Miniature Gardening forum: Miniature Gardens at Craft Shows?

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Name: Cathy
Northeast Ohio (Zone 5a)
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Tangents
Aug 16, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Has anyone put their little gardens up for sale, or had a booth at a craft fair? I'm curious to know if this is a possibility for me, and what others' experiences have been. How was the idea received? How much did you charge? That sort of thing. I've been donating my gardens to fundraisers, but my inventory is growing faster than I can give them away. The picture was for a Longaberger Cancer fundraiser, so the liner allows the garden to be transferred out of the beautiful Longaberger pie dish and into one that's laying around the house. Thanks for your inputs! CathyThumb of 2012-08-16/Tangents/38f106
Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
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1AnjL
Aug 25, 2012 4:28 PM CST
I have not, but I see them at craft shows all the time! They usually go for $35-$45 here at our Art & Wine in the Pines show. And I must say they are no where near as beautiful as yours! I never bought any so no pictures, but they were mainly mini cactus planted in a scooped out log. No art etc Sad
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Name: Cathy
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Tangents
Aug 29, 2012 9:40 AM CST
Thanks for the compliment! I'm considering entering them in an Avant Garde Art and Craft Show this October. One question is - how many gardens would I need? I've heard anywhere from 15 to 25. Yikes! Blinking I only have 9 so far. Most of them have a water element, and I was thinking that to keep the cost down I could sell the pumps/fountains/foggers separately. Good idea or not? Then there's the fairies - they add so much cost! Anybody know a cheap source for them? Here's one of my favorites so far - the water reservoir is underneath the "river", so the water circulates. This garden is 16" round by 10" deep and has about $44 in materials (the pump can't be removed to sell separately). How much do you recommend I charge for it? I really appreciate any ideas that come my way!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 1, 2012 6:27 AM CST
I have seen just a few at several of the farmers markets I frequent.Most tables have 3-6 for sale. Prices ranged from 25-85 depending on the size and amount of miniatures.

I would suggest a varied price (just example $)
Garden garden ..30
add a fairy....15
Bench....10
mushrooms ...3 each

That way a person could customize their own.
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williamffox
Sep 3, 2012 8:41 AM CST
I've done it. I think you will definitely be able to sell your beauties. I would suggest for the first time, bringing only a few (ie no more than 3 trips' worth abck and forth from the car. And bring cards with your info, say you can custom-design them and bring photos of your work. Good luck - your creation is great!
Name: Cathy
Northeast Ohio (Zone 5a)
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Tangents
Sep 4, 2012 1:44 PM CST
Thanks for your help! I was excepted into the show, so I am going to take the plunge and do it. My husband will be so glad to get our patio back *Blush*
Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
Twain Harte, CA (Zone 7a)
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1AnjL
Sep 10, 2012 8:34 PM CST
I would recommend doing up a lot of basic gardens, and then bringing along a few of the higher end gardens. Also, yes bring lots of pictures of other gardens you have done along with business cards for 'custom orders'

Also, on parts and materials (ie water pump etc) here in CA acceptable markup is 50% so basically, take what it costs you in total materials to make the item, mark that up 50% then add your labor cost Big Grin

Good luck in your sales! and please let us know how it goes!!
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