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« on: August 22, 2006 11:29:58 AM »

Hi there,
I already checked out the craft fair display board for this and found nothing realtive so now i turn to my fellow spinners.
I am going to be participating in a local craft fair in October and am trying to plan out my booth. I originally thought i'd just have baskets of handspun yarn on a table and people could paw it as they shopped. But in thinking further it seems too disorganized and not eye cathing enough. I will also have a wood cut out of a person wearing a wool coat accessorized with various handspun/handknit goodies but how to display the yarn? I am looking to not spend to terribly much on my booth for this fair as it's my first time selling my handspun in a venue like this.
I will have a 9 foot by 12 foot space and plan on having my spinning wheel in action while i man the booth for the 2 days. So i will have my wheel, tables, a stool for myself, the maniquin thingy and yarn....lots and lots of yarn.
If you have sold your yarn at craft fairs before and have any pictures of displys, please share. And any idea you may have, please share those as well.
Thank you in advance Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2006 02:52:01 PM »


i'm not all yarn, but i did have a good amount of it (as did my friend who is in the picture), and this is how we displayed our stuff. if you can see the large bins under the tables, that's where we kept the extra stuff to protect it from the elements. those white racks are kitchen dishracks, and the baskets were in the laundry area, both from walmart. the two baskets and two racks were like $25 total, so we did alright! but i think the accessorized wood cutout is a great idea. whatever you do, you want it so that people are going to be able to easily pick up and fondle your yarns without totally throwing your display into disorder. a lot of the hardcore knitters were really tearing the place apart, and if you have them stacked up or awkwardly piled or something, they're going to be rolling and falling all over the place. also make sure they're not near anything where they're going to get snagged or damaged.

to be honest, it probably doesn't matter much how you display the yarn if you're going to have your wheel in action. people are so interested in and mystified by spinning (if they don't do it) that you'll be eye-catching enough! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2006 02:54:07 PM »

The local spinners and weavers guild had a display at the fourth of july fair in town. They did exactly what you originally though. Baskets full of wool and silk and alpaca yarn. They tipped some over and had the yarn spilling out of it. Then they had those wire cubes set up for books, more yarn, fibers and gadgets.

It was lovely and gathered quite a crowd.

Plus, the wire cubes are on sale at Target right now Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2006 02:56:22 PM »

target! those jerks. when i was getting ready for the pictured fair, i looked EVERYWHERE for those wire cubes. i went to every target i could find. they were advertised on the website, but weren't in any store. i was so mad.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006 03:01:17 PM »

Uh Oh. I'm hoping to do the christmas fair where I work. I better get some while I can then!

Faithin, where was yours? You aren't too far from me and if you have another I'd love to go.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2006 04:39:34 PM »

oh, it was in philly. the art star store had a craft show and i figured, eh, i live 10 minutes away so why not. it was a pretty awful turnout, though, because the forecast said no rain but of course it did, and there were supposed to be two other large events happening that weekend in the area and they were cancelled! we made nothing but had a really neat time meeting new people and networking. hopefully they will have one next year with better weather. i'll go again if they accept me!

i think there will be another punk rock flea market in philly this winter. i'm considering going to that, but i'm not sure if i'll be busy with student teaching. i'll post about it if it happens Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006 07:37:28 PM »

You might also be able to use a hanging fruit basket to display some items.  Also, a bit of messiness draws people in; so, don't worry about being too neat.  And, I'll agree with faithin--people are attracted by things that spin, no matter if they spin themselves.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006 11:20:12 AM »

Yeah, I second (or third, or whatever) a little messiness with piling yarn in boxes and baskets. I want people to fondle my yarn because then they will not want to put it down, right? It's such a tactile thing that I want to encourage people to touch and sniff and exclaim over yarn, not look at it like an art gallery piece.
I'm actually tempted to put up a little sign at my guild about the yarn: "Please touch!" 
Faithin, I would have squealed to find your display! Love the colour!
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006 08:11:31 PM »

hey, I see my head in the picture!!!


anyhow, I vote displaying yarns in baskets over the hanging them on a dishrack thing. When I see people doing that I don't want to touch it because for some reason I think it is more expensive an I don't want to knock the whole thing over.
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