When I attend any of these events, I walk around the exhibitor booths & I wonder how it's even possible that these vendors can even sell enough product to make up for the fees as well as the amount of hours they must be in their booth.
At the OC Fair, I saw a booth that is always at the OC Marketplace every weekend. As if that event doesn't cost enough, they were at the OC Fair, Anyone who knows me, knows that I have ball caps in every color imaginable & I buy headbands & scrunchies for my thick, long, curly hair, so I'm certainly not knocking this place. But how many caps & headbands do they have to sell to make a profit? The cheapest space I found (if you plan on pitching a 10 x 10 canopy outside is $2900. Now the fair is a 23 day event & the patron count was 1,337,167 in 2014. If you break it down... if you get the worst type of 10 x 10 booth outside in the California sun for 10 - 14 hours a day for 23 days July, it will cost $131 a day plus food costs, van rentals if needed, etc. A 10 x 15 space indoors will cost $190 a day.
There are vendors that do it every year & some of them (in fact a lot of them) say that they do very well at these events. They must because a lot of them turn around a few weeks late & exhibit at the LA county fair.
Anyway, back to the Craft fair that I found is sponsored by the Junior League of Orange County (JLOCC) being held at the Orange County fairgrounds 11/6 - 11/9 & it's $975 for the 3 days. This is their 40th annual "Holiday" event & it's a fundraiser to help women & children in need in Orange County as well as other important issues that need addressed in our county. I understand that the 5 to 6 thousand people that will be attending are much more affluent than the average guest that attends the OC Marketplace which I have done many times (I had very few "good" days). I also understand that these are people that have been coming for years & a lot of them are coming to do their Holiday shopping or to find that rare gift for someone they know that has everything they need.
I don't remember how I found out about this event but I read up on it & saw the cost involved & thought I wish I could afford to take a gamble & do it but what if I don't even make enough to pay for my expenses? Too scary, I thought forget it.
A few months ago I opened my Etsy shop ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerpetualTreasures2?ref=hdr_shop_menu ) & I've made a few sales there as well as on eBay. So last Thursday was a very flattering day for me, I was contacted by the chair of the JLOCC through my Etsy shop, she had run across my wreaths & she contacted me to invite me to be a part of their event. She said they have never had anything like my wreaths & she felt my product would be a big hit.
I wrote her back thanking her for noticing my product & for feeling that my wreaths were nice enough to display at her event but that I had some real concerns. She explained that of course there is a risk factor but in her opinion, I would do very well.
So after much consideration & a lot of digging deep inside for those guts I used to have when I competed in figure skating, I have decided to finally take this chance, I'm gonna "go for it."
So, if there is anyone out there that reads this yet (I know I just started the blog), please comment, pull for me & wish me luck. If you happen to have any rich friends or relatives, or know of someone that may need a xmas wreath or any type of wreath, please send them to the JLOCC Holiday Craft Fair @ The OC Fairgrounds 11/6 - 11/8.
Remember, these are the perfect gift for that person that you can't think of anything to get.
Excited & Scared At The Same Time,