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Tips for a shy crafter?
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I've done several craft shows now, so I'm not a newbie. Even so, I feel like being shy makes me suck at the friendly vendor bit.
I'll usually keep quiet and smile, only speaking to visitors after they speak to me first. I'm sure this is not the best way to go about it, at least not all of the time.
Are there any ice-breaking questions any of you would suggest? I feel like if I had a list of easy-access greetings I could refer to in these situations I wouldn't feel so awkward and hesitant when attempting conversations with browsers.
Posted at 5:00 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
Your jewelry is beautiful. You don't need to be an overly friendly vendor. As a matter of fact, I think that drives some people away (I, for one, don't like it much).
Just don't be sullen and UN friendly! Smiling is good. Say hello. What more do you need to say? If someone has a question, they'll ask you. As long as you're available, off the phone, and pleasant, you should do fine.
If you feel awkward talking to people, it's actually probably better to stay on the quiet side, so they don't feel it and catch the awkwardness (does that make sense?)
Posted at 5:12 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
They are lingering but are they buying or standing in the way talking?
I think a simple hello or even just a smile and a wave is fine. I don't like over pushy and often will walk to the other side of the isle to avoid the vendor shoving products into everyones hands.
Posted at 5:51 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
I am ubber shy too!
What I do is when someone is looking at my items I give them a quick "hello, how are you this morning?"
It's usually enough to break the ice.
I notice some vendors don't even look at people when they come into the booth. As long as you say hello and give good body language it should make things a bit more easier!
Posted at 6:24 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
I am pretty shy, too. I greet everyone with a hi, how are you today. Sometimes I use the weather topic - nice weather, too hot, too cold, etc. I think being overly chatty can chase them away. Another option is complementing them on something they are wearing.
Posted at 7:31 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
I am not shy... but I have seen many shy sellers miss the opportunity to engage their customers. We are artists first and sellers second.
I do a "Hello" and "oh by the way...I have a sale on XXXX for this show". Everyone loves a sale and their smiles come out.
Posted at 8:05 pm Jul 31, 2012 EDT
I just say hello, or good morning, or how are you this morning.
If somebody is standing in the middle of the aisle looking at my stuff, I will say something like," you can come and smell my soaps, we won't bite."
If it is raining, I will say, "come on in out of the rain.". We set up our booth so that there is always a way to get under the tent. Pretty much have to, because of the amount of rainy days. I do tend to sell quite a bit because people want to stay dry.
Posted at 12:27 am Aug 1, 2012 EDT