Lafayette Craft Show Success!

Hi everyone!  Even if the Lancers of Lafayette High School in Chesterfield are the Eureka Wildcats biggest rival, I have to give them credit for putting on a great Craft Show.  Being fairly new to the Craft Show scene in St. Louis, I didn’t have any idea what craft shows were good and which ones were not worth the time and effort.  As anyone that participates in shows, you know they are a lot of work and end up being physically and sometime mentally draining!  So when you attend one that is well organized, not too expensive, with a good variety of vendors PLUS attracts a lot of buyers, you want to shout for joy!    It makes the hard work worth it!

That was the case with the Lafayette Craft Show I participated in on Saturday, December 3rd.  They had plenty of high school kids to help load and unload.  Which is the best!!!  I can’t say how much that helps make the day start and end on a good note!  All the kids that helped were so sweet and nice. But really what kid that plays in the Band isn’t!!

The organizers provided a free breakfast with a bottle of water AND gave out cookies to the vendors throughout the day.  I passed on the breakfast sandwich but the cookie came in handy since it was the only thing I had for lunch!  At one point during the day, some of the kids from the chorus group sang Christmas carols!  They were awesome!

The show started at 9am and at first I was worried that the crowd was a bit thin.  BUT the people that were there, were Buyers! I had several customers buy multiple items which was wonderful!  I ended up selling a lot and making some great new friends including Kathi Austin, a rep for Rodan&Fields skin care line.  She was really the nicest person with honest to God the most beautiful skin!  So of course, I am going to buy the entire line!  I’ll keep everyone posted if I turn into the most beautiful 57 year old mom in the World!  Ha Ha!

One of the items that I sell at these shows are my dolls.  I know that a lot of people look at them and think they are the ugliest dolls ever!  Those people are easy to spot….their facial expressions are really quite funny!  But I don’t care because for every ten people that turn their noses up at my dolls there is that one person that “gets them”!  They know right away that Tim Burton is my inspiration. They love what I have created and they love to talk about how the dolls were made and the story behind each doll and why I make them.  These people inspire me to keep going.  They are an eclectic, creative and “outside the box” group of women that range from young 20 somethings to 70 year old grandmas and I love every one of them.

The only negative I would have with this show is that it was pretty darn long.  It started at 9am and ran until 6pm.  The last two hours were a bit painful.  But at least it wasn’t a two-day show!  UGH I did one of those recently and man that second day was so not worth it!  Plus my weekend was totally shot!  I don’t think I’ll do one of those again!

So my overall rating for the Lafayette show is an “8.8” out of “10”.   My sales at these events are also considered in the ratings.  I use the Magdalen show in Wichita, Kansas to set the standard as it has been my most profitable event.  But even Magdalen didn’t get a “10” since they provide no help loading or unloading and the Vendor Perks was a bottle of water!

Here are the factors that make up my scoring of Lafayette Craft Show:

Booth Location and Space:  9

Cost of Booth: 10

Show Organization: 9

Variety of Vendors (more handmade crafts the higher the score: 8

Length of Show: 8

Sales: 8

Vendor Perks: 10

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