In this post, I am going to show you past show booth pictures, compared to our booth today. As you will see, we have come a long way. A lot of hard work to get your booth to look the way you want. This is what our booth looks like today. My hubby built it, out of pressure treated lumber, so it is really heavy.
I bought a cupboard to hold my room sprays and a shelf that comes apart. I use lots of wood crates, rusty buckets and basket sto hold anything on the floor. I now decorate the top of the booth with greenery. Last year I had an old braided rug I threw down. But be sure you tape it down, or you may have an injured customer.
At the Christmas shows, I always have a basket with peppermint candy for anyone to pick up. Always have business cards to give out.
A big turnoff for me, is to go into a booth, and immediately have the crafter start trying to sell their work to you or not have it priced. I like to look without having someone behind me talking to me the whole time, trying to get me to buy. I usually just walk out without buying when that happens. I am kind of a shy person, I usually just greet my customer and tell them, just ask if you need any help. This works for me, your work will sell itself.
I can't help but laugh, while going through some old photos. I found some of my older shows, now we are talking 20 years ago at least. I am posting some of the old photos, they are not the best photos, didn't have a decent camera back then.
This one was at an old shopping mall. I had just the one folded display and a small card table. Rule number one, never use sheets on a table, use old quilts or good table coverings. I noticed in some of my old pictures, the sheets were blowing could see boxes and sawhorse legs. Not professional at all.
as you can see in this one, overlapping sheets, boxes and table legs showing. I remember the doing the crochet cotton ornaments that you starch and stiffen. They on the black display board. What you can't see on the table are crocheted and wood items. This booth says Bazaar.
This was one of first big shows at the Morocco Temple shrine auditorium. This used to be a really good show. The first year we were in it, we caused a traffic jam and they had to move us to the side room the next year, which worked out great, we had more room, but as you can see here, we did mostly ornaments no extras in our booth for display.
The one and only mall show we ever did. I will never willingly do a mall show again. They don't come to the mall to buy crafts. 4 long miserable days. I had a friend with me, who everytime I would sell something, she would take her elbow and elbow me. A little noticable, she got a little excited about selling, but kind of embarassing, especially when the customer notices.
My booth at the Christmas made in the South Show in Jacksonville, back then we had a single booth. Looking at the picture, we sure didn't have much inventory. But we also had a crowded booth, and people saying we needed to get a double booth. Now I don't like to have anything but a double booth.
This year I am going to change my booth, my current one is just too heavy for my hubby to handle by himself anymore. My daughter doesn't get to go with me to all my shows now. So it just me and him. So I have to come up a new prim look, that is a lot easier to handle. I will share the new booth with you when I get it finished.