Friday, June 12, 2009

Making my craft show list and checking it twice!


Tomorrow is the Providence Arts Festival and today I'm running around finalizing last minute details (i.e., pricing, packaging, and signage) and loading the car. As I'm prone to procrastination, I'm feeling a bit stressed about the amount of stuff that I still need to do.

As I'm checking off my list, I remembered that I had posted a list of supplies needed for these shows. So, for my benefit and yours, I've re-posted it. Please add to it in the comments.

original post May 23, 2008

Supplies:
Scissors
Pens
Hole punch
Labels (both your hang tags and stickers for prices)
Stapler
Clip board (I like the plastic ones that open up binder/container style allowing me to store notes, special receipts, etc.)
Calculator
Tape

Hooks, binder clips, zip pulls (anything that might help you in securing items)
Packaging – bags, tissue paper, gift boxes, etc.Ribbon, string, or rope (I use ribbon for my hang tags)
Wipes
Receipt pad (any office supply section or store carries these – I like the smaller ones in duplicate. Before or during a slow time at the show, I’ll add small address labels with my name and address on the customer receipt.)

Set-up:
Tent
Sand bags (weights for tent…those things can fly!)
Tables
Stool/chair
Table clothes
Mannequins
Easels
Grids or other display items
Side walls
Credit card materials (knuckle buster, forms, name plate, etc.)

Marketing materials:
Signage
Business cards
Brochures
Line sheets/buyers guides
postcards

Misc:
Book
Busy work for slow times (if you can craft on the go – knitting, crocheting, etc)
Cash (I always forget ‘til the morning of when the banks arena’t open. I suggest getting small bills the night before.)
Resale permit
Show application and materials
Water
Food/snacks
Cooler
Music (although when I bring my ipod I’m usually placed right by the band)


ADDITION TO LIST (5/25/08):
Camera
Journal - for your guests to leave their names/address
money box or "fanny pack" - I made a vendor apron with a zipper, but you want something to hold your money.
trash bags (grocery bags)

Am I missing something?! Please stop by and see us, Arts in RI team, at the show!

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