Last year, I was a craft vendor at Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY. I’ve been doing craft shows for about 5 years now, and out of all the shows I’ve ever done, I had the best sales and the most fun at this show last year. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to do any craft shows this year because of my work schedule. But after walking out of the worst job ever last month, I quickly signed up for some craft shows. I have 5 scheduled so far for this holiday season. The first one I signed up for was Holy Childhood.
Holy Childhood does also charge a large fee for a booth – $75 – but we made out very well last year, and wanted to do this one again. I signed up for a 10×10 spot with electricity, and requested a spot in the gym or cafeteria. From past experiences at other shows, I have learned you want to be where the most other vendors are. You don’t want to be isolated, because you will not get the traffic, and you just spent money on a booth fee with no return.
I received an email last week, stating I would be either in the gym or cafeteria, and will not be in the hallway.
This was a good 45 minute drive and we had to be there at 7am to set up. When we got there, we could not find our spot anywhere. I found someone who was working for Holy Childhood and asked him where my spot was. He said I was in the board room. Umm… board room? He takes us to the room, and it was a tiny room with 3 other vendors, that was it.
Seriously…. I was seeing fire. This was NOT what I was promised, and I did not pay $75 to be stuck in a room with Tastefully Simple (who, in my opinion, do not belong in a craft show). I told him this was unacceptable, and I was more likely to leave and get my money back than to sit in a tiny room with no traffic all day. He said he would contact the director and see what he could do.
Fortunately, he came back and said they had a spot for me in another room with 14 other vendors, and that they would be directing all traffic into this room as well. We set up in that room and actually loved our new spot. (We also found out that the other vendors also did not want to be in that tiny room, so they placed them in other rooms as well).
This was the front of our booth. We had these “cubbies” and I placed my un-paper towels in them, front and center. Chris placed white lights behind them for me.
On the one side, I had vinyl embroidered pet placemats, pet bandanas, and fleece hats & scarves.
On the other side I had my soy candles, and all my Swiffer replacement products, such as dusters, sweeper pads and wet-jet pads.
We had a LOT of traffic in this room, all day long. We met so many nice customers, and were so happy to see customers that remembered us from last year! So many bought my Swiffer replacement products and un-paper towels last year, and came back for more! That is the best compliment ever.
I nearly sold out of my pads for the swiffer sweepers, and the fleece dusters, and sold tons of other stuff, like candles, un-paper towels, placemats and even fleece hats and scarves. Needless to say, when we packed up, our load was a lot lighter than when we got there!
And at the end of the day, we did even better than we did last year! This is the best show we’ve ever done! We are thrilled with the results, and thrilled that Holy Childhood accommodated our needs for a new space. We had so much fun! Can’t wait to go again next year, we wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Oh, and by the way, they are known for their pies. I bought a peach blackberry pie last year and it was to-die-for. We bought another one today, and Chris and my parents each bought Apple Crumb pies. They made over 1,000 pies for this event today, and they sold out by late afternoon! That is a LOT of pies!!