What A Show!

26 Oct

I’m Back!!! I missed you all so much! After a super long weekend at the craft show and a long week getting everything back to normal around here – I am excited to say I’m back πŸ™‚

Thank goodness for my trial set up or this would have taken ages to figure out. The PVC pipe held everything extremely well! My favorite part was the bar to hang my scarves on. This was my first attempt at having things up off my table and although I’m so happy with the outcome I do want to do things a little differently.

I want to find different hangers to put the scarves on – it wasn’t easy to get the scarves off and on the hangers which I don’t think is helpful for customers who want to try things on. I also would change up the shelves a little differently.Β People don’t like pulling things in and out of shelves if they have to figure out how to fold them and put them back! I’ve decided to put one blanket in each shelf instead of two and to hang up the other scarves instead of folding them in the shelf.

Other than that I was super happy with the set up!

My most picked up items were my cork keychains, cup cozies, scarves, and burp cloths. It seems like everyone that came through was touching and feeling everything and amazed at how soft everything was. Since comfort is one of my number one priorities when it comes to my items – that made me very happy!

Another thing that was picked up a lot was my business cards. So much so that I’ll be ordering another pack of them as soon as possible! I didn’t expect my cards to go as fast as they did but I am definitely okay with that πŸ˜‰

For those of you who are considering doing an outdoor show there are a few things I wasn’t quite prepared for! Wind was one of them. Everything was secured tightly with zip ties and didn’t move much in the wind but my frames that were hanging from the lattice weren’t on tight. I’m still trying to come up for a solution for that one.

Another was dust!! We were in a wooded area with lots of dirt and when people walk through it – dust kicks up and gets on EVERYTHING! I wasn’t expecting to have to wipe down my items on a regular basis or have to wash & dry them when I came home. I wish I had a swiffer or duster with me so that I could have continually wiped off my items – that might have made my aftermath of cleaning a little easier.

Prepare to spend a day after the show sorting/cleaning/re-organizing everything!

One thing that REALLY helped during this show was sharing it with a friend. This was Ashley’s side from Leapinlilypads. Because we split the space we both saved on money, as well as having someone to be there when we went to go get a meal or use the restrooms.

It also made it easier on my traveling to share some of what we were bringing. We each brought two tables, our chairs, and our supplies so one person wasn’t overwhelmed with too much packing or unpacking. One thing I didn’t expect going into this was all the last minute spending I’d need to use. I planned for gas money, food money, and extra for spending (of course I’d find something I’d want to buy from other vendors).

What I didn’t count on was all the small last minute things for the show like: cash for change, stickers for my bags with my business logo, chalkboard markers (because they work so much better than chalk), 3m hooks to hang my frames, and a bunch of other little things that add up so fast! Next time I’m going to also plan for an extra $100 bucks on miscellaneous things before the show actually happens.

Some things that Ashley did that I love – used wrapped boxes to create height on her table, used cardboard and ribbon to hang her bows, and found things like baskets and vases to use to hold her items. Any way that you can save money by using things around the house as part of your table design is a great way to be budget friendly!

Some perks from our tent that I didn’t see around other ones – bright colors, hanging things from the tent walls, a dedicated table space to use for working on, clear banners so people will remember who you are, and free goodies just for stopping in (I had dum dums for the little ones).

Finding ways to be remembered is key to future purchases. Just having a business card isn’t always enough – so I like to make as many memorable pieces as possible!

We had a fantastic time at the show and are proud to say we’ll be doing it again next year! Hooray for a successful weekend – and hooray for being back home πŸ˜‰ because this girl is ready to get back to being crafty!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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6 Responses to “What A Show!”

  1. Cul de Sac October 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Oh, I’m so happy for you it went that well!! I loved to see all the pics from your booth as everything is looking sooo nicely put:) now you’ll be less stress next time! Yay for happy ending craft show week ends!

    • underestimatedmom October 26, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Thanks!! I have another one coming up soon and decided to go ahead and repack everything after I cleaned it! This next one should be stress free πŸ˜‰

  2. Nicola October 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi J, what an inspiration you are! I just loved the set up of your stall – and yes, the colours pulled me in straight away. Had I been there I would definitely have popped in! :0) I have been thinking about taking the plunge into markets and am just working up the courage to tackle the logistics of it, so this was a great post for me. Have you tried IKEA children’s hangers? They are larger than regular kids hangers but smaller than adult ones and have rounded edges so they won’t snag your scarves. I actually buy them for my silk scarves and smaller tops. Can’t remember the name of them, but I’ll check it out and send you a link as a convo on etsy. Well done!! :0)

    • underestimatedmom October 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      I’m glad this was helpful!! I love seeing other set ups so if you decide to do one I’d love to see a picture! Oh what a brilliant idea! I’ll have to borrow some of Emmas and see if those work!

  3. chicenvelopements October 27, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Congratulations on a successful show! Love the cheerful design of your stall. Sounds like all of your hard work paid off.
    Happy Saturday!
    Beth

    • underestimatedmom October 27, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks! It was definitely worth it πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

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