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post #16 of 44
rwarren.. Your table looks beautiful! It would be a table I would buy from. I dont look twice at the tables that are messy looking and half of the desserts are smashed or melted.A table that has a nice friendy looking person running it and also looks clean cut to me will get my attention. To me a lot of it is what the person runnning it looks like.
You had your table very well laid out and packaged very nice and everything looks clean and inviting. Maybe it just wasent the right group group of people on that day.
post #17 of 44
Please dont think that I dont like your table. I thinks it looks nice but I'm just saying that people at flea markets just walk by quickly with out always stopping. Sometimes it best to test the market and see what you would change for the following year. For example I went to a Huge yard sale near me and was told that they usually have about 6000 people and a cookie lady from last year sold out in three hours. I was so excited and just kept baking and baking. I had over $1000 in product because I kept thinking I need more if it is 6000 people. I sold a lot of it but not all of it. I ended up only making $600 and $400 of product was wasted. I know better for next year and can forcast. I learned that cupcakes go better than my cookies. People will pay $3 for a huge cupcake but may not pay $3 for three coookies. I dont get it. I think your table is nice but you should check out an event first with a smaller amount and sell out then next year bring more.
post #18 of 44
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And now my mom is insisting we do this all over again on November 1. icon_eek.gificon_cry.gif

My theory: We did so crummy last time that next time could be worse. On November 1 no one wants cute Halloween things. It's too soon for Christmas, Thanksgiving is over [Note to the Americans reading this: Thanksgiving is on October 13] and more autumn leaf cookies will bring cries of "those are from last time, they are staaaale" even if they are fresh baked. What's left to be seasonal -- poppies?! Oh yes and only plain unattractive food.

Mom's theory: We didn't do as badly as I think. If we don't do November we won't get a table in December because first choice of tables goes to the November renters. And she is having difficulty finding another place that rents tables.

sigh! This does not bode well icon_sad.gif
post #19 of 44
How about doing up some sample Christmas platters? Don't go with the intent of selling alot of them. Take orders for Christmas.

Could you do gingerbread house kits?

Just some thoughts.

It is not always what you sell that day, you are also getting your name out.
post #20 of 44
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Originally Posted by indydebi

People go shopping on those days so they can get a free lunch!


I have to admit, I've gone to Sam's Club with my daughter and sampled our way through the store - only to have bought just the laundry detergent we went in for. After we were finished we went home, and didn't need lunch. I've seen whole families take over a station and clear out all of the samples, taking more than one per person, just for lunch.
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post #21 of 44
two words... mini cupcakes. make several different flavors of cake, and several flavors of icing, and decorate them to order. Have a few made up already, but if people can order one specifically for themselves on the spot... wow!!! and you don't have to make a huge amount of them. you get your good name and taste out there, and at 50 cents a cake (honestly, they cost about 10 cents to make!) people will end up buying 4 or 5 each. they just keep coming back. because it's only a little bite, they don't feel bad about eating so many. Wedding planners tell brides that if they are sreving cupcakes instead of a whole cake, that people will throw out part of a big cup cake, but will go back for 3 or 4 minis. Trying different varieties, and really, how fattening can a mini cupcake be???
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post #22 of 44
I feel your pain...I did a craft/art fair last year. It was held at an upscale wine & gourmet shop and the owner loved my cookies so much he practically begged me to set up a stand.

I worked every night for a week making 200 cookies decorated like wine glasses, grapes & wine bottles in cello bags with wine theme ribbons.

I sold 10 (3 were to my aunt, so that doesn't really count!)

Everyone was so impressed at how cute they were, saying how much work they must be.... One lady took pictures & proceeded to tell me that she was starting up a cookie decorating business of her own (but didn't buy one!)

What sold were the chocolate chip cookies I made at the last minute. Every last one of them went. Go figure.
post #23 of 44
I agree with the mini cupcake idea! I frequent flea market type events with my mom at the local schools and churches and can understand why someone there might not want to buy food they are unfamiliar with.

Try the cupcakes, I'd sure buy a few icon_smile.gif Good Luck with what ever you decide to do.
Courtney
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post #24 of 44
I agree with the mini cupcake idea! I frequent flea market type events with my mom at the local schools and churches and can understand why someone there might not want to buy food they are unfamiliar with.

Try the cupcakes, I'd sure buy a few icon_smile.gif Good Luck with what ever you decide to do.
Courtney
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Engaged to be married April 11, 2009
and no, I will not be making my own cake
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post #25 of 44
My work has a day in which employees who have hobbies or there own side business can sell. I did this last Dec. Spent 200.00 on making cupcakes, decorated sugar/ gingerbread cookies. cakeballs and a couple small cakes. I gave out cake balls (small ones) as samples. I sold 205.00 worth of stuff. Now the girls I worked with and local police dept had lots of freebees. I spent days prepping for this. I was very disappointed, but learned alot. Cupcakes did not sell well for me. Cake balls did well. I was hoping to have moved by this year, but my house won't sell. So I am planning on doing less decorated sugar cookies, more regular cookies: cc, snickerdoodle. More cakeballs. Maybe mini cupcakes is a good idea. I think you can only learn from each time you do it, worth trying again.
post #26 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by rwarren

And now my mom is insisting we do this all over again on November 1. icon_eek.gificon_cry.gif

My theory: We did so crummy last time that next time could be worse. On November 1 no one wants cute Halloween things. It's too soon for Christmas, Thanksgiving is over [Note to the Americans reading this: Thanksgiving is on October 13] and more autumn leaf cookies will bring cries of "those are from last time, they are staaaale" even if they are fresh baked. What's left to be seasonal -- poppies?! Oh yes and only plain unattractive food.

Mom's theory: We didn't do as badly as I think. If we don't do November we won't get a table in December because first choice of tables goes to the November renters. And she is having difficulty finding another place that rents tables.

sigh! This does not bode well icon_sad.gif


I would say...do Christmas..it's not too early...hopefully they'll think of ordering for Christmas...
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post #27 of 44
I like the cupcake idea & w/ seasonal flavor. (e.g. pumpkin cupcake w/ maple cream cheese frosting) and some plain choc & yellow for those who don't like "flavors". I also think at these type things regular brownies & cookies tend to do well.

If you have pics, why not take a picture book or a few of your work, especially Christmas? If not then make just a handful of goodies (better than a billion things to show your talent) & take photos for people to look at (w/ prices at the bottom of the pictures so you don't have to answer that dreaded ? all day). Maybe people would buy a couple of minis while browsing your photos. icon_smile.gif For cakes, could you do a dummy if you're wanting people to visualize?

I too would minimize what is on the table or what I offered & it'll save you some sanity in the meantime. Maybe bigger center & corner displays w/ some smaller things in between. Keep your head high!
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post #28 of 44
I don't think November 1st is too soon for Christmas. The stores here already have Christmas stuff out.

Maybe display some of the items on pedestals of varying heights to attract more attention.

I also like the idea of adding mini cupcakes and some basic cookies/brownies that you could charge less for. It's easier to rationalize spending .50 or 1.00 for a quick treat than 3.00 or 4.00, IMO.
post #29 of 44
I wanted to respond and share what worked for us. My dh and I entered a booth into our local Apple Festival last Saturday. I had planned to have a black curtain across the back, my four display cakes on a table back there, our business name banner at the top, and a table up front where we sold individually packaged cake slices in plastic hinged containers. I had chocolate pound with choc bc, lemon pound with bc, and WASC with bc. We just kept it simple with only three basic flavors. I had a pricing sign on the front table with my cake slices and not one person stopped at my booth. DH suggested we remove the signs and the very next person stopped. We still weren't getting a lot of people looking at our displays, so dh suggested we move them to the front table and keep only 8 of each flavor up there between the displays. IT WORKED! After that, we didn't sit down again all day! I'm so glad he volunteered to help me! We ended up selling $450 worth of slices and whole bundt cakes and gave out about 700 business cards. Three people have already called me this week to place orders. I wish I had taken a picture of our set up, but by the time we got it the way we wanted it, we were too busy to take pictures.
post #30 of 44
Sorry to hear all your hard work was in vain - better luck next time!
Sorry to change the subject and please excuse my ignorance but what are snickerdoodles? I've never heard of them - not something we have over here icon_confused.gif
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