My 2011 Craft Bazaar Schedule

My 2011 Craft Bazaar Schedule

I have been doing bazaars now for about 6 years, and I would have to say, this year was slow and comparable to my very first year in sales. I bumped up my schedule and added two additional bazaars, both of which are fairly new bazaars, and for the flow of people, I didn’t do too bad.

I have been doing bazaars now for about 6 years, and I would have to say, this year was slow and comparable to my very first year in sales. I bumped up my schedule and added two additional bazaars, both of which are fairly new bazaars, and for the flow of people, I didn’t do too bad. The main bazaar that I do had less in attendance, and my sales showed it, but despite the lack in sales, I still had a great time. I am cleaned out of ornaments, and need to stock up on my ornament stash and start painting now in order to get my inventory back up.

I would have to say the hardest thing about doing bazaars is listening to some of the comments people say as they walk by and look at your table, they must think we can’t hear them from the other side of the table. At one bazaar I had several people ask me where I buy my pre-painted items that I am selling. I responded with, everything on this table is hand painted by “ME”, and they look at me in amazement. I guess because I paint in multiples it threw a few people off, I had to explain more than once the assembly line painting that I do….people just couldn’t figure it out. But amongst all of the off the wall comments, there are those wonderful shoppers that love everything you have painted and have a tough time deciding what they want to buy because they want it all. It is the shoppers like this that make all of the hard work worth while!

Among all of the shoppers I even ran into several fans of the Artist’s Club, and we shared ideas and chatted about painting, it is always great to meet painters who love what you do for a living. It may be a lot of work to prepare for my bazaars – well actually maybe if I started my painting now instead of two months before my first bazaar, I wouldn’t get so stressed out – I still enjoy painting, selling my items, and meeting new people each year. I think right now though, I am going to paint a few things for myself, bake some holiday treats with my boys, wrap some gifts, and just try and enjoy the season.

Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!

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  1. Good Morning,
    I wanted to tell you the items in your booth are darling and so well done!! I remember several years ago when you would go to the craft bazaars in our area, there would be booths filled with handmade articles like the ones you have. I couldn’t buy fast enough and it was what inspired me to want to start painting, but since that time, the majority are production company made or items that lack any kind of detail. For the most part I have quit attending, because the thrill taht came in finding that one of a kind handmade item no longer exists– I should have known when they quit having the decorative artists convention at our local Univerisity back in 1999 or 2000 that the craft would disappear and it did. Seeing your pictures really makes me long for the good old days.Keep up the great work!! Wish I lived close enough, it would be a buying frenzy. Have a great day!! Jacqueline.l

  2. Phyllis, since I live in Portland, Oregon, I do not do bazaars in the Wisconsin area, that would be fun, but not very cost effective for me. 🙂
    Mugs, as for pricing, I try to not have anything over $50, at my bazaars, it takes a special customer to pay that price. Most of my resin usually runs from $15 – $35, with some occassional $10 and $12 resin pieces. Most times I take the price of the surface and double that for an approximate cost and then make adjustments if I think I need to. If I bought it in a set, I sell them seperately unless it is a Nativity or something. All of my ornaments are $5 unless they are a really large surface then I increase the price up to maybe $6 or $8. Pricing is always a guessing game, but I try to have a range of prices that could appeal to a larger range of shoppers. Hope this helps……Thanks for your comments ladies! Diane

  3. Hi, I can relate to all you say about doing bazars and craft sales. Some people do speak far too loudly about their negative feelings. I still enjoy the positive ones and their smiling faces.
    One problem for me is pricing so that it is appealing to others and also to my pocketbook. I use alot of artist club resin products as well. Your ideas would be helpful. Thankyou for your beautiful books.
    Mugs