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  1. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    okay so for my two booths that i have coming up (craft fair that is one day and then my mall booth that is 30 days) i have to have cash n carry at both, requirement for all vendors there.
    so i am starting my list of what i need to get ordered to have but am having a hard time of thinking of ideas to have there. i was thinking of putting together some gift baskets for one stop shop gifts. such as: collapsible bowl with some little gadgets and spices/ oven mitt with a few small tools/ batter bowl with made up brownie mix such as those you see in jars/ sheet pan with mini spatula and scoop. those are my gift basket ideas so far...
    but as for regular cash n carry, got any ideas?? i so far have seen that mix n chops go great, mini spatulas, i have an extra round stone, seasons best, and then i am stumped. any ideas or suggestions are greatly welcomed. or if you ideas of what to put in a gift basket, that would be great too! TIA
     
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  2. KaiKendall

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    I'm really new, but I was under the impression you could not set up a retail booth like this... craft fairs and such are a great way of getting leads and stuff, but that we weren't allowed to sell product like a retail store... any clarification on this? Maybe I should check the policies again...:confused:
     
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  3. cathyskitchen

    cathyskitchen Senior Member Gold Member

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    She already called HO, and they were fine with it.

    Jess - I personally would probably only get the lower-priced items, in case you get stuck with a lot of extras that don't sell. Get some measuring spoons, bamboo spoons, quickcut knives, etc - anything that's low price enough for you to afford to put the money out ahead of time. You could put some of your sample items in gift baskets as "displays" and offer to place orders for people (and maybe even do a "gift wrap" service for free with a purchase of $XX or more).
     
  4. Pampered Jean

    Pampered Jean Novice Member Gold Member

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    Don't worry...pc jessica has already gotten ok from HO. If in doubt, call HO!! :)
     
  5. BlessedWifeMommy

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    I agree with Cathy. Also keep in mind the guarantee doesn't transfer, so don't buy items where that is important.

    One other thing, when I have done C&C in the past, I find it was hard for people to see the items in packages, so in the future, (I have a market place next week) I've decided to put out my item as display and post a list of available items.

    I'm thinking baking items would be good to have on hand. Since people will be thinking about doing baking right after Thanksgiving.
     
  6. chefsteph07

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    Just did a fair last week and the most requested item to have on hand was the kernal cutter...next was the quick cut paring knives, then the mix n chop.
     
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  7. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    thanks for your ideas...any one got ideas on what to put in gift baskets i would really like to offer these.
    cathy- great idea about the gift wrappiing i think i will offer that for those orders that are placed!
    kaikendal-i already called homeoffice like cathy said and talked to them and they said it was fine because where i will be set up is not in a store, but in a huge breeze way type of thing. and i had to make sure to tell the mall not to advertise myself in papers or online.
     
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  8. BlessedWifeMommy

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    I know there was a gift flyer in the files section here. Had some grouping ideas. I'll see if I can find it.
     
  9. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    Pampered Packages, I believe is what you are referencing, AND it's updated for this season! :)
     
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  10. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    thanks for the package file i think i might try to put some of them together!!
     
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  11. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    That is it! Bobbi you are good! :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  12. DebbieJ

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    I have purchased our pantry items for booths before. Then if they don't sell I use them for shows and at home. :)

    Oh, and TwixIt Clips!
     
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  13. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    no. :blushing: well, MAYbe.. But honestly - I've been updating my version from last year, so I knew what you were talking about. Of course, NOW I find out that someone already did! :D (Mine has the Christmas images in the background though.)
     
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  14. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Mix N Chops!

    Or you can make some small batter bowl mixes and sell those.
     
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  15. BlessedWifeMommy

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    The batter bowls are a good idea! I would just sell the batter bowl and give them the recipe on how to make the mix. I wouldn't sell food.
     
  16. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    i was thinking of doing this, but am curious as to why you wouldn't sell food???
     
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  17. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    Health department.
     
  18. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    oh...never thought about that.
     
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  19. Grandmarita

    Grandmarita Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Two years ago, I purchased the ingredients for the Soup Mix, which was quite expensive when you had to buy 16 or 32 oz. bags of the various beans. Before I had time to make them up, I participated in a Historical Societies bazaar. A crafty person had made up the same mix in 1 quart canning jars, and even at $5 per jar, she did not sell any in 2 1/2 days. I realized I would not be able to cover the cost of my ingredients and get the full price for our batter bowl. So, I ended up making the recipe up as Christmas gifts, for our parish staff, SIL; neighbors; and a special friend. I have a reminder of that speculation purchase, still in my garage, and probably will make them up as hostess gifts for when we travel this winter.

    I have sold our small prep-bowl sets several times; and this week with five days of display at Curves the Mix & Masher; and our now discontinued Kitchen shears were the only items sold. I don't know for sure but imagine that approximately 50 members come in each day to exercise. My deal to them was no sales tax and no shipping and handling.
    I did mark down some items that were discontinued by 10 or 20%, and still they did not sell. I had all of our seasonings; several editions of SBCK marked $1 each or 3 for $2;
    Easy Accent Decorator; batter bowl; Measure All; several small kitchen items i.e. can strainer; 2 liter bottle opener; jar opener etc.; citrus peeler and cake testers. It is very
    hard to predict what people will want. I had these items because I expected to give most of them as prizes or hostess thank yous. It was just time to weed out.
     
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  20. BlessedWifeMommy

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    I'm probably being too "legalistic" about the health dept. but you never know. But I know I wouldn't buy a mix someone else made up, I would rather have the idea and do it myself.
     
  21. BlessedWifeMommy

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    I totally agree, you never know what is going to sell. However, if there is a lot of shoppers, you may just sell out the first day and have to place an order. I wouldn't put lots of money into your cash and carry.
     
  22. ChefLAM

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    I sell a lot of the SB cookbooks and mini spatulas, too.
     
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  23. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm with Deb - go for Pantry items that you can use for shows or yourself if they don't sell. Otherwise, small items that people aren't likely to want to return, because the guarantee doesn't transfer: Mini Serving Spatulas, Quickut Paring Knives, SBRCs, recipe card sets. The only "larger" item I'd have would be a couple of Mix n Chops. Those always seem to sell at booths. Anything larger that people want, you can take an order. When I do that, I explain that I want them to have the guarantee and ordering it provides them with the complete coverage.
     
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  24. Chef Bobby

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    I had someone buy a pizza stone from me at a fair (my used one) and she called a few days later saying it broke. I went to her house, picked it up and sent it back for a new one and brought it to her.
     
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  25. Chef Bobby

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    I always have someone looking for the stoneware scapers. Also have a replacement order form handy for those that say they have something broke.
     
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  26. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Be sure to make a Help Wanted sign.
     
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  27. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    ooo great idea on the replacement part order form, pan scrapers, and the help wanted sign!!!
     
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  28. robochick84

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    I found this thread as I am looking for what to order for upcoming booths.

    Does the mix n' chop sell itself as people know what it is?
    How are you able to sell this at the booth without the demo?

    Thanks!
     
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  29. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm ordering stuff for an upcoming booth that I have to do C&C and my total is starting to get pricey. I'm just wondering quantity-wise how much I should really be ordering. Any ideas? It's mostly pantry items, but I also have the paring knives, SB, Dinners-Done recipe cards, mini serving spatula, mix n chop, and kernel cutter. I just have no idea what people are really going to want, and if they don't buy anything, I'm going to be in big trouble.
     
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  30. ChefPaulaB

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    I have had people walk up to my booth with someone else and pick up the mix and chop and say "This is what I was telling you about, you have to have this!" I sell a ton of them at booths! Seriously, I think I had 10 at one and ended up taking orders for more. I agree with the other stuff too, pantry, mini-spatula, but I've also had people there looking for our Scrapers, and the can opener, ice cream scoop and don't forget the pizza cutter. Also, Twix-it clips. I just had a big selection of all of that kind of stuff... things that fit in the tool turn about... Garlic press... And I usually sell a ton of Season's Best, especially if I have a sample of something from it (Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies, after people tasted them I'd tell them that the recipe was in that cookbook and for a buck they'd always buy it). Good Luck!
     
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  31. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    I am so with you on this!!! I have a booth on the 16th, then a couple more in Nov. and then the whole month of Dec. So I know I need to order quite a bit of stuff (all require me to have CnC), but the price is way up there with all my stuff so far! I have no idea what to do lol. I know I need to order it but I hate fronting the money like that.
     
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  32. elizabethfox

    elizabethfox Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I order items off of the outlet (since there is no guarantee on those items).

    The things I get asked for the most are seasonings, mix n chop, citrus peelers, stoneware scrapers, quick cut paring knives, and measure all cups.
     
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