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« Reply #40 on: July 23, 2007 09:40:37 PM »

love all the bags, but the french fries and the bone handle bags are my favorite.
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« Reply #41 on: July 23, 2007 09:42:54 PM »

Wow! Well first of all let me say you have now inspired me. I need to get my rear in gear and ramp up the factory!! Your bags are all gorgeous. I think your booth looks good, I had some idea to help improve a bit. I hope you dont mind. ( like I ever had a booth, if I got my rear in gear! LOL) you could try to add a sort of table top coat hanger to hang the purses off of. Maybe it wouldnt even be hard to make one from wire hangers. Just a thought that popped in my head. I guess Im thinking that if you only have such a small space then if it was me I would try to use the height to my advantage. I hope that helps! Love that skull bag too...my daughter would kill for it. Where did you get the handles? Oh and Good luck!! let us know how the show went
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« Reply #42 on: July 24, 2007 01:26:24 AM »

Hello!
First of all let me tell you I have no expierience in this, lol. Anyway, I was thinking about any 'low budget' ideas for your stand. I don't know if this will fit you but maybe you can rescue something from my insomnia haha, so this is it:

When I saw your pictures I thought it was a pity how hidden the cherry bag became at the end. Also, with the bags in the wooden box it seems to me as if the small wallets were your main work (and that's pretty unfair for those awesome bags)

So I thought the answer could be in previous comments that suggested boxes to create different levels.
You could look in your house for other table (about the same height of the one you are already using but not so large so it can fit where the easel stands). and then use some boxes on top of it to create a stair. There, the bags can be arranged.

The wooden box stays right in its place, as the lowest staircase; inside of it there are wallets instead of handbags. The rest of the front table is left for you to confortably show specific products. More bags can be hanged in the front as you already did and in the same way in a cloth or anything that covers the side of the stair to the inside.

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I know it is hard to find boxes, but maybe you could buy straight cardboard to build them(I don't know the name in english..."double-faced cardboard"?). Here, its cost is about 1 dollar for a piece of 4X2ft.

If you like this idea, I think you should include some cardboard in the outside end of staircases. Else you would be losing your bags down the stand next to you all day long.

This proposal probably requires that you constantly hand the bags to your customers so they can see them closer, but hey, that would surely keep you entertained during the fair.

I made a litte crapy sketch that maybe explains this better, but scanner is too far away...what about later?, jajaja

I hope this gives you new ideas if you are still not very sure about your booth. The best luck for you!
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« Reply #43 on: July 24, 2007 02:38:47 PM »

Best of luck at your show! I can't wait to see what else you come up with - everything is so unique...I'm so inspired to make more bags:)
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« Reply #44 on: July 24, 2007 03:02:17 PM »

These are all so great!  You are obviously very talented, & i'm super impressed that you have come up with so many designs that are each so unique & different from each other.  By the way, please don't sell those change purses for $3, they are definitely worth more than that!  I would say at the VERY VERY LEAST $5-10.  Anyway, best of luck & please let us know how the fair goes for you!
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« Reply #45 on: July 24, 2007 03:41:14 PM »

I've got some neighbors down the street that are moving out, and putting a lot of their junk on the side of the road here in front of our apts.  One of the things they had out there was this old coat rack.  It unscrewed so that I could take out one of the middle sections to make it shorter.  I pulled out the bags and stuff again to see how it might look there without the easel and board.



with the bags in the wooden box it seems to me as if the small wallets were your main work (and that's pretty unfair for those awesome bags)

I read that and looked at the pictures again and you're right.  From a distance you might not even see the bigger bags. 

I'd have to play around with it a bit to figure out just how many bags should be on it (I think it might look a little too full in the photo above) but I like that with this it raises them up a little bit, the bags are just at eye level for me (I'm 5'4").  the top of the rack actually rotates.  A couple of the top hooks are broken off, so I'd have to replace them, but I know of a good hardware liquidator's place near by that would have something I could use for pretty cheap.


Here you can see the base of the rack a little better.  I could line up the smaller bags down here.
The wood on the rack is in good condition (besides the broken off pieces on the top).  I ran a rag with some Murphey's over it and it shined up really well.   

Here's the first set up again for comparison:


Keep these comments and suggestions coming!  I really appreciate everyone's help!
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« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2007 08:50:24 PM »

I actually like the hat stand, it really helps the set up look classy I think.  I was wondering if you could make something similar to the necklace tree to hang some more stuff, maybe some of your smaller bags and it would hlep mimic the larger ones....  Here is an example of the one from here that was made from a wisk...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183684.0
I"m not sure what you could use, but maybe it would be possible just to use some heavier guage wire and a wooden base from the craft store...
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« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2007 11:40:44 PM »

Hmmm now that I see that coat rack, I'm not to sure. The balance seems off. I know I had sugessted that, but I guess I wasn't thinking anything that big. I actually like the first layout better now when you see the two together. If only you had a shorter table you could just use the coat rack the full height then it might look ok. I also like the other ladies idea about stacking boxes for a "staircase" If you ever saw Christopher Lowell show he always was showing the best creative ways to create balance in decorating. You can probably google him for a website. One thing I do know is that you have to get those purses out of that box. I can tell you from shopping experience that if its in a box, I personally tend to think its on sale, hence the lack of display. And a lot of people tend to browse by and only stop if something catches their eye. So the more you can hang things or otherwise add height so that the purses can stand out and be seen the better. Oh heres one, if not already suggested...why not use tissue paper in the bottom of a few of the purses so they will stand up?? Here is a link to a picture on flickr. Of course this booth is huge next to yours but look at her table. Very simple two levels and the purses are standing up and arranged. http://flickr.com/photos/xsbaggageandco/529679552/ I'm sure you can find other examples there too. Well anyhow these are just my thoughts and Im kinda glad I found this thread. Because I really want to get out there and do a fair or show and it now makes me think of these challenges. Again best of luck!
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« Reply #48 on: July 25, 2007 12:31:40 AM »

So the more you can hang things or otherwise add height so that the purses can stand out and be seen the better. Oh heres one, if not already suggested...why not use tissue paper in the bottom of a few of the purses so they will stand up?? Here is a link to a picture on flickr. Of course this booth is huge next to yours but look at her table. Very simple two levels and the purses are standing up and arranged. http://flickr.com/photos/xsbaggageandco/529679552/ I'm sure you can find other examples there too. Well anyhow these are just my thoughts and Im kinda glad I found this thread. Because I really want to get out there and do a fair or show and it now makes me think of these challenges. Again best of luck!

Thanks Paulinerose, for that link.  That is a really nice display you linked to. Most of my bags are interfaced and can stand up on their own, but I have no idea how to arrange them neatly.  I'm pretty confident with my sewing skills, but when it comes to design on a larger scale I am just completely lost.

  Unfortunately that table is the only one I have.  I'll keep thinking, though.   I'll do some more research and see if I can find some more photos for inspiration like the ones you linked to. 
I need help! Huh

OK, I'm going to finish up my bag for the day and then get some sleep.  I'll try setting up the booth again tomorrow. Maybe I'll have better luck then! Cheesy
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« Reply #49 on: July 25, 2007 03:06:39 PM »

Do you have/could you borrow a stepladder? I'd almost be inclined to scrap the table altogether and just turn a stepladder into a display rack. You could bum a refrigerator box off of an appliance store (we used to get them all the time to make playhouses and parade floats when we were kids) and cut sections of cardboard to put behind three sides of the ladder. The cardboard would hide the area under the ladder, allowing you to use it for storage. Make some wire hooks (heavy-gauge florist's wire would probably work and could be had for about $2 a package or less, or just use old coathangers, which are free) and hang some of the purses off the rungs, tie lengths of pretty cord across one side to make more spots for hanging purses from hooks, and set some purses on the steps like shelves.

Dunno if that makes sense, but I think it would maximize your display area and make efficient use of your space. Plus ladders are usually easy to come by. They have good folding ladders that are easy to transport, although I don't know if you could put your hands on one quickly.
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