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Date: 9/29/12 1:34 PM

A friend asked me to do one with her (split the fee for the space). We needed to find out if we could do that and I just found out it is fine. So, we will definitely be doing one in November.

Long story short, I'm excited and now trying to figure out what to make. I have ideas of course and have done some research on the internet and looked at etsy (sp?).

But if anyone has any ideas on here (what they were attracted to at one or what they would buy as gifts for Christmas) I would greatly appreciate it. My thoughts are: bags, kitchen stuff like tea towels and pot pinchers, maybe some aprons... I want to be more unique though.

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Date: 9/29/12 1:44 PM

Lunch boxes/bags, pillows for kids, walker bags (those organizers that attach to the front of a walker), bags/straps for yoga mats. Take-to-Grandma bags, mini diaper bags, back-of-the-chair or wall organizers. Sewn jewelry, scarves, and headbands...whew! That should keep you busy. Good luck!

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Date: 9/29/12 2:52 PM

I've been thinking about making some upcycled denim christmas stockings. Wonder if those would sell. Been looking at lots of pics online and found some cute ones. Posting a link of the ones I like best so far.

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Date: 9/29/12 3:10 PM

Do you suppose there is a market for reusable Christmas 'wrap' bags?

I keep much of my produce wrapped in light dish towels and plan to make produce bags for our sons and practical minded friends, and for us.

Polar fleece open ended gloves for texting? I think Nancy Zieman showed a simple pair that was straight across the bottom with just a little stitching to separate the thumb from the fingers. Instead of leggings, more like armlings.

When I go to craft shows I am drawn to booths that have less variety. is that just me?

Mufflers with a small zipped pocket just large enough for a credit card, keys and a little cash. Or, muffler/scarf with pockets for the hands, one on each end.

Are there many runners in your area? Perhaps a winter style headband with a small pocket for emergency cash or an iPad nano.

Extra small stroller and car seat blankets? A set of three or four with buttonholes at each corner and loops secured to one that could keep the others attached, could double as a changing pad or a seat warmer in a grocery cart.

I love my bed buddies. I wonder if anyone would buy those. Besides using them for aches and pains, they are great for warming up the foot area of the bed. I would definitely use skinny ones to wrap around my neck for commuting on cold days. A washable cover would be a plus.

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Date: 9/29/12 3:12 PM

Denim....

I think they would. And, I think they would be used traditionally and might also be used decoratively outside.

Worth getting some input from the young singles as it looks like a great boyfriend gift too.
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Date: 9/29/12 4:49 PM

My teens would love the denim stockings. I could see them selling a the local feed store too. I live in a semi rural community they would be a big hit.

I prefer craft tables where everything has a theme or co-ordinates. I tend to avoid the ones with everything from Barbie clothes to pickles and aprons. There is too much to see and I cannot take it all in, so I move on.

If you are doing kitchen items, do coordinate the items. Buyers can buy matching pot holders, place mats, tea cozies or mug rugs.

With those denim stockings, I would make matching tree skirts, maybe a denim wreath, door stopper etc.

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Date: 9/29/12 5:51 PM

Those are really cute, and I was wondering about a theme. Thanks for letting me know because I was just going to make samples of a variety of things to see what actually sells.

I guess with too much variety it is too confusing or annoying to look at? Sort of makes one cross eyed.

If I make Christmas decorated items, I still need to limit or is that considered a theme? For example, if I did the denim stockings, I could only do things like ornaments, wreaths, etc.? Or could I also do tea towels with Christmas decorations, aprons with embroidered Christmas decorations and/or fabrics? Maybe they could match with the other things as suggested.

I love all the suggestions. I'm so glad I posted this question to get this sorted out before making the wrong things! Thanks!

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Date: 9/30/12 2:19 AM

What type of consumer will be shopping this craft show? If it's an indie craft fairs the consumers are younger and edgier, the products more quirky and unusual. Knowing the consumer also will help you figure out what price ranges to target. Some areas can afford higher price points. Good luck.

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Date: 9/30/12 12:00 PM

This is a typical college town. They are really into their sports/games. Although at the craft shows here I do see a lot of their logo/prints on the fabric used, I do not want to get into trouble using licensed material. I can incorporate their colors though.

I am attracted to whimsical things/designs. I believe some of the young and older think it can be cute.

I will narrow it down to what I want to make in just a few days. Again, thanks for all the ideas and taking the time to comment on here.

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