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GirlyGirlBags
« on: November 05, 2005 04:24:52 PM »

Hey all,
I would appreciate some feedback on the set-up I use for craft shows.  My husband and I keep going back and forth over the effectiveness of the lattices to display my purses.  So any feedback would be very helpful.  I usually have it set up so I can use the front and the back of the lattices.  This is my first indoor show where I couldn't do that. 

Thanks!

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ceilidhfey
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2005 08:58:54 AM »

Hi ya. I saw your post a few days ago and haven't gotten around to responding until now. Firstly, I like your purse designs they look really well made and you have a nice array of fabric choices.

As far as the display goes, it seems a little busy. It's really difficult doing indoor shows where wall color and opposing booths get in the way of your personal booth decor. Sometimes I've solved that problem with bringing in my own fabrics as a back-drop. I've used large quantities of black tulle very effectively. I also have a 25 foot piece of muted gold fabric that I found, very cheap, in the drapery department of a closeout store. I think I paid 10 dollars for it! I sometimes use that as a back-drop when I'm faced with an impossible set-up situation. Installing a solid color on the lattice work, before hanging the purses might help.

It's difficult for me to discern what's going on with your booth set-up. The pictures look really busy. Perhaps, displaying the purses in groupings of similar color would help.

I don't make or sell any fabric items. But I do own two well-made garment racks. I sometimes use them to hang pieces of my stained glass, using handmade decorative wire S hooks that I have fashioned out of stiff wire.

You might also want to rethink the table cloth. I use a black piece of velvet that I found, again, really cheap. I also have a muted gold piece that I sometimes use. Those seem to be my colors of choice!

There's a company called Matthew's Wire. I have their wholesale catalog and I noticed that I could bid on their ebay items quite a bit cheaper than in their wholesale catalog, considering they have a minimum order, etc. So I bid on what is considered a basket stand. It's a floor stand with several extended arms, the whole is made out of wrought iron. I think I got mine for 20 dollars. I haven't used it in a show yet. I have used it for it's intended purpose. However, in looking at it - it might be a good display for purses.

Oh well, that is all the ideas I have for now. I hope this helps.
Lo
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GirlyGirlBags
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2005 04:32:40 PM »

Thank you so much for your input!  It is really helpful.  I like the idea of grouping the purses, right now i'm just putting them where they will fit.  I've been keeping my eye out of stores that are going out of business to find nice metal racks that I can use to display my purses. 

I will definitely check out Michael's Wire on ebay and look at their display items.  My dad made the lattices for my mom when she and some friends were having craft shows in their houses. 

I felt a little out of sorts with this show, the booths were really close together and the gym was very crowded..

Thanks again for your input.  it's so helpful to get feedback from others on how I can improve my booth set up.

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ceilidhfey
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2005 06:42:29 AM »

Matthews Wire ebay name is Mwire. I hope that helps. Good luck on the shows. I know the difficulties of setting up at craft shows. It's a challenge. My goal is to find a system that works, something that will work in any type of setting. It's hard!   Smiley
Lo

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