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3/15/08 6:02 P

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You've hit upon the thing I dislike the most about shows, yard sales, etc. It's really hard for me to sit there while people disparage things you've made, or cared about. On the other hand, the money's nice, and the people who come back year after year to purchase something really make your day. At the big shows, you're too busy to think about anything, so it isn't much of an issue.

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3/15/08 9:53 A

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I haven't done shows for awhile - got burned out and it took the fun out of creating new pieces. But when I did do them thru the holiday season, the small shows would charge 35 to 60 a table. I always did a couple of the big shows in Seattle and paid 150-350. Small shows are fun but they can suck you dry - always "lovely" to sit there and have people examining your stuff, trying to figure out how you made it and deciding they "could" make it themselves. The irony is they never do...lol. It burned me out on making jewelry.

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3/14/08 11:23 P

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It's been a few years, but. . . While I griped when the colonial festival I attended went up to $450/space, my pastor (a superb carver)does a big show at the state fair grounds, and his booth fee is over $1200! Most of my booth fees were in the $250 range. You can't make a living, and pay the taxes and insurance, pay the mortgage and utilities, and feed all the family & animals on shows that only give you $200. (And some I did ended up costing me money, between gas and turnpike tolls, and no attendance at the show!)

Most people on the circuit choose one of two philosophies: they pay the $1000+ fees at shows where they can sell $10,000+ of inventory, but only do a few shows a year. Or, they do little shows most weekends, and only make a few hundred at a time. To make $36,000 a year, you'd have to bring in $750 a weekend. Sounds like a lot. But if 1/3 of that is materials cost, and 1/3 is show expenses and overhead, you only made a net profit of $12,000. And could you find a show that made you that much EVERY weekend of the year?

Anyway, shows that take a percentage help, in that you only pay on what you sell, so transportation and lodging if necessary are the only expenses if you pack your meals (which we always did. Camped out in the truck or camper at night as well.) The percentage is usually anywhere from 10-40%. For 40%, I don't expect to work the show. I expect them to set everything up, do all the selling, and prepare a written itemized list of what sold as well as a check (or cash).

Small shows put on by various civic groups can be as low as $10-$20 a table, but sales will be less. You should get at least 10 times booth fee in sales to be profitable.

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3/14/08 10:21 P

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For me it varies depending on the time of year. Around holidays is usually 35$ or more. I've had spaces as low as 10$ though (which are super nice) Most expensive I have done yet is 40$ and that is for a booth in my hometown around 4th of July.

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3/14/08 10:04 P

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The one I do at the Fair Grounds Walla Walla in Oct, our spaces which are 10' x 10' with a 7' table with additional tables are $45.00 for the F & S. I always do great at that one. The one at the Tillamook Fair Grounds was $35.00 for the space with a $10.00 fee for the table rental, same size as WW. It was S & S. Because of nice weather, most people were out on the beach, hiking trails or doing yard work so no one did well. I made under $70.00. Neither one take a percentage. The Shop I sell out of my space is 6' wide floor to ceiling for $20.00 a month and no fees. I can also share my space and share the cost if I want too. Of course there, everything is handcrafted. The WW sale is a mix.

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3/14/08 9:53 P

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I haven't done a booth for years. Mostly what I make people like it so much I end up giving it away thinking I can always make me another one, which I never do.

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I have been reading in the posts about people not making money at there craft shows to cover booth space. I was wondering what people are paying for space. I have only done one and the space amount was $25 dollars and I gave 15% to the place I was selling at because it was for a charity fundraiser. I think I made amount 275.00 for myself. I have another one on 5/4/08 and the fee is $35.00 and then I give them 10% of what I make because it is another fundraiser.

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