Always take enough change. Most shows do not offer a bank on site for vendors to buy change, though making it is necessary when dealing in cash. We like to start with $250 in small bills and coins.
I know this can sound like over kill, but we have been to shows before where we have been out of change in the
first couple of hours. It’s better to take what you think you might need rather than having to lose a sale or have to beg from all of your fellow vendors- they need their change too!
Some shows do offer banking onsite and that’s an added bonus, especially when you’re out of town and in need. But we have been to some locations where the bank won’t even “make change” unless you have an account with them. Rules have changed with banking in recent years, so just go prepared.
Another option, and one we don’t use (but did have to once when our register drawer wouldn’t open) is to only take credit card sales. This “can be” an option when you have that capability. I’ve been to events where that WAS the only option; it was more for safety and security than anything. It also eliminates the need for change and going to the bank. Like I said, it’s not one that we have used, except when necessary, but it is an option. If you’re worried about traveling with cash, do it. Most everyone has a credit or debit card; many prefer it. But make sure you will have service for those transactions before heading out.
And about credit cards: with the square and paypal options there really is no reason for anyone not to take a credit card these days. I think when you DON’T take them you are leaving a LOT of money on the table. I don’t know too many people that travel with cash, do you? It also leaves options open. If they do run out of cash on hand, and later find something in your booth that they can’t live without, they don’t have to! We don’t personally use the square or the PayPal swiper, but we do have a credit card machine- and won’t leave home without it!
Checks: for us taking them is too risky. We used to do shows where almost everyone paid with a check, but not anymore. As I said before, everyone now has a credit or debit card. If they’re going to write you a check then they might as well use their debit card. We have received several bad checks, closed accounts, etc., over the years with no way to recoup the loss (other than court) so it’s no longer a form of payment we accept. If you do accept them, do so with caution: get DL number, phone #, etc.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)
read tip #4 here