I am new to posting on this board, I have been a lurker since day one, old habits die hard I used to lurk in the back of the class when I was in school many years ago so the teacher wouldn't call on me although it never worked I was always called on.
Anyway I would like to offer a couple of ideas on where or how to possibly sell bears for some people. I have a chronic illiness which has left me homebound my only option for selling bears was ebay as I am not able to go to shows or get out to promote my bears. A couple of years ago I had an idea I had never seen in our town which is a small town, I decided to have a one woman bear show. Since I have to do things as my health allows, I chose to have a little show under our car port in October it was right here at home just outside the door. Being it is a small town I wasn't sure what the response would be and I was scared to death. I started planning in Feb of that year and was able to make 80 bears by Oct. I advertised in our local newspaper my first annual bear show and in a couple of the surrounding area newspapers, plus my husband and my mother in law put up posters I had made around town at various business's. My husband borrowed a couple of tables and in Oct I felt fairly good, I was unable to sleep the night before. Well the show/sale started at 10am ended at 2pm. I had people there at 8am one lady bought 10 bears. I sold a total of 35 bears plus I had people calling after to see if I had new bears. I also had people come by after the show ended because they had to work but wanted to see the bears and I did sell a few after closing. I had my second show/sale last year and sold 30 bears, 8 of them to the same lady that bought 10 the year before, and there were more people there the second year. I am planning on one in Oct again this year, as people keep asking if I am going to have one. I would like to do a spring show but I am not sure I am up to that. As I said I live in a small town and I have had great response.
Another idea is the fall festival type things. I have a friend who also makes bears this year even though I won't be there in person, I went half with her on a space up at Harvest Days in Sept , they have a big outdoor craft show, flea market , parade and all sorts of activities. The space costs 50.00 for 2 days, this is our first try at that but the celebration always draws huge crowds.
So if you are able to, have your own little show. I realize to that small towns are not like ebay or other shops and I priced my bears accordingly, in other words I did charge less then when I sell on ebay. It is a great way to get your name out there, locally at least. Plus it is so much fun meeting all the people.
Well I am terribly sorry to have rambled on and on, but I do think this is a wonderful option to at least think about. You can all wake up now I think I am done. I just had to share what I did when I didn't have many options. Hopefully this will help someone else.
Thank you all for putting up with me I will go back into my lurking hole.
No wait,don't go away,your input is very valuable and we never consider it rambling.Big bear hug welcome to you Barb,we are happy to have you post. You suggestions are all very wonderful and it's so nice to have another point of view with more options.I'm sure your small town just wait in anticipation for your yearly show.Great to hear from you.Hugs and blessings,Shari.
Welcome Barb! Thank you for your wonderful input. You have been lurking for far to long and now it is time for you to join us! We love new people and new ideas. You sound like you have a great deal of knowledge and info to share so please come back!!!!!!
Hugs Louise and Garnet
Hi Barb..welcome, welcome, welcome....please do not be a lurker any more. It will be lovely to get to know you. You have already helped with your wonderful information...no more lurking, you hear! We need all our friends to join in and I'm sure we would all love to see your bears.
Yea!!!! IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!Barb came out to play!!!
You would be surprised at how many of us are either disabled or struggeling-oh no you wouldn't because you have been LURKING :lol::lol::lol:
Now in all seriousness.....since you have been outed so to speak, please stay, please play with us....
By the way I think your idea is great! Really great!
And is probably doable if the small town has money-(ours doesn't since the main industry is methamphetamine production- but there are church bazzars etc.....
I am gald you are here
Hi Barb and WELCOME !!!
So nice that you have decided to join our group and already you have given us some valuable information.
I used to know a lady who did floral arrangements that way and she would decorate her entire house for people to go thru and buy whatever caught their eye. She was like ...'a happening' ... that everyone waited for each fall. We moved away, but I am sure she is still going strong.
Your post comes, just after I read a post by Shelli about ways to get the collectors' interest back to bears.
This is a wonderful idea.
Thanks for your input.
Be a lurker, NO MORE!!!
Hi Barb and a big welcome
Many thanks for sharing - how you sell your bears.
What a wonderful way of promoting your Bears by having your own "Bear Show" and then selling
so many. I think that this is a great idea.
Good luck with future Bear Shows.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
Barb, welcome to you. What great ideas you offered. And what an anxiety-producing event to have planned as a one-woman show. You must be terribly brave; seriously. Sleepless or not, what an achievement.
It's a wonderful idea to stage small shows -- with pricing adjusted accordingly -- just to stir up interest (and make some cash, let's be honest, too.) Maybe there are ways to even do a "neighborhood" type event, for those in nearby cities. Or even something state-wide -- the Michigan Teddy Bear Event? Who knows?
I'm not much of an organizer or event planner so I'm way out of my league here. But such a great idea.
I'm glad you came out of hiding and welcome you warmly to the board. Don't go anywhere, because when it comes to teddy bears, it's ALL valuable input.
That sounds like quite an effort-80 bears!Someone suggested to me that I try something like this at Xmas-"Christmas with the Bears"My husband has antiques for sale and they are here in our home but no one really "knows"that we do this.Our town is not large but no one seems to be interested in artist bears.There are other parts of Ontario where there is a great following and lots of fun but it's very minimal in my area.(Unless Andrea wants to do this with me!!!LOL! )We thought we could arrange the bears atop the antique furniture-which is where they are now.As soon as I figure out how to send pictures, I will send some.I usually go to Teddy Bears on Vacation for the Xmas show but competition there is really stiff so perhaps on my own (or with Andrea!!LOL! again!)it might work better.My confidence is very low right now though.