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      Selling at music festivals - festival trading and product advice

      Has anyone on the boards traded at music festivals? I am thinking of setting up a pitch at one of the big music festival but need ideas on what to sell.

      What are good things to sell at music festivals?
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      Starting at a smaller festival might be better if you never sold at a music festival before. A few of the larger music festivals like Leeds can be expensive.

      Festival goers have a lot of options of what to buy; so everything is in your range. Some good ideas of what to sell at a music festival include:

      • Food

      • Hammocks

      • T-shirts

      • Water

      • Posters

      • Sunglasses

      • Purses and bags

      • Homemade crafts

      Attending a festival before selling is a good idea to help you get a feel for what is on the festival circuit already. Also, you have to research the festival to see if it’s right for your audience.

      For instance, if you sold food, you would need to think of:

      • What food sells best in that type of weather

      • What hours are you allowed to sell and does that make sense for your product

      There is a lot to think about but music festivals can bring in a lot of profit. Even when I had to pay 5,000 for a spot, I made 45,000. I had a combo business of t-shirts and food.
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      Maybe I will start at a smaller festival. Can you make a good profit at a small music festival?

      My friend and I run a catering company but mainly breakfast and wasn’t sure that would be apropos for festivals. I do not want to sell anything too hot because it will be so hot outside. I was thinking t-shirts for the festival.

      The festival I was thinking of selling at, allows vendors to sell until midnight, is that good?

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      Closing at midnight or 1 a.m. is the norm for music festivals unless the music keeps going. In those cases, vendors are allowed 24 hour sales.

      If you know food then sell food. Is the festival going to be your first time as a t-shirt vendor?

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      I sell t-shirts on my website, but I’ve never been a vendor before at a music festival. What should I do as a first time festival vendor?

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      The 24-hour sales at music festivals helped me through a rough year once; I didn’t sell food though. I had shirts, jewelry and bags. The pitch price was 10,000 but it was for a large 3 day fest.

      The smaller music festivals have reasonable rates. I have paid as little as 500 for a spot.

      Make sure you review the vendor map and try to pick an area with a lot of foot traffic.

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      You should plan the festival experience as you would any other business extention.

      • Make a festival budget

      • Figure out where you are going to sell and the price

      • Will you need electricity? Does that cost extra?

      • How will you attract customers? Give out prizes, walk around with samples

      • Play music to draw attention to your vendor booth

      • Make sure to bring plenty of stock to the festival

      Since you are going to be at a music festival learn a little about the bands playing there so you have a good conversation starter with a potential customer.

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      Music festivals are about the impulse purchases. What smells good? Does that t-shirt fit? I think I can use that blanket at home.

      Think about how you are going to operate the food stand. Are you going to do it? Are you going to have to pay someone? How about power? Supplies?

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      We are working on a plan now to handle supply needs and staff. First, I wanted to make sure there is a good profit at music festivals.

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      The profit depends on where your pitch is. Are you near the entrance of the festival? Or is the pitch closer to the campground?

      When you speak to the festival organizers, ask them how they choose pitch position and if you can choose a better spot.

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