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Craft Show Display Smackdown

It’s that time of year again when I start preparing for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, a yearly craft extravaganza in Sarasota, FL.  Touted as “not your Grandma’s craft show”, Atomic draws the coolest people around town.

One of my very first craft shows was at a church where I sold my handmade glycerin soap in cute little shapes like rubber duckies and snowflakes.  I remember I crammed that table full with as many products as I could!  My display was pretty boring.  I used a white sheet to cover the table and some cardboard boxes to put under the cloth to lift some items up.  That’s it.  No signage, lights, cute containers, nada!

Later I had my first jewelry show at a spa during one of their events.  I didn’t bring a table.  Oops.  I ended up setting up my display on top of a long table and a microwave!  I made some colorful handmade boxes that I placed my beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on top of.  It was pretty sad!

Since then I’ve smartened up and studied the art of creating appealing and successful craft show displays.  I’d like to share some tricks I learned to make your next craft table stand out.

First, make sure you know whether to bring a table and chairs! ;)

You must have some sort of cloth or fabric to cover the table.  If you know the dimensions you can purchase a fitted table cover.  Otherwise, you can use sheets or table cloths.  Matching cloths look the best.  Mismatched prints along your table can be a bit distracting.

Cookoorikoo uses a light teal table cloth that’s eye-catching, yet doesn’t distract from her displays or products.

A sign with your store name is a good idea.  I ordered my banner from Vista Prints and have used it over and over.  I attach it to the table cover using 1 inch squares of Velcro.  I place some on the back of the banner in all four corners and along the top and bottom of the sign.  I then line the banner up on my cloth and add Velcro to match up with the banner’s Velcro.

Fantastic Toys had this banner made at Spoonflower. It’s printed on upholstery weight fabric. A fabric hem was added using a sewing machine. It’s hung from a wooden pole.

To give your booth some excitement you must raise your items up on boxes, shelves, suitcases, etc., otherwise, your display will look flat.  Adding colorful baskets, plates, and containers to stash your lovely crafts will give your booth a pop of color and texture.

Crinoline organizes and lifts items up off the table in creative ways. Love those trees!

Lighting is a good idea (check to see if the craft show facility offers electricity).  You’ll want the lighting to shine onto your crafts like a spot light.

Emily’s Escape uses lighting to showcase her jewelry.

If it’s a Christmas show, something festive is a good idea.  I like to have a little Christmas tree on my table & tree lights are a must!  Maybe add some garland, tinsel, or whatever you can think of.  I once used pillow stuffing as “snow” on my table.  I recommend thinking outside the box and trying new things!

The Christmas tree makes Kitsch Cafe’s table festively cute!

Make sure your stuff is priced.  Having small signs with the prices is a nice touch.  At the very least make sure you have them individually priced if you don’t want signs.  I don’t know about you, but if I can’t find a price I probably won’t ask how much.  You don’t want to miss out on sales!

Amy is the Party does a brilliant job pricing her products with easy to read signage.

I hope these tips help you out and inspire you.  If you have any ideas that you recommend I’d love to hear them!  Leave a comment!

P.S. I’ll be at Atomic December 8th this year.  Stop by and sale hi!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Behind the Scenes: Glass Pendants

This week I’d like to show you a behind the scenes look at how I create my glass pendants.  I recently teamed up with Jenipher Lynn of Nightly Doodles.  Jenipher creates adorable affirmation drawings that she turns into prints, cards, and onesies.  I fell in love with her cheerful and colorful artwork and asked her to collaborate with me to create little pieces of wearable art!

Jenipher hand draws her pictures then digitally colors them.  She sends the images to me and I print them up and start craftin’!

First, I print the images on premium matte paper using an Epson Artisan Printer.

I cut each image out and glue a piece of clear glass on top each one.  I let them dry for at least 24 hours.

Once they’re dry I cut each piece of glass out individually.

Then I file the edges of the paper to make a smooth edge.

I protect the paper with two coats of non-toxic sealer, letting it dry 15 minutes between applications.

After allowing the second coat to dry for about an hour or so, I adhere the glass pieces inside the pendant trays and let them dry for 2 days.  Once dry they’re ready to string on a chain and wear!

Jenipher has been selling these at the Chelsea Market in Mahatten.  They were flying out the doors until Super Storm Sandy halted things temporarily.   Once everything returns back to normal she’ll be at the market until November 17th.  But don’t fret!  If you can’t make it to New York you can purchase them in Jenipher’s shop.  I’ll be posting them in my shop soon too.

If you’d like to check out more Nightly Doodles artwork you can check out Jen’s blog.  If you see any drawings that you’d like to wear let me know!  Jenipher also does custom artwork so if you want to order something special let her know!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Gaining Clarity, Biz Cards, & Gift Sets

Have you ever thought something was going to go a certain way, but once you jumped into it it had a completely different outcome than you imagined?

“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. Take action now, you’ll find your truth”. -Marie Forleo, RHHB-School

Let’s think about that statement a bit, shall we?  Clarity comes from engagement-that means you have to take some sort of action to see if you’re going in the right direction.  So sitting there thinking about doing something will not give you an answer.  You must get up and get going, then you’ll figure it out.  There’s no way to honestly figure it out without doing the work.

So what has all this clarity taught me?  Well, I recently gave my handmade business a makeover by changing the logo, products, and packaging.  I even branched out away from Etsy and created my own website with these new designs.  That’s when I realized that I don’t really want to leave Etsy.  I want to stay, so I gave my Etsy shop a makeover too!

FYI, if you’re an Etsy fan you can now purchase Etsy Gift Cards to give as gifts.  The recipient can spend their card in any Etsy shop they please (as long as the shop accepts them).

Speaking of cards, my new biz cards arrived last week (clouds part in the sky, the sun shines through, angels sing).  They’re called MiniCards (I like to call them Mini Moos) and they’re awesome!  They’re half the size of normal sized business cards and have a silky smooth matte finish.  I bought them from Moo (<—–follow that link & get 10% off your first order!).  The quality of the cards are exceptional and I’m pleased with Moo’s quick turn around.  I’m excited to pass these babies around!

As promised, I listed some of my magnet gift sets.  If you have any design ideas, I’d love to hear them!  Leave a comment or contact me!

Well, I’m off to make some glass pendants for my pal Jenipher Lynn from Nightly Doodles.  I’ll let you know more about that next week!

Peace & Love,

Billie