Popular Craft Show Items
When looking for the most popular crafts there are a few things I like to do. First is to check out Etsy’s list of popular items. Peering through these can give you ideas of what people are currently buying. This doesn’t mean you should copy other sellers directly! Use this for some inspiration though and consider how you might create something similar with your own spin.
Perhaps you look and notice that owls are currently all the rage, so you crochet up a few owl hats or something. Owls actually are very popular right now. I have been a collector for years, and I notice they have really been popping up everywhere the last several months. Other motifs I’ve see are sugar skulls which are super cute for Halloween. Wine bottlle crafts are increasingly popular and so are other upcycled projects like redone windows. Refrigerator magnets and handmade cards are also popular. Anything Paris themed also seems to go over well, but may be on the way out as I’ve seen a lot of this motif in clearance aisles as well. Vintage photos or things made with them are also very popular.
Also, you want to pay attention to your region. Many areas, like my local St. Louis area for example, are extreme sports nuts. In my area things with Cardinal birds on them sell well during baseball season. Also, some towns may have their own niche markets. If your town is known for something specific; you may want to work that into a theme as well. It’s a good idea to walk through some local markets and pay attention to the craft booths that have the most action.
There are also some classic items that do well. Jewelry is one of these items; however the market is extremely saturated, so if you are considering doing jewelry, you need to have your own unique spin on it to make it profitable. Perhaps focus on jewelry with a purpose (like healing stones, or customizable jewelry)
Soap and bath and body products also do well. This is another market that tends to be a bit crowded, but if you do your own spin on it – perhaps developing some specialty products; it can be very successful. I used to make shaving soap for men in mugs with a brush. I’ve also seen beer soaps. This has the value of appealing to men and, of course, to the women who are shopping for them.
Other items that seem to do well are aprons. I’ve seen a few custom apron ladies in our local area, some who also do doll and baby clothes and they are always busy. Aprons are fairly inexpensive for materials and not all that difficult to sew (or so I understand) and there are so many ways to customize them to local tastes and popular themes.
Hair bows and head bands are cute as well. A lot of younger crafty mommies are making these and they are really adorable. Like aprons, you can customize and do fun themes.
Dog treats are another one I see popping up a lot and I’ve seen some really cute ideas. People love their pets and they will often part with money to pamper their pooch before themselves.
Personalized items are also very popular. If you can etch, woodburn, or otherwise create a customizable item, people really enjoy that. Those kinds of items will always be in demand. If you do a business like this; it’s best to have an online presence as well where customers can order from you outside of a show. Be sure to hand out lots of business cards or literature to people.
Remember, just because a market has competition doesn’t mean you should avoid it. While the competition may be present, it means the items are in demand. Do it better than your competitors (or different) and there’s plenty of room for all of us.
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What items do you find sell best in your area and what region are you from? Your answers may help others looking for some inspiration.