Apr 30, 2012

Scenes from My Craft Fair Booth and Tips for Booth Success

My dear friend Emily joined me in showcasing our wares at a local outdoor craft market; it was out in the country, complete with a red barn, BBQ, and bluegrass music.

Just our cup of tea.
Emily is a brilliantly talented photographer and crafter. She has an indelible eye for eclectic vintage...her home would make Pinterest bow down in awe. Not only is she talented in all these facets and layers, her heart is one I have come to love. There's nothing like sharing creativity with someone who is like-minded. With someone who loves the Lord and puts her family first...and any hobbies right down the ladder rung where they belong. We see so many things the same way.

Here's our booth! It was gorgeous! Bunting! Quilts! Vibrant colors!
So many wonderful colors to see! All wreaths using vintage sheets made by Em. I, of course, bought one.
I started making a new style of headband--little bows. Such fun and therapeutic work.  All leftovers went into the shop!
You can see some of Em's fine art photography above!
Her vintage baby clothes were tres popular.
Bunting, rosette necklaces, leg warmers, washi tapes, headbands, fresh roses.
Some of my fabric button & rosette earrings.
Paper Goods Creative also featured some products.
Wonderful fabric brooches. You will see some in blogland giveaways soon...:-)
My first stab at multi-colored yarn; gorgeous!
Shawn was so sweet to bring my cheerleading squad.
Loved the folksy music. It made for a "down home" atmosphere.
Vendors gettin' some sun
Sissy in her vintage bikini I had to buy.

Tips for A Successful Craft Fair:

Split the rental fee with a friend (if allowed). Not only will it decrease your overhead, you will have help when it comes to the set-up/tear-down, as well as someone to talk with and relieve you for potty breaks. Find someone who's wares mesh well with the look and feel of your own.

Put little signs up all around your booth, clearly marking what things are and the price point.

Make your space interesting by including various heights and textures, like crates, old suitcases, drift wood, old windows, etc.

Be prepared for crummy weather. Think of how you may need to tether things down in case of lots of wind (if an outdoor affair), and bring tarp to cover merchandise in case of rain.

Plan your inventory way ahead of time. Give yourself plenty of time to create an array of products at various price points. Remember that any leftovers can be used for gifts, blog giveaways, your Etsy, or the next craft fair.

Bring cash for snacks and plenty of water. I had cash but not really enough for my own purchases.

If sharing your space with another person, keep all tickets/money handling in separate boxes.

Make sure all of your items have your branding/contact information on them, and place business cards throughout the space. Ensure all items clearly marked with the price.

Supplies that are great to have on hand: scissors, twine, tape, trash bags, pen, calculator, cash box, apron, deoderant, gum, water, markers, cute bags for purchases, floor grazing table cloths/blankies, square iPhone attachment to accept credit cards, fresh flowers, carbon-copy tickets, business cards, extra price tags, signage, e-newsletter sign-up sheet, jacket, petty cash, snacks

Wear a Smile! Even if you don't make a lot of sales, you have increased your community visibility and made some new contacts!

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april@gingerbread said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You have been working so hard lately! Your booth looked wonderful! xoxo

WELCOME! said...

Mindy your booth looks amazing!! Im so sad I didn't make it out! I seriously love your new bow headbands...I wiser one of my girls bows to pul my bangs back the other day and thought " this is kinda cute!" great minds think alike :)

Also, does emily have an etsy store? I love her style!

ginanorma said...

Wow! Talk about PRETTINESS!!! I'm freaking OUT over here, how i would have loved to have been there, what a lot of work but your booth is beautiful!!!

Courtney {Honeycomb Creative Co.} said...

Mindy these are such great tips! Wish I would have had this before I did the market haha! Your space was *amazing* as always! So sunny and cheerful, just like you!
Love you friend!

seltzermint said...

Your tips are fantastic! I organize garage sales as a hobby/side business and found some tips that also work for that, along with things I've done that really help sellers.

Most of all...I wish the arts & crafts vendors in my area would label prices clearly (with tags, signs, anything). It's both intimidating and awkward to ask an artist/seller about prices without a general idea of their range!

alishamcclure said...

LOVE IT! wish i could have come by!!

Summer said...

So cute!

Sandy a la Mode said...

awww your booth was soo fun and colorful!!!

Laceymade said...

mindy, your booth looks AMAZING!! so wish i could have been there.

Julie said...

You two are so talented. The booth looked amazing!! So glad you got to do this with Emily. :)