It has been less than a year since I have started this whole craft show endeavour and I am AMAZED and how much things have evolved. As I continue to improve my craft show set up, I think back to previous displays and how much things have changed.
Here is a photo montage of the evolution of my craft show set up over the past year. Something tells me that things will continue to change as I continue to search for the formula for the Magic Set-up.
One of my first set-ups was at the Peterborough Folk Festival. Just 1 table. Things just plunked on the table. Total newbie!
The set-up I used at the Artisan Show at George St United Church for Christmas was pretty consistent with the few other set-ups I used for Christmas 2012. I was starting trying to use more height.
The set-up for both the Shopping from the Heart and Glamour in the Glebe are the beginning of using some my new display items (like the moss-lined trays, and the necklace cards) and starting to go vertical.
The Glamour in the Glebe set-up was identical to the Shopping from the Heart, but a reflection to it – wow, that was tough to set up!!
The Buckhorn Spring Craft Show was the first time that I was setting up such a large space. I was thrilled to discover that I could put nails in the walls and hang things.
The Art Market in Peterborough was a good practice in how to hang things on the “walls” of the tent. It was a windy day and I learned rather fast that fishing line was NOT going to be enough to secure the items that I wanted hanging (even if I tethered them with MORE fishing line!).
At Artfest Kingston, I tried out a new a system of hanging things on a cross-bar. It wasn’t ideal, but it was a good start. Also, I started to realize that I didn’t want 2 tables. They make it hard to actually use the vertical space. (I also forgot to bring the framed photographs of my jewellery which was so disappointing!)
I spent a lot of time between Artfest and Mariposa, trying to figure out a new and improved set up. Adding a vertical post to support the horizontal cross bar made a BIG difference. As well, I picked up an antique hay rake to hang some reLuma necklaces on (and put it just outside of my tent to draw people in). I also really love that new white shelf at the front of the tent and am thinking of adding another.
I feel that I am closer to being happy with my booth set up, but I might have to make a few more changes!!