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Katherine Sakovich
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Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Mar 10th, 2014 at 2:34pm
 
We are doing our first art/craft show in a couple of weeks (Chapin SC).  How do you keep up with which items have sold?
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Re: Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Reply #1 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 4:12pm
 
NOt sure what you are asking.  Huh
  Most of the folks I know usually sign/number their pieces they make to sell--outside of small things like pens.  If you use "Square" or the like, then the info can be put on the receipt.  Or--just keep a running list of what sells??
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Re: Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Reply #2 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 4:41pm
 
Yes, that's what I'm asking.
We have pens, bowls, key rings, picture/note holders, and a few other items.
We were thinking of keeping a running list, but we aren't sure if that's a good way to go.
What do others do?
All of our items are numbered for our inventory, but they won't all have the numbers on them at the show.
For the ones with numbers, we can easily just write the number on the list. 
But for the other items, like key rings... they're all one price so they won't have individual tags/numbers on them.

We have a website, so when we get home I want to be able to remove the sold items from the website. 

Just trying to make it easy, not complicated.

I do use PayPal so I could include the item #s when using that, but if it's a cash sale I wouldn't be printing a receipt.

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Re: Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Reply #3 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 5:35pm
 
I haven't used paypal.
I use Square at shows on either my iphone or the ipad( if I can get it away from my beloved) & I think fees are less than paypal. Do use PP though when I sell online.
as for keeping track, I just watch and use running list---I usually don't have a huge amournt of inventory.
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Re: Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Reply #4 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 7:16pm
 
That sounds like the easiest way to do it.  I got the Paypal before I heard about Square.  That's a good idea to use the square at shows and pp online.  Thank you so much for the input.  It is MUCH appreciated!!!  Thumbs Up
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Re: Keeping up with sales at a craft/art show
Reply #5 - Mar 11th, 2014 at 9:52am
 
I keep an Excel spreadsheet with each item I have listed with boxes for the item description, price and and empty one listed as sold.  (since you have them numbered you could add a box for the item number).   If an item sells I check that box.  This way I can track what sells and can easily be totalled at the end of the day.)  Often I'll also put a cc beside that box it if was a credit card sale.

It's easy to then delete those items and resave the file for the next show.   I also use Square for credit card sales.
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