I sold my first zines this weekend. Hoorah! It was really, the first time I exchanged money for my artsy fartsy stuff. You know, art for art’s sake. Even though it was awkward and nerve-wracking to set up a little table and put my stuff on there, it was also rewarding to see what people picked up, flicked through and bought. Talk about instant user feedback!
My friend Becc has a crazy successful, delicious vegan cheese company and she gave me lots of tips on setting up a stall. That woman is amazing at it! It’s stuff that I would never have known, so I’m sharing it with you in case you’re in the same boat as me:
– If you’re unsure of how to price your stuff, have a sign ready and bring a marker on the day. Have a look at what everyone else is charging and price accordinlgly.
– Pack a thermos of hot water so that you can sip on this in between talking to people. I’m a nervous eater so I packed some nuts as well.
– If your stall is outside, bring paperweights so things don’t fly off. Because I’m a bonafide hippy, I used crystals and rocks that worked perfect for this. They also kept alot of kids amused. Oh, shiny.
– Take business cards, or at least some print outs with your URL, phone number, whatever you have.
– Bring fabric to put down on your table. Man, this made a crazy amount of difference. I used a giant scarf. The woman next to me used a kimono. You can buy cheap, interesting fabric from your local op-shop (thrift store).
– Use a box or something to elevate some of your zines. Double the space. I used a small picnic basket for this.
– Bring paper bags or something to wrap your zines in when somebody buys them. I used the cheapy brown paper lunch bags. It’s all rustic and shit.
– Have lots of change. I emptied my piggy bank into a ziplock bag and withdrew some money from the ATM for change for the day.
– Trade your zines with others – that was one of the most fun parts of the day.
It was such a rushed job. I landed from Austin on Thursday, formatted my zines on Thursday night, got them printed on Friday and set up the booth on Saturday.
And it was kinda perfect like that. I had to keep it lean and to the bare minimum requirements, so I didn’t have time to stress out, which was kinda good. Because it was my first fair, I kept quiet about it but I’ll definitely tell you the next one I’m going to! Promise.