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Thoughts about the Hungarian design/flea market…

Hello guys,

My online store is getting known, and I’ve got some orders every week – however people are buying ornaments only. I have collected some nice Christmas gifts too with trading with other shops, so I really cannot say a bad word about it… but somehow there is a bad taste in my mouth…

I don’t know how is going in the other countries, but if we are talking about places where we want to meet with our customers, there are no good choices:

–          1st: small craft fair with ~20-25 designers, no customers at all. Pay for the place!

–          2nd: bigger craft fair with ~60 designers, some customer, high prices!

–          3rd: ’cool’ and known carft fair with ~60 designers, extremely high prices (and they can choose who is accepted to sell there)

–          4th: find a shop, where you can hold your stuff (and you will pay for the place rent, or they will sell your stuff, and you’ll get only a half price or less…)

No good choice, right? I tried to speak with shops’ owners, but no one interested (yet), I have a small place at the most known flea market shop in Budapest, but no selling at all!

So… I was starting to think about opening a ’buy handmade!’ shop… buti f you want to start something, you’ll need a HUGE amount of money!

–          Start with a company creation, hire an accountant, and maybe someone for the shop itself

–          Find a good place for that (high traffic, lot of hotels, tourists, etc…)

–          Pay for rent: 3 months at first, then the monthly fee

–          Renovate the place

–          Buy cabinets, vitrins, desks

–          Buy everything else (cassa, PC, printer, softwares, etc…)

–          Create webpage/facebook page, and start promoting

–          then… wait … wait until your money start to increase …

I know, it’s not easy anywhere, but I really don’t see, how it’s going in other countries. As I see your blogs, and reading your forum topics, lot of the crafters are going to the craft fairs, having shops, etc… Just asking: how do you doing that? Do you have any idea, how to start??

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A craft fair

It’s my son’s birthday, but I won’t write anything about that, until ‘the day is in progress’. I’ll upload pictures, and info (with some crafty details .)) at night. 🙂

But … I have something to discuss, because I KNOW, that in other countries, people do it better… lets start it.

 

So, it’s spring, nearly summer here. That means, there are a lot ‘handmade festivals’, or craft fairs. There are some bigger ones, where you have to pay a lot of money to get a small table in a good place, others are free, or needed less money. We tried to start with an ‘almost free’ one. And that was a forgettable one…

So… it was in the downtown, not a beehive, but it’s close to several points of interest :-). It started at 13:00, the crafters are still packed out. Then, they started to chat with each others, and look after the other’s table. That was almost all people, who was there. There were no visitors, no tourists, no one. (Today, some rumors has came that they failed with the dates: they announced wrong date to the customers…). I don’t know, but something went wrong.

Never-mind, we had some good time with Bea, here are some pictures:

 

We cannot do better marketing instead of them (however I would do much better :)), and I don’t want to invite my friends to a bad place. So, forget this part. Buuut, you can see our installation, how do you like it? What do you think, what can we do better? (which can be doable by us, and doesn’t need bank robbery :)) We are thinking about this:

http://favorthebrave.blogspot.hu/2011/05/vintage-suitcase-reboot.html

Do you like it?

 

Oh, and almost forgot: We have up and running our Facebook page, you can check it here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Handcrafted-Jewelry-Boutique/444823252269835

(I am more polite over there)