My First Craft Show!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ever since I opened my own Etsy shop I've been dreaming and wishing someday I could be a part of a craft show and rent a table and make an adorable display. I drool over craft show display tables all the time! Seriously, you can see my Pinterest board here. Well, guess what?! It's actually happening now! I was thinking about doing the big fall market craft show here in town, but realized it would be way too much money and work for my very first craft show. So I found something smaller to participate in through kijij.ca under "events." It's an Ovarian Cancer fundraising event and it's only $20 to rent a 6ft table, and tables and chairs are provided, .. and it's inside. It's a show up and pay kind of thing, so hopefully I get a spot for sure! Anyway, I've been working really hard at finding and making displays for my products and I wanted to share all my work with you! I'm super excited. 
 
Hubby helped me make my necklace display. I love it! Three wooden dowels I picked up from the hardware store, and a flat piece of wood from dad inlaw's scrap pile. I stained it too. Since I have no idea if the tables provided will be by walls, I wanted to make sure all my displays were free standing.  {inspiration}


This huge frame came from the thrift store for $4 and I hot glued twine strings to the sides so I could pin on my earring cards with mini clothespins. I found a couple bracket pieces at the hardware store for cheap so we screwed them on the bottom corners so it would stand. I love it!!!! I didn't want to paint it because all of my display stuff is kind of a rustic antique wood look with whites and pinks.


I found this little silver swivel piece at the thrift store as well for like $2. 
It's perfect for my button earrings!


For my infinity scarves I'm using this thrifted basket. I don't have a lot of scarves made and I'm currently working on another. They really don't take long, but this one's taking me awhile cause I've been working on a ton of other things as well.


I made display cards for my baby headbands! I had been wondering how I could display them and I was just going to put them in little plastic baggies, but I like this so much better! Recycled cardboard, .. just like all my other product display cards!


I love that my beautiful baby niece gets to show off my headbands! 
I really like my price tags, by the way. I saw that idea somewhere on Pinterest and just had to do it too. I think it's perfect to have your product photo and price together.. no room for confusion. {although I do need to edit this price tag to include the size of headbands}


My rings are in my favorite little milkglass dish that is filled with clear filler bead things I picked up at the dollar store. Love how they just poke right in and stand upright.


I'm using a couple of my cute dollar store plates for displaying some hair accessories.


Picked up a cheap plate and bowel at the thrift and glued them to this candle holder I already had to make this super cute tiered stand for my hair clippies! I just love making my own displays! 


My magnet display is a dollar store pizza pan along with a large frame stand I picked up at the thrift store.


Look at this adorable little piece I found for .99 cents at the thrift store! It's so cute, and just had to bring it home. And it's so perfect for displaying my business cards! I love vintage bicycle things! It totally matches some of my shop display stuff, like my cardboard earrings cards {they are stamped with a vintage bike stamp, and some of my hair pin cards}

 
I thought it would be cute to display my stamped gift tags as though they were spilling from this milkglass goblet piece I have. Not sure though... 


These are the little baggies I'm using for customer sales- so cute right!?
I got a pack of brown paper lunch bags from the dollar store, cut the tops off with decorative scissors and stamped my favorite bicycle stamp along with my custom shop stamp. So adorable!


My banner is made from some burlap material I found at Walmart. I printed out my letters and then laid the letters behind the burlap triangles and because the material is kind of see through I was able to trace on top with paint! Came out so cute! I just hot glued the triangles to white ribbon and will hold it in place with little safety pins.{banner inspiration}


And here it all is together!
{ignore the wooden rack on the wall. That's what I normally hang my necklaces on}



I got a mirror from the dollar store so customers can try things on!
I thought it would be cute to use my little decor wall boxes for height and more display area.


I came across this cute little craft show apron tutorial using a pillowcase, so I found this pretty floral pink pillow case at the dollar store and my mom in law sewed it up for me. I did the ribbon ties a little different. I love love love my little craft show apron! I'll keep my calculator, pens, paper and whatever else I might need in my little pockets! I'll feel so organized!



So what do you think?!

Any tips or suggestions from any pros out there? : ) 

The event will be held Saturday, July 14th. I still have a few things to finish up before then. I'll let ya know how it all turns out.. with photos to share of course!

Stay tuned... !

31 comments:

OneWord said...

Love it! Looks great! I love your packaging!

Lisa Davis said...

Awesome display and packaging ideas! Best of sales to you.

Mrs. Ely said...

I think you got it all down! It looks wonderful! Very colorful and atractive to the eye! I hope you do well!

Julie Ann said...

Wow. I love your work. This setup looks fantastic! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower via GFC. :)

Julie
www.jamscorner.com

Sailing with bare feet said...

You should add up all your stuff and see how much it equals just to see :-)

Paix said...

I love your display ideas! I just added your site to StumbleUpon :D

Jessica said...

Thank you Paix! Hmm, I've never heard of StumbleUpon before.. interesting! :)

Chiwei @ One Dog Woof said...

OMG, I think you read my mind with this post! I have my first craft show in a month and just started thinking about displays. I love that yours is so simple and uses things around the house. Thank you thank you!

Diana said...

Hey! You have a new fan! These things are pretty cool and it´s amazing how simple it looks. And I want to ask you if you have any tutorials how to make these cute blooms! :P :) I just like it a lot. :)
Thanks. Your stuff is wonderful! :)

Jessica said...

Thanks Diana! If you just search online for crochet flowers or rosettes you will find LOTS of tutorials!! They are fun :)

Mariel said...

I absolutely Love all your stuff!!! Where do you get the cardboard for the headbands from? Do you use a stamp with your logo? I cant find any custom ones at a reasonable price and want to make my own as well. Thanks! :-)

Jessica said...

Thank you Mariel! I actually make my headband cards from empty food boxes! I found that Bisquick boxes are sturdier than others. The downside to using food boxes is, of course the colors and images on the boxes, but that could easily be covered with some cardstock. And I purchased my custom rubber stamp from here https://www.etsy.com/transaction/58750132 (that exact listing actually, with my own info). Pretty reasonably priced, and I use it for alot of things!

Lively Momma said...

Can I ask where you get your cards for the headbands?

Jessica said...

I made them from empty food boxes :) Used a corner punch and my custom shop stamp :)

Anonymous said...

Love your display . Can you please tell how or were to get the directions for the price tags ? Thank you

Jessica said...

Thanks you! I just made the price tags myself. I uploaded my photos to picmonkey.com (you could even do this in a word document)and edited in the names of my products and their prices. I put the pictures on my flash drive and printed them at Walmart. There is an option on Walmart's photo computers to make different size photos, but I can't remember how I got to that option. But the size of my price tags are half of a 4x6 picture. So you can print 2 photos onto one 4x6. Hope that helps!

Tracy said...

Cute!!!

Amy Lynne said...

So, so cute! I love seeing how everyone sets up their spaces!

Jessica said...

Thanks Amy! This seems like so long ago! I had a baby last year and haven't been crafting too much anymore :(

MJ said...

Beautiful booth!!

Katherine Lambert-Trest said...

I just found this. Your display is so organized. You have also given me some ideas for making display objects. I hope your craft show success has continued.

Jessica said...

Thank you Katherine! I was able to do a few more craft shows after this first one, but since I have had my baby boy I haven't had the time for crafts like I used to! But I do hope to be able to participate in craft shows again in the future! Thank you for your comment :)

Ashley Roberts said...

How did you stamp your name to the headband display cards? Thanks!

Jessica said...

Ashley, I had a rubber stamp custom made for me at this Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JLMould?ref=l2-shopheader-name

I was (still am) very pleased with it!

Tstrr90 said...

And you say this is your first market?! Clearly you have been thinking about it for some time. I hope it went well for you. My first market I just had all my knitting laid out on the table. I've learned a lot since then. Thank you for your post it was really inspiring!

Christina said...

I love every one of your display pieces. I'd love to see what you could do with an outdoor 10x10 space. I'm doing my first show in June and am also trying to make all of my display props and bags!

Jessica said...

Thank you, Tstrr90 and Christina for your nice comments! I guess I had thought about craft show details for quite some time before doing my first craft show! I thank Pinterest for that ;) It's been awhile since I've done any of this kind of stuff since after having my baby boy in 2013. One day I hope to get back into the crafty/bloggy world!

Eric Brennan said...

You stuff looks amazing. I'm actually getting ready for my first craft show this fall. How did you make all the display cards for your hair clips and headbands?

Jessica said...

Thank you, Eric! Sooo many people write me and ask about my display cards, I should really update my blog post to save everyone time haha! All my display cards were made from empty food boxes. I found that Bisquick boxes worked the best for my headband cards because it's pretty sturdy. If I had used the cardboard from a frozen pizza box or cereal box, the cardboard would have easily bent from the pressure of the elastic headbands. To get rounded edges, I used a little corner punch that I had picked up from Walmart for maybe $4. And I had a custom rubber stamp made with my shop name which I had purchased from this etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/JLMould. It came in handy with so many things! For making small holes for some of my other display (maybe for holding hair pins, like bobby pins), I used a hole punch. Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions! Hope you enjoy your craft sale! This seems like forever ago for me. I was just getting into the craft show thing when I got pregnant with my beautiful baby boy. Now I'm much busier with other things ;) But I would love to get back into this kind of thing again. It's exciting!

Sports Jewelry Studio said...

So very, very creative! I've yet to do my first craft show, but you are inspiring me!
Vicki from SportsJewelryStudio on Etsy

Mickie from scrapsofthepast said...

This is too cute - great job putting it together!