I’m not sure why but I am frequently asked about how to get into the craft show circuit. I am no expert and I don’t claim to be. We did do about two shows a month last year and I guess people think doing that many shows gives us an edge? At any rate, I find myself repeating the same things over and over to different people until I finally decided to put it in writing so I can refer them here.
What I’m planning is a Wednesday series on the various topics related to getting into the craft show circuit. I’m not sure how many posts this will entail, but I assure you at the end of this series you will have the rudimentary knowledge you’ll need to get yourself out in front of the buying public as a professional crafter.
I’ll start by introducing myself today and next week I’ll delve into the first thing you’ll need to do…
My name is Ky (key) and I created Book-Inz, a patent-pending, handmade, fabric magnetic bookmark that stays on your book and in your book till you’re done reading. It’s very difficult to tell you how it works, Book-Inz has to be seen to be understood, but once you get it, you get why it’s so cool – as many readers can attest! I’ve started calling it Intelligent Bookmarkery.
I am by no means an expert in marketing, sales, or business. What I am is a seasoned craft show vendor who is also a nerd of epic proportions. What does this mean for you? I have a plethora of tips, tricks, ideas, and advice from all I’ve experienced, read, researched, and practiced and I am going to share this information with you. I am a bona fide, card carrying, don’t-even-need-to-advertise-you-can-just-tell nerd. Which means I read everything. Twice. And sometimes thrice. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. But what did stick and what did work I will be sharing here with you.
And when I say experienced, I really mean experienced. There have been many memorable moments…and some wish-they-weren’t-so-memorable-moments in my crafty career. But before I go there, I need to tell you how I got here. I’m a legal/numbers girl. I tell people my day job is reading the fine print. I actually manage contracts between owners and construction companies. Really fun (for me), really detailed, and really logical. Book-Inz is my left-brained, creative, and functional contribution to the world of book reading. Because I’m too logical to leave function behind. You’ve most likely read or heard the story of how Book-Inz began so I won’t go too much into it here. Just know that I needed a creative outlet to escape from the corporate life.
I do need to caveat that I live in Texas, therefore my legal tidbits will come from that perspective. I don’t claim to know how crafty business works in other states, I will leave you something to research after reading this novella. Nor will this information be about online selling. There is already a wealth of knowledge in that arena and my contribution would be nothing more than regurgitating what has already been said. What I aim to offer is how to get your crafty business off the ground and start selling at the craft shows – if that is the direction you want to go.
You’re reading this intro because I want you to understand I am just like you. Or rather, I was you, a couple years and many shows ago. I had no idea where to start, where to go, what to do…in hindsight, I did a lot of things backwards. But shoulda, woulda, coulda…right? Onward and upward…
See you next week, until then, Keep Calm and Read On!