Recently, we connected with a very talented stationary artist, Sarah Early of Dodeline and asked for her insights on how to run a successful booth at art and craft shows.
Sarah shared these 7 amazing tips with us and we wanted to pass them along to you:
- TIP #1: Specify your booth if you’re given an option. Get power if possible, and bring lighting because it’s often not light enough for your particular items.
- TIP #2: Don’t cram your booth so full that you’re angering people next to you - you want to stay on good terms with fellow vendors as much as possible.
- TIP #3: Sign up for Square. It’s an app for Iphones and Droids that allows you to take credit cards. You’ll need internet access, either wifi at the event or 3G or a Mifi, but you’ll get more sales having the ability to take cards. And definitely make a sign that says you take them, a lot of people will assume you don’t!
- TIP #4: Bring snacks. Nuff said.
- TIP #5: Plan on standing the whole time. It is really important to be actively involved in your booth – don’t just sit behind it. Talk people up, but don’t be too obvious about the sales part. Be funny, be personal, be yourself.
- TIP #6: Don’t hesitate to change your plan. For example, I ran out of my gift sets in the first hour of a show last week, so I started letting people "make their own" for a special price, and had a lot of success with that.
- TIP #7: Height is really important in a booth so people can see you from across the show.
In this week alone, Sarah is doing 5 shows! She’s definitely a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this topic. To read more about her craft show vending experiences, you should check out one (or all) of her following blogs:
- Lowcountry Artist Market Was A Blast
- Free Cupcakes, Good Friends, Awesome Products…Lovely
- Dock Side Booth: Hmm, What’s in the Trunk?
Thanks so much Sarah, we hope you’re recovering well from your busy week!