There are times that you can’t avoid
leaving a craft show early. Trying to beat blizzard conditions on the highway or a
family emergency are fair enough reasons for heading out before the craft doors
close. However, being bored and packing up while there are still people selling
and shopping is a big no-no.
Acceptable and non-acceptable reasons for leaving a craft show early are listed here and if you need to leave for an acceptable reason, here are some ways to do it in a way that leaves your good reputation intact. If you're wondering what harm an early exit has, check out the 8 effects below.
REFLECTS BADLY ON THE ORGANIZER
I can’t speak for the organizers but I’d be
willing to bet that leaving early is one of their top five pet peeves of craft
fair vendors. They’ve put a lot of work into organizing the event and putting
accurate information out there such as start and end times. It reflects badly
on them if shoppers show up before the event is over and there are empty tables
or vendors already packing up.
BURNED BRIDGES WITH ORGANIZERS
If you’re hoping to be accepted to any of
their future events,. Packing up early is pretty much a guaranteed way to
ensure you DON’T get accepted. You may even burn your bridges with other event
organizers. The crafting community is pretty tight knit and if you leave a bad
impression with one organizer, they may be inclined to let fellow organizers
DISRUPTING SALES FOR OTHER VENDORS
It’s not fair to the vendors who do stick
it out until the end to cause a commotion by leaving early. You packing up can
be a distraction to remaining shoppers and make them feel rushed to the point
that they don’t take their time with the other vendors.
Remember the last time you were at a bar
until close and they flicked on the bright lights and started moving
tables and chairs to sweep the floor? They’re not so subtly telling you to get
out so they can go home. Their tactics are a little more aggressive than
packing up early but you’re essentially saying the same thing to any remaining
shoppers. You don’t care if they’re still shopping; you want them to leave so
you can go home. It doesn’t leave a very good impression with them.
BAD REPUTATION WITH SHOPPERS
Imagine you check out store hours online
and head to the mall before closing. You think you have just enough time for
some last minute shopping but when you get there, a few stores have already
closed. Pretty disappointing and a little annoying…..especially if you were specifically going to visit one of those stores. If you’ve told people they
can find you at an event until a certain time, you should make sure you’re
where they expect you to be.
It’s not just about sales you’re missing
out on once you leave, it’s about those you can lose while you’re packing up. If
there are a few shoppers in the venue and they stop by your table but you’re
putting items away, they aren’t going to feel very welcome to shop. They’ll
feel rushed to hurry up and look at your work before it gets packed up. They
may even feel hesitant about disrupting or inconveniencing you if they have
questions or want to purchase something.
You really never do know when that next
sale or opportunity is going to be made. For all you know, a local boutique
owner has just closed up their shop and is rushing over to check out your work
before the event ends. Or the next shopper may end up being your customer for life;
they just came later in the day. If you leave the craft fair early, you’ll
never know what opportunities you may miss out on.
Everyone is busy and sometimes a little
stressed at the beginning of the show, rushing to load in and set up before the
doors open. During the show, vendors are focused on selling. But after the
show, that’s when organizers and vendors are a little more relaxed, have a
little more time and are able to chat. You can make some really great
connections, get some good advice and even seal your spot at the next event
after the doors close.