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How I made £490 in one day at a Steam Fair!

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by jonny110, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. jonny110

    jonny110 Regular Member Premium Member

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    This is so easy. Lets begin with what you need first:

    1. A decent colour printer. I use an epson stylus d120
    2. Photoshop cs2 or 3.
    3. A digital camera with resolution more than 5mpx.

    Here we go!

    I was going to a steam fare, where the main thing that peeps get excited about is steam traction engines, cars, engineering and such the like.

    I downloaded LOTS of LARGE pictures of steam traction engines.
    I then edited them so that they looked like watercolors. It is EASY to create extremely realistic looking pictures with photoshop. Make them vivid - the brighter the better eg make the reds RED. People like bright colours - not boring dark looking pictures.

    Print them off. I had bought 100 cheap frames at £2 each. I then printed 10 different images of traction engines, 10 of each, 100 in total.

    I use a bulk ink system - ciss so ink is pretty cheap.

    All pictures had a custom signature at the bottom with a number from 1 to 50, and advertised as 'limited edition'.

    Obviously you cannot advertise them as 'hand painted' but you can advertise them as 'hand crafted' by a local artist (me).

    I printed some postcard sized pictures too.

    Sold the A4 size pics for £10 each.

    With diesel costs (to travel the 150 miles round trip), stall cost £25, materials, I made £490 profit. Any spare pics are saved (for another steam fare) and I took some orders for pictures of engines that had sold out.

    You can do this with ANYTHING - football matches (photographs taken of the ground etc.), car rallies - the limit is your imagination! Why not take some pics of the local area at and sell them at a car boot?

    Anyway, thats my two penneth for today.
     
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  2. electrohedtings

    electrohedtings Registered Member

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    Very innovative, never would've thought of this one myself.

    So people were genuinely interested or did you have to really sell it to them?

    How much did you sell the postcards for?

    Which sold better?
     
  3. photoads

    photoads Regular Member

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    Great post, in fact I remember being at work a few years seeing something similar.

    One of the managers showed me a picture/print of her house, she'd seen prints in her local post office/shop & paid £20 for a picture (framed). I was going to do the same but never did.

    Basically same thing as you take photo, open in photoshop, run watercolour filter, print off, frame & cash in.

    This is great for village locations as they have nice old unique homes. You could offer the shop owner £5 for every referral too!
     
  4. designsmith.co.za

    designsmith.co.za Newbie

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    hey if you are prepared to write it out in a little more detail we can do a jv deal. call me.
     
  5. mmhustler2009

    mmhustler2009 BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    Definitely doing this next year......my city annually has a huge July 4th festival, and people from all around come to visit it (in the tens of thousands). We have a lot of old landmark buildings nearby....so I could just take some nice pictures (or find them on the internet), then frame and sell. Better yet, just buy a stand at the taste of Chicago. :)
     
  6. nytrolic

    nytrolic Registered Member

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    Was this the Pickering Steam/Traction engine fair? i was there with a stall too, made a boat load with vinyl stickers.

    Also got to drive the hummer around the asault course, it was a good laugh!
     
  7. justfive

    justfive Registered Member

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    Were these pictures as big as a normal size piece of paper right out of your printer?
    I'm assuming you signed them yourself. When a customer asked if you painted them did you say yes? Or did you word it as.. "I crafted them, yes, took me hours ;)"
     
  8. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    Black hats off to you. Inspiring,
    Now do it with porn
     
  9. APK2004

    APK2004 BANNED BANNED

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    Thats some pretty good money. I earn that in two months with my CPA offers. Lol
     
  10. 1simon1

    1simon1 Newbie

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    Great post.

    You've given me an idea that could end up buying my house.

    Thanks
     
  11. NIghtShade

    NIghtShade Newbie

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    I assume this only sold because of the "limited edition" advertisement and because it was a "steam fair". Theres tons of people selling framed pictures at every flea market and fair
    in the world and they sure ain't selling out and making that much in one day.