I know, you've been waiting and waiting to see our booth from the craft fair I did last weekend - well, here it is in all it's glory. Keep in mind I took all the pictures pretty late into the second day, so if it seems empty, that may be why. Anyways, here it is - I think it was the cutest one there!!
It was fun to do it as a group - for several reasons:
--we split the booth cost (they can be pricey)
--we were able to bounce set-up ideas off of each other
--we all didn't have to be there at once - we could run around and shop at other booths, stand in line for various fair type foods (I so wish I would have taken a picture of Kilee eating that giant turkey leg with rubber gloves on!), run for bathroom breaks, etc.
- - -Craft Booth Fair Tips from these great gals are on down, so keep on reading..... - - -utility aprons HERE)
-----We wanted a nice clean, bright look. So we gathered white sheets from various thrift stores/garage sales to use as table cloths and curtain dividers (our tent didn't have sides). To bring bright colors into the space we did a few things.
Duct Tape Rug: - - originally we wanted a rug to pull the space together and make it inviting. I wanted to find a discarded rug at a garage sale and stencil it. But I never did. So I bought duct tape, thinking about THIS cool floor. I just bought a couple of rolls of duct tape and taped a pattern to the ground. The faux rug got LOTS of comments.
Pennant Banners: since there were 3 separate shops, we each choose a color as our theme. On our individual tables, we had pennant banners in our color. Across the front and back of the tent, we had larger banners that included each of our colors. I have a tutorial on how to make pennant banners HERE. (and in these first two following pictures, the portable peg board cases have a tutorial HERE.)
Pom Poms: we also had pom poms in our colors hanging on the front of the tent and from the ceiling inside - it really brought our booth a whole new level. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial - they're super easy to make. They were made ahead of time except for the fluffing out part- that we did as we set up so they were easier to transport.
-----So, moving on from color and brightness, here's some views of our table displays. I think layering the display on lots of levels is a must - makes for a more interesting setup.
We used stools and small cabinets to get different height levels. The outfit sample display was up and at eye level - it drew in lots of looks.
-----Signs - we had lots of signs all over the tables - little chalkboards on sticks - sorry I forgot to take pictures of them, but we got the idea HERE.
In addition to that, we had a big arrow sign out front to bring people in - we kept with the chalkboard theme. I just had Trevor cut some scrap wood and I spraypainted it with chalkboard paint - I'll hopefully have a tutorial on how he built the bottom of the stand coming soon. (update: tutorial HERE)
-----A few more Tips and Hints about Craft Fair Booths from the other gals (keep in mind, this was our first one, so we're not experts!)-------
Holly, from HollyberrysDolls Etsy shop - she sells cute clothes for 18in (American Girl) Dolls, doll princess outfits, matching girl and dolls outfits and jammies, and the cutest doll sleeping bags.
--Taking credit cards is a must...2/3 of my sales were credit cards.
--Presentation obviously to draw them in.
--I would also say to know what type of audience the event will cater to. That way you know if they are willing to pay your price or not.
Kilee, from One little Belt - she sells baby and toddler belts, which, if you've ever tried to look for one, are next to impossible to find. She was telling me about how they make them - it involves a whole hide of a cow, and they cut it into strips - who knew!
1. Start early. Brainstorm and gather ideas of the look and feel of your ideal booth and start there. It will evolve as you go, but having a rough sketch early will help a lot. You'll also be able to watch at thrift stores, garage sales and for deals on the things you need if you have a month (or two) to look.
2. Take credit cards. The swipe devices are free and simple to use. It saved a lot of sales for us.
3. Pick a theme and decorate. A lot of buyers were drawn to the eyecatching decor we used. It helped get customers in.
4. Share a booth with a friend or bring one for the entire time. It was great to have someone who could let you run to the bathroom and keep you company. We also found it was much easier to talk up each other's products than our own. We helped each other sell more!