Sales Show Booth Beginnings
For years people have been telling me that I need to sell the embroidered items and other crafts that I create. I am definitely the type of person who needs to percolate on things, and this was one avenue of my life in which I had to do just that: percolate. I wanted to get it right. I didn’t want to dive in, only to quickly burn out. I opened my online Etsy shop, Random Acts of Amy, November 2013, and that has been keeping me busy. All along I knew that I wanted to branch out to live shows where I could meet people and be a part of the bigger crafting community.
In order to participate in craft shows, vintage shows, flea markets, and the like, however, I need a booth. I need a booth that will show my style and design, and that will complement the items I create. This has particularly come to the forefront of my mind because today I applied to be a part of Urban Farmgirl’s Main Street Market held at Midway Village in my hometown Rockford, IL on May 10th. (You might remember that I was married at Midway Village on 09.10.11. You can click the Wedding link at the very top of this page to see it.) This is the first live show that I’ve ever applied to, and, I have to tell you, I’m a bundle of nerves and excitement! I would be so honored if I were to be included in the vendor rolls, but I know that it’s going to be some pretty stiff competition. Urban Farmgirl is a legend in the vintage and handmade marketplace. I’m certain she has all kinds of contacts for vendors who will be accepted, but I am ever the optimist, and I am going to try my hardest to make sure I have what it takes.
I stopped off at Hobby Lobby after work last night with the intention of getting a nice, big piece of confetti paper (couldn’t find any) that I could use as a fun backdrop to take product photos. Instead, I found that they had an amazing sale on metal pieces, and when I saw the two in the picture below, I knew they would be perfect as a part of my developing booth style.
The baskets on each unit come off, and the stands fold flat. They’re lightweight, which is a good thing when multiple trips to my car and booth site are in order. These pieces are two different colors, and I’m leaning towards painting them white or aqua, with a little distressing thrown in for good measure. The Hobby Lobby I stopped at only had one of each, and I’m thinking about taking a trip to another store to get at least one more of the taller units.
I started a Board on Pinterest so that I can discover ideas, and also learn tips and tricks from those who have gone before me.
Are you a seller a craft or vintage shows or flea markets? What kinds of tips do you have for me? Or, as a visitor at these kinds of show, what makes a great booth, in your opinion?