I just finished my last craft show for 2011 in which I was one of only maybe one of 8-10 booths out of about 250 total vendors offering functional/decorative wood crafts for the home. Based on the activity in my booth (as well as sales and comments by visitors to my booth), I am more excited than ever about the prospects of making supplemental retirement income in 2012 by selling products I make in my home shop at craft fairs.
A word of caution however! While attendance at most good shows was still very good in 2011, I did definitely notice that people are looking for items that can be used (displayed in the home) year around and items that are functional as well as decorative.
While the tough economy has people being very careful with non-essential purchases such as crafts, there was ample evidence that people still appreciate high quality American made woodcrafts over the typical poorly made imported products available through many retail shops.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I, once again, want to strongly urge the many fine woodworkers that are Klockit customers to get out into your shops this winter and start making clocks, furniture items and other wood creations to sell in 2012! Hopefully I’ll see some of you at Wisconsin and Illinois craft shows.