Today, we spent the day at the Autumn Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Show at the Minerals Resort & Spa in Vernon, NJ. We'd done this show in April when it was their first attempt a a craft fair, and had a decent day with a lot of interest. It was a very small fair but with good vendors.
This time, a vendor organizer company had taken over and the fair grew from one room (the gym of the spa) to three rooms (the lobby, gym, and small back convention room). Still a small fair, but nice. Unfortunately, it also grew by three more vendors of handmade soap. Total: 4. That's unusual, especially for a fair of this size, and initially they were placing three of us all in adjoining booths! Well, two of us obviously moved, and we lucked out and were placed in the lobby, directly to the right of the entrance doors to the spa. That meant we had a differently-shaped space (the original was 10'x10') and needed to reorganize. We actually really liked the way we were able to use the area.
That whole length there was Reef Botanicals! We had two 6' tables end to end, and then a 4' camping table on the end forming an L. Our banner is there at that far end because that's where the entrance to the spa was.
We got traffic from every direction and were very happy with the setup and location. In fact, the spa is having another event on December 12, just before the holidays, and we plan to participate in that one too.
Although the patrons were somewhat inundated with soapers, they seemed really excited by our product line, and we did well. Our most popular sellers of the day were the Hair Dew shampoo and the Home for the Holidays bath salt, though also especially popular were the lip balms, facial scrub, candles, and Smooth Operator shaving & bath soap. People took a lot of cards too, and we're hopeful that the event gained us some regular customers!
If you're in the area, look for us at the event in December, where we'll also be offering gift baskets for the holidays. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a resort; the place is really friendly and non-members are as welcome as members. In fact, the staff there were treating even us more like guests than anything!
In the meantime, everything is still available at our website, as well as on our HAFshop, and of course our giveaway is still underway until October 31!