Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thoughts about my first craft show

I did my first craft show last week at the Martin HS Warrior Baseball Craft & Specialty Show in Arlington, TX, and I'm very pleased with the results! I made 4x my booth fee back - a good standard is usually 10x your booth fee, but considering I had mostly low-priced items ranging from $0.50 - $6, I'd say that was a pretty good profit for my table. Not to mention other more experienced vendors around me complained traffic was actually down from last year's turnout, so not too shabby for my first show :) I also passed out a lot of business cards and received inquiries for custom orders, so the exposure to a new audience was definitely worth it.

I spent a lot of time browsing through photos of other people's craft show displays on Pinterest and Flickr for inspiration, and I'm very happy with how colorful my table turned out! The kids at the craft show definitely thought so - they would walk through the door and immediately make a beeline for my table, much to their parents' horror and my glee :D If you need some ideas, you can find my own Pinterest board dedicated to craft show ideas here!

Details about my booth
  • I actually used an old bedsheet for the tablecover - it turned out to be the perfect size for a 6' table - and bought a matching table skirt from Party City to dress it up.
  • I purchased a pretty vintage suitcase on Etsy, which I totally fell in love with! I covered a cookie pan with fabric and tucked it into the top half of the suitcase for use as a magnet board (inspired by this). 
  • I bought a dishwasher rack from Marshall's and used it to display my badge reels and pocket mirrors. It added height to my table and was visually interesting.
  • I found a cute little chalkboard at FIT Japan in Houston for $1.50. 
  • The varying containers and trays were purchased at Michael's (50% off coupon!) and Target's dollar section. Gotta love saving money!
  • For price tags, I covered clothespins with deco tape and made 2" scalloped circles using my scrapbook punch and textured cardstock. 
  • I really wanted to buy a custom banner from Etsy, but I had procrastinated and many of the banner shops on Etsy have 3-4 week lead times! So I ended up designing my own banner on Photoshop, printing them using my laser printer, and punching out the circles with a scrapbook punch. I tied them all together with satin lavender ribbon.
  • I took cash and credit cards using the Square app on my iPhone. Square was very easy to use, and they deposited the money into my bank account the next day!

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