Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Craft Fair Display Ideas

Make these next six weeks count! Holiday Craft Fairs and Shows are in full swing! Shoppers are back in spending mode, too! 

To learn more and for some daily inspirations, check out my Pins

Now, all you have to do is provide your customers with high quality products and a creative display. 

Using natural, vintage, rustic, and up cycled themes will definitely be popular this season. 

Use these baskets to showcase scarves, pillows, quilts, stuffed creatures, and much more! This style of display helps get your products closer to eye-level, and is very easily approached. 

Rather than hanging shorts on rings, hang scarves, tshirts, onesies, purses, or even necklaces! These simple curtain rings add a lot of visual interest to a display, and also help keep items at eye-level. 

As always, rustic, wooden crates and boxes are very pretty and durable. Don't overload them, but use them to showcase extra special items and separate items by size or color. 
Adding levels to your table is always a good idea, and often times, you can transport merchandise or supplies inside of a wooden box. 

What are some of your favorite ways to add interest to your craft fair booth or display? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Clothes Racks and Clothes Displays

Looking for ideas on how to display clothing? These beautiful images may help to inspire you! A clothing rack is a very recognizable item for shoppers. Sometimes, people literally flock to them.
I have also noticed that a lot of the clothes racks below, they use a beautiful theme or color scheme. It's visually just so lovely. 

This one, below, has been crafted like a tree...
Find out more about these beautiful clothes racks HERE, in a beautiful board by Aileen Allen.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago!!! Apps Open May 10 - June 7

Chicago applications for the ever amazing Renegade Craft Fair are open May 10! I always believe it's best to get your applications in as close to the first day as possible. The Chicago location is said to be the best Renegade of them all! 

The Renegade Brick and Mortar shop is actually located in Chicago at 

Here is a little more info about Vending at Renegade! It also looks like they are accepting Vintage Vendor Applications too. If you have a cool stash of vintage items, especially clothing, purses, SHOES, jewelry, and other fun items, you might as well give it a try!

//  APPLICATIONS {on May 10}   \\

All images were created by the Regenade Craft Fair - All were found on their website HERE. Their new website and graphics are just wonderful.

Find Renegade on Pinterest HERE.

Have you ever vended at or attended any Renegade Craft Fair? Do share :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Free Printable // Craft Fair Inventory Sheet

Craft Fair Season is upon us! Our local Carbondale, IL Farmer's Market will have it's second event of the season tomorrow.

In honor of this lovely weather and new creations, I created this document below. If you click on it, you should be able to view it in 8.5" x 11" and just print as many as you need!

How To Use: After printing the page(s), punch holes and insert into a 3-ring binder. The prettier the binder, the better, since your customers will also see this binder at times. You may also want to keep some looseleaf notebook paper or similar in the binder to record custom orders and customer/vendor info. Keep lots of business cards at hand too.

As you sell various items, write a quick description and price on the page provided below. This makes the sale process WAY easier and more organized! 

Happy Crafting...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Craft Fair Season Is Here! Meet Carosello

Today, I wanted to feature a very talented accessories designer
 // Carosello \\
She is very talented and displays her work like a pro! 
I hope to be doing an interview with her this week. She is very talented!
Here is her BLOG + PINTEREST

Feel free to check out more craft fair inspirations on Pinterest! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March is National Craft Month!

Use this month to begin production for all of your upcoming fairs! The weather is finally getting better, and that can also inspire you to create new, beautiful things.

Here are a few tutorials to help get you inspired! Today I focused my crafts on girl-appropriate projects. I see tons of younger girls as well as teen girls shopping at shows these days! I'm so glad to see younger ladies understanding the importance of handmade items! Click the images to go to the pins and to learn more about the crafts below.

Making fabric-covered buttons into a hair accessory! Genius :)

Tea Party - Tea Bags from scrap fabrics and twine.

Ruffled Flower Headband Tutorial

Check out my Pin Board for more projects and how-to inspirations here: 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Customize Your Booth! Merchandising Your Products at Craft Fairs

Check out lots more craft fair and store displays on my Pinterest Board HERE

Leah Duncan packaged her lovely tea towels with her name! This is adorable and a very memorable way of packaging soft goods. You could use your own signature, or a handwriting font to create a similar effect. 

DIY Customize Your Hangers! This is an awesome idea! Wooden hangers look MUCH nicer than those plastic ones. They are uniform, and space your clothing and hanging products out very nicely. 

Giant Dwarf has created custom packaging for an assortment of items. The black and white photo of the girl's hair is awesome, and will match any color product. The coffee cups are super cute ways to show how those cozies are used.

I would imagine that this booth at Craft 2.0 has their name on each and every product. 

A sign at eye-level engages shoppers from a distance. These magnets are packaged so perfectly too! Displayed inside of an old suitcase that's retro-fitted with peg board...genius!

And here is an example of some modern earring packaging. I know it's easy to just attach them to a business card but hang tags / cardstock backing is a great alternative. 

That's all for now :) How do you merchandise your products and package them for a more cohesive look in your booth or shop?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Parsimonia Presents Spring Fling in The City (St. Louis Area) - May 11, 2013

This looks like an amazing show in the St. Louis area! 
Parsimonia Spring Fling 
May 11, 2013 (10am-4pm). 
They have already had a lot of people apply, so apply sooner than later! 


Spring Fling in the City is all about love: love of vintage, love of handmade and love of local. It's an event inspired by times past, where old is new again and everything has potential. And what better place to showcase such a spirit than the beautifully restored Crown Square?

All the fun will happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 on North 14th Street between St. Louis Avenue and Montgomery Street and will feature 40-50 vendors selling vintage clothing, accessories and home decor, and/or vintage-inspired handmade items.

We'll also have some hands-on activities led by local crafty business owners; live music featuring local artists; and, for the children of the '80s, a video game lounge featuring those Mario Bros. we all know so well.

Food trucks will also be on hand to serve the masses with local fare, as well as local eateries Crown Candy and La Mancha Coffehouse. You'll also have the chance to shop local businesses while you're in the neighborhood, such as vintage/resale boutique Closet RepeatsRambles Gift Gallery & Boutique and Therapy Boutique.

So come on out before the Cards game, find some unique treasures, eat some good food and celebrate the spirit of revitalization!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Springfield (IL) Art Association - Call for Entries: "Botanicals"

Call for Entries: Botanicals - April 26-May18, 2013
Location: Springfield, IL Art Association
Applications Due: March 15, 2013

The Springfield, IL Art Association (SAA) has a special place in my heart. When I was younger, I used to take various art classes there, and when I was 13, I volunteered as a camp counselor. It was a really fun place to explore art as a kid. 

The SAA is located in the oldest home in Springfield, IL and they have a nice art gallery. They also have a couple of really good, fine art fairs which I will blog about soon. 

Anyway, the SAA is accepting applications for a fine art show, where they display your work from April 26-May18. You ship them, or drop off work at the beginning, and go pick up your unsold items at the end! They take a 30% commission, which I believe is very reasonable, considering they staff the gallery during business hours, and they provide a very nice space.

The requirements of the show are: 2D and 3D - anything related to plants! The Garden Club and the SAA staff jury the event, which I think is really neat. 

Digital submissions accepted by MARCH 15, 2013 (5pm)

$25 jury fee, or $15 for SAA members. 

Check out their website HERE or contact them at

Click on the below images to see them larger, and print them. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

St. Louis Craft Mafia Pup-Up Markets - Indie Valentine and Green With Indie

St. Louis Craft Mafia Presents...some pretty amazing events in early 2013!!! I absolutely love this chevron graphic, it's just adorable!! 

View the Indie Valentine: Craft Mafia Market Pop-Up Event on Facebook HERE.
February 9, 2013 (10am-4pm at the SPACE)

Eco-Friendly Handmade Goods - March 9, 2013 (10am-5pm) in the Webster University Grant Gym!
Visit their website HERE.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spring Fest - April 6, 2013 - Madison, WI

If you are going to be in the Madison area in April, please check out this show! I love Madison, and really wish I could make it.
Visit Their Website Here.

Below is their application in JPEG form. You can copy/paste/print it, or click on the two images to bring up a larger graphic to use. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Urban Folk Circuit - Chicago - Jan, Feb, and March 2013

The Urban Folk Circuit - Chicago! 
(2013 Dates: Jan 27, Feb 24, March24)
There will also be a Swap-O-Rama for used items too.
This event is FREE to enter, and takes place in the Congress Theater in Chicago. 
2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Have you attended this event, or are you vending here? Let us know! Comment Below. 
Check out more crafty booth display ideas HERE!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Some Crafty Projects and DIY Tutorials

Pinterest is filled with SO many DIY projects, that it will be fun to do some research and expand your product line for 2013. 

Use these next few months to perfect some new items that will help you sell more at shows. 

With this also comes some fierce competition. Other crafters have the same access to these crafty ideas as you do, so just make sure to use your found DIY ideas and make them your own. Let higher quality materials, a cute display, and a cohesive product line set you apart. 

Here are just a few DIY ideas that I think would be perfect for the upcoming craft season, that starts in a few, short months!

Button Magnets are SO easy and would be fun to display on a vintage metal tray

Embellished Coasters - You could use a paint pen, ceramic marker, or even screen printing! 

For more idea, visit my DIY board on Pinterest...
Happy Crafting!

Midtown Taste Art Fair - St. Louis, MO

The Midtown Taste Art Fair! Happening June 1 (10am-midnight!!) and June 2 (10am-6pm) 2013.

Applications are due by April 1, 2013. More info can be found HERE.

Visit their website HERE.

"The tree lined streets of MidTown St. Louis along Locust Avenue come alive for this juried fine arts, music, and food festival. 60,000+ people will enjoy the best local, regional, and national artist come together. Over 150 fine artists, 40 restaurants, top entertainment, crafters, a wine garden, food truck challenge, and much more."

Fine Art Spaces are 250 + 100 for electricity
Craft Booth Spaces are not juried, and are 275 + 100 for electricity.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SOWA Open Market in Boston, MA - 2013 Apps Available!

I have always wanted to visit Boston's SOWA Open Market. This year, they celebrate their 10th year! I can only imagine how much they have grown since 2003. They have an incredibly vibrant arts, growers, and food truck scene, and it looks great. 

*If you have ever been to the SOWA, or have ever vended at it, please comment below and let us know what you thought. 

Open Every Sunday!
May through October, 10am-4pm
460 Harrison Ave, Boston MA
Celebrating its 10th year, the SoWa Open Market® is the hip and happening place to be on Sundays from May to October! The market is located outdoors in the vibrant SoWa district in Boston’s South End and includes an extensive arts/crafts section with a rotating group of indie makers and designers, an award winning farmer’s market and a collection of the yummiest food trucks around. To round out your Sunday, within walking distance you’ll find a vintage market, artist studios, galleries, shops and many of Boston’s best restaurants.
Meet the folks behind the work. Chat with a farmer. Munch on a gourmet sandwich. Shop handmade and support local businesses! Art, clothing, accessories, ceramics, jewelry, housewares, gourmet foods, fresh produce and flowers, mobile eats – you’ll find it all at the SoWa Open Market!

Artist Applications Available HERE.
Find the on Flickr HERE.
Find them on Facebook HERE.

All images and graphic in this post are (c) and found on the SOWA website HERE

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Uimi Products and Displays, and a Design Files Video

Without further adieu, I have this to show you!

The Design Files Open House 2012 from The Design Files on Vimeo.

The Design Files put this video together, and it is just pure bliss :) They curated different items from artists in Australia, and put them together in an open house. Not just any open house, though. They actually cleared an actual home, and put the work in it, on display as if it were a gallery. Very cool!

It sure looks like it took a ton of people to put something like this together, and I really commend them on this great job.

And here is one of the companies they featured, Uimi. Such a cute way of displaying things! It looks like they actually just have one of each item on display, on light bright shelving. I love this display idea! It is so inspiring. 

What an inspiration!!! Uimi is really doing things right :)