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« Reply #170 on: April 17, 2008 08:36:48 AM »

I have read this entire thread, and there are a lot of good suggestions here.  Some displays are awesome, and some need a little work.  I have been doing fairs and festivals for 14 years, and these are my suggestions, based on my own experiences.  If they don't work for you, keep trying everything until something feels right.

1.  Don't use busy fabric for table covers.  Your product can get lost.
2.  Make sure table covers go all the way to the floor.  Looks more professional.
3.  Don't use all one color table covers.  Mix it up and people will come to see what the color is all about.
4.  Use different levels for display.  Adds interest.
5.  For those of you who do clothing, elevate your tabletop from the back.  Use a piece of plywood the same size as your table and add blocks in the back before you put the table cover on.
6.  Hide all the things that are not part of the display.  Table covers to the floor make great hiding places.
7.  Have a really good sign and plenty of business cards or promotional items.  If you use promos, make sure it isn't something they are going to toss on the way home.
8.  Make sure your display isn't too cluttered.  If people can't see what you have, they will leave in frustration.  also, be sure that you have enough on your tables or in your booth to attract attention.
9.  Avoid white table covers, if you can.

Also, here are some photos of displays that I have tried over the years.

use of pegboards


use of louvred doors


table displays, showing color schemes and multi-level displays



Hope this is helpful to someone.
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« Reply #171 on: April 17, 2008 02:31:49 PM »

I LOVE your multi level display!

I need something that is portable - very portable - to display purses on. Any ideas? My husband made me an awesome bracelet display stand out of PVC pipe. It is light, can be taken apart, and just works wonderfully!  I painted it black. We were thinking about making something to hang purses also out of PVC pipe.

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« Reply #172 on: April 17, 2008 02:54:35 PM »

I LOVE your multi level display!

I need something that is portable - very portable - to display purses on. Any ideas? My husband made me an awesome bracelet display stand out of PVC pipe. It is light, can be taken apart, and just works wonderfully!  I painted it black. We were thinking about making something to hang purses also out of PVC pipe.


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2X2 wood, dowels, and round doll heads with a hole drilled into one side(you can get these at your local crafts store)

Drill holes the size of your dowel into the sides of the 2X2 at a slight angle.  Cut the dowels into about five or six inch pieces.  Glue the round doll head onto the dowel, and shove the dowel into the hole in the 2X2, making sure the hole is slightly larger than the dowel.  If you want a stand for it, grab some old sand weights from a weight set (they already have a hole in the middle and they are heavy enough that the 2X2 won't tip over).  Stack up a couple of the weights to make a stand and shove the 2X2 into your new homemade stand.  If you want to hang it from a tent, put a screw hook in the top end for hanging.

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« Reply #173 on: April 17, 2008 02:58:04 PM »

Great idea! Thank you pinokeeo!
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« Reply #174 on: April 18, 2008 07:07:41 PM »

Thanks pinokeeo! That was a great post!
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« Reply #175 on: May 11, 2008 02:11:51 PM »

Hi!  Well, the craft sale wasn't as successful as I wanted it to be but there just weren't many people there.  Percentage wise, I didn't do too badly, tho.  And, I spent the day with my sister so can't complain.

My Puff-Me-Knots are a bit specific but I'm hoping these pics can give some of you some ideas.  I made this display for next to nuthin' so after each pic, I'll tell you how I got the results and maybe it'll help spur some ideas for your display!

Here's the whole table-


Here's the biggest display, that I'm hoping will be the frontrunner.

The plastic container was found at a 'dollar and more' type of store.  It was filled with 30 smaller containers with lids - and i got the whole thing for 30 bucks!  The circle behind the cheerleader is a wire frame used for wreaths that I got at the gardening/craft store for about 7 bucks.  (if you want to see how I secured the wire circle to the plastic container, let me know)  It was green but I spray painted it white with Rust-O-leum.  I got the doll at the second hand store for 2 bucks!!!  Then, I was able to find the cheerleader outfit for about 7 bucks.(if you want to see how she's attached to the wire frame, lemme know)

Here's the left side of the table:

I got the diaper bag at, once again, the second hand store for a few bucks!  The container is a plastic cola container that I once again, sprayed white.

Here's the right side of the table:

The doll head was such a happy surprise to find!  I lovelovelove the second hand stores!!  I got the doll head for 3 and the skates for 4.  The wire basket was one I had in my storage room already and I spray painted that white too!

I have another sale this weekend - crossing my fingers!!


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« Reply #176 on: May 11, 2008 02:36:21 PM »

Great display!!  The white racks are a good idea.  My only suggestion would be to use a darker color for your table cover.  IMHO I think your Puff-Me-Knots would show up a lot better.

Don't get discouraged.  You have a good product.
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« Reply #177 on: May 11, 2008 03:21:55 PM »

Thanks!  I love constructive criticism!  The white tablecloth is my sister's - I relented and went along with her this time.  This saturday, I'll be using my dark teal.  So, I agree and thanks again!
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« Reply #178 on: May 11, 2008 04:18:14 PM »

Dark teal will be good.  Your Puff-Me-Knots are very cute.  If I had long hair.....

Good luck this weekend.  I am doing a show this weekend as well, except I have to have my plaid.  It's a Scottish weekend.
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« Reply #179 on: June 11, 2008 02:14:10 PM »

I love this post - however, we are thinking of doing Sugar Loaf Festival which is a juried show and I understand they are very particular about your booth.  Any suggestions from anyone on a booth set up?  We sell soy candles.

Thanks
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