Toddler crafts can be hard to find! I wanted to do something with my son to celebrate fall and make a decoration that we could keep out for the season. This project is perfect because they can just play with the materials.
All the little gnomes are coming out to play. They’re everywhere this season as a holiday motif. You can make your own little, felt gnome Christmas ornaments in just a few minutes.
If you are only going to make one project for your baby’s room, this is it!
If you’re looking for a scrunchy boho-chic headband, these super-soft styles are for you. They don’t dig in behind the ears and they sit nicely on top of bangs or buns. Also, the plain versions do well in the wash on a hot cycle. So, they’re a perfect addition to your workout! Continue reading
This time last year, I wouldn’t have even considered setting up shop at a craft fair. I had been working on projects for years but never considered my work marketable. However, a little bit of encouragement from friends and fellow artists challenged me to consider bringing my work to the public. As part of that process, I read a lot of advice articles. Some where helpful but many were just sales pitches for printed materials. Continue reading
Getting ready for a fair or festival is an exciting yet, list-worthy process. When I first started selling my art, I (of course) googled checklists about what you will need to bring. Now that I’ve done a few events, I created a list for myself to prepare for each event. Below are my top tips for what should be on your Vendor Checklist.
I take some time to consider how I want to present my brand at the event. This is supported both before, during, and after the event. Signage, business cards, social media, and web presence all alert people to the fact that you’re going to be present at an event. Keeping the brand consistent and clear will help people start to recognize you. It can be as obvious as using the same logo consistently or as subtle as sticking to a few key colors in your booth.
Only the best, cleaned, and presentable pieces come to the event. Every time I start packing up my inventory, I clean up each piece and pack it carefully. If I have improved a certain design, I find ways to get rid of old or inferior inventory. Although it may be unpleasant to bring less inventory, it is important to present your booth with the most sellable items.
Take time to consider what makes sense to bring right now from inventory to supplies. Each situation presents specific needs. With time, you’ll learn to store items such as tents, signs, and backdrops in a way that works best for that specific event. For example, I don’t bring my cash box to every event. Instead, I’ll wear a pouch if the space doesn’t provide a full table.
The Little Things
Finally, I have a list of little things that I keep together in a bag to support every event. I typically keep this in my car so I don’t clutter up my booth.
- Masking Tape
- Extra price tags
- Notebook (for taking custom orders)
- List of inventory in storage
- Pen and Markers
- Extra tent weights
Each time I go to one of these events, I find that I simplify my list more. I’m curious if other vendors do the same. Let me know what you like to bring to fairs and festivals in the comments.
Here I go again on my own. Customers sometimes ask me if I have an Etsy shop. I have several reasons why I decided not to create an Etsy shop. Essentially, it doesn’t fit with my current values for Verderamade. Below are some of the reasons why artists and crafters might decide to strike out on their own. Continue reading