There is a PhD on this just waiting to happen. What factors lead to how many folk come to a craft fair? Crafters are generally confused, but more than willing to throw out ideas.
here are some frequent ones...
- nice weather
- bad weather
- in fact any kind of weather can lead to slow booth traffic
- the economy
- the internet
- poor advertising
- increase in admission costs
- change in show's location
This past weekend, I heard many of the above, but heard some new ones...
- swine flu hysteria
- The Kentucky Derby, which was my favored one so I spread the word that everyone was home sucking down mint juleps
On Saturday a few mosaics sold, but no pieces of stained glass. Trying to sit with my funk that evening I was wondering if I was depressed by the no sales of my work or not seeing one person who had told me that would try to come to the show.
The next evening the funk could only be the no shows, for I did manage to sell a couple pieces and Mosaic Woman sold three pieces (all in the final 20 seconds of the show).
Reason number 1035...
hectic lives of good folk who wanted to come, and who will be invited again.
because it comes down to this...