Summer is here! And for those of us who love handmade items, the lure of the arts and craft festivals can be too much for our wallets.
Here are a few ways you can save money at arts and crafts festivals:
Eat before you go. The food at arts & crafts festivals is almost always unhealthy and is insanely priced. Eat before you go and bring a bottle of water with you to keep hydrated.
Don’t bring a stroller. I’m sure those of you with small children are now thinking I’m crazy… but hear me out. When you have to carry a baby around a craft fair, you’re arms are too full to buy stuff you don’t really need! A straying child can also distract you from making needless purchases! And when you don’t have a stroller, you don’t have places to stash extra stuff, either!
Think gift ideas. Use the time at the festival to look for Christmas and birthday gifts. You’ll still get the enjoyment of shopping, but you’ll be taking care of an item on your to-do list months in advance.
Get ideas for later. If you’re the crafty type, you may want to get ideas for things you can make at home. Just be careful if you’re planning to sell your creations – you don’t want to tread on copyright/patent issues.
Shop around. If you see something you like, don’t buy it at the very first booth. Other vendors may have the same item for less, so shop around for the best deal.
Don’t be afraid to haggle. The worst thing that can happen is that you’re told “No.” But if you ask, you just may be able to get a great deal.
Take a business card and walk away. It’s very easy to impulse buy at arts & crafts fairs. If you see something you really like, take a business card and write a description of the item on the back. If you still want the item when you get home, you can contact the artist and arrange a sale. Chances are, your interest in the item may have waned, and you can just recycle the card.
Ask for bulk discounts. If you buy more than one item, will the vendor give you a discount? This is a great way to save money – particularly if you’re shopping for multiple items for gifts or are shopping with a friend.
Make an offer at the end of the day. Arts and crafts vendors would rather sell their remaining inventory than haul it back home. Make an offer at the end of the event and you could see big savings.
How do you save money at arts & crafts festivals?