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hi ladies - it's been a while since I've been on here - but since it's Craft Fair Season I thought I would pop in with a few links for things I am prepping for my fairs this Fall. I saw this new thread & thought it would be a great place to pop in. Hope you are all doing well!


Halloween Test Tubes

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Lastly, I did a post today to address the "how many of each item should I make?" question. You can find that post HERE.

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Thanks, Kerry, for showing us all your wonderful items. I spent a lot of time lurking at your blog last fall when I was doing fairs. Your things are amazing!
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I found this very good site today while surfing (when I should be crafting!).
It is a ribbon site with ideas on how to make the hair clippies with cute bug designs made out of ribbon. I will definitely have to try some of these for my next batch of hair clips!

Free! How to make hair bows! -- The Ribbon Retreat -- ribbons, hair bows, how to make korker bows
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Does anyone know where I can buy a CHEAP and LIGHTWEIGHT folding table to use at craft fairs? Walmart has a 5' table for about $38, but thought I'd check here to see if anyone knows where I might get one for less.
Walmart has a 6' for $44 and starting tomorrow ShopKo has their 6' tables on sale for $38! So I'll be off to Shopko Friday to get a 6' table.
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I got my table at Menards and it was around $30-$40 too. Its five feet and it folds in the middle. I wasn't sure about that, but I work on it all the time and its great - I don't even notice the split where it folds. But you have to make sure you 'lock' it (legs and middle) or it will crash down on you and all of your stuff hangs in the air then falls to the ground in a cartoon styled way. Guess how I know that! The fold up ones too have a handle so its easier to carry. I really like mine.
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Thanks, Kerry, for showing us all your wonderful items. I spent a lot of time lurking at your blog last fall when I was doing fairs. Your things are amazing!
thank you! I get so much inspiration from you too - you have so many great things!
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Kerry~ I'm so glad you came back and posted the links to your blog! I thought I had saved your blog address and hadn't! I ♥ looking at your blog
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How do you decorate your tables/booth at shows for the Christmas season?!? Just trying to get ideas for my upcoming shows in December
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How do you decorate your tables/booth at shows for the Christmas season?!? Just trying to get ideas for my upcoming shows in December
Hmmm...Great Question!!! Couple of things that I do:
* Black Sheets for table covers - and cover backs so that I can store my extras under table and they aren't seen...I have actually had people dig through my stash before!
* I use Longaberger baskets to hold all of my items on tables
* Holiday Fabric inside all baskets
* Big bouquet of balloons on corner of table - to attract people to booth - especially kids
* Sometimes I will toss some of that confetti in shapes on the tables - kind of messy but cute
* Bed Risers to raise tables
* Battery operated christmas lights with christmas greenery/garland on front of table in swags
* Lots of different heights on tables to break it all up
* Banner with store name and contact information is KEY!
* TABLE SIGNAGE! Sometimes you have to guide your customers a little bit!

These are just a few....as I start to focus on my tables I'll come up with more and will update my list!

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Great information on the holiday set up..... I like the idea of using risers too to make table a bit higher.... oh, I love all the ideas here!
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Thanks for the help! Thankfully I already do the black sheets over the table and love the way it looks

My dad will be making me a custom banner (hopefully) so I'll have one in time for my next show at the beg. of December. I'll be raising the table this next time as well. Time to start looking through all my Christmas stuff to see what I have to use
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I never thought of black sheets--hummmmight have to give this a try. And the bed risers???? Don't they make the tables wobbly?? I'd like to know if anyone has an idea on how to make my peg boards sit higher. I plan to cut one down for table top but the other just sits on the floor and has alot of wasted space.
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I never thought of black sheets--hummmmight have to give this a try. And the bed risers???? Don't they make the tables wobbly??
The black sheets make everything on your table really pop! I get the full size sheets at Walmart for about 6.00. Walmart also has a lot of bulk fabric pretty cheap as well, that is where I get all of my printed/holiday fabric to put in the baskets.

The bed risers have been one of my best investments yet! No, the tables aren't wobbly at all! I have had a lot of people comment about the tables since I have been using them. Much easier to look at everything when you aren't all bent over.
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Has anyone had a door prize drawing at their table? If so what did you offer?



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I found the paperclips that you used for the bookmarks today at Staples in the clearance section. They were $.50 for 25 of them.

I realized today that I have got to stop shopping and get busy creating or I am not going to be ready for my first craft show in mid-November!

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Beaded pens, Beaded bookmarks, and Ribbon hairclips.
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A friend and I did a booth at our towns local Harvest Fest and we are doing a Breast Cancer Awareness thing this month and in December we do a local Christmas thing that first weekend. I love doing craft fairs and stuff! Its so fun...even if I dont sell a ton, my BFF and I get to sit around and talk all day!

I bought 2 tables from Sam's a while ago but they may still have the style. They werent super cheap but they have been my best investment over the years. They are 4 ft. tables (2 ft wide) that fold in the middle. They store great, have a handle and fold up nicely and lock down well. But one of the best features about them is the 3 different varying heights you can set them up. I like to put 1 on the "regular" height and then 1 taller and that way you have different heights for items.

Also, I bought these from my friend when she needed them out of her garage but she bought them when a local scrapbooking store was going out of business...they are the wire grids with the hook system. We put these between two of our 4 ft tables and then we can "go up" with our displays. It is really nice to be able to hang things like keychains up on the grids. She took the pictures of our booth but I will ask her to email them to me so I can post ideas here.

One thing I did to dress up things was to package my simple items really cute. Here is a picture from my blog of some keychains I made. Just used the Creative Memories punch to punch out thin chipboard (the white kind that comes in SU designer paper) and then punched cute paper again and covered it with that. Right now I am doing the same thing for some scrabble tile magnets I am making but I am putting a thin piece of metal flashing in between the chipboard and paper so that the magnets stick to that. I will try to take a picture of that and post too.

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As far as presentation....that is actually KEY to getting people to your booth! At our festivals I just use turquoise plastic tablecloths that are long so I can store boxes under them but I cover them with my mom's antique white lace tablecloths. It looks bright and fresh. I use white paper lunch sacks or sacks with the handles but I stamp on them with a cute stamp and a Thanks stamp. I hang my info from a tag that I make on craft cardstock. It has my info and blog address on it. I hang it with turquoise ribbon. Jewelry, like my scrabble necklaces, I put in either a little tiny white sack that has been stamped or a white organza drawstring bag. We always put turquoise or black and white printed tissue paper in each bag. People are always commenting on the packing as much as the things they are buying. Its the little touches that make a big difference to people! Yes, those things do cost money to supply but I have had more repeat business because of it. People will tell me that when they got home and opened their stuff, they really loved the packaging it came in and that they can reuse that sack or organza bag again and they appreciated that.

I am working on more things now...jewelry and card sets and such but I will try to post more ideas on here too. Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas! I love seeing things that you all are making!!
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I never thought of black sheets--hummmmight have to give this a try. And the bed risers???? Don't they make the tables wobbly?? I'd like to know if anyone has an idea on how to make my peg boards sit higher. I plan to cut one down for table top but the other just sits on the floor and has alot of wasted space.
You can also make your own bed risers of sort. Get some PVC pipe at a hardware big box store. You cut it and put the pipe on each leg. It hits the bar that come across. I estimated the length by measuring the length of each leg and adding the number of inches I wanted to raise the table. No wobbles.
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A couple of small tree branches either painted white and/or glittered, potted in sand in a Christmas pot, can be decorated to look like lovely little Christmas trees from which to hang some items or just display your samples. Around the base of the tree you can have some items wrapped in cellophane complete with a Christmas tag, as ready to go gift items.

Also, I like to make a miniature Christmas scene of a snowy village. I use craft wadding as the snow, a mirror as an icy pond, little houses, tiny model people and pine trees. If you can incorporate mini battery operated flashing lights or a moving item like a mini train around the perimeter of the village, it really attracts attention. It gives people a reason to stop and look more closely along the table and speak to you rather than just glance along the table as they go past.

Further, if you place a few sturdy boxes of various sizes, under your black table cloth, you can get a few different sized 'shelves' to make your display more interesting and seen better from a distance.

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You can also make your own bed risers of sort. Get some PVC pipe at a hardware big box store. You cut it and put the pipe on each leg. It hits the bar that come across. I estimated the length by measuring the length of each leg and adding the number of inches I wanted to raise the table. No wobbles.
That is a really great and inexpensive idea too! How wide are the PVC pipes that you use? If you have a pix that would be awesome....I'm trying to visualize this and can't seem to get it?

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I am new to the whole craft fair thing. I have my first one in a week and a half. I guess what I'm wondering is how to display my cards since I don't have a rack of any kind. Any creative simple ideas would be great!!!
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I did, last Fall. I offered a perpetual Important Dates calendar I'd stamped. Everyone was very interested in it, so I got a lot of good feedback. Mainly I wanted to know what was the favorite item I was selling (turned out to be the bookmarks and my cards), and what other things they'd like to see in the future. The gal who won the calendar wanted it SO BAD, she kept checking back to see if we'd had our drawing yet. I'm glad she won, and it gave me great feedback.

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I used some simple baskets I bought at the Dollar Tree. Made labels for each basket (Happy Birthday, Thank You, Wedding/Sympathy, etc.) and punched them out with a Mega oval scalloped punch and affixed with ScorTape. Another suggestion....use the boxes you transport your goodies in (use smaller ones), and cover each with a pillowcase that matches or coordinates with your table cover. Viola! Instant product risers, and the pillowcases can be draped attractively. I have a photo on my home computer....I'll try to get that uploaded tonight.

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Three or four small, tissue sized boxes covered nicely in paper and taped to a Lazy Susan makes a quick turning rack for your cards. Place the boxes so the ends meet in the middle and label each box so the cards stand in the appropriate boxes(Christmas cards, Halloween cards, Birthday cards and Miscellaneous cards). A tall, thin vase or a decorated tube in the middle of the Lazy Susan gives you something to attach a label to.

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I am new to the whole craft fair thing. I have my first one in a week and a half. I guess what I'm wondering is how to display my cards since I don't have a rack of any kind. Any creative simple ideas would be great!!!

If you have a wire plant stand, CD stand or shoe rack you could place attractive baskets or boxes in/on them to hold cards and give height to your display. A plant stand which looks like a set of steps or an object like a little, old-fashioned, wooden, flower wheelbarrow could make a great display.

Maybe even a set of steps or a "Christmas tree" made from those cheap colourful cardboard gift boxes, in varying sizes stacked from larger at the base to smaller at the top, could look lovely and be quickly and easily made into a card display rack.

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Thanks for all of the tips Kelly. I was just checking out your blog and SCS gallery - you're work is amazing.

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I bought 2 tables from Sam's a while ago but they may still have the style. They werent super cheap but they have been my best investment over the years. They are 4 ft. tables (2 ft wide) that fold in the middle. They store great, have a handle and fold up nicely and lock down well. But one of the best features about them is the 3 different varying heights you can set them up. I like to put 1 on the "regular" height and then 1 taller and that way you have different heights for items.

Also, I bought these from my friend when she needed them out of her garage but she bought them when a local scrapbooking store was going out of business...they are the wire grids with the hook system. We put these between two of our 4 ft tables and then we can "go up" with our displays. It is really nice to be able to hang things like keychains up on the grids. She took the pictures of our booth but I will ask her to email them to me so I can post ideas here.

One thing I did to dress up things was to package my simple items really cute. Here is a picture from my blog of some keychains I made. Just used the Creative Memories punch to punch out thin chipboard (the white kind that comes in SU designer paper) and then punched cute paper again and covered it with that. Right now I am doing the same thing for some scrabble tile magnets I am making but I am putting a thin piece of metal flashing in between the chipboard and paper so that the magnets stick to that. I will try to take a picture of that and post too.

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As far as presentation....that is actually KEY to getting people to your booth! At our festivals I just use turquoise plastic tablecloths that are long so I can store boxes under them but I cover them with my mom's antique white lace tablecloths. It looks bright and fresh. I use white paper lunch sacks or sacks with the handles but I stamp on them with a cute stamp and a Thanks stamp. I hang my info from a tag that I make on craft cardstock. It has my info and blog address on it. I hang it with turquoise ribbon. Jewelry, like my scrabble necklaces, I put in either a little tiny white sack that has been stamped or a white organza drawstring bag. We always put turquoise or black and white printed tissue paper in each bag. People are always commenting on the packing as much as the things they are buying. Its the little touches that make a big difference to people! Yes, those things do cost money to supply but I have had more repeat business because of it. People will tell me that when they got home and opened their stuff, they really loved the packaging it came in and that they can reuse that sack or organza bag again and they appreciated that.

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Free! How to make hair bows! -- The Ribbon Retreat -- ribbons, hair bows, how to make korker bows
WOW! This is something I'd love to try. Gotta get off here and get to work! ha ha!
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Kelly and Beth, thanks for your awesome info! When I packaged one or two of my items I realized what a difference it makes - from amateur to professional. Your packaging sounds really professional no wonder you get repeat business!
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That is a really great and inexpensive idea too! How wide are the PVC pipes that you use? If you have a pix that would be awesome....I'm trying to visualize this and can't seem to get it?

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I did a search "raising table height" a year or so ago and found this idea. I don't have any pictures but do a search and you will find this and other ideas. Here is one place that has a little video that shows exactly what to do. I know it looks like a jewelry site, that is what we sell at craft shows so I was looking at jewelry sites when I found this video.

Raising Table Legs For Your Next Show | Jewelry Making Instructions

It is so much nicer having a higher table and easier on your back.
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I'm done with my snowman kisses using Tic Tac and really happy with them. I'm thinking of selling them for $2.25 including sales tax (around9%). Is that reasonable?

Second is the altered clipboards. My DH just doesn't like them, he thinks there's slim chance anybody is going to buy them. On the other hand I do like them. They might not be my best creation but they look good to me. The clipboards cost me $2 each, they've been covered in PP/CS front and back and mod-podged, again front and back. Given all the material I used, the ideal price for me would be $6 (including sales tax), but I'm not sure whether people would be willing to pay that much for it. What do you think people would pay?

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Old 10-07-2010, 08:01 PM   #670
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I am new to the whole craft fair thing. I have my first one in a week and a half. I guess what I'm wondering is how to display my cards since I don't have a rack of any kind. Any creative simple ideas would be great!!!
I used baskets too until I bought a rack. Look on craig's list and you can usually find one at a fraction of the cost of a new one. It may take awhile before you find one, but it so improved my sales of cards.
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I did a search "raising table height" a year or so ago and found this idea. I don't have any pictures but do a search and you will find this and other ideas. Here is one place that has a little video that shows exactly what to do. I know it looks like a jewelry site, that is what we sell at craft shows so I was looking at jewelry sites when I found this video.

Raising Table Legs For Your Next Show | Jewelry Making Instructions

It is so much nicer having a higher table and easier on your back.
Thanks so much! Now I "get it"! What a great alternative to the bed risers! I paid 8.00 per set for the bed risers and PVC pipe is dirt cheap. You could probably get the hardware store to cut it for you too....
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Also check out Goodwill and other stores like that for racks and stuff like that. I found my spinning rack at Goodwill for $1.00 and am so glad I found it! I'll be heading over there today to see what else they have since we're revamping my set up for my next shows
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I have been checking on craigslist with no luck. I had not thought about looking at Goodwill. I will have to check that out!

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I'm done with my snowman kisses using Tic Tac and really happy with them. I'm thinking of selling them for $2.25 including sales tax (around9%). Is that reasonable?

Second is the altered clipboards. My DH just doesn't like them, he thinks there's slim chance anybody is going to buy them. On the other hand I do like them. They might not be my best creation but they look good to me. The clipboards cost me $2 each, they've been covered in PP/CS front and back and mod-podged, again front and back. Given all the material I used, the ideal price for me would be $6 (including sales tax), but I'm not sure whether people would be willing to pay that much for it. What do you think people would pay?

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I LOVE your clipboards. Really cute!
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I LOVE your clipboards. Really cute!
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I'm done with my snowman kisses using Tic Tac and really happy with them. I'm thinking of selling them for $2.25 including sales tax (around9%). Is that reasonable?

Second is the altered clipboards. My DH just doesn't like them, he thinks there's slim chance anybody is going to buy them. On the other hand I do like them. They might not be my best creation but they look good to me. The clipboards cost me $2 each, they've been covered in PP/CS front and back and mod-podged, again front and back. Given all the material I used, the ideal price for me would be $6 (including sales tax), but I'm not sure whether people would be willing to pay that much for it. What do you think people would pay?

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Cute projects! I think the price for the mints is about right. I'm doing some as well and they cost about $1 each in the store (got mine at Sams so they were just a bit cheaper than that but not by much).

The clipboards are very cute and $6 is a good price. Its hard to tell what sells, but they are very cute and worth that price (if not more).
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I have been checking on craigslist with no luck. I had not thought about looking at Goodwill. I will have to check that out!

Thanks!

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If you have "freecycle' in your area, post a 'wanted' ad on that. Its like Craigslist, but its free stuff that you offer or ask for. I ended up getting one at a sale where a business had closed. But before that I just used baskets, and sorting them by category.
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Thank you for your kind words Mary! Looks like I'm on the right track!

I'm making purse gift card holders now and loving every moment of it! They're so cute and easy to make!
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Since we're all talking about displays - I've a craft fair on Nov 6th but my items are mostlt related to christmas gifting so I'm thinking that I should decorate it in christmas-style so that they get that holiday feeling. However I wasn't sure if it would look odd that I've a christmas-y booth in fall. Any opinions?
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Also check out Goodwill and other stores like that for racks and stuff like that. I found my spinning rack at Goodwill for $1.00 and am so glad I found it! I'll be heading over there today to see what else they have since we're revamping my set up for my next shows
I checked my Goodwill for a card rack and when I asked if they have ever had one, they looked at me like i had 2 heads. lol I guess it isn't real common here. But I will keep checking back.
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