I have gotten some great advice on my journey in clay and selling thus far. I am happy to report that some of that great advice was from this forum. Now I have a new question.
At fairs I have been bring packing paper, masking tape and plastic bags for packaging up purchases. When asking other potters I get head nods and confirmation that they do the same. So I figure I am doing what everyone else does and I am in good hands...following suit and happy. However this always felt a little "grocery" store or department store to me and I have not been real happy with it.
For one sale last summer I took some small bowls and created sets of 4 similar bowls. Then found some small lidded single thickness cardboard boxes at IKEA with riveted metal trim. They were $2.50 for a set of two boxes. I put the bowls stacking in with crinkle paper separating the bowls. Those were the first to sell. Sure they were a matching set and I think people like that, and perhaps they picked them up for gifts. However I like to think they were drawn to them because they were packaged right. No wraping and taping paper to the bowls after purchase.
I have been now thinking about finding a place to get small wooden boxes made for tea cups or bowl sets, which just drives the price up. Although I think they would be perceived as nicer for gifts and such.
My question is, 'How do you package up your purchases at fairs?" "Do you use nice wooden or cardboard boxes for sets?" "do you still use packing paper and tape?"
PS: if you are using wooden boxes, please tell me where you purchase them from.