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How to Plan Your Craft Fair Inventory!

One of the most popular questions we get asked is "how much product should I bring to the fair?" Unfortunately there is no calculation that will spit out an exact number, but there are certain tips that will help gauge how much you should bring along for the ride. 

1. Bring more than what you think will sell. Even though selling out sounds like a good idea, just make sure it is at the end of the fair and not in the middle! 

2. Take a look at what your online sales are or sales from past events, is there an item that seems to be your best seller? Make sure you have plenty in stock! 

3. Think about your booth display and how you are setting up. Knowing how you want to market yourself and the feeling you want to exude to your customers will also help in determining how much of each product you need on display. For example, do you have a minimalist approach? The below are great booth examples of a minimalist display for both People's Choice Beef Jerky and Votive Jewelry from our Jackalope Pasadena Spring Show. Notice how they have only one of each item physically out on display.

4. If you offer products in various colors and styles, do not feel the need to have one of each out. Just let the customer know that that is available. You can even have a sign up that says you take custom orders, or to ask you about other color options!

5. Offer products in varying price points, this will help attract a wider customer base! 

6. We have mentioned this before, but make sure to do a mock set up before the show itself.  This will help you figure out numbers and remember to take a picture!

Booth Display of  Robert Kramer Woodworking

Booth Display of Robert Kramer Woodworking

If you end up being "stuck" with extra inventory, it is okay, just take a look at what product you have most of and keep notes for next time! 

Art Adventures in LA

It was another beautiful day in the city of Los Angeles and Jackalope Arts took full advantage on our Saturday Art tour!  The day began in lovely Pasadena, the future home of our inaugural spring fair, with Dim Sum brunch at Equator where we plotted the day's adventures.  After an excellent meal, we were out on the streets in Old Town Pasadena heading to the Pasadena Art Walk!

Pasadena Art Walk

Pasadena Art Walk

The Pasadena Art Walk filled one block through the Playhouse District with about 40 fine arts booths, live painting classes, and fun crafting stations for the kids!    While taking in the art, Jackalope Arts also won the Pasadena Art walk instagram scavenger hunt.  We followed the scavenger hunt clues to Monopole Wine Bar where we snapped a photo and won a pocket knife wine bottle opener!

The next adventure led us 40 minutes across town where we arrived at the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles market ready to be impressed with what LA Weekly claims is the best craft fair in all of Los Angeles.  While the space itself (a giant warehouse) is pretty neat, a lot of the booths were empty and the crowd was sparse but we can imagine that in it's full glory, the fair is fabulous!    

As the afternoon came to a close, the Jackalope Art Fair team made one last stop in the DTLA arts district.  The team was re-inspired by some really great art exhibits where we sipped on refreshing craft beer!   Officially, the best way to end a day of art adventures. 

DTLA Arts District

DTLA Arts District

Check out some photos from our adventure on our instagram page @jackalopeartfair!  On your own art adventure?  Share your photos with us by tagging #jackalopeartadventure!