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Getting ready for the craft fair

Dear Fellow Crafter,

For the past several months I’ve been crafting my heart out in preparation for the upcoming craft fair. This fair, which I participated in last year, is wildly popular and I made my table fee in just one hour last year. As I said last week, I started out with deciding what my inventory was and what categories needed to be “beefed up”. After some minutes, I determined that I needed more birthday, baby, thank you, anniversary, get well and Christmas cards.

Over the last year, I have acquired some new dies, stamps and papers and I definitely wanted to use them. I grabbed my magazines and started researching Pinterest  for ideas. Once I decided on the sketches, I got out my papers, dies, stamps and embellishments. After I made my newest cards from my previous “mistakes” I was ready to really begin.

Once I made the cards, I determined which ones needed sentiments. I don’t always make cards for sale without sentiments but sometimes you need to, for instance: special baby cards or sympathy cards. I use sentiments I have collected over the years. After printing them out, I have to cut them out and glue them onto background paper and then attach them to the cards. Some of the cards were stamped instead. I then stamped my hallmark on the backs of all the cards and priced them.

After cataloging the cards, I started paper crafting  – boxes, bags, tags etc. With only a few days to go, I got out my check list to check off items I would need to bring with me – change, table cover, calculator etc.  What I really like about preparing ahead of time is that I can now (almost) relax and enjoy my life.

Are any of you a craft vendor this  year? Write and tell us about your experiences.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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11 thoughts on “Getting ready for the craft fair

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