Juried vs Non Juried Craft Shows
There are two different types of craft fairs, juried and non-juried. Here are some examples of how a juried fair differs from a non-juried fair.
To be accepted into a juried show you will need to send in a application for review. The application will need to include photos of your booth or detailed drawings if you do not have photos, and pictures of your products. They usually require a non refundable application fee. Should you be accepted, this fee usually goes toward the booth fee.
There are a couple benefits of a juried show. Their focus is on higher quality handmade items. You will not be competing in a overly saturated market with resellers of mass produced items. The goal is to have a balanced show without too many vendors in the same category. Juried shows also tend to be well organized and have better marketing which will lead to a higher attendance and possibly higher sales.
Many people choose to start off in non-juried shows to gain some experience in selling at shows. Juried shows can be much more expensive and will need applications months in advance.
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