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Lee Watermann
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Mar 27th, 2016 at 7:01pm
 
What is your biggest seller at craft shows?
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Reply #1 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 8:27am
 
Hey Lee. It was nice talking to you a few weeks ago.
The couple of craft shows I do in the fall (trying to take advantage of the holiday shoppers), I sell mostly bowls in the $25-$45 range, and birdhouse ornaments, which I make only for these 2 shows. I rarely sell my more "artsy" items due to price but get surprised once in a while.
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Reply #2 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 9:37am
 
For me each show is different.  Once bottle stoppers & magic wands were the big sellers. Other time rolling pins, another ornaments, the last couple shows large bowls (12-14" $100) have been the popular items.

I always try to have an assortment.
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Reply #3 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 9:40am
 
Tops!  Won't make you rich but will likely pay your booth rent
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Reply #4 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 9:41am
 
its been pizza wheels for the few that I have done so far.
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Reply #5 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 1:31pm
 
For us it's been the "out of the ordinary" type items, burl hollow forms, natural edge items, birdhouses are always a staple as well as pendants.

Bowls, not so much unless they are FBE of something that's been enhanced and we are just recently doing basked illusion platters and vases and they sell REALLY well.
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Reply #6 - Mar 28th, 2016 at 8:27pm
 
Ron, what are your "basket illusion" patterns like? Not familiar.

Hi Jeff, Thanks for your input. talk again later.
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Reply #7 - Mar 29th, 2016 at 7:23am
 
Lee,

the platter on the left and the vase on the right are "basket illusions" for more examples of basket illusion, check out Harvey Myers site. Some of my patterns are original and some are take offs from a class I took with Harvey.

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Reply #8 - Mar 29th, 2016 at 8:58pm
 
Ron, extraordinary!
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Reply #9 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 7:34am
 
Utility bowls without a high gloss shine sell the best. When people want a bowl to actually use, the high gloss turns them away from it. If they want a center piece or decorative piece then the high gloss is fine. My large salad bowls sell wonderfully $150 - $200 range These are large 14-1/2" - 18" My small bowls sell for anywhere from $45-60  I don't fool with craft fairs because prices and the crowds down here want something for nothing. I only participate in Juried Art Festivals, much better crowds expecting to spend money. My art pieces are a serious addition to my sales so always have high end pieces and label the prices on them so everyone can see them. They will also draw people into your area/tent/popup.
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Reply #10 - Apr 22nd, 2016 at 5:27pm
 
Thanks Breck, do you ever have a low cost item in your mix. I am realizing the juried are above average.
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Reply #11 - Apr 23rd, 2016 at 7:50pm
 
Glad a lower sheen works for Brent, but every other comment I've seen here is that "shine sells."
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Reply #12 - Apr 26th, 2016 at 8:07am
 
I agree with Breck.  When customers are looking for a bowl they are going to use they don't want a glossy bowl.  If it is a utility type bowl they like to feel the wood and not the "plastic" feel of a high gloss finish.  For a display bowl gloss is preferred.
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Reply #13 - Jun 11th, 2016 at 3:50pm
 
We only sell through art galleries, most who want satin or semi - gloss. The say the gloss, which I prefer, looks "Artificial'

So, we give them what they want
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