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Stage a Christmas Craft Show - DIY Way to Launch Your Craft Business

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f you are wanting to start a craft business, why not start with a DIY Christmas Craft Show?

If you have a passion for creating, and you have a houseful of products, this is one of the best times of year to make the leap from hobby to business.

The best place to have your Christmas Craft Show, is your own house. It doesn’t have to be huge, but you do need to do some prep work.

Start by clearing out the room you plan to have your craft show in. Get a couple of tubs, and start clearing away all your knick knacks, and pictures on the wall, and store them in another room. This is important, because you don’t want someone trying to buy your grandmother’s teapot! (Don’t laugh this happened!)

Once you have cleared away everything, give the room a good clean, and then start displaying your products, with description and price tags on. If you make Christmas ornaments, then setup up a tree, if you paint, set up some easels. If you quilt, then setup some quilting racks. This is where you can get creative. Also use your couches and chairs as displays, you don’t want customers sitting around and yakking. As nice as that is, your purpose is to get your craft business going!

Invite family and friends and neighbors. Make sure and put the time on your invite, and have a sign out front on the day, with balloons. Make sure and leave some room for parking. Move your own car to a neighbors.

Have some good quality apple cider on the stove on low, or in a crock pot, and some goodie trays. Have some Christmas music playing softly. All of this creates atmosphere, and will let your potential customers feel relaxed and not pushed as they would be at large Christmas Craft Shows.

Make sure you are armed with business cards, order forms, and a sign up clip board for an “online newsletter” Collecting email addresses from interested clients, is a good way to let them know of any new products you have created.

Have lots of change on hand, and make sure the rest of your house is closed off, so as not to have wandering neighbors going into other rooms. Keep your pets locked away for the afternoon as well.

You don’t need to have Christmas themed products, as people are also looking for original or unique gifts to give, not just to decorate for Christmas.

This is a great way to meet new people and potential customers. Dress nice, smile and enjoy your Christmas Craft Show.


Diane Palmer


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