There will come a time in every crafter’s life when someone says you can sell those. That person will by one and then the ladies in the office start to buy some. All at once you know you can do big money at a craft fair or in a mall. We all start our dreams out this way. Then you start and find out when you have to make things it is no fun anymore. This pattern repeats itself over and over in my life.
Right now it is a shared booth in a mixed mall, called Ye Old Goat at 1919 C East Calumet Street Appleton, WI 54915, Info@YeOldGoat.com. I share two booths with my Sister and my father, selling a mix of handmade, upcycled, and new items. This is one of the few malls I have see that allow this mix and it has a great following. Check them out they just expanded into 2 more locations with even more great things to look at.
Malls will always be easier than the craft fair circuit, while you have a fee every month you do not have to move your “store” every weekend to find customers. My father is still working craft fairs at age 72 and the work is slowing him down. It will get hard even for a young person so consider that route carefully.
Now for the fun. We do a bit of everything which means we never burn out on one thing and the booth always looks fresh. One of the tricks for doing well is constantly changing things around. As grandma used to say “moved inventory is new inventory” and she was right as always.
Here are a few of the seasonal items my sister Sue did:
The decorated sleds are very trendy for front porch displays during the holiday season.
Here we make sure the booth looks seasonal and full. One of my favorite pieces is the faux window arrangement.
Here you can see a new wire rose piece of my dad’s an antique spice box and a Christmas arrangement, all set out for easy viewing.
So if selling is in your blood give it a try. A booth at a local church show can lead to a career if you have the drive to keep going even when things get rough. I have to admit my family has been doing this for 45 years in one form or another. Truth is, I will always make and sell, it’s what I have been trained to do.