My very first Art Booth

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This weekend I am attending the Druid City Arts Festival. I am participating as an art vendor. This will be my very first time to display and sell my crafts at an art show. I have always wanted too, but the vendor table prices were always too high, but for students it is free! What a perfect opportunity to test out my very first craft table. I have been looking for ideas for a while now to figure out how I want to display everything. Here are a few images and tips I would like to share with you.

I will be bringing two mannequins to my craft both display, so this picture really helped. I also loved that she thought to put boxes and frames even below the table. Good way to use up some extra space, I'm just not sure that everyone would be that height. I love the idea for a vintage lase table cloth. I might go to the thrift store today to try and find some lace curtains to use as a table cloth.
Image found from twitter.

This vintage trunk earring display is marvelous. Yet again another wonderful find! It looks too easy. There are DIY directions here. This article was taken from Richmond Craft Media Blog.

Here is a very clean look. I have plenty of baskets I could bring, if only i have paper crafts to sell. Darn. I also love the tree sitting on the left side of the table to hang bracelets or necklaces. Images found from Indie Craft Shows.

This is one of my all time favorite ideas. I once visited a craft fair in Asheville, and there was a women (I forget her name and shop name) who made bracelets out of recycled clothes and buttons. She had all of her jewelry displayed in old vintage suit cases. Perfect for storage and display. This is one of the most creative ideas. I have plenty of old suitcases, so I am very excited to try this out. These image were taken from Poetic Home blog.

This craft booth is so inviting. Red Marionette created the Red Marionette Logo out of "train" blocks and big red letter blocks, painted red then sanded for the "Old Toybox" look. This is such a great idea! I really love her work as well.

I love how she has added height to a simple table with window frames or metal racks. Beautiful and simple. This image was taken from Giant Dwarf blog. You can find her Etsy shop here.

Here are some great tips I found on how to set up an effective craft booth. I hope all of my research will pay off.
Ideas taken from Meylah blog.

Theme: Having a theme to your booth reinforces your brand. For example, if you sell linens, you could use vintage wire laundry baskets from a thrift store to display some of your items, or an old-fashioned washboard as a display holder for your business cards. It’s great to have functional props, so try and choose ones that can be used as levels or stands – you’ll be killing two birds with one stone!

Color: When planning your displays, choose colors that make your products pop. You don't want to your items to be washed out by a color that's too bold, or overwhelmed by busy patterns. Also, keep your theme and brand in mind when choosing colors. Think about the mood you want to create when people visit your booth. Think about the moods created by different colors.

Levels: Include interesting levels and depth in your displays to draw people into your booth. From far away, your booth will look empty and uninviting if your products are all lying horizontally (and facing the ceiling) on the table. Set them up to face the customer! If your booth turns people's heads from a distance, their feet are sure to follow.

Signage: Make sure you have a clear sign showing your store name. Make it interesting and unique – anything to make people remember your name. Another important tip: Just like when they're shopping at a retail store, people want to know prices. It can be a turn-off for them to have to ask you how much everything costs (what if you're busy with another customer?), so label each item clearly.

Keep it Subtle: Your displays should never outshine your product; they are there to make your product stand out. Even if you come up with the most beautiful, elaborate display in the world – it’s of no use if people spend all their time admiring your display, and don’t even notice your products.

Another good resource is flickr. Here are some examples of craft show displays.


  1. Whatever you decide upon, I know it will be impressive. Good luck!

  2. love these ideas! I'm trying to think of cute ideas for my booth at the red cross festival. This is very helpful! thanks!


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