Are you a crafter looking for a way to make money with your handmade craft items? Plan a Holiday Crafts Open House. This is a fun, profitable way to make money and have a good time with your friends at the same time. I have planned and hosted several Holiday Crafts Open Houses in the past. Here are the steps for crafters to plan their own Holiday Crafts Open House.
Step #1 – Holiday Crafts Open House – Gather Other Crafters Together
The more crafters that participate, the more successful your crafts open house will be. It’s best to find people who craft a wide variety of crafts. You need a variety to appeal to different customers. They will be responsible to make handmade crafts for the open house, work at the open house, food, hand out flyers and whatever else needs to be done.
Step #2 – Holiday Crafts Open House – Where, When?
Decide on where and when you will hold your crafts open house. You will need a home with a layout that will allow lots of customers to browse the crafts comfortably. Decide on the days and the times you will be open. Schedule crafters to work.
Step #3 – Holiday Crafts Open House – Advertise
Generate excitement about the crafts that will be offered for sale. Be creative with advertising. Have each crafter send a message to their email contacts and Facebook friends. Post flyers or poster board signs in local businesses. Crafters can take flyers to local schools, county buildings, churches, gyms – anyplace where women work or play!
Step #4 – Holiday Crafts Open House – Food & Beverages
Serve your customers Christmas goodies, coffee, tea, and hot cider. Have each participating crafter make cookies. Think of this open house as a party for friends and treat your customers as such!
Step #5 – Holiday Crafts Open House – Organizing
Organize your crafts open house into three main areas in the home. Each crafter should pay a percentage of their sales to the homeowner to pay for costs that are involved in hosting the open house. (Newspaper ad, paper, poster board, coffee, cream, etc.)
Shopping area: Display the craft items on furniture in the home, crafter’s shelving units and tables. Set up a Christmas tree to display Christmas ornaments. Play Christmas music softly in the background. Crafters should circulate among the customers to see if they need any help.
Eating area: Make sure there are extra chairs set up for customers to sit, relax, and have a cookie and cup of coffee.
Paying area: Set up a secure area with a cashbox. One crafter should always act as cashier. Another person can do the packaging. It helps to have another person writing down the items sold and which crafter should be credited with the sale. Keep good records so there are no arguments. Crafters should have a complete list of items that they are selling. Have lots of tissue paper to wrap handmade crafts. Stamp brown lunch bags with a ‘Thank You’ message to your customers. Save plastic grocery bags to use for larger items. Have plenty of money for change available.
Good luck with your Holiday Crafts Open House.