How much to bring?

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  1. Sep 21, 2017 #21

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    Put some eo in a little plastic cup and do the same with an fo- show them the results
     
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    Very interesting, and very seldom have a person questioning Lard or tallow or complain about it. I sell anywhere from Harbor City, Norco, Pasadena and the folks do not complain. While most of my soaps are Tallow/Lard combo I also make Vegan Soaps for the few that prefer no animal fats.
     
  3. Sep 21, 2017 #23

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    This is another thing my customers never ask about. I think in the last 15 or so years I've been doing this I can count on 1 hand how many times I've been asked if my fragrances are "natural" or EO's... It's just something in my area that nobody really cares about. They just want a soap that will clean them and smell good while doing it.
     
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    To plan well you really need to know what the expected attendance will be. Since they have approx 200 vendors, it sounds like a big event. If they've been doing this show for a while, ask the event coordinator what the foot traffic attendance has been in the past. The gift giving time of year is coming up so many people go to craft fairs with that in mind.

    A 6' x 30" table won't give you a lot of flat space so plan to add vertical display space. Not only will you be able to add more product, it adds a lot to visual interest. Use solid colors (table cloth, display items, etc) that won't detract from the soap since the soap bars can get visually sucked into a pattern. Zany's posted photo is an excellent example and isn't a large investment, money wise. It's also easy to pick up an inexpensive flat sheet at Walmart to use as a table cloth.

    I just finished my biggest show of the year; our county fair. It's a 4 day event with approx 33,000 bodies through the gate. I took almost 500 bars of soap in about 50 scents and sold over of half my inventory. I always make various scent profiles so I have a bit of something for everyone; masculine, floral, fruity, clean, EO's only, and this time of year, holiday scents. I'm only giving you these numbers so you can roughly judge sales against attendance.

    It's a good idea to make a bit of lotion. When people are buying as gifts, many like the combo of a bar and a lotion. You don't have to make a lot but choose the most popular scents (like lavender EO) and make a couple bottles. I usually pick a few of the floral and fruity scents since those seem to be the most popular scents people like in the combo.

    Good luck and I hope it goes well!:)
     
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  5. Dec 3, 2017 #25

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    Dying to know... how did it go???
     
  6. Dec 5, 2017 #26

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    Thank you Zany for remembering! I took a picture before people came in of my table. Is sitting in my phone, so I may post later.

    I actually had lots of fun, the other vendors in my side of the house where super nice. I think I did good, at least compared to others. Sold 1/3 of my inventory! The lady next to me selling silk scarfs sold nothing :(

    And I ask around on other areas, and some of the girls said that if you make your booth fee, you are doing good. I made 4x my booth, so I guess is not bad? I also had many people interested that took my card, so we shall see.

    I also got a commission for a small painting, and I had no paintings for sell. So I guess that is a plus too!

    Lots of work, and time consuming. The vendor parking was like 8 blocks from the place, and my feet are so tired.

    I might do it again next year, but I think that will be the extend of my selling. I wish I could find a store or supplier. Not sure how to do that.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2017 #27

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    Great! Not only did you have fun, but you made some friends, sold some soap, got a commission for a painting -- and the best part, you had your first show!
    Time for the Happy Soaper's Dance! happy-feet-penguin.gif

    Oh, almost forgot your tired feet. Poor thing. I know that feeling. There's so much involved ahead of time, and during, that it really drains you. You might want to ask a friend to go along and help you next time? It's a lot to do alone.

    Your wish for finding a place to sell your soaps is within reach... While resting up over the next few days, visualize likely shops/businesses to approach and just drop in and see if there's any interest. The worst that can happen is they say "No, thank you."

    One soaper I know sold "Gardener's Soap" to a plant nursery near her home. Her labels had seeds enbedded in them.

    Another soaper made soap for a few B and B's around town.

    Several Colorado soapers sell wholesale all over the country. I'm happy making soap for one wholesale account in Mobile. You just hafta ask and one thing leads to another.
     
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    lol Thank you Zany. It would be more like a flamingo dance, not a penguin. Nearly 80 degrees today here. Can you believe it?

    I did not go alone. My oldest son stayed with me the whole time, and did the heavy lifting. Not only that, I probably would have sold nothing if it was not for him. He sold my soaps like no one else!

    There was another person selling soaps in the fair, however, all her stuff was made with only lavender (I think she grows it?). She had beautiful stuff, but her soaps were priced nearly double than mine, so I had people come back :mrgreen: And funny that her son (like 7 years old) had 5 dollars to spend, and he came and bought one of my bars that had a toy embed. His dad was talking about how much soap they had in the house already ...... (I know the feeling)
     
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    Congratulations on your market doing well for you. I am finding in my area, at least, sales are down approx 30% from last year.

    As for the person having only lavender, I have never understood the thinking of having one type product, fragrance etc., it limits your market severely and is why I have many different formulas other than vegan with no palm other than a 100% OO. Eight blocks with no shuttle for vendors is to far for parking in my opinion.
     
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    So glad everything went well. I too have had a drop in sales at the shows I did this year about 25-30%.
     
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    Interesting. Then I probably did not do bad. Several people picked up early and left .... I also got good tips. Did not know about the free credit card thing, and another lady told me about to fairs that a farm place does that are free to join! And is like less than 10 miles from where I am now.

    I was wondering about the left overs .... I will be giving quite a bit for Christmas, but if I save some for like Valentine sales, will it go bad? is only 2 to 3 months old. I know MP can last for a looong time, but not sure about CP.

    If so should I take them out of the shrink wrap? What is your opinion on this? Thank you all.
     
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    CP should be fine for the most part. I just store the same fragrance in those paper baseball card storage boxes and they last a really long time. I put them in my misfits container (discounted) when they start to lose their scent or if they get a little banged up. I use shrink bands. Sometimes just need to hit them a bit with the heat gun to shrink back up a little.
     
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    Thank you!

    Here is a picture of my table before it started :)

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    It looks very nice SunRise. I like your banner a lot.
     
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    Thans! I have lots of canvas duck which I use for painting, so I made me a fast one.
     

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