Since returning from the HSMG Conference in Denver, I’ve been cranking up the soap production. We’ve decided to try our hand at selling Sirona Springs handmade soap at our local 4th of July Fair this year. This will be the first fair for us, so I’m feeling a bit of fear along with the excitement.
First, I had to sincerely decide if this would be a venue that would work for us. I won’t know exactly until it’s over, but I’m willing to give it a go. Being a small fair, I don’t expect to be overwhelmed. And being local means that I will hopefully make some connections with other local merchants as well as customers.
Then, the practicalities: having never done this before, I felt literally ill-equipped to set up our little booth. But when I sent out a call on Facebook and Twitter for some help, friends came through! Fellow soapmaker Sherry Matranga is lending us a 10’x10′ canopy to guarantee some shade. Lori Nova of The Nova Studio is letting us borrow a table. And my family has promised to help out with the setting up and selling and clean up that day. What can I say? It takes a village to sell handmade soap! 🙂
So for now, my focus is on making as much soap as I can before the end of the month. That way everything will be cured and dry and I won’t have to run around like a mad woman packaging everything at the last minute (that’s the plan anyway). In the meantime, I’ll be adding to my To-Do list (shopping bags, receipt book, small change, a banner, signage…) and getting organized.
Any suggestions and shared experiences are welcome! If you have sold at fairs, what advice do you have for a newbie?