Craft Show Supplies
Put it together ahead of time and keep it in a brightly colored box
so you don't forget it.
Tape & Glue
Duct tape can help hold up displays, signage and even repair a damaged
canopy. It's inexpensive and small enough to bring without a hassle.
Keep a few rolls on hand for all those little repair needs that may
arise. Industrial carpet tape is good for heavy-duty double sided tape
needs. Don’t forget some small pieces of Velcro. And bring some
all-purpose glue like goop to finish out the repair kit.
Screwdrivers, a hammer, scissors, pliers and even a cordless drill can
be very handy in unexpected situations. If you make jewelry, take wire
cutters, pliers, a small box of findings so you’ll be ready to
shorten a necklace or fix a pair of earrings that got squashed in the
shipping. Keep all your tools a brightly colored toolbox so you can
find it easily.
Signage is important, so make sure you take extra card stock, markers
and u-pins or tacks to replace signs that get damaged. You may want
to raise your prices if some items sell too quick or you can see other
crafters’ price points are radically different for similar products.
Also remember a waterproof pen and small price stickers (there’s
always some piece that didn’t get priced in advance) Don't forget
extra light bulbs, an extension cord Batteries and a few clamps as well. Some
extra cloths to cover your tables when closing for the evening (sheets
are fine) and a few small pieces of fabric in case your table coverings
First Aid Kit
Not only bandages and antiseptics, but things like aspirin and antacids
seem like little things until you need them. Believe me, it's no fun
walking booth to booth at a crowded show asking other exhibitors if
you can buy an aspirin from them when you have a splitting headache!
List of Important Numbers
Your vehicle license number, the phone number to the show officials,
the number to the hotel where you will be staying and the number to
your auto insurance carrier are all important numbers to keep in a handy
You can use a cash box available at any office products store. Or use
a fanny pack if you are doing a show where your booth or table is not
that protected. A receipt book so you can track your sales. Start with
at least 1 roll each of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, plus
at least 25 singles & 5 five's for $50 or a larger show, 25 singles,
7 five's and 4 ten's for a $100 start cash.
These items can be put together the day before your show and
keep in a separate place. Something to snack on. Craft show
food can get expensive and it is not always possible to get
a meal break. Trail mix, dried fruit, cereal... something
that doesn't require utensils. A thermos of hot or cold beverages
(coffee, tea, juice) -- my favorite thing is to freeze a liter
bottle of club soda the night before and by mid day it is
mostly thawed. You have a cool, refreshing bubbly drink just
when you need it the most. paper towels and tissues are also
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