My visit there was two fold. First, my cousin Corey was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the college. He already had his name up as an All-American athlete, which I would point out to anyone who would listen to me in my four years at Waldorf. Being inducted into the hall of fame was a perfect, humbling honor for him. Needless to say the whole family was proud and happy for him!
The second purpose for my visit was the craft fair. Miss Niss Craftworks has now been open for an entire year. I felt it was time I pull my products into the real world. I figured the alumni craft fair was the perfect starting point. The location was one where I am known by my affiliation to Waldorf College. I could get my business name out to people I know and to those who 'know' me through Waldorf.
A few things I learned from the craft show.
1. I need better organization. -The table was cluttered and I feel overwhelmed my customers.
2. I learned what items will sell well at a show. -Baby hats, baby booties, hair accessories, and toys in my case.
3. I need to offer a variety of sizes at the show. -The items that had most interest by customers weren't always the size that a customer wanted. Contacting me at a later date for a bigger or smaller size was inconvenient to them.
4. Smiling and engaging people at your booth is the best way to get people to come back.
5. People appreciate hearing/knowing that your product is made by YOU and created by you. -It makes their purchases special and unique compared to what you can find at 'the store.'
Overall, I had a great experience. I have no other shows to compare it with, so I would say the show was successful for me. I'm hoping to hit a holiday show in my area at the end of November. So, if you read this and are in the Quad Cities keep an eye out for me!