Setting up for a vendor fair takes much planning. If you are a vendor with something to offer the public, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved and make profits, or get your name out there with your business.
The first step is to actually find the vendor fairs. Look on Facebook. Your area might have a vendor fair, craft fair, vendor expo or other titled page. Tat is the easiest way to start participating.
Usually there is a fee involved in setting up, but it can be written off as a business expense.
You will need a table or tables. You can purchase one for under a under a hundred dollars from a store like Target or Walmart. Decorations for your table for the vendor fair can be found places like The Dollar Tree. Go for a neutral or a themed color tablecloth. Make sure you have appropriate signage so people will know who you are and why you are there.
If you have food samples, please be sure to wear gloves when serving samples and keep anything that could spoil on ice. You don’t want anyone to get a food born illness from your products!
Do you have catalogs or recruiting materials? Make sure to have them available on your table!
What is the most important thing? Smile and be approachable! No one will want to build a relationship with you and become your client if you are not someone they can talk to. Also, a giveaway. Is a great way to get people engaged. An attractive basket with popular products almost always will catch a few eyes and piqué their interest.
My first vendor fair was a success. Tastefully Simple is a company I sell with and I do most of my business through vendor fairs. I use only company approved literature and give out minimal samples that I package in plastic solo cups ahead of time. I make sure I have products available for people to purchase and a smile on my face to meet new people and potential new clients.
The Christmas selling season is almost among us! Lots of vendor fairs will be set up soon,so keep an eye out for schools and organizations that host these to raise funds. There are sure to be several in your area in the coming months!