Easy Crafts to Make or Sew and Sell at a Crafts Fair or Bazaar
Profitable Ideas That Make Money
Whether it is called a crafts fair, an arts festival, or a crafts bazaar, it is a great way to go out and meet the community. You can introduce your creative talent to them, and hopefully garner additional business from them. More importantly, selling your crafts gives you a chance to make money from your efforts. It is a great community project and can help you make money to support your favorite charity or organization.
There are some things to keep in mind, and some ideas for quick and easy crafts you can make for your crafts fair or bazaar that can bring in some money.
Sewing Ideas for Crafts Fair or Crafts Show
At a crafts fair or bazaar, there will likely be other crafts vendors, so you will need to make sure that your prices are competitive. Instead of thinking of items to sell, and then going to purchase supplies for them, consider starting with available supplies and decide what to make with them. If pine cones are falling off the trees and are available for free, I will see what kinds of items I can make with the pine cones. By keeping my costs low, I can offer the crafts at low prices at the crafts fair.
There may be other vendors with the same idea, so I will need to make sure that my idea for using the pine cones is creative, hopefully original, and something that my customers will be willing to buy. Note though that the supplies do not have to be available to everyone. You can find inexpensive supplies based on your lifestyle, or from a thrift store, auction, your friends or through Freecycle. You may have access to lavender, herbs, baby food jars, spaghetti sauce jars, cereal boxes, or wine bottles that other people do not, and you can take advantage of your unique sources.
Try to specialize in a particular idea or season. If you have a particular style, you may be able to present many crafts using that style. Think ahead to the season. In the summer, people may be thinking about picnics and need sun hats. In the fall, people may be thinking about the upcoming holidays and need table décor and gifts. Also think about the region. People who have an interest, such as sports, may enjoy seeing crafts in their team colors.
Have some big pieces to draw attention to your booth or table that can get you a big sale, but also have lots of little things that cost just a few dollars. Some people may want to buy something just to support your business and having something small and relatively inexpensive can give them a way to do that.
Sewing Ideas for Crafts Fair or Bazaar
- pillows for bed, floor, decorations
- grocery bags
- tote bags
- gift card holders
- coin purse or wallet
- bibs and baby clothes, sun hats
- shorts, pajamas
- placemats, napkins, potholders
- cup cozies and mug rugs
- coasters and table runners
- quilts, especially baby quilts, lap quilts
- wall hangings
- quilted postcards
- hair ties and hair bows
- stuffed animals
- name badges
- award ribbons
- pin cushions
- picnic blankets
- covers for cameras, iPads, laptops and other electronic devices
Crafts Fair Ideas for Woodworking
- Plaques with sayings on them
Other crafts fair ideas
- yard art
- outdoor seating
- lamps from wine bottles
- candles in mason or spaghetti sauce jars
- soaps and lotions
- pottery bowls, plates, vases
- key chains
- drawings and paintings
- storage for nails or beads made with baby food jars
- knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens
What do you buy at Arts Festivals and Crafts Fairs?
Other Ideas for your Crafts Fair
Think about presentation and marketing. If your items look professionally made and displayed, they will likely get more attention and get better prices than things that look like they are simply strewn around. Bright, colorful displays will be sure to catch your customer's attention.
Be sure to bring bags for people to carry your items, and sufficient cash and change. You may even consider selling food, water, and soft drinks, if permitted by the fair organizers.
It is helpful to bring a friend with you to man the booth, so you can have time to take breaks, look around, and talk to the other vendors. Make sure you keep it fun and have a good time.
© 2012 Shasta Matova