Finally, here’s some pictures of my booth from the recent Craft Fair. It’s a small thing held in the student center here on the campus where we live. (My hub is getting his masters & we live in the lovely married-with-children-really-tiny-but-we’re-so-grateful-anyway housing.) So, it was just a long table. I knew that presentation was key! Many people toss on a pretty tablecloth & lay out a few items. Some even skip the tablecloth — that’s it. Pretty basic. I didn’t want basic. I wanted something great. But, with zero budget, I had to use only what was around the house.
So, the tablecloth is a tan matelasse bedspread, the damask boxes typically hold my ribbon, lace, and sewing notions, and the bulletin board goes in my closet to organize my jewelry. I used the few serving silver pieces I have here to hold bracelets & samples of my sugar scrub. I borrowed a crystal bowl to hold small bath salt packages. Then, I raided my house and two neighbors’ homes for silver photo frames. The prices were matted on coordinating scrapbook paper and put in the frames.
Oh, and the milk glass that held business cards, mini flyers, and other stuff… normally holds our toothbrushes and my hair stuff.
I know the table is really cramped! But, it was the only way to maximize my space. I got lots of compliments and I hope it encouraged the usual vendors to step it up with their booths next year. We’re hoping more people from the community come to this event, but they only will if it looks more professional.
I thought of tons of things to change for next year. One thing I will keep the same: I’ll have help! The person in the pictures (well, the one with teeth) is my good friend Jayme. The baby is one she “borrowed” from a friend. She claimed she only got little Abe to sit with us to draw people over to our booth. I guess it worked. So… next year I’ll borrow a baby.
My favorite thing: I used my Turkish chai glasses to hold samples of the sugar scrub. They are shaped like a tulip and have a cool pedestal foot. That way, people could smell what each of the scents were like. I have Vanilla Bloom, Cotton Blossom, Very Peary Berry, and Fleur de Lis.
Do any of you participate in Craft Fairs? I’m interested in doing some that are larger. But, I need help! YIKES! And major advice. So, feel free to leave a comment, send an e-mail, or convo me through Etsy and tell me all the good and bad you know!