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CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE => Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs => Topic started by: Serendipity on September 20, 2004 01:27:02 PM



Title: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: Serendipity on September 20, 2004 01:27:02 PM
Helpful list:

http://festivalnet.com/other/news_letters/items_to_take_to_show5_4.html


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: RedStitch on September 20, 2004 08:36:33 PM
I loved this one -

'Change of clothes- anything can happen'  ;D ;D ;D

This link is really helpfull - a little long, but everyone can adjust it for his (her) needs.


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: SCARVELOUS on October 05, 2004 08:08:30 AM
This link is really helpful, thanks for posting it.  It says you should take a media pack, I did a show on Saturday and was interviewed for a newspaper article, it would have been so much easier if I had had something to give them.


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: RedStitch on October 05, 2004 10:00:48 AM
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I loved this one -

'Change of clothes- anything can happen'   

I should not have laughed at this line, because guess what happend? At my last show it started to rain SO HARD, that I got wet, and my light pants were in mudd till my knees!!!  ;D I wish I had a change of clothes.


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: alison on October 06, 2004 02:24:56 PM
This link is really helpful, thanks for posting it.  It says you should take a media pack, I did a show on Saturday and was interviewed for a newspaper article, it would have been so much easier if I had had something to give them.

What's in a media pack? A bio?


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: RedStitch on October 07, 2004 07:28:27 AM
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What's in a media pack? A bio?

A media pack, I guesss, is flyers, catalogues, business cards, and bio. I catalogue can be even on a CD, if you do not have a web-site.

SCARVELOUS, congrats! Post us the article!


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: SCARVELOUS on October 07, 2004 07:52:21 AM
Thanks Redstitch, I will post, it should come out today, the fair was organized by the Washington City Paper, and they were the ones that interviewed me.  It might be in next weeks though, since the fair was on Saturday.

I am thinking a media pack would be information about yourself and your craft that is in a prepared folder, along with as Redstitch said your flyers, business cards etc.


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: candycanechild on October 10, 2004 05:07:45 PM
"Toilet tissue (you never know) "
Heh. I'm glad the show I'll be in is held at the local elementary school!


Title: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: Rakuette on May 02, 2005 04:14:20 PM
Here are a few must haves for participating at craft shows:

  • stuff to sell (duh)
  • shelves or display units
  • change i usually bring 10 ones 5 fives 3 tens 2 twenties and some quarters nickels dimes and pennies
  • tissue paper for fragile stuff
  • bags paper or plastic ;)
  • receipt book
  • business cards!
  • another person to give you a hand
  • small ice chest with water and snackies
  • tape
  • chairs
  • cash box
  • ;D
  • Please add to this!! my brain is fried from exams and this is all i can remember right now!  :D
oh and i just found this boss list that has everything....http://festivalnet.com/other/news_letters/items_to_take_to_show5_4.html


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: snlfreak83 on May 04, 2005 02:57:51 PM
That's really helpful. I'm surprised I had most of that stuff already. I am doing my first craft show this Saturday all day long. I'm soooooooo excited. I have to print out business cards and I'm ready to go!


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: laserblast on May 22, 2005 03:09:34 AM
Here's a couple more suggestions...

  • Small clipboard with several pre-printed "mailing list" signup sheets. I've read that mailing lists can make customers feel like they're getting more value (like they're getting something even after they leave the fair). Plus, your marketing campaign can never do wrong with even the tiniest customer mailing list. Offer some sort of contest or a free button/pin for signing up!
  • An office supply pouch/box/bag with pens, scissors, scratch paper, stapler, etc? You never know...

Hurrah!


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: AlthaeaSoaps on July 05, 2005 10:27:09 AM
- hammer, for putting stakes in ground if you have a canopy. 
- screwdriver, but wrangling with canopy leg buttons that stick sometimes.
- twine.  it comes in handy for a hundred things.
- safety pins
- table covers, gives you a place to hide your junk under the table.
- cinder blocks (4) and tarps, because Murphy's Law states that if you don't have them, the worst hurricane in the world will be magnetically drawn to you.
- hand sanitizer, in case of port-o-potties or unkempt bathrooms on site.
- if you have them, i find walkie talkies to be very useful at shows to communicate with my helper.  if the booth gets swamped while one of us is away, we can call for backup.  also, when i bring my daughter it allows her a little freedom to walk and browse while staying in contact with me. (she's 12)
- if you're going to be outdoors in the heat, wear natural fibers and light colors.  it will significantly affect how exhausted you are in the evenings.  a spray bottle for melted ice from teh cooler is also a good thing.
- a trolley/foldup cart for carrying stuff back and forth. 




Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: ph33lth3lov3 on July 05, 2005 02:59:28 PM
(maybe not a checklist..just suggestions) Go through the customer's experience while in your booth. I had a custom button booth at a festival, and since it was my first one i had forgotten to bring a hard surface so people could draw their own. >.<
Set up your booth a few days before and see what you'll need. 
:] good luck everyone!


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: sweetpeahandcrafts on July 13, 2005 10:24:53 AM
I always bring one of those sticky-paper defuzzers, too, for removing cat hair and lint from any and all things.  My table covering is dark and seems to pick up everything!


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: Rakuette on July 15, 2005 02:53:05 PM
WOW!  :o great ideas everybody thanks for the great one about the lint roller, my table cloth is dark and i never thought about the cat hair etc.  :)


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: ITZA on July 17, 2005 04:46:48 PM
A clean shirt - just in case you spill all over the one you're wearing.  who wants to be dirty and standing there talking with food or pop on your chest?

Table drape to cover your table(s) on ALL 4 sides so your neighbors & customers don't have to look at your stash, boxes, left-over lunch, etc.  Remember, while it might look nice from the front of your space, what does the customer see while they are shopping with your neighbor.  If they see a mess, they most likely will come visit you with the attitude that you do not pay attention to detail.  If you can cover the front of your tables, you can take the time, energy and extra fabric to cover ALL 4 sides. 

A counterfiet checking pen.  They are available at the office supply store.

If you are doing outdoor shows with port-a-potties...I suggest a fanny pack with toiletries.  When you make your potty trip, you grab your fanny pack and you are set with:  tissues, paper towel, hand sanitizer all the things you need to get yourself through that sometimes hot, smelly and usually dirty little house.

Bungee cords and zip strips are handy things to have.  If you are in a tent and become concerned about wind, you can always get a quick anchor by bungee cord or zip stripping your table leg to your tent. 

Of course...sand bags or tent weights or tent stakes.  I always contact promoter and ask if I am allowed to use tent stakes.  They are easier than sand bags and I don't want to carry any more stuff than necessary.


Title: Re: Check-list for selling at a craft show
Post by: njtomboy on July 19, 2005 02:16:46 AM
Scissors
Tape
&
Markers
If outside Tarp (if it gets too windy or rains- tent or not)


Title: List of 'must haves' for shows
Post by: strgazr on September 18, 2006 01:07:31 PM
What are some things (besides your inventory) that you have found you absolutely need at an outdoor craft show.  I have a small check list going but I can't help feeling like I'm forgetting something huge.


Title: Re: List of 'must haves' for shows
Post by: rachelsue20 on September 18, 2006 08:42:04 PM
I would love to hear what others have to add, but this is my running checklist that I've made for my upcoming first show at the end of this month:

first aid kit
paper towels
folder with business info (reseller's license, business permit, fair info, etc.)
extra folder with copies of all business info to keep in car (just in case)
boxes/bags for sales
receipt book/or receipt printer
booth display supplies (shelves, pegboards, or whatever I decide to use)
promotional supplies (business cards, postcards, etc.)
Raffle fishbowl and sign-up book (to raffle off a gift certificate in exchange for leads)
case of bottled water
digital camera (to take pics of booth, customers, etc. for later web promotion)
money box/lock box
change (depending on whether you are accepting cash and the prices of your products, rolls of coins, dollar bills, etc.)

Any other ideas?


Title: Re: List of 'must haves' for shows
Post by: strgazr on September 21, 2006 08:20:50 AM
Thanks for your list.  I didn't even think of paper towel but that is a great idea because you never know.  Also in my just in case list is duck tape and tarps.


Title: Re: List of 'must haves' for shows
Post by: pinkninky on September 24, 2006 05:01:24 AM
my must-haves:

promo stuffs: business cards, fliers, postcards, freebies
display things: of course!
bags for purchases
inventory list
about $200 in change
money apron (personal preference)
plastic drop sheets: for outdoor shows in case the weather suddenly turns foul
CHAIRS
nail clippers: for emergency hangnail removal
snacks
water
extra tablecloths: for shade!
clamps: to keep your table cloths in place if it gets windy
sunscreen & lip balm
mints
allergy pills: because you never know what's going to be in the air that day, and you don't want to be out there with a runny nose all day!
free candy: for the kids
extra tags
pens
receipt paper
mailing list sign-up sheet
duct tape: you never know when you'll need it!
scissors
digital camera: so i can make filmloops on my site
trash bag
bug spray

and last but not least:

a cheery disposition and good attitude!

oh - and music! i bought a boombox purse just to take to shows so that everyone can listen to my ipod out there. i prefer to keep it under the table, pointed up, so that everyone hears the music. it drew people nearer too, because they were trying to find the music source! http://www.mosmyownspace.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove-master&Category_Code=music (http://www.mosmyownspace.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove-master&Category_Code=music)


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: TheMistressT on October 11, 2008 02:30:25 PM
Wow!  This is so helpful!  I'm doing my first fair next month and some of these things are so obvious, but I never thought of them.  Duh!  Everyone keeps saying, "... because you never know," so should I bring condoms, too?   :o


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: Pinkilicious on April 10, 2009 03:30:14 PM
Good Lord! I don't think I take that much with me when I travel! That said I think somethings missing, A stash of personal money (apart from your business cash box) so that if you choose to buy something you don't mess up your end of the day math!


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: kellynchi on June 24, 2009 07:46:43 AM
I'm doing my first show Saturday and I LOVE the idea of a rolling cart that you can just leave packed with your stuff. Excellent!


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: thegreengriffin on August 16, 2010 05:59:00 PM
i have a lovely canvas bag (with my buisness name screenprinted on it) that i keep all sorts of these useful items in.  That way it's always ready to go.  but the most useful thing ive found is old wooden clothespins!  they can be used to secure table cloths and flyers against wind, can hang your items from your tent, can secure price tags to items, and you neve know what else you can use them for!  i keep loads of them with me (and all over my house!)


Title: Re: 160+ Things to Take to Art Shows, Festivals, Craft Shows...
Post by: HerzeleidMeister on March 27, 2019 02:53:05 AM
Great list! I'm a guy so I think I'll skip the lipstick & makeup. :)