• Doing research on etsy.com and fellow bloggers to read about their own experience. It really helped to know what to expect.
• Bringing scissors, pens, pencils, and a clipboard.
• Having a checklist of items needed so I knew what to pack up the night before.
• Having a rolling suitcase to get my products and supplies from the car to the show.
• Creating a display that was two tiers. It gave the table a fuller look.
• Having display copies of cards, and packaged cards in single and five packs.
• Posting an event on Facebook- but be sure to do it before the day of the event.
• Having a tablecloth.
• Having cards that can be used for more than just the holidays.
• Standing, smiling and shining.
• Wearing my favorite bright green sweater that made me feel like a million bucks.
• Having support – in all meanings of the word.
What didn’t work:
• Having a tablecloth with crease lines.
• Not knowing the dimensions of the table before going to the fair.
• Having to write my name out on every receipt. Yuk.
• Going to work and taking time off for the fair.
• Packaging and putting price tags the night 'til midnight then going to work at 8 am.
• Having “Happy New Years Cards”- No one was thinking that far ahead.
• My buttons. Still gotta figure why.
What to do next time:
• Bring adhesive mailing labels. To label receipts, products, etc.
• Wash and dry the tablecloth before hand.
• Have a sample of the custom orders.
• Find shows that are well publicized.
• Have more products at a lower price.
• Tell more people, post more flyers, make my friends come ;)