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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More on Craft Show Etiquette

Many things go into a profitable craft show experience and not all of them are dependent on the show promoter or customers. The atmosphere created by establishing a friendly working relationship with your fellow exhibitors, and by maintaining a positive outlook, go a long way toward creating an inviting and happy booth where your customer enjoys staying long enough to buy!  Here are some tips for proper etiquette at a craft show.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Craft Show Planning and Packing Checklist!

So, you're getting ready to attend a craft show and you're thinking about what you have to pack. It can be a daunting task and the last thing you want to do is get to the show and remember some key element to your booth set up that you have forgotten.  It might seem obvious, but a check list can really save you a lot of trouble and heartache.  

This following list should not be considered exhaustive and many things are optional.  It should, however, give you a good starting point to create a checklist of your own.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Craft Show Do's and Don'ts

DO NOT - Crowd your customers. Be sure to allow customers to browse unencumbered, but make it known you are ready to answer any questions or assist them in any way. Be pleasant, not pushy.

DO - Take the time to see what else is at the show.  That way when a customer asks you "do you know if anyone here is selling widgets" you will be able to tell them that you saw where someone in the next aisle over was selling widgets. Be helpful to your customers, even if that means you are sending them to another booth.  You never know when a customer in the widget booth is looking for your wares - and someone just told them where to find you!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Your First Craft Show? Don't Panic!

Sew Pink & Blue - by Emily Thomas. A great booth display!
There is a wealth of helpful information available to get you looking like a craft show pro in no time!

If you're about to attend your first craft show as an exhibitor, understandably you might be feeling excitement mixed with some nervousness. You will certainly enjoy your first craft show more if you are well prepared. Here is some valuable information that will help you have a great first show.

Tips and Hints

Creating a mock up of your booth at home is a great way to test your booth display and plan ahead. When attending your first show, it is VITAL that you do a test run before the show to be certain everything you envision will work as you intended. Be prepared for it not to work the way you planned it in your mind - it probably won't.  That is why you should test it out!  Even if it does fit the way you thought it would, you may figure out a better way to do things just by experiencing the set up.  There is always room for improvement.  You will also get an idea of how long it will take you to set up your booth, and it gives you the opportunity to resolve any issues or make changes.  The first time you set up your display should NOT be at the show. 


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