Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tips on Craft Fair Booth Set-up

Yesterday I had a fair up in Longmont, and next week will be the first date of the Denver Handmade Craft Fair. So here's a little info on how I do my set up.
First rule - Use everything you bring. The different levels created for my pottery display are actually the boxes I packed the pottery in. The bowls were all wrapped in the fabrics as well. So I stack the assortment of small boxes up-side down and lay out fabric over them. I use several old bed sheets with asian floral patterns, and a few smaller pieces I bought for the pattern. Different styles of work would want different fabrics. See the tilted bowl on the left side? That is sitting on the inside of a roll of tape, covered in origami paper lots of levels are good for showcasing the best parts of the work.

For my bags I have a laundry day moment. I have two standing clothes racks and a pvc frame. I tie rope across and clip up my bags. The pvc frame is tied to my pvc tent, and there is a line stretched across the back of the tent too! Don't forget to let your tent serve as a display space.
The bags are all transprted in crates, so I leave the spare stock draped over the crates for browsing. People won't want to look in cardboard boxes as they look too much like backstock.

Lastly is the yarn. I store it in plastic bags, but for display a set of baskets is best. People who buy yarn like to feel yarn so make sure it is easily accessable! Behind the yarn is a crate i used for pottery, it has a spare box and my newspaper packing materials inside, and has been turned over to be a table for knitting needle organizers. (All the knitting stuff in one place, good cross marketing.) When my booth is set up the only thing left in my car is my snacks. Everything I used for packing is used for display. The cashbox is stashed under the tablecloth, with no cash in it of course, only recipts and credit card slips, the cash stays in an apron pocket!
I had a good day yesterday, I hope I'll do half as well next week, I'm looking forward to it! If you want to be a vendor be sure to contact me!

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