This day two of my Ultimate Craft Show List details of why each item is important. Yesterday we looked at the Selling Group. Today we break down the Display Group.
Tables - At most shows you will need to supply your own table(s). We use four. We have two 5 foot and two that are 6 foot. This seems to work best for the different set ups that we generally use. Maybe you only need a small table as a checkout table and the rest of your display is shelving or display racks. Whatever your needs, this is probably the second most important thing next to your product.
Props/Display Aids - This would be anything that you bring along to enhance your items and how they are displayed. I use some glass fruit in our Lathe Junkie bowls as well as some props such as an old cell phone and wallet. These show a potential customer what they can use the item for. Many crafters use items from around their home to accent their items. They can also be practical too. I have a large basket that I use to display dog toys and a big wire mesh basket holds scrubbies.
Table Cloths - If you use tables, table cloths can make a big difference in how your display looks. I used sheets for a long time. Just some plain white ones we had hanging around. They did their job going to the floor and hiding my bins under the table. I have since invested in some fitted black table cloths, which I highly recommend. You can find many options with a quick internet search. I have always used a over cloth on top of my tablecloth to accent what I am selling. I normally just get a yard of fabric and hem the edges (use fabric glue if you don’t sew). I have seasonal cloths as well as ones that work with items I sell such as a paw prints one for my dog/cat toys or a kitchen one for scrubbies. I have used as many as three on one table.
Price Signs/Extra Signs - As I have discussed before there are many options to pricing signs. Create signage that works with your display. I use laminated business card size signs that state the item name and price. These are then clipped to the basket I use to display the item with clips I found online. Our Lathe Junkie items have price tags on them but in either case I find that I always need an extra one or two. You will find that one always gets lost or or tattered or maybe you need a sign for a sale or a special.
Emergency Repair Items - What if something falls apart, tears or you loose a screw, bolt, nut or other part associated with your display? Go prepared with extras and a back up plan for repairs. Putting together a small kit with nuts, bolts, screws, needle/thread, glue or whatever you need is a great idea. This could be a lifesaver if something breaks at a show.
Tools Needed for Display - Do you need a screw driver, socket wrench, hammer or other tools to assemble your display? If so these are must haves on your packing list. Assemble a separate set of the tools you will need and keep them with your craft items. This way you will be prepared with the proper tools and not have to so searching the house for them every time you do a show.
Canopy/Side Curtains/Weights - Canopy related items are primarily for if you exhibit at outdoor shows (I have seen them used indoors too). If you do outdoor shows, a canopy is a must! Most formal art or craft shows want you to have a white one so that their exhibitors look uniform (Read my post on Indoor vs Outdoor Shows for more information). We found a great one on ECanopy. It is easy to set up and comes with sides that help block out the wind, sun and weather. This is very handy on windy days or even to block off your neighbors. It comes with a bag on wheels that stores everything away neatly. Canopy weights can be an added benefit to keep your canopy under control on windy days. Even though it comes with steaks, these can’t be used if you are set up on a street. You can find lots of great ideas on how to do this on Pinterest.
That is all for the Display Group. Tomorrow we will explore the Business Group. Remember doing a trial run setup of your display is a great way to make sure you have everything you need as well as experiment with your setup.
Time for some Pinterest Fun. This time we will be exploring some DIY Christmas Ornaments I found. I know it feels early but you will want time to purchase supplies and maybe even round up some helpers. In this assortment custom ornament pins you will find: Lighted Burlap Garland, Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments, Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments, Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments , Button Garland, and Melted Peppermint Candy Ornaments. I also Included 25 Best Handmade Crafts and to do with the kids, 28 Christmas Ornaments for Kids. As always click on the picture to access the pin and the link.
You will find these ideas and more on my board Holiday Ideas. I hope you found some new ideas for Christmas ornaments that work in your home or that you can give as a gift. I know there are a few I want to try.
I mentioned in my post on Pet Mats that I was busy making Scrubbies. These little things seem to control my life at times. In case you hadn’t already figured it out, I like to crochet. I sell crochet items in my Etsy Shop and at craft shows. Several years ago in my never-ending quest to find quickly made crochet items that sell, someone brought my attention to scrubbies. I looked around on the internet (this was before I found Pinterest) and didn’t really find a lot of patterns for scrubbies. The ones I did find were flat, not puffy like I had in my head. I did get information on what type of material to use and a general idea of what I wanted to do. With this information, I purchased some nylon net material and set out to create my own pattern.
Since it’s October, we are deep into football season. We like college football best and in my neck of the woods this weekend it’s the big rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State. This is a big game here between two Big10 schools. Most of the people I know are Spartan fans but there are many that live in a "House Divided" where one person is a Wolverine and the other a Spartan.
All the football talk this week got me thinking about a football party. You could go to a party store and pick up some decorations and stop at the local carryout and get beer and pretzels and call it good. Instead let your creativity flow. Here are some ideas to get you going.
Now is the time to hunt up all of those fall colored yarns that you have in your stash, pick up your hook and whip up some of these cool fall crochet items. These eight selections contain lots of free patterns (and a couple to purchase) for quick appliques as well as fun decorations. I especially love the Crochet Pine Cones. There is even a beautiful Fall Afghan and Four Hour Sweater you can whip up for yourself. The turkey hat would make a great photo prop for fall baby pictures and the Witch Upon A Star Scarf is super cute.
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I hope you have enjoyed these fall crochet items and that they have inspired you to pick up your hook and whip up a few of these. I would love to see your creations. Post your pictures in the comments!
Don't you just love Pinterest when you are looking for something. It has become my go to place for a lot of ideas and research (or maybe just tonight's dinner). Looking for something new to do with that chicken, BAM chicken recipes. Leftover pill bottles, BAM ideas for their use (Check out my blog post on those ideas here).
Sometimes I also like just browsing at what comes up in my feed. Today I found this cute little Baby Lovey. It looks easy to make and it would make a special baby shower gift. The challenge was that it was that the pin was in a language that I didn't understand and the link back to the original instructions was broken. Since the pin did have pictures of the pieces, someone more experienced at sewing could probably figure it out. I like things easy so I felt I owed it to other pinners to add other pins with the same type thing in the hopes that they might have some readable instructions.
Here is the next thing I love about Pinterest, scroll down beneath the pin and you get lots of similar ideas. So while the pin I originally saw was broken, there were similar lovies that were also cute. Then I found cute sock toys (I always get attracted to cat things) and more sock toys and more baby loveys and I pinned lots of them. Pretty soon I found myself several layers down between scrolling and clicking, and that is the fun of Pinterest!
Although I didn't find the instructions to fix the original broken link, I did find a bunch of similar ideas and plenty of other things that I could make ahead of time and have for a quick baby gift. You can take a look at this pinning adventure on these two boards: Baby Patterns and Dolls and Toys. You will find lots of other fun boards too! Be sure to follow me while you are there.
I love projects that finish up quickly. They give me the immediate gratification of completion and allow me to move on to a new project. This is why I personally prefer crocheting to knitting. For me a crochet project works up quickly and while I enjoy knitting, it takes me longer to complete. This is also why I like sewing projects. I'm not one to sit down and whip up an entire quilt but I do like stitching up quick little things that could be sold or used as gifts. Small sewing projects can be a great way to use up that stash of extra material we all have hanging around.
Here are some links I found with ideas on how you can use up your stash and whip up some cute things in little or no time:
Thanks to the fact that we are getting older and a health scare that the hubby had, we seem to be accumulating a large amount of pill bottles at our house. Not one to just throw useful things away, I turned to Pinterest for ideas on what to do with them. Here are a few of the best:
13 Surprising Ways You Can Reuse Empty Pill Bottles
This post from LifeBuzz has some great ideas for everyday uses. I especially like the Key Holder and the nail polish remover ideas.
Easy Pay It Forward Pill Bottle Pocket Provisions for the Homeless
Love this idea from Stuck At Home Mom. This is a great pay it forward item that could be made and donated to a homeless shelter. The article includes a list of ideas for what can be included.
For most crafters I know, every month is craft month. I rarely have a day go by that I am not crafting something. I generally have numerous projects going on at any given time and like most crafters, I have a variety of interests too. Right now I have projects going on involving Crochet, Knitting Looms and Coloring but I also like to Sew and Scrapbook. I have a Modge Podge project planned involving my coloring but that has yet to happen.
It doesn’t matter what craft you enjoy, just do it! Or better yet, try something new. Retailers use this month to promote crafting, so those craft supplies you might need are probably on sale. Don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money on crafting though because there are plenty of things you can create that involve things that you probably have at home right now. Make some time in your busy schedule to learn how to knit, crochet or to design something beautiful. Even if you don’t think you are crafty, you will probably surprise yourself.
A wonderful way to get into crafting is to involve a child. Kids love to craft and learn new things. What a fun way to explore crafting by involving your kids. Not sure what to do. This article from About.com gives you lots of ideas and how to’s for crafts. This is a pretty long list of different ways to show off your craftiness and they include how to’s and videos.
A big plus to crafting; Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging. This fact is what keeps me crafting. After a stressful day, it is great to be able to come home and loose myself in crochet or coloring. In my busy 9-5 job, we even color on our lunch hour. It helps to refocus your brain after staring at a computer all morning.
Whatever you choose or how you do it, just enjoy crafting. Use National Craft Month as a starting point and keep going………….
I make scrubbies! These versatile little gems are very popular, especially at craft shows. I have people come back every year looking for these. Sets of 10 in my Etsy shop also sell very quickly. Why are these so popular? Because they work!
SUGGESTED USES ~~~
KITCHEN – Teflon and other pans, Ceramic Cook Tops, Counter Tops, Vegetables.
PERSONAL – These work great on your rough heels or other areas where you might use a luffa.
OTHER USES – Great for detailing cars. We use them on our classic car to clean the chrome, white walls and grill. Clean the scrunge off of your boat as well as your BBQ Grill.
Many times you will see scrubbies that are flat or not as thick. I like to make mine to be thick and sponge like.
It is a great selling item BUT, I just couldn’t keep up! So……now you will occasionally see scrubbies for sale in my Etsy shop and generally you will find me with some scrubbies at a show. To help me keep up with the demand for these popular little items, I decided it was time to write down the pattern for others to use. The actual pattern that I use to make scrubbies is now available in my Etsy Shop with step by step directions that include pictures.
Is this knit or crochet?This is crocheted in rounds increasing for the first side and decreasing for the second side. Ties are all worked to the inside to add some body to the scrubbie.
What kind of material is this?Scrubbies are made from Nylon Net (NOT Tulle). Tulle is a softer material and is generally used as underskirting for prom or wedding dresses or in tu tu’s. Nylon net is a firmer material. I cut the materials in 1-1/2″ strips and my wonderful hubby will sit and tie them together and roll them into balls for me. These tied together strips are used as the “yarn” to make the scrubbies.
Where can you purchase Nylon Net?I generally purchase mine at JoAnn Fabric and Craft but I have also purchased it at Hobby Lobby and WalMart stores that sell fabric. The retail price is generally between $.99 and $1.49 per yard. I tend to watch for sales, specials or coupons to help keep the cost to a minimum.
Hello! I am Linda Holton from Holton Handicrafts. I am partner to my hubby The Lathe Junkie, mother to two grown children, two fur babies, and four grandchildren. I love to craft and write and have a large variety of interests. On my blog I share with you my experiences and fun ideas for You, Your Pet, and Your Home with lots of other fun thrown in.
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