from miriam dema
Your booth display--how you design it, prepare for it, and execute it--it so very important for your success at a market. Make sure you plan sufficiently to ensure efficiency and less stress the day of the market. A key recommendation from seasoned vendors: PRACTICE. Practice setting up your booth space about two weeks before the market, show, fair or festival. You don't necessarily have to set up your tent, just duct tape off a 10X10 space in your garage, basement or where ever you have room. You will have so much more confidence going into the market if you have some practice!
Here's a basic checklist to start you off:
-10X10 tent or canopy (find them at Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes, etc. You can buy very high quality tents at Flourish and display walls at Armstrong Products.
-tent weights--you can buy them with your tent, or make your own here, or some ideas here
-tables and tablecloths for display-make sure tablecloth goes all the way to the ground
-mirror if you're selling clothing, jewelry or accessories
-make sure all your items are clearly priced--batch similarly priced items together and make a sign for all ("all scarves on this display are $30")
-business cards--have lots on hand!
-special tax permits/copies of them
-paper and pens
-snacks and water
-small box with office supplies (stapler, tape, push pins, scissors, duct tape)
-headache medicine, antacids, gum
-special notebook for customers who want something you don't have on hand
-extra box of items to re-stock table when something sells
-paper grocery sacks ("garbage bag" for your booth)
-lots of change--don't expect customers to have exact change!
-credit card machine if you have one
-arrange for an assistant--you definitely should have a friend or an assistant at your booth with you
-large suitcase on wheels or other dolly-like contraption
Here is a list of great links for various booth resources!
-Etsy shop help: 10 tips for a craft show booth
-Etsy thread on craft show display ideas
-Awesome Flickr Group: Show me your booth!
-Great blog that's all about craft show design
-Lots of Renegade pictures here
-Great article on cluttered booths
We'd love to hear your tips, tricks and questions! Did we leave out anything? Want to show us your booth display? Please leave a comment, question or a link!
Have a great week!