Friday, March 22, 2013

craft fair-ology: creating versatile space

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If you're just joining me, this is "Craft Fair-ology," my regular feature on helpful tips and hints for selling handmade goods at craft fairs.

But wait, you don't have to be a craft vendor to learn something useful! I will be mentioning how to apply these tips and techinques for display and storage to other aspects of your life as well... truly win-win! 


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One of the best favors you can do yourself as a craft vendor is to create display spaces that can do double or triple duty. The blue suitcase above is one of my favorite examples. The clothespins on the back can hold whatever I need them to - necklaces, earrings, signs, etc. I have divided up the bottom with tins and canisters because they have lids that can be taken off and the items inside can be displayed as is. The other great thing about suitcases that they are easy transportation to and from the show!

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Also, back in the left corner you can see my big black corkboard, which I used with cup hooks from the hardware store to create more versatile space. I use it to hang necklaces, earrings, etc. 

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Think about what it is that you sell and what you might like to sell in the future and how those items can best be displayed. Having a good amount of space that can change with your changing inventory will help you be most ready for whatever shows and quick turn arounds might come your way.

Read the rest of my Craft Fair-ology posts for even more ways to use your space and optimize your craft fair performance!

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