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September 11, 2010

Church Craft Boutique

By chance I found out about a one-day craft boutique at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Winnetka. I called within the vendor registration deadline, but it was already full, so I was put on a waiting list. Last night I was rush called on a cancellation, and today I was set up to sell! Here's my table, all set up.

I took my vintage Pyrex, some crafty stuff I had on hand like my zipper pulls, button pins, matchbooks and handmade cards. And since I've officially signed up as a consultant as of this week, I took a Longaberger catalog and business cards, both to solicit orders and to encourage folks to schedule a home demo party.

There were about twenty five booths at the event. They did a good job of diversifying the products--from jewelry, to candles, t-shirts, baby/kid stuff, stained glass, knitters, Mary Kay, to Christmas ornaments, and cards/paper crafters. It was only the second year of the boutique, so they're still adjusting the format. Overall it was well organized. There was a flat table fee, and vendors then kept all their sales.

The day wasn't very successful for me financially, but I did meet a few other crafters I'd like to stay in contact with, and I gave out a lot of my own business cards for the Longaberger idea and for future Pyrex orders. The booth fee went directly to the church, so I'm considering it a donation of sorts. I've heard recently that people are 150% more likely to buy if the item is tangible, so I was testing that theory today vs just selling through my Etsy store, and I have my answer. As research, the experience was productive.

What kind of items are you looking for as a customer at fall boutiques? Please leave a comment on the blog.

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