Top Tips for Successful Selling at Craft Markets and Festivals

Top Tips for Successful Selling at Craft Markets and Festivals

Kate Thurman and Alaina Smith have lots of experience selling from booths at craft fairs and markets. Alaina, who runs Cold Gold, has participated in 20+ craft fairs, and Kate of Smarty Pants Paper Co. has exhibited at craft fairs and trade shows and has created counter and floor displays for a product-based business. Both women have won awards for their craft fair booths. (Yeah, they're awesome.)

And they’ve shared some of their top tips for a successful day of selling at craft fairs.

8 reasons to get yourself in the Maker City Directory. ASAP.

8 reasons to get yourself in the Maker City Directory. ASAP.

If you are signed up for our email newsletter, attend Maker Meetups, or follow our social media, you've probably heard us talking about the Maker Directory. Again and again. And again. But you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? What’s in it for me?”

The Maker City 101 with Flour Head Bakery

The Maker City 101 with Flour Head Bakery

Mahasti Vafaie started her small business as most people do – with a big learning curve in front of her. 

An engineer who wasn’t particularly happy with her career choice, she returned to school with the vision of becoming a doctor.

Then a 1990 trip to New Orleans with her mom led her in a new direction.

“I had been working as a waitress and managing some catering, and while I was in New Orleans I thought I’d come back (to Knoxville) and open a restaurant,” she said. 

“I didn’t really have a vision when I opened it. I didn’t want ferns and brass, which is what we had in Knoxville at the time. Originally I wanted a French bistro, but the space that I found on Market Square had a pizza oven, and the landlord didn’t want to move it. I didn’t want to open a pizza place, but I thought about it over the weekend and leased the space from him.”

And with that, The Tomato Head was born, serving pizza only at lunchtime. 

Help plan The Maker City Summit

Help plan The Maker City Summit

Are you interested in learning new ways to grow your maker business? Do you want to pick the brains of experts in marketing, branding, social media and more? Do you love a really good cup of coffee?

If the answer to any – or all – of these questions is ‘yes,’ then mark September 23, 2018, on your calendar for the third annual Knoxville Maker City Summit at The Mill and Mine!

Get Started Selling at Craft Fairs

Get Started Selling at Craft Fairs

STOP procrastinating and START selling at craft fairs.

How to find your fair and get in.

Are you ready to start selling in person? Have you applied to a craft fair and gotten the dreaded “maybe next time” email? This blog will show you how to find the fair that best fits you, and how to submit an application that will get you accepted!

A Word from the President (of Knox Makers)

A Word from the President (of Knox Makers)

A Conversation with Doug Laney, President of Knox Makers

"I got involved with Knox Makers in early 2011, which is a few months after it got started. The term "makerspace" was still relatively new back then, but even at that time the idea of having a shared workspace where people could combine resources to have access to a much better workspace than they could afford individually seemed amazing."

Blank News Feature: A Year in the Making

Blank News Feature: A Year in the Making

Knoxville officially became The Maker City this year.

With generous support from the City of Knoxville and the inspired brand identity gifted to the City by local firm Designsensory, we have claimed Knoxville’s place on the national maker stage.

Read the full post to celebrate all we've accomplished together in The Maker City!