Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #19: Sell at Craft Faires

by Lain Ehmann on June 22, 2010

Every year, around Thanksgiving, the signs start to go up all over my neighborhood: “Holiday Crafts!” “Santa’s Workshop!” “Gingerbread Boy Gift Gallery!” During the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it seems like every block hosts one or more of these craft faires. And that doesn’t include the ones held at high schools, the Oddfellows’ Hall, and the Knights of Columbus.

For many crafters, this period marks the busiest sales season in their business — sometimes the ONLY sales season. And you, as a scrapbooker, can take advantage of the traffic coming in to look at cinnamon sachets, homemade soaps, and handknit dog sweaters. Mini-albums, brag books, and greeting cards are all great options.

There are also many regional craft faires, too, like the Maker Faire. A quick Google search will give you a list of the ones closest to you.

Great for: Crafters who can create unique projects from scraps and leftovers (to maximize your investment in supplies). Also prolific crafters who can churn out tons of projects in a short amount of time.

Suggestions: Remember, at holiday faires, shoppers are mostly in the market for gifts, so think general appeal to be attractive to the largest number of potential customers. At general craft faires, you have a little more leeway to get wild and woolly.

Earning potential: The sky’s the limit, depending on how much “stuff” you product. Think $1-$3 per card, $15-$30 for a mini-album, and $50-plus for a ready-to-go scrapbook, depending on how intricate your work is.

The series is complete! View it all here:

Did you miss the other entries in this series?

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #1: It’s Party Time!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #2: Submit!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #3: Teach Through Your Rec Department

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #4: Affiliate Programs

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #5: Teach at Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #6: Scrapbook for Wedding Vendors

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #7: Sell Your Own Kits

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #8: Work for a Manufacturer’s Demonstrator

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #9: Design for Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #10: Sell Greeting Cards

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #11: Sell Your Designs Online

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #12: Work at Tradeshows

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #13: Create Digital Products

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #14: Scrapbook for Businesses

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #15: Get Paid per Page

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #16: Design for Manufacturers

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #17: Become a Direct Seller Rep

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #18: Design for a Kit Club

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #19: Sell at Craft Faires

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #20: Write About It!

P.S. If you liked this series, you may want to check out the class I taught at True Scrap II in October on making money from your scrapbooking. It’s available here.


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