Craft Fair Set Up Ideas | Craft Show Crunch
Coming up with great craft fair set up ideas is not easy, but i’m pretty pleased with my progress and wanted to share it with you today. Maybe some of my ideas will help you with your next show!
Craft Show Crunch
This has been a truly wonderful weekend, preceded by a pretty fantastic week. Coach and the girls have been on fall break, so I took a couple days off work to spend some time with them last week. It’s times like these that I can’t ever get back, and I am so thankful I was able to be off and make memories with them!
I have signed myself up for a pretty huge craft show in The Big City on November 2, so a lot of that time off was spent working, just not on hair. I don’t know what I would do without Coach! I have what Coach diagnosed as tendonitis in my right hand and wrist, and it’s been hanging around about three weeks now. This makes my life difficult since everything I do is with my hands. Coach has cut out more fabric in the past seven days than I ever thought possible! Cutting hair hurts it a little, but it can’t be helped. Cutting fabric with fabric scissors REALLY hurts, so he has pretty much taken over that little chore for me. My collection of flax seed heat wraps is growing fast, but I still have so much work to do!
By the way, have you ever used a flax-seed heat therapy neck wrap? I’m addicted to mine. I’m getting dangerously close to forty, and I seem to have already developed some of the aches and pains that I have been told will visit me at forty (case in point, tendonitis). I can pop this guy in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half, and it will hold heat for about an hour. Each little section is filled with flax seeds, which can be heated repeatedly and still don’t stink (unlike rice, beans, etc,).
The weight feels almost as good as the heat, and I can freeze it as well for cold therapy. Beats the heck out of a bag of frozen peas! I call mine “Flaxie Hugs”, and I hope to sell out at the show! I have several shapes and sizes of flax seed heat wraps, but my favorite is probably the cold eye mask.
I keep mine in the freezer, take it out in the mornings, wear it for about five to ten minutes, and good-bye under eye bags! I do have some listed in my Etsy shop, in case you feel now that you need one really, really bad.
I’m also taking my infinity scarf display (which I’m about to show you) and my magnet collection display (also coming) to the craft show, but that’s it. Even though I make a gazillion different things, I am more concerned about volume and less about variety. I don’t want to run out of anything hours before the show is over! I also think it’s best when planning craft fair set up ideas to try and have the space look as cohesive as possible, and not have too many different things going on. I’m proud to have settled on three! Lol!
craft fair set up ideas
We went to visit Coach’s parents one day during the break (they are Grandaddy and Grandma), hoping to get help carrying out my craft fair set up ideas. My super-awesome-amazing father-in-law, along with Coach, hooked me up with a very cool infinity scarf display this week! I wanted to show it off from start to finish, but before I got a chance to take any pictures, it was all done. I had been stressing about how to display the scarves, because I want people to easily be able to touch and feel them, pick them up, or even try them on. Grandaddy found enough stuff in his shop to pull this together, and it’s even cooler than I would have ever hoped for!
I was surprised he let me have this great piece of walnut at all, but I just love how rustic it looks, even after Coach gave it a coat of polyurethane! With all the touches we added, this will make the perfect infinity scarf display.
Grandaddy and Coach drilled the hole in the walnut to mount the pole into, and drilled holes in the pole for pegs to sit in. The metal pole was white, but Coach painted it for me when we got home. (You could easily use a section of PVC pipe for this, and spray paint it with that awesome Krylon paint that works on plastic.) Coach then mounted the pole in the wood with epoxy putty, to make sure it would stay in place. He drilled holes in the pipe, and we poked some metal bracket hooks in there to hand my scarves on. Now that it’s all put together, I can’t wait to take it to show! Doesn’t it look like a scarf tree?
I’m thinking this will work for my magnet collection display. It’s just an old metal cookie sheet I already had (it needed to be retired) that I covered with brown paper and spray glue. I attached some cute ribbon and a bow, and have it propped up on a plate easel. I think it turned out so cute!
I made lots of those magnets with cute scrapbook paper, as I’m sure you crafters have seen on Pinterest. Those little guys are pretty popular items! The others were a little bit more fun. Pooh and Tigger flipped through magazines with me and we created some really cute magnets that I think people will love! Those girls love to help me, and this was a great project to enlist their help on. We picked out the most creative hair color shots, great food shots, and anything that struck our fancy to use as images in these, and I love them all! I don’t want to sell some things, which lets me know it’s marketable. If you make things you like and would want to own yourself, then you will have a better chance of selling to the public, in my opinion. I think my adorable magnet collection display will definitely help me sell. Although, I do have eclectic taste sometimes, and may not sell a single one. Let’s all say a little prayer that the show goes well, shall we?
a little play time!
Before you start thinking that I did nothing but work over fall break, think again! We carved out some time to go to our local Pumpkin Patch, where the girls played with Madre and we stocked up on pumpkins. We have to go every year; it’s a tradition!
Don’t these look great?
Now that the busy, exciting and fun fall break is over, we all must settle in to the reality that our life is about to go like this… BAM! Halloween. BAM! Thanksgiving. BAM! Christmas. You know I’m right. All we can do is sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride…and, more than likely, gain some weight. I have so much to do in seemingly so little time, but we sure can’t slow it down or turn it back. I’ll just take it a day at a time and hope to get a little something accomplished each day. Following through with my craft fair display ideas has really helped me feel like I’m getting caught up.
Today, we are going fabric shopping! Now that I’ve implemented my craft show set up ideas, I can get down to the business of making more new items. I know a great little place where I can get cute, quality, trendy fabric for a steal, so Madre, Pooh, Tigger and I are headed that way.
I hope my craft fair set up ideas come in handy for you at your next show. I’ve even given you some different Christmas gift ideas, no? I’ll see you on Wednesday….a Spring bride will be featured! I had a wedding on Saturday that I can’t wait to share, because it was one of the most fun work days I’ve had in a long time! It’ll be up next week, and then I will explain how this little contest is going to work. Be sure to keep reading!