This year I gave craft shows a try! Usually I am just a shopper, but this year I decided why not give it a go as a seller. So as any sane person would- I signed up for 4 shows…. Not the brightest idea but hey I did it, and now I am here to share my findings with all of you 😉
As I went through each show and shared my experience on my Instagram stories I quickly learned that there are so many other makers out there wanting to know all about craft shows, especially the SET UP! So let’s get into the details friends, because I have a lot to share 🙂 Be sure to read all the way to the end where I share the #1 reason people stopped at my booth!
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One Table Set Ups
It seems to be a trend at the shows in my area at least to do “One Table Booths”. Typically a 6 foot long table about 2 feet deep. Not a ton of space, but you can totally make it work! I will show you a few shots of my one table set up at one of my shows and then list off all the things I bought to make it possible!
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Let’s go over everything I used to set up! (Tables are sometimes included in your “Booth Fee” but if they are not you can find a great 6 foot table HERE it folds in half and has a carrying handle for easy transport!)
1- Table Cloth: You will need one no matter what show you are attending! I got mine from Amazon. They are Spandex table clothes that have a little pocket at the bottom four corners to put the feet of your table in. It looks really classy, and they don’t get super wrinkled like a traditional cotton table cloth would. I seriously had my balled up in my tote bin for over a week and it was fine!
2- Tote Bins: You are going to need something to securely store all your finished items. Go simple, get a tote bin that has a nice secure locked lid! I got a 6 pack from Amazon .
3- Wooden Crates: They have these babies everywhere now a days! You can find them at Micheals, Joann, Walmart, etc. If you want you can paint them, stain them or leave them as they are like I did. (I did that simply out of laziness, but they still look good!) I picked mine up from Michaels, I got 2!
4- Wooden Trays: Serving trays is a great way to add some organization to your table, so things are not simply laying flat on your table all jumbled together. This keeps them separate and is visually appealing to customers.
I picked up a few different styles to give some variety to my set up. I will keep it real with y’all, I got mine from the thrift store, so there are no links to the ones I personally have but I will share some finds on Amazon just to give you an idea 😉
5- Hat Stands: These are SO IMPORTANT! Having your beanies on display really brings people in! They love to see how they look “on” without having to do much work 😉 I have two types of stands, first one being the cheap option.
These are actually “Wig Stands” from Amazon. Super cheap, you get 3 of them for $9! Not too shabby. They hold hats, they are pretty sturdy but the downfall is they kinda give off a square shape with the hats on them. I have not found this to be off putting to ANYONE and has not slowed sales down, more of just an overall aesthetic thing. A pro is they are collapsable, so you can put them together and take them apart after each show so they can be flat and easier to store!
These are the more expensive ones, these are actual hat stands. They are metal so a lot more sturdy and they have a more round shape so your hats will look great on them! I use both these ones and the cheap ones, they both work out great for me!
6- Baskets: This can be any style that fits your brand! Again I went to the thrift store for my basket finds! You can get a mixture of them, I have a few whicker baskets, and some metal ones. Find sizes and colors that work with your items. Here is a photo of the type of baskets I got to put my headbands in 🙂
7- Dollar Tree Finds: Now let’s chat Dollar Tree! I went to the Dollar Tree and went wild with $10 and got some frames for my signs and mirrors for my table, that really made it look professional and cute!
I used these frames to show case my social media info, along with payment options I offered.
This is the little template I made to showcase my payment methods! Feel free to download the free PDF so you can print it off and use at your next show!
I also bought these clear plastic frames to put my price tags in.
Instead of tagging and pricing every single item on my table, I grouped things together and made a “Price Tag” for the whole lot and put it in these frames. This did two things for me, 1-It saved me a ton of time tagging EVERY SINGLE item, 2- Customers were easily able to see pricing without having to awkwardly ask “How much is this?”
I kept it super simple, just typed what the item was, the size, and the price. For example I made Double Brim Knit Beanies in multiple colors (all adult size) and instead of tagging all 16 hats I simply made one price tag and put it in this frame and put it in front of the tray I arranged my hats in.
Best selling point on my table:
Now let’s talk about the one thing that made people stop at my table… DETACHABLE FAUX FUR POM POMS!!! No lie this was 100% the first thing people saw, first thing they touched and commented on! People love to touch soft things, and faux fur poms are SO SOFT! They are fluffy and fuzzy, they catch peoples eye, but when they are detachable that really blows their mind!
Now as some of you know I hand make all my faux fur poms (If you want to buy some you can find them in my shop) That’s a nice selling point as well-To be able to say EVERYTHING on this table is handmade even the pom poms, that is impressive 😉
But I went a step further and made them detachable with snaps, and created a “Pom Pom Bar” *No I am not the first maker to ever do this, I am not sure who was but mad props to them because shoppers LOVE IT!!*
This is the fun little graphic I made up for my booth. I put this in one of those white frames I got at the Dollar Tree, and put all my poms on a wooden serving tray. Feel free to download the FREE TEMPLATE below 🙂
Here is a close up of how I set up my simple “Pom Bar”
People love to come over and play with the poms, put them on different hats see what their favorite pom/hat combo is. Some people even buy multiple poms for ONE HAT! They love the variety and love that THEY get to choose! Plus it helps if your hats are washable that they can still wash the hats without damaging the poms.
If you ever wanted to learn how to make beautiful faux fur poms, and want to make them detachable like this I made a whole E-Course about it, but enrollment is only open through 12/31/2019. You can find more info on that HERE
Have different levels to your table. Put a wooden crate on its side, and throw a basket on top of it.
Put your hat stands on top of crates, flip a empty basket over throw one of top of that.
Stick to a color scheme. Don’t have wild colored props that take away from your items. You don’t want your props and decor to overpower the stuff you are trying to sell.
Make it look full. Keep it simple.
KEEP IT ORGANIZED!!!
That’s a wrap y’all. I learned a lot doing these 4 shows, and I am so happy to be able to share what I learned. Let me know in the comments what else you would be interested in learning about in the craft show category, I will be happy to whip up another post for y’all. Thanks for reading this far 😉 Happy crafting everyone!
Thank you for sharing! Extremely helpful.
Happy to share! Glad you liked it 🙂
Donna C says
Fantastic tips. I used to sell handbags at shows and set-up is key. Your table is beautiful. Very generous of you to share your ideas and resources.
Jessica Kuhn says
Sooo helpful! I missed the bus on this year’s market season, but I’m going to use a lot of these tips as I prepare my inventory and setup for next season.
Love your blog, and I hope to someday make it out to your makers retreat (if I can successfully build my brand up, ha!). 😃
So glad they were helpful to you! 🙂 Would love to see you at a future Makers Retreat, it is open to all level of makers 😉 I am so excited for the upcoming one in April! <3