whisski-deactivated20150929  asked:

Hello! I'm getting ready for vending at a convention and it's my first time selling only plush goods. I was wondering if you had any advice/insight on creating "enough" inventory for conventions. I'm terrified that I won't make enough of each item or that I'll make too much! Thanks so much!

For me, I try to do sneaky math stuffs. I try to find estimates for attendance. I assume of the people attending, maybe only 50% will go to the artist alley. And of that 50%, maybe only 10% will actually buy from me.

Shuto Con, for examples,  estimated last years attendance was around 6,000.

I assume numbers this year wont be less than that. So that’s 3,000 people coming in the artist alley. And of that, 3,000, only 300 will buy from me. So my starting goal will be 300 plushies. If I can make more I will. Though I also may not be able to hit that goal and it wont be the end of the world.

I also try to have about 25% of my stock be $5-$15, 50% of it be from $15-$50, and the last 25% to be $50+  Though these numbers change. It’s just a rough guideline I give myself based on what prices ranges I’ve seen sell in the past.

I wouldn’t worry about making too much. You can always list the extras online. Or save them for your next convention. Or donate them to a charity and write them off on your taxes. Making too little, however, is pretty sad. You sit around with a near empty table, kicking yourself for not making more. So my advice on that front is to make as much as your time and budget will allow, within reason.

My biggest issues is usually not making “enough stuff” but making “enough of the right stuff”

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D.A.D. 27 - Whisski Fullbody

Another pic of Whisski. Still not finalized but I figured I could do a fullbody pic of her just to really show what I have so far. And for the sake of simplicity/focus on her design I left it unshaded.

There’s just a couple other things I want to try out before I say she’s done and I do a proper refsheet.

It feels good to be really enjoying my fursona, its a feeling I’ve struggled to achieve for years.

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whisski-deactivated20150929  asked:

Hello again! Tomorrow is the first day of the convention I've been prepping for (selling fandom-themed dice bags, pillows, and a few plushes) and I wanted to ask what you personally do at your vendor table to keep yourself busy (when not interacting with customers of course). Do you bring your sewing machine or other things to work on? This is a small convention so I don't think I'd be interacting with customers constantly, and I don't want to sit there looking bored. Thanks bunches!

Since this is my full time job, I try to treat conventions like I were at work in a retail environment. Granted, a pretty laid back environment, but still as professional as possible.

I try my hardest not to do anything you wouldn’t see a sales clerk at a store do. No checking my phone, doodling, reading a book, sewing, etc.

I do try to chat with customers, make nice with the other artists, re-arrange my table, sanitize my hands, re-write signs to be more clear, sneak a quick bite to eat or something to drink so I don’t pass out on someone, make a bathroom break, etc.

I am lucky in that I always have a lot of friends at conventions, too. I usually go with a group of 6-10 people, and there are people I know from other cons, and people who know me from tumblr/facebook/etc. I usually always have someone stopping by to chat or look at things. There’s not a lot of downtime for me.

If I absolutely can’t sit still a moment longer without dying of boredom, I usually ask my table partner (lately that’s been my mom :D) to take over and I go walk around the con.