Square Payment for Craft Fairs

Over Easter Weekend (I know, I’m super delayed on posting) I went to my second craft fair!  It was in a huge space with a variety of vendors and the lighting was great!

But the best part of it all, was that I shared a booth with Ashley from My Little Sunshine.  And both our husbands were sweet enough to stay the whole time with us and they sure chatted it up.  Here’s a look at our joint booth!!  Thanks for letting me borrow the chalkboard sign, Ashley!

Here’s a close up of my setup.  I love the vintage suitcase, the inside is pretty gross but I plan on sprucing it up so I can have it open for my next display!

It’s a pre-req that if you have a sharing booth, you should match… Ashley and I ended up wearing the same Forever 21 shoes, just in different colors haha!

And the best thing known to craft fairs is Square payments.  If you don’t currently use it, you should, it totally makes credit card payments a jiffy and allows for email receipts for cash payments if you so choose!  Here’s a little step-by-step guide I created.  🙂  Open in new tab to see a more close up view!

1. Enter in amount with a description (No, my earrings are not usually that cheap, this was only for demonstration purposes!)

2. Take picture of item (too cool)!

3. Click on Charge icon.

4. Select method of payment (Card or Cash).

5. If Card is chosen, swipe card on handy dandy Square card swiper!

6. Wait for payment to be Authorized.

7. Have customer sign their name with their finger.

8. Send a receipt via SMS or email!  An immediate email gets sent to customer AND you!  The email includes product description/picture and even location purchased on a map!

9. You are ready for your next payment!

What are you waiting for?  Get your Square now!  It’s free to sign up and the device only takes a few weeks to be sent to you.  The fee is 2.75% per payment, which is comparable to Etsy/Paypal fees.  Payments are sent to your bank account nightly!  (I totally wasn’t paid to advertise for this, I just thought it would be a cool thing to share since I’ve had people ask me how it works.)

Do you accept Square payments at your booth or have you paid with it before?

41 Comments

  1. May 12, 2011 / 12:09 am

    Congratulations on your 2nd craft fair! Your booth looked sooo great! I have a Square but have yet to use it … in fact, I wonder where it is at this moment. It’s so easy and portable!!!
    Take care, friend!!
    Tara

  2. May 12, 2011 / 12:21 am

    I love square. It’s genius. Your booth at the craft fair is too cute!! I want to shop it. Hehe.

  3. May 12, 2011 / 2:21 am

    I wish I could go see you at a craft fair. It looks like it would be so much fun. I love that vintage suitcase and it’s cute that you matched.

    That Square sounds like a great idea!

  4. May 12, 2011 / 4:11 am

    you look adorable! i just got a square in the mail, have yet to try it out =)

  5. May 12, 2011 / 6:53 am

    that’s really cool sandy! thanks for sharing and i’m so glad you are doing well with these craft fairs.

  6. May 12, 2011 / 7:29 am

    I love square. I’ve had it for a while now at its fantastic. It really opened up a whole new world for small businesses and crafters. 🙂

  7. May 12, 2011 / 7:35 am

    oh man, I really really wanna get square for my craft show in July. . . my phone isn’t up till Aug, maybe Tom will let me use his upgrade? haha

  8. May 12, 2011 / 7:40 am

    Wow! This is an awesome application! How perfect for your business! Thanks for sharing!

  9. May 12, 2011 / 8:08 am

    First, your table looks fantastic, Sandy! Can you please do a craft fair near me (wherever that may be at the time)? Second, I love it when vendors do Square payments. It’s a brilliant idea and encourages people to buy more (credit cards are funny like that).

  10. May 12, 2011 / 8:12 am

    your booth is so cute sandy!

  11. May 12, 2011 / 8:24 am

    You always look so cute! Love the matching sandals. lol. That square is so freaking amazing! I would def use it if I had anything to sell. : ) Great booth ladies, hope you both had great sales and fun!

  12. May 12, 2011 / 8:30 am

    o wow what a cool space for the craft fair! and that credit card attachment thingy is SO cool! what a fantastic idea. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  13. May 12, 2011 / 8:40 am

    Congrats on all the craft fair opportunities you’ve had recently! That device is seriously brilliant! If I ever pursue shows for my stationery, I will have to consider purchasing that device. Thanks for the introduction Sandy!

  14. May 12, 2011 / 9:18 am

    I’m doing a few shows this summer and keep meaning to get this! I’m gonna go do it right now.

  15. May 12, 2011 / 9:24 am

    Your display looks adorable and square looks awesome!!

  16. May 12, 2011 / 9:42 am

    Wow! I could see how that device would be really useful in a lot of situations – maybe even yardsales!

  17. May 12, 2011 / 10:11 am

    Where have I been? Under a rock or something?! This is genius!!! Thanks for the post. I’ve been using propay, which is kinda pricey.
    Thanks again.

  18. May 12, 2011 / 10:12 am

    LOVE the craft fair images! your booth looks awesome.
    and that square feature really amazes me. i need one!

  19. May 12, 2011 / 10:19 am

    wow – that might be the craziest/convenient application i’ve seen!

  20. May 12, 2011 / 10:39 am

    Wow this sounds ridiculously handy!
    Popping over to have a look at their site.
    Thanks for telling us all about it . . . well me at least, I had no clue 🙂

  21. May 12, 2011 / 10:43 am

    Yup…we use the Square for our businesses too! At craft fairs it is so easy and customers are pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know I could send a cash receipt though. I have to go check that out!!

  22. May 12, 2011 / 11:25 am

    That is so awesome! You just blew my mind. It’s sort of like going to the Apple store and not having to wait in line at the cash register.

  23. May 12, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    I have shoes just like that from Target!

  24. May 12, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    I just tried Square for the first time last weekend and LOVED it. It’s so easy and helped me make a lot of sales that I wouldn’t have made otherwise. Yay for Square!!

    (PS – I love your booth – adorable!)

  25. May 12, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    this is so cool! if i ever brave a craft fair I will need to invest in one of these bad boys! 🙂

  26. May 13, 2011 / 3:48 am

    GREAT REVIEW! I agree with pretty much all you said in your post, especially at the end of your article. Thank you, your post is very useful as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your great blog:) Isabella S.

  27. May 13, 2011 / 7:25 am

    Thank you! This is so helpful. I have been hearing about square, but have not used it personally. It will be totally perfect if I ever actually end up doing a craft fair! Your booth looks great too 🙂

  28. May 13, 2011 / 10:14 am

    Hey girl! Your step by step turned out great!! 🙂 LOVED sharing a booth with you & getting to hang out w/ you & husband!! Good thing we get to see each other again in July 🙂

  29. May 13, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    Wow, that seems super easy! If I was selling things like you, I’d so be getting it! Your table looks great!

  30. May 13, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    I wish I had a legitimate excuse to use my Square… HA! My boyfriend and I each have one and for instance, if I need money for gas, he’ll pay me with Square so I can fill up 🙂

    Emily
    texasnj.dayeightmedia.com

  31. May 13, 2011 / 10:12 pm

    Congrats lady. I can only imagine how much your lovely wares were coveted!

  32. May 14, 2011 / 9:23 am

    I LOVE my Square reader! I feel so fancy when I get to use it!

  33. May 14, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    wow, that looks like a great little app and device! i’m going to have to look into one for my next craft fair.

  34. May 14, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    I love your blog!!! I am a new follower and your subject matter is so fun! Can’t wait to read more older posts and can’t wait for the new ones! Cheers!

  35. May 15, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    I love your display Sandy, wish i had been there. looks like so much fun.

  36. May 16, 2011 / 8:27 am

    I think it looks way cool! If I had an iPhone, and was doing more shows, I’d be totally all over it!

    Where was this fair?

  37. May 20, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    This is just the best idea. So many artists are put off from doing fairs because of the credit card payment problem. I really appreciate you sharing your experience, Sandy. Wonderful tutorial. 🙂

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