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 7/19/2007 1:52 AM
 
Hi Kitty, I used to sell gourmet coffee and some pastry's at festivals. I always had the theory that as people browsed around deciding what to buy, they almost always will eat. The object is to have a unique product and a unique looking set up. If you sell what everyone else sells, you'll wait on a waiting list to get a chance to sell at many festivals. If you have what no one else has, you are a shoe in. For me, I roasted coffee beans on the spot. Cups of coffee were the highest profit offering 8 or 9 flavors as well as cappuccino and hot chocolates in a variety of flavors. The smell of the coffee roasting drew people in (as well as a good fan above the roaster) The stand consisted of unique antique equipment. (plus it was cheaper to buy working antiques than brand new expensive equipment) If I were to do it again, I'd add home made hot apple crisp. The smell would be awesome and I don't see it too many places. The other thing is that a fast nickle is better than a slow dime. Sell something that people only have to flip a small amount for in whole dollar amounts. It cuts on standing in line. If people have to wait, they will leave. If it is expensive items you're selling and they have to decide or "come back later" they never will and you'll be carrying the stuff from state to state. Traveling festivals is a great time (I don't like fairs, brings in a different element) Craft and art shows are awesome. Familys that travel the festivals also look out for eachother too. Good luck!! It's a lotta fun!!

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 7/20/2007 10:52 PM
 
I like the steam shows. They usually have decent size flea markets along with craft shows and seem to bring more of a 'family' type crowd. getting my ducks in a row

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 7/20/2007 11:21 PM
 
Color me dumb....I had to look up steam shows... NOW I realize they are also called Tractor Shows, or Tractor Pulls... We have those here in Texas....but never heard them called steam shows...
Every Sept.we go to a big one in Nebraska. They have LOTS of antiques for sale at that one....among other things..
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 7/22/2007 12:54 AM
 
Ducky, who can resist coffee??? And I love the simplicity of pricing at an even dollar amount, avoids or reduces the handling of change and keeps the line moving.
Sneaky devil with the fan;)
And FutureFT'r; There is a weekend Tracker Pull a couple hours north of here next weekend. I was going to go with Tristan and Bear, but it now looks like I will be visiting friends in Michigan. Maybe next year.
Good news is, I've been working some. Just installed a custom built table this week and next week, I have some dry wall to repair and a roof to reshingle! Very happy to be earning my keep again;)!!!!
Hope all of you are happy and healthy ~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.

~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.
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 7/23/2007 5:12 AM
 
I am a mother of a 20 month old and I found a home biz I love and I am doing well with it and you can do it anywhere. You do need to have a couple supplies with you but it's easy. It's doing spas on the road for women it's fun it only takes an hour and I just started but I make an aver. of $150 to $350 for each party. Email me if you would like some more details. Jodi :)
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