We are a little country business that is run by a Mum and Daughter team. We specialize in cutting out patterns on wood, then we paint (tole painting/folk art) snowmen, reindeer, santa, benches, navities, angels, christian sayings etc and also sew rustic snowmen and rag quilts. Everything is handmade and hand painted. We work all year long, then attend craft shows in the Fall/Christmas season to sell what we have made.
Friday, April 27, 2012
How To Set Up Your Booth For a Craft Show
Thought, I would post some pictures to show you how we set up our booth at shows. It takes lots of preparation time to get everything loaded up. People don't realize how long its takes and by the time the show is ready to go, you are already tired.
Working on stock for the up coming year.
First you have to decide what you are going to make for the up coming year. Each year you have to make many new items, people are only going to buy something once. They are always on the look for this years hot item. Everything is made by hand, stamped, tagged and packaged for secure transportation.
Getting ready to unload
Loading up the trucks and trailer is always fun, trying to get everything to fit in. You have to remember everything, we usually we travel a fair distance, so you can't run home to grab something. I have to pack everything from drills, paints, brushes, screws,hinges etc. You have to expect something will go wrong or break and you need everything to fix the problem ASAP.
Now the flooring is down and the booth is going up
Now we are at the show the fun begins. First we have to start unloading the trailer. We usually put down the foam flooring, then next we put up the old barn wood walls of our booth. These are hinged and screwed together. Sometimes, this can be a real challenge, especially when you miss place the diagram of how to set it up ( I have now taped it to the lid of the bin that has all the setup stock).
Family is very important with helping, getting everything ready!! Couldn't get it done without them
Now we put up the material around the back, put up shelves, lights, set up table that we will be selling at. Now we start putting out all the stock and make the booth look great. You have to think of your booth as your little shop for the next few days.
Now everything is ready to go, it takes 3 people about 4 hours from unloading and setting everything up.
The booth is done and we are ready for our customers.
You never know how a show will go but we always enjoy meeting our old customers and making new ones.
I hope you have found this interesting and informative. So, the next time you are attending your favorite craft show, take a minute and look at the booth you are shopping in. Now you will appreciate all the time and energy that has been put into the little shop you love so much.