Friday, April 2, 2010

Thinking about selling at a trade show

There is a great deal to contemplate when you are considering selling at a trade show or market day show.  When you go to one of those events, look around, shop a little, it might seem like an easy thing to do.  If you are like me you might say "I can do that".  And it is certainly possible to do.  There are several things to consider before you take on this task.
Most market day or trade shows require a fee upfront and registration.  They usually have a deadline for registration and some even want to judge your items for approval, before letting you sell at the trade show.  So planning a head of time for registration deadlines and fees will get you off to a good start.
You have to consider what items you are going to be selling.  Do you have enough of those items to sell?  What does your inventory look like?  You want to have enough inventory to last throughout the day.  Most market day or trade shows have an end time and don't want you to leave early.  If several people packed up and left early, then it disrupts the shoppers.
Now you have put the day on the calendar, paid your fee and decided what inventory and how much you will be selling.  The next thing to consider is the cost of setting up.  To be continued.........

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