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”