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Advice for Craft Show Newbies!

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Comment by Tina Pietsch on March 13, 2014 at 10:33pm
I only do one or two shows a year. For me it's all about creating a boutique look to entice people to step in the tent. I find a rug valuable to control the dust and help keep my bags and table covers clean. I use a mix of a folding metal bakers type rack, have a fun bright small round table at the front, I hang curtain panels at the front corners. I am always playing with different ways to display, using a mix of wreath stands to get height, and baskets as risers and also can lean purses against them. Beware the wreath stands don't like wind. I also made my own black table covers, I can then hide all my storage bins. Thanks for others sharing their ideas too!
Comment by Gail Wilson on March 13, 2014 at 5:02pm

I started out doing mainly outdoor shows so have a canopy that I hung lattice from to display my handbags. I had 3 tables for the remainder of my 'goods' but those took up a lot of walking space for customers to be able to browse comfortably. I finally took the plunge and invested in a grid system from graphicdisplaysystems. It's very lightweight and easy for me to set up on my own and works wonderfully indoors or out - with or without the canopy. I purchased an extra section that I attach to a painted piece of plywood that sits in the center with grid baskets from the container store. It was a substantial investment for me as I'm small potatoes but it's easy to handle, looks nice and displays my bags well. Happy to see some posts in the fiber artists area!!! I'm not great about posting but happy to share anything that I can and would love to hear from others about their experiences as well.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on March 13, 2014 at 9:39am

Thanks, Larry...good advice.  Sometimes one can't see the forest for the trees...ha,ha.

Comment by Larry Berman on March 13, 2014 at 9:35am

I don't know if you guys (fiber artists) are still struggling with booths. But one thing to remember is that the focus on the work is primary and the way it's displayed shouldn't get in the way of the primary focus. I realize it sounds a little esoteric, but it needs to be translated to what people see when walking by the booth. Like a good jury image, the background should disappear and the work pop. Same with your display.

Larry Berman

Comment by Christina L. Towell on March 13, 2014 at 9:28am

Good discussion going here concerning booth display for fiber artists...I'm interested as I've haven't really ventured into those waters yet myself.  So far, just selling in galleries and gift shops.  

Welcome Jaynie!  This is a great group, get yourself signed up!

Comment by Sharon Lippert on March 12, 2014 at 6:31pm

I do love fiber... it's fun to work with and fun to eat!

Always looking for shows, especially early summertime!  It just makes me feel so happy to sit in the sun and make a few bucks. :)

Comment by Susan Coughlin on November 2, 2012 at 3:57pm

I'm SO glad there is a group at AFI that doesn't look down its collective noses at fine craft.

Comment by Jaynie Hay Ramsey on February 7, 2012 at 10:20am

Teri, One word about none juried shows.  buy-sell (is that 2?) unless yo9u know the show, often there is alot of that junk there. I try not to do shows that are not juried for this reason.  Don't be afraid of the jury.  I usually have no problem getting in (Opps maybe I just should not have said that)  I do apply to high end art shows.  The ones I do just want pictures or pictures from Zapplications. Check out their shows, it is another sight to apply.  Very easy.  The festivals I do are even juried.  Haw do the rest of you feel about this?

Comment by Jaynie Hay Ramsey on February 7, 2012 at 10:12am

Chris,,thanks for your ideas. When I do indoor shows, what do you hang the chain on.  I dont use my tent as a frame.It makes it easier for me to set up by myself.  I pretty much do all the indoor shows  alone.  Let me tell you it takes me hours to set up..I was thinking about a couple spiral racks that would hold a lot.But they have to fold up. My car is full.I have a Honda Pilot, my favorite thing is the heated seats! Heating pad for my back after knocking down! I like old  items some interest. I have a loom thing I love. a frame with adjustable poles.  It works for mittens and scarfs. Gotta go finish cleaning.  I am having total knee replacement surgery tomorro,have alot to do.

Comment by Jaynie Hay Ramsey on February 7, 2012 at 9:56am

On the subject of how much to take,  It woud be great if you could say 60000 people, that means 10% will buy.  Don't I wish.  It so depends upon weather, mood,and who knows. Take more of your lowerend items. Especially if you have kids things.Hi endnot as many.  I know a girlwho has a formula that works for her.She takes 10 of each item. They areare around the same price.  Have fun and good luck.


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