Craft fair – booth ideas/part I
Posted October 18, 2014on:
I haven’t blogged in a while, time flies by so quickly, and I have been very busy crocheting items for the two fairs I will be attending in November and December. I have been selling at fairs for the last two years now, and every time I prepare for an event I focus mostly on what I am going to sell, and almost next to nothing on presentation. I used to think that if a product looks good enough it would sell itself, and my goal was to earn money, not spend it on expensive props. What I realized is that my lack of presentation cost me some opportunities, some people will pass by your table without a glance if it nothing draw their attention. What they see first is not what you sell, but how you present it, and what I had was just a tablecloth with my items displayed randomly.
I am going to do things differently this time, I went online to look for ideas to doll up my booth. Here are the ones I like the most, they are simple and easy props, and most importantly they don’t cost a lot of money.
If you use a folding plastic table like the one I have, a tablecloth is definitely a must. I do not like fabric with patterns, I used one last year and it made my table look too busy. I love this simple layout and neutral tones of these two tables. I will probably try burlap depending on what bargain I can find.
I will definitely use a small shelf to display my dolls. Since I do not want to spend a lot of money, I will either find one at a thrift store, or take a trip to home depot and make it myself. Here is one from Gingercake booth. The shelf really makes her cute items stand out.
Pedestals are a great way to make your favorite items stand out. I found this DIY easy tutorial that only requires pieces of wood, some glue, and paint. I am not going to paint them though, I decided to go with a rustic look.
I am also thinking about making a stair display similar to this one, but without the paper. This is also an easy DIY yourself project that cost less than buying one already built.
I saw this on Pinterest and immediately thought about using the idea to make my price tags. It’s a DIY tutorial that is very easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of materials. Wood, clothespins, chalkboard paper and some glue. It’s really cute and creative.
I also like these chalkboard signs made with a frame and candle holders. I might make one for a sale or a small announcement. This is also a DIY tutorial, all the materials (except for the chalkboard paint) come from the dollar store, so this is definitely cheap.
I used to display my business cards by simply putting a stack on my table. What I found out is that people won’t see them if you have a lot of things on your table. This is a great way to bring attention to your business cards, I think I am going to make something in that context and get creative with Photoshop.
Now I just need to make a list of all the things I need. This is going to be as much fun as crocheting my items for the fair! I will come back with part 2 of this post once I have everything ready for my booth.