Monday, October 22, 2012

Show Review

I had another great show this weekend! In fact is was my best show of the year! I can't tell you how happy that makes me :)

This is the 4th show I've taken my jewelry to and the third different set up I've tried for displaying it. I think I'm getting close to finding a lasting display. At my last show I tried a picture frame with mesh, but didn't like how it was see through and my pieces didn't stand out. I was really at a loss of what to try next when I remembered we had some old DVD organizers. They worked great!

I remade my earring cards so they had a back flap instead of just a single piece of paper. They folded over the "shelves" just great! I had room for three of these so I used one for necklaces, one for earrings and one for my new fabric jewelry. Then I laid out some necklaces on the table as well. I liked this set up pretty well. And I sold a few of each style except the fabric ones.

Here is the rest of my table set up. I also have my wooden display that holds all my scrapbooks over the left of my tables. These booths are strangely shaped. They are 5' deep by 8' long and I had two spaces. The 16' length is great, but being back to back with someone and only having 5' each is a little tough. Luckily I had a great vendor behind me and we made it work well and got to chat quite a bit at the end. I forgot to take a photo of her booth, but you can check out her Hippie Headbands on Etsy!

There are several reasons this show was such a success:
1. It's the 53rd annual show. People already have this show on their calendar to attend next year!
 2. This show is huge! There are 5 buildings full of vendors and shuttle buses taking shoppers from one location to the next!
3. It's very well organized and very well advertised. Two key aspects of a craft show.
4. I sell a variety of items. And that's what I sold...a little of this a little of that, a good mix of everything I have.
5. It's local. The vendor behind me traveled about 3 hours to come to the show. She mentioned that I knew almost everyone who walked by. This helps because then you can strike up a conversation and as you're talking, other people listen and see what you're describing. They get interested and others's a fun chain effect :) I do several shows where I'm not local, so I definitely see the difference.

I just have two shows left and both are smaller local shows. One is a new event and another is an annual event. I hope everyone participating in fall shows is having great success!


  1. Congratulations on your successfull show! The jewelry display looks wonderful :)

  2. Congratulations!
    It all looks great!
    Good luck with the shows coming up!

  3. Looks like you put a lot of effort into your show, congrats! :) Danica

  4. Congrats on the great show! That's the best feeling.

  5. a great looking set up...congrats on the good show.

  6. So happy to hear it was such a success for you! It sounds like the perfect show, not only for vendors but for shoppers too, lol!

  7. Glad to hear you had such a great experience! What a creative idea to use DVD cases, that looks like it worked really well.

  8. Congrats on the great show! The display looks really good & I think the DVD organizers are a keeper. =0)

  9. Yay for a great show! The dvd organizer is a great idea. :)

  10. Congratulations on another successful show! Your jewelry displays look fantastic, and so does your table.

    I'm getting the pre-show jitters. I have a show this Saturday.

  11. Glad your show went so well!

    The new jewelry display looks great. And so does your table.

    Interesting comments about local shoes and travel shows. TFS!

  12. How exciting to have such a great show! I'm glad that the new jewelry display worked well. That's great that you were able to use something that you already had on hand. I'm glad that the odd booth layout worked okay. All of the reasons that you described for having a successful show are spot on. It is tough to find these great shows, but you have to hang onto them when you do.

  13. Congrats on having such a successful show! What a great size booth, and the displays look great. I love how you have the raised section to display some of the pieces above the others -really catches your attention!

  14. Congratulations on your successful show! I like that jewelry display better and now you know why you make the earring cards for me that you do! :) It's great that you have such success at a local show!

  15. That's great Edi. Yes, it's always nice when you know the people walking by. The long tables look nice. Congrats on the sales. {:-D.

  16. I'm happy to hear your show went great, although I'm not at all surprise. Your items are so nice and professional. Your booth looked great too.

  17. I went to a craft show about a week ago (as a shopper), and saw someone there using a CD rack the way you used yours. Very effective! I'm glad your show went so well, too.

  18. I like the earring display and how you folded the earring cards. It is fun to see your items set up and to try to imagine people listening to your conversations!

  19. Congrats on a great show! The CD racks for your earrings was a great idea, they look great. I hope your next two shows are just as successful.
    Everyday Inspired

  20. Congratulations on such a successful show Edi!!! Your set up looks fabulous. It would certainly draw me in if I was there!


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