Tis the season to sign up and pay for craft fairs. We go hoping to make money. It would be good to make money. I need to cover the cost of my beads and beading addiction. It is imperative that one cover the cost of the booth.
I have been accepted for a couple of handmade items only craft fairs…. then have been located next to someone selling items that are not handmade. They sell them for very cheap prices. Once, I was next to a man selling large hole beads for $2. The beads are manufactured in a far away land no less (obviously not handmade to the people running the craft fair). At another craft fair, a woman was selling manufactured bracelets that looked like ones sold by Fire Mountain Gems. She looked at some of my items and asked question that revealed her total lack of jewelry making knowledge. FMG was selling the bracelets for $2.50 reach, she sold hers for $9.99. She sold a lot, I sold a little.
Said one person about them, “I haven’t done a craft fair for the past two years because I am tired if people standing in front of my booth discussing how they can make my product cheaper. Some even have nerve to ask for instructions. Rant over.”