Last year in 2018 I did two smaller craft shows to get myself back into the maker habit. Funds were tight so my inventory was small and my booth decor was done on a shoestring budget. But it made me smile to see everything put together like this:
For that look last year, I purchased 8 drawers from Restore for $1 each and painted them white with new hardware on some. These became bins to hold product and also shelves to add height and more display space.
I also purchased two folding tables which was probably the most expensive expenditure of all, but well worth it. Luck was with me out thrifting one day when I found a pink linen duvet cover for $2 – which became a lovely ruffled table skirt for both tables and then topped with other fabrics from my stash. The pic below is bad lighting but shows the table setup.
THIS YEAR I’m upgrading my booth with a LOT more inventory and better displays. I’ve purchased two of these folding shelves from Origami to compliment the tables and add some hanging space for smaller items …
On the advice of other crafters, I went ahead and bought the folding high chair from Amazon. Last year I wheeled a high office chair into the fairs with me – such a hassle. Now I’ll have a lightweight chair that I plan to slipcover so it coordinates with the whimsical nature of my booth.
I’m still looking for a way to partition my booth space with “walls” or fabric to lessen the visual clutter and give the booth a boutique feeling. Any ideas would be appreciated. I’ve seen lattice, old shutters, photo backdrops, and even canopy frames without the canopy used for booth “walls” but whatever I select must be super sturdy. I’m not going to invest in trade show walls but this booth by Omega Yarns that I saw at Creativation 2019 in Pheonix has a great look, doesn’t it? Having something white as a backdrop makes those items POP off the shelves.
The Sizzix booth at Creativation 2019 was one of my favorites. They had a shelf of softies and felt items made with their dies that also inspires me…
I’m off to Pinterest again to search for inspiring booth setups. Designing a sweet display is one of my favorite parts of doing shows. And of couse, making all the silly little dolls is fun too.