would have to narrow the focus of my inventory to gear towards college students, their parents, and alumni. Not impossible. But I know people come to the bazzar to shop.

7. Hampton Bay Days is proud to announce the addition of the Fine Arts Area to the Hampton Bay Days Festival. We are inviting artists to display and sell their original artwork in the media categories of painting, photography, drawing, graphics, and mixed media. Artist’s booths will line Mill Point Park in the heart of the Hampton Bay Days Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity and originality to a community that embraces art. Please print and fill out the application below and submit to Hampton Bay Days office to be considered for selection as a Fine Arts and Handmade Crafts vendor. Those selected to participate will have reduced booth space fees for a 10′ X 10′ area ($100). For a copy of the 2012 application please email fine_arts@baydays.com.

My thoughts: Another one that it’s in my backyard, but it’s three days. I’ve been to this event many times but I wonder if people really come to buy at this event or just to look and hang out. I also, don’t like the hours of this event.

A lot to think about! Ruling out any multi-day event, I think one of the smaller craft fairs will be best for a newbie. What do you think? How did you or would you select your first craft show?

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