Crafts & Hobbies Information

Craft Fairs, Bazaars & Flea Markets?Oh, My!


Many names are associated with events such as these. Craft Fairs, Bazaars, Flea Markets and Swap Meets are a few names you can find. Whatever the name?they all mean the same thing. They allow you to meet new and interesting people (hopefully customers), spend quality time with your family and more of course most importantly make some extra cash. But, before you debut your first table at one of these events, getting yourself prepared is the first step. The following is a guideline you can follow to help make sure you're ready.

1. First of course you'll want to find events that are held in your area. This is about the easiest task of all. You're sure to find them everywhere. Check you local newspaper, browse bulletin boards, and watch for fliers.

2. Next, attend a few local events yourself. Take a look around and view things from a customer's point of view. Which tables caught your eye first and why? What sort of products/merchandise is being carried? Most importantly, what's isn't there? Try to visualize how you'd like your table to look.

3. Once you've found the event you'd like to attend, reserve your table. Most events have an event manager. Find out who's in charge and contact them. Pricing will vary from one event to the next. Be sure to find out the average attendance to make sure it's worth the money. Don't forget to ask questions such as the availability of electricity (if needed), the size of your "booth", anything forbidden?

4. Make sure you have enough inventory. Stock up on catalogs, brochures and business cards. Make a list of all the supplies you'll need. Are you going to have samples available? You can find a printable check-list at http://www.mommyshelperonline.com/event-checklist.zip.

5. Decide what types of payments are going to be accepted. Are you only accepting cash? Do you have the ability to accept credit cards? Are you going to take checks? Does your bank accept check from customers out of the area?

6. Make a lead box. Lead boxes can be a great way to gain a mailing list, future or even repeat customers. One thing you can do with you lead box is hold a contest. An easy way to make a lead box is to take an ordinary cardboard box, cover it in decorative contact paper and cut a slit in the top. Print out entry forms with blanks for name, address, phone number and email address. Of course if you offer catalog parties or home parties, be sure to have a place asking if they're interested in holding one.

7. Set up your display at home to get a feel of how it will look at the event. By doing this you can take your time in arranging and re-arranging your display so you'll be ready for the event. The look and feel of your display has a large impact on your sales.

8. Recruit family members. You can make your events more family-friendly by assigning everyone a job. Spouses are great for helping un-loading and loading your merchandise, setting up and tearing down your display. Spouse also come in handy to "watch your table" if you need to step away. Smaller children can help bag/box up products that are sold, hand out business cards and catalogs or even meet and greet customers. Don't forget to bring along some fun things for children incase of the dreaded boredom.

9. Put on a smile. Don't just sit behind your table looking bored. Smile and greet visitors as they walk by or more importantly "stop in". Ask them if they're enjoying the event, how they're doing. Be friendly.

10. Have fun!

About the Author
Anita DeFrank a WAHM of two and co-owner of DirectSalesHelpers.com which was created specifically for those in Direct Sales. Do you find yourself asking how to make more sales? The above is only a small taste of the wealth of information available at http://www.directsaleshelpers.com. Stop on in if you're serious about your direct sales company and want to know how you can make more sales.


MORE RESOURCES:
Reducing Depression with Hands-On Activities  PsychCentral.com

Hands-on activities including knitting, gardening, and woodwork can get you out of your head, helping to reduce depression.


Youth Fair to Take Non-Animal Entries April 30  Centralia Chronicle

The Spring Youth Fair will be accepting all non-animal (still life) entries 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.


Ladies Night at Machinery Row Bicycles | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

We're throwing a party for all the awesome women and female-identifying cyclists in the Madison area!


Making Flyers with Canva | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Learn the basics of Canva—a web-based product that helps you create beautiful flyers, social media posts, and more. You may bring your own laptop, otherwise ...


Debra L. Bedaw  The Keene Sentinel

Debra L. Bedaw. Debra L. “Debbie” (Frazier) Bedaw, 65, a longtime resident of Keene, died on Sunday, April 21, 2019. She passed away peacefully in the ...


Friends of the Hudson Library announce spring book sale  Hudson Star Observer

Winter has been rough, but spring is taking hold quickly and now is the time to stock your bookshelves for a summer of reading. The Friends of the Hudson ...


Fun and Interesting Ideas for the Budget-Minded Hobbyist  Anti Aging News

People of any age and ability can find fun, interesting hobbies to throw themselves into, and don't have to cost an arm and a leg.


Roll up your sleeves and learn a new skill at the Ultimate Women's Expo  AZCentral

Pick up tips to improve your DIY, remodeling, sewing and financial knowledge.


AO festival seeks vendors  Early Bird Newspaper

GREENVILLE – The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is still accepting applications for Vendors and Concessionaires for the 2019 festival, which will take place ...


Consumers don't mind deleting emails before reading  DigitalCommerce360

A new report finds that even though email open rates may have slightly increased in 2018, shoppers are deleting many emails before they open them. A new ...


5 questions with a Johnson City transplant: Why she loves Johnson City  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Meet Stacey Sanford, a Johnson City transplant who moved to the area 12 years ago from West Florida. Sanford is a big fan of the outdoors and likes everything ...


Spring Book Sale next weekend at Cape Coral Library - cape-coral-daily-breeze.com | News, sports, community info.  Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's time again for an immensely popular, multiple day event at the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library. This year's Spring Book Sale will be held ...


Bluprint Makes Good on Its Promise to Be the Netflix of Crafting  Decider

Wondering what the deal is with NBCUniversal's crafting streaming *service* Bluprint? From how much it costs to what it includes, here's your guide to everything ...


From Hobby to Side Hustle: How to Get the Most Out of Your Side Gig  Thrive Global

Lately, the idea of the 'side hustle', a part-time hobby that can be monetized, has been taking off with enterprising and budding entrepreneurs. Those who enjoy ...


Lucille Vogel, 97  Grand Island Independent

Lucille Elizabeth (Jungst) Vogel, 97, of Grand Island passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward's ...


In what was once Sinclair Lewis' ballroom, Duluth startup develops...  Duluth News Tribune

This is what the 4 p.m. meeting looks like at MC-Cubed, one of Duluth's newest startups and the only one that has its headquarters in the top-floor ballroom of the ...


Calling all farmers and artisans | Local Columnists | union-bulletin.com  Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Tractor Supply is calling for makers and bakers. The Walla Walla store, 1425 W. Rose St., seeks farmers, crafters, artisans and more who want to sell their ...


Listing of the Day: 3524 Arlington Boulevard  ARLnow

Todays Listing of the Day is a 1930s renovated colonial located at 3524 Arlington Boulevard.


Charleen Woodyard  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

HUME — Charleen Woodyard, 94, of Hume passed away at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday (April 17, 2019) at her residence in Hume. Funeral services will be held at 2 ...


Yarn Junkie: Women of color crochet the nurturing bonds of love and identity  Milwaukee Independent

Jonah Larson and his family made a special trip from La Crosse to Yarn Junkie and Gifts on April 6, visiting the black-owned yarn shop near Milwaukee to join a ...


OKC Railroad Expo underway at State Fair Park  NewsOK.com

Model train enthusiasts of all ages are welcome at the OKC Railroad Expo underway at State Fair Park.


OKC Railroad Expo draws fans of all ages to State Fair Park  NewsOK.com

It's easy to get intrigued by the scaled landscapes, train tracks and railway cars set in their own miniature railway world. Model train enthusiasts of all ages visited ...


Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties  Tampa Bay Times

For foodies. Taste of Pasco: The celebration of food from Pasco County will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 27 at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion, 11919 Alric Pottberg ...


Try knitting for your mental health  The Daily Evergreen

On March 3, I learned to knit. I bought some cheap knitting needles, a skein of blue yarn and spent an hour struggling with my first row. I didn't suddenly age 40 ...


Raina Eberly, PTSD researcher, dies at 66  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Raina Eberly and her husband, Brian Engdahl, were professional partners and life partners. Both received doctorates in counseling psychology from the ...


Early Easter vibes at Sunday market  New Era Live

SWAKOPMUND - With Easter just around the corner, the vibes in Swakopmund are picking up speed, and the popular monthly Sunday Market, which is in its ...


AT THE LIBRARY: Libraries offer many services | The News  The News

Libraries, especially public libraries, hold many different roles for each of us in each of our communities, and that often changes too – depending upon where are ...


Obituary: Thelma George (4/15/19)  Carroll County News

Thelma Geraldine George, 85, of Fort Worth, TX, formerly of Berryville, AR passed away April 11, 2019. Gerry, as she was called by family and friends, was born ...


Weekend Events — Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21  Monitor

WEEKEND. STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT. Join a Town Lake staff member for a 30-minute workout on a paddleboard. WHEN Noon Saturday and ...


Society promotes preserving aspects of medieval life  Gadsden Times

For some, the appeal of the Society for Creative Anachronism is easy to identify.“I get to hit my friends with sticks, and I won't go to jail for it,” Russell of Chelsea ...


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Can the Symptoms Be Managed?  reportshealthcare.com

In modern day life, knowledge of mental health and related issues has become more common than ever. More and more people are now aware of the many ...


Millennials Are Ready For Crafting, But Is The $36B Crafting Industry Ready For Them?  Forbes Now

Millennials are adopting crafting as a way to personalize things and express creativity. The largest segment of crafters is between the ages of 18-and-34 yrs.


Prairie students develop 'buddies'  Fort Morgan Times

Editor's note: Prairie High School student Emma Martinez wrote and submitted this story to The Times.


Bringing history to life  Winnipeg Free Press

Darryl Audette started building models when he was 12 years old. “I always built ships and planes and stuff like that and would throw them on the roof when I ...


Bette Louise (Kirkman) Lewis  Hibbing Daily Tribune

Bette Lewis, of Fredericksburg, Va., (formerly of Hibbing) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on March 18, 2019. Her passing was due to ...


Community calendar | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Benjamin Prescott Chapter meeting, 1 p.m., Patterson Library, 40 S.


You Don’t Have to Be Good at Art to Benefit from an Artistic Hobby  Artsy

Growing up, I had the hobbies of an aspiring arts-and-crafts maven. As a wee kid, I devoted my free time to gleefully drawing cats, cutting up catalogs for ...


Minnetrista Is Your Year-Round Gathering Place!  Muncie Journal

The home of the Ball jar and the Ball family legacy, Minnetrista connects people, encourages engagement, and improves the quality of life of our community.


Hobbies shared in public craft store in Elyria | Lorain County  The Morning Journal

J&L Handmade Crafts in Elyria is a new store selling hand-crafted home and outdoor goods.


Humanities, crafts aren’t ‘hobbies’  Pune Mirror

They are food for the soul and can put food on your table, too. After decades of favouring technical academic subjects over the humanities, in fact pushing and ...


Hobby Lobby to open store in Marshall | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Marshall area residents asked for a Hobby Lobby store and their wish has been granted. Hobby Lobby is set to share retail space with Ashley ...


Diane Jeanne Hones, 90  Antigo Times News

Diane Jeanne Hones, age 90 of Birnamwood, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2019 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg surrounded by her family. She was ...


Up Close & Personal – Kristina Laurito | Northeastern PA's Entertainment Site  The570

Kristina Laurito often can be found spinning yarn somewhere in Scranton. She makes and sells jewelry, clothing and accessories as well as her hand-spun yarn, ...


Infuse Your Booze! + Decanter Etching Workshop (April Edition)  Madison.com

We had so much fun with this workshop the first time that we're doing it again! Maybe you've got a thing for craft cocktails and artisanal ingredients and want to.


Art & Craft Fair | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with over 100 vendors at American Family's annual Art & Craft Fair! This event is free and open to the public. There.


Meghan Markle's Surprising Hobby Is Becoming More And More Popular  HuffPost

Meghan Markle has a particular hobby that's recently experienced an increase in popularity ― and it might be one you've looked up on Pinterest, too.


Mini Watercolor Painting with Ricki Bishop | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Even if you've never picked up a brush before you will leave Ricki's workshop with at least two frameable mini (3"x 4") mini watercolors. All supplies are provided ...


Art Spin "Collaborate" | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Bring your families and join us for an afternoon of hands-on fun! Our friends from the Very Special Artists (VSA) Wisconsin choir will serenade us as we use ...


Hobby Lobby grows across America: photos, review  Business Insider

Hobby Lobby, the privately owned arts-and-crafts store chain, currently operates 800 stores across 47 states. It plans to open 60 more stores and hire 2,500 new ...


20 New Hobbies to Fall In Love With This Winter  CafeMom

Learn something new and banish cabin fever with these unique indoor hobbies for adults.


Finding Gear for Teens to Try Out Hobbies  The New York Times

Wirecutter has recommendations for helping tweens and teens explore their creativity.


Got a hobby? How personal interests can enrich your life  WXYZ Detroit

What are your hobbies? Yeah, I know. I can almost hear the groans, "Who has time for a hobby?!" But whether it's arts and crafts or collecting classic cars you ...


How to Make Paper Snowflakes the Easy Way  Real Simple

Whether you're making a Christmas garland or DIY window decorations, learning how to make paper snowflakes is the easiest way to make your home feel ...


Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Taylor Rushing  Madison.com

Come draw, paint and listen to music, bask in good vibes and see live chip-carving and whittling while Taylor creates some new tramp art constructions.


Bike-O-Rama - Midwest's Largest Bicycle Sale | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

The Midwest's largest bicycle sale features thousands of bicycles under one roof, at the lowest prices of the season. Comparison shop, test ride, accessorize and ...


The Highlands Is Getting a New Hobby — The Hobby Lobby, That Is  Wheeling Intelligencer

TRIADELPHIA — Quilters, crafters and home decorators, ready those handpainted shopping bags: Hobby Lobby is coming to The Highlands. The Oklahoma ...


T-Shirt Decorating with Girl Wonderful | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Need a fun outing to break up the last days of your Spring Break staycation? We've partnered with Girl Wonderful and Yummy Sprout to create a morning of ...


Vision, Balance & Mobility for Active Cyclists | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

How is vision connected to your cycling performance? Why does spinal mobility matter for off road riding? How can improved balance off the bike make you ...


Kelley sisters, Plum Bazaar are Emporia mainstays | Area News  Emporia Gazette

The Kelley sisters are no strangers to meeting the arts and crafts needs of Emporia's downtown shoppers.


Giving away yarn can be fun  MyCentralJersey.com

It appears now that I don't have any of that smokey yarn from Sarah left, people from knitting groups are finally...


New life for empty store: Hobby Lobby coming to Franklin  Daily Journal

A well known arts, crafts and home decor store is coming to Franklin, filling a big box vacancy along U.S. 31.The former Kroger grocery store in Northwood Plaza ...


Animal Superpowers | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Did you know that animals have superpowers? Join a specialist from the Dane County Humane Society and learn about incredible adaptations that give animals ...


I like crafting  Newsday

Hobbies I enjoy are piano, writing, math, and swimming, but my favorite thing to do is crafts. I like to make miniature places like mini campsites out of paper, glue, ...


Memory Cloth Circle Workshop | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

In honor of Women's History Month Memory Cloth Circle members invite children and adults to remember women who inspired them, tell their stories and stitch ...


Cartoons and Comics Workshop - A Very Bubbler Saturday  Madison.com

Calling all comic book lovers, graphic novel gurus, aspiring artists, and cartoon enthusiasts! Dive into the world of cartooning and superheroes. Using simple ...


Good Day Market Holiday Edition | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Good Day Market is a highly curated shopping event featuring well-made handmade home & lifestyle goods and the people that make them. This year we'll have ...


You Do You: In Defense of Non-Readers and Reading What You Want  Book Riot

Why non-readers and readers of genre and popular fiction shouldn't have to defend their choice to read what they want or as little as they want.


Hobby Lobby opens in West Allis  Milwaukee Business Journal

The store fills part of the space that previously was a Kmart store.


Winter Bike Week 2019 | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

Winter Bike Week 2019 Celebrates Year Round Biking.


Pinterest fans rejoice! Craft studio opens in Raleigh that's perfect for pinners  WTVD-TV

Knack: DIY Craft Studio opened at 1131 Falls River Avenue in Raleigh. The store allows people to pop in and get crafty.


Craft trends for 2018 – Craft ideas – Hobby craft – Arts and crafts  Ideal Home

2018 will see the rise of new more specialist crafts becoming main stream as the nation gets more adventurous, but what craft trends are falling?


Hobby Lobby closes Depew store  Buffalo News

The Hobby Lobby store at 2090 George Urban Blvd in Depew has closed. Hobby Lobby has remaining stores at 6743 Transit Road in Lancaster, 3701 McKinley ...


Make money doing the things you love- your hobbies! Cash in on your passion!  ABC15 Arizona

Cash in on your passion! You can get paid for your hobbies!


30 hobbies to try in 2019 in Asheville  AVLtoday

Whenever we ask you (our readers) what you love about WNC, one of the biggest responses we hear is the range of things to do. From hiking + rock climbing to ...


Everyone Needs a Hobby, Right? Mine is Collecting Transformers  knue.com

There's the saying Everyone needs a hobby which usually involves something that brings you enjoyment or a moment of relaxation. Mine is to show off my ...


Book review: ‘Knits for girls and young juniors’ by Lee Gant  MyCentralJersey.com

On Lee Gant's Facebook timeline is a photo of a motto that says, “If you want the best from the world, offer your...


Norfolk Makers' Festival: try your hand at a new craft or hobby | Norfolk and Suffolk Lifestyle News  Eastern Daily Press

Is one of your new year's resolutions to sew, knit, crochet, paint, weave, quilt, draw or felt? The Norfolk Makers' Festival at The Forum might be able to help.


5 craft hobbies to try  BT.com

Looking for a new hobby? Here are five great crafts you can try for yourself.


Holiday Craft Fair | Crafts and hobbies  Madison.com

The annual St. Albert the Great Holiday Craft Fair will be held November 17, 2018 in Sun Prairie. This popular area craft fair features artists, crafters, vendors and ...


Black Friday Craft Bar- NEW Holiday Projects Revealed!  Madison.com

Need a break from the Black Friday crowds and cyber deals, or looking for an alternative to the shopping frenzy? Let us help you get a jump on your holiday.


NBCU's Revamped Bluprint Draws Up An E-Commerce Future For The Media Giant  Forbes

NBCUniversal's revamped, rebranded hobbyist-education site Bluprint is also a crucial experiment in bringing e-commerce to traditional TV. NBCU is hoping to ...


Planet Fitness coming to Sandy Plaza; Hobby Lobby is potential tenant  The Courier-Express

An official from the real estate company, which owns the Sandy Plaza located at Route 255 and Shaffer Road in Sandy Township, has confirmed that a new ...


'Making It' review: Amy Poehler craft show is a charming reminder that we are in the grips of a cutesiness epidemic  Chicago Tribune

"Making It," a crafting competition show on NBC, is so genuinely good-hearted and adorably inventive that it's darn near impossible to criticize.


Another Aran hat for charity  MyCentralJersey.com

I haven't given up on charting the Aran hat with the diamonds of Irish Moss and the Honeycomb panels, but I decided to try something else first. So I cast on for ...


Insights: NBCU Crafts Bluprint For A New Kind Of Influencer  Tubefilter

NBCUniversal's revamped Bluprint online channel is creating a new kind of influencer who can teach and entertain, while driving e-commerce opportunities.


The Importance of Distraction for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis  Juvenile Arthritis News

Growing up, it wasn't uncommon for my peers to have after-school activities to go to every day. As a child with juvenile arthritis, I couldn't imagine doing ...


Crafter’s paradise: The business of creativity is worth $44 billion  Quartz

The total size of the US creative industry is now $43.9 billion, according to new research from the Association For Creative Industries, until recently known as the ...


Works from local artists showcased at new arts and crafts storefront in Highland  Belleville News-Democrat

Business news: information about the grand opening of Highland Arts and Crafts, an art supply and consignment store located in Highland, IL in southern Illinois, ...


10 Hobbies You Can Turn Into a Side Hustle  The Motley Fool

If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. It's an old truism repeated often for a reason. The average person spends around 90,000 hours at ...


Engineer by training, craftsperson at heart  Nature.com

Duanduan Han describes how she has made her lab experiments and hobbies complement each other.


Dark Magick: A creepy twist on crafts  The New Hampshire

The leaves turn yellow, the air gets colder, Halloween creeps nearer, and the Dark Magick Arts and Crafts Faire returns to Portsmouth, NH, for its third year.


25 Hobbies You Can Transform into a Small Business  Small Business Trends

With a little research and investment, it really is possible to turn these 25 pastimes into hobbies that make money as a small business.


Hobby Lobby secrets | Everyday Cheapskate  The Star Democrat

I was late to the party but somehow managed to catch up quickly. Up until about three years ago, I'd never stepped foot into one of the national chain's 800-plus.


Are Craft Therapy & Art Therapy the Same?  PsychCentral.com

Craft therapy and art therapy offer many of the same mental health benefits. They use similar strategies. But are they the same thing?


Hobby Lobby opens in Effingham | Local News  Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Area residents have been waiting a long time for Hobby Lobby's grand opening, which happened Monday morning at its location at 1006 North ...


Oregon College of Art and Craft closing leaving students concerned, heartbroken  KGW.com

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon College of Art and Craft has been a Portland institution for 112 years providing a place for students to study as well as ...


Airbnb is offering guests the chance to try Britain's most critically endangered crafts  Countryliving (UK)

Airbnb is offering guests the chance to try their hand at paper marbling, woodworking, weaving and even wagonmaking in a bid to save some of Britain's most ...


Where Americans Find Meaning in Life | Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project

Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.


The craft hustle: It can be grueling, but these Iowans are doing what they love — and making money, too  Des Moines Register

For crafters, this time of year is their Super Bowl — and no detail is too small when you're trying to stand out among hundreds of other vendors.


Meet the people making a living live-streaming their niche hobbies, travel adventures, and everyday lives on Twitch  Business Insider

Twitch — a subsidiary of Amazon — has become synonymous with the boom in video game livestreaming. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the most popular "Fortnite" ...


home | site map
© 2006