Craft Shows Made Easier
There are several things to remember for craft shows, so many preparations that the stress is overwhelming. I have problems with anxiety especially with craft shows and the best way for me to manage is to make lists. It helps me focus on each task and each item needed. So for your convenience I have made a few lists for you that are specific to this business but could also be used for other crafters as ideas.
To track your inventory and profit a price list with a space to keep tally of items sold is super helpful, especially if you have more than one person manning a booth. You can each keep track of what you sold then compare and see what sells best. Plus, if you like competing this is great too.
This is also great for tax time so you can show how much you made.
Download PDF here: Inventory for Craft show
Checklist For Craft Shows
I bring several things to my shows to make my booth professional and my time there less stressful. A few things I bring are:
- Printed Directions – GPS is fallible
- Table cloths – Black is good because it contrasts the colors well. If you have a product that blends in with black you can use a handkerchief or doily under it to create contrast.
- Canopy – Especially in the hot sun this is essential, most craft spaces are 10×10 so this works great
- Weights – to help hold the canopy down in wind
- Banner – Lets them know who you are and that you are professional for a small amount of money. Splurge and get the gussets, it makes it way easier to attach to a canopy
- Rope to hang banner or reinforce canopy.
- Signage – People like when prices are visible. I use a chalkboard sign so I can change it for what I have available.
- Bags – I like paper ones plus it is easy to just stamp on my logo.
- Products – Duh!
- Calculator – or phone
- Notepad – for writing ideas for next time, browsing other booths always gives me ideas
- Sanitizer – Cause when people sneeze you don’t want them then touching your stuff
- Water – you will get thirsty
- Snacks – you will get hungry
- Money – cash and coin change
- Counterfeit Pen – to check big bills
- Phone and charger – In case there is no electricity you can invest in a charger bank
- Lock box or apron to keep money in
- Tape – Duct tape, scotch tape, and double stick
- Safety pins – wind is a serious problem and a strategically placed pin can save a lot of time
- Lint roller
- Large Ziploc bags – way protect bath bombs/soap if raining while still making product visible.
- Clothes pins
- Credit card reader and receipt book – I use square because it is free to sign up and they charge a low fee per transaction with no monthly fees.
- Display items – shelves, crates, etc.
- Business Cards and Soap dish to hold business cards
- Newsletter sign-up sheet and clipboard – preview below
- Custom order forms – example below
- Look book – with colors and scents offered as well as past projects
- Sunscreen, bug repellant
- Sharpies, pens
- Inventory sheet – to track sales
- Trash bags
- Mints – you will be talking to people and repulsive breath is a no-no
- (Optional) free item to attract attention like candy or samples with business card.
You can print my checklist here:
Download PDF Here: Craft Show List
I also use a newsletter sign up. Which if you don’t, you should. I use Mail Chimp and I can schedule emails of new products and services offered or sales I am running. By letting customers sign up at my booth it not only gets them in on my marketing, but if you make it professional it adds to your respectability. Here is an example of mine.
Download PDF Here: Newsletter Sign Up
I do a lot of custom orders so I created a binder with pictures of colors available, scents available, pricing with all the price breaks and an order form. I bring it to all my shows and keep it in my car for when I am talking to someone and the topic comes up.
Download PDF Here: Custom Order Form
It’s all about preparation.