I can't afford the tent just yet, so I hit my 2nd larger show (I don't count the casual car shows, only the big ones) - I sat out from 12 - 7 and got crazy sunburn. It was a great day, nice and cool, with a breeze because I was on the shoreline of CT with the water 100 feet from me. But damn, I look like a lobster now...
Anyway, This is my current setup. I keep my cashbox hidden with a built-in compartment on the chair, and had a lot of foot traffic this time. Put out 10 sauces (9 unproduced and Cinder) - grouped into BBQ/Marinade, Hot Sauce, and other.
Kickin' Blackstrap Marinade
Kickin' Blackstrap Rib Sauce
Kickin' Rib Sauce (original recipe, used brown sugar, no molasses)
Carolina Mustard & Vinegar BBQ
Krèmbanero White Chocolate-Key Lime
Mind Flay Strawberry-Brainstrain
Cinder Ranch hot sandwich spread
Chaffinch Island Dressing
PeanutBuster hot peanut sauce
I made about $170 in sales in about 7 hours. I know, not great, but not bad either, because what I took away from this was which are my next 3 flavors to produce. I know sometimes in business you need to make what people want to buy, not always what you think is best. The demographic in this CT Shoreline town is very affluent, lots of money but tight with the wallet. People drive up in Porsches, BMW Suv's, Cadillac and old cars that are worth $200k+, but when it comes to selling sauces, many of them 'had' to have a deal. $6 each and you could see they were hesitant. But drop that to 3 for $15, and they would nod and take it. Same went for the amazing seafood they were serving. Raw oysters, Hot lobster rolls, fish tacos, all fresh caught... people were actually trying to haggle a bit. I know they have money but I guess being stingy is how they keep it
Anyway, I have plans to get a 2nd table (probably another 6' and put it on my left, and turn the entire setup on a 45 degree wedge. I'll add another box for additional products when I Get the run done, and a rack to put those nice 8oz widemouth jars on. Those were a huge hit.
I need to get a fitted bottom sheet for the table, as the wind kept blowing it around, so I used my 4' level and clipped the tablecloth to it to help keep it down.
I also need to get a woman to help me at the table. When my girlfriend showed up half way through the day and helped talk to people, I noticed both sales and people who actually stopped to chat picked up, by almost triple!
Was a fun day. I need to get one of those nice $900 truss tents with my logo on it it with the zip-off back, etc.