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« Reply #10 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...


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« Reply #11 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. 

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« Reply #12 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. 
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« Reply #13 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!

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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2005 02:53:05 PM »

WOW!  Shocked 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.  Smiley

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« Reply #15 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.
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2005 02:16:46 AM »

If outside Tarp (if it gets too windy or rains- tent or not)
« Reply #17 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.

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« Reply #18 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?

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« Reply #19 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.

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