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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

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Blogs, Packaging, and Puppies

There’s LOTS of new stuff going on at Zu-Li Designs this week!  First off…this blog is new!  Each Wednesday I’ll keep you posted on what I’ve been up to over the last few days.

I’ve also been busy re-designing the packaging for my magnets, buttons, and magnetic necklaces.  I wanted to create something fun, streamlined, and professional looking.  I love fashion magazines & was inspired by their white pages and black letters with pops of color.  Each of my items are attached to one of these new spiffy cards & wrapped in a crystal clear bag to keep it safe and pretty.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m super-duper stoked about helping Gimme Shelter Pet Adoption of Sarasota, FL.  Gimme Shelter is a non-profit charitable organization founded by the very cool Miss Michelle Sampson.  She founded this awesome organization in 2005 so she could help rescue shelter animals who are on death row.  She has a group of volunteers who help her locate animals in need and foster these animals until they can find a permanent home.  This girl goes all out!  She hosts some really cool charity events.  Earlier this month she organized the “Hair of the Dog Mystical Magic Charity Event” which had fortune tellers, a fashion & hair show, D.J., massages, glitter tattoos and much more.  She spreads the word about the importance of spaying & neutering, the truth about puppy mills, and is a doggie foster mom too.  Her organization has saved atleast 400 animals from being euthanized and found happy homes for about 600 animals.

A portion of every sale at Zu-Li Designs goes towards helping Gimme Shelter and the lovely animals they rescue.  I’ll also be posting pics of animals needing good homes on Facebook and Twitter too.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll see you next week!

Peace & Love,

Billie