Want to know who is really good at telling you what booths work and which ones don't? Craft show producers! A couple of our favorite show producers are the ladies behind Indie Craft Parade (they are accepting apps until 6/20 so get on that!) and they are sharing standout craft show booths from the stellar artists who sell at their shows. If your booth needs sprucing up or you are about to create your first one, then read on for some inspiration and tips!
Sometimes an artist is not appreciated in his or her own backyard. Which might be one reason why you didn't do so well at that last craft show-- it's not you, it might not even be craft shows. It's the people. They might not be your people. And sometimes you will discover that if you travel for shows, a whole new audience opens up. It's amazing! Which is why today we wanted to share with you nine regional craft shows you might not know about.
It's summertime and the craft show H is O (heat is on ;))! And it's not just the weather that can get uncomfortable-- sometimes customers and booth setup can have you losing your cool. Which is why we asked Nicole, one of the founders of Dear Handmade Life and Patchwork Show, to talk about ways to not burnout out on selling by the end of summer!
There is nothing more frustrating than getting rejected from something with little idea as to why. But just like when you sent out a bunch of applications for college and didn't get custom feedback on improvement, craft shows with their hundreds and thousands of applications also don't have time. Today on the blog we get the next best thing! #ahasmembers Makers Collective, which puts on the market Indie Craft Parade, who is giving you insight into how their brains work when processing applications. And truthfully, how a lot of craft show juries work. So soak up this knowledge and start making your upcoming applications amazing.
Today's post is the third in our series of Holiday Sales Mistakes you might be making. It's also part of 6 Days of Handmade Business Holiday Giveaway. That means you'll be getting blog posts like this one for six days (until Saturday), PLUS a chance to win a Maker Business Tool Bundle (scroll to the bottom to enter!). Hey, your business deserves a gift too! ;)
Today's post comes as we are full steam ahead into summer craft show season. If you've got a lot of shows coming up or are in the middle of a bunch, you might be questioning your very existence. They can take a lot of prep work and can make for a grueling day or days (customers! sun! customers!). They can also be a place where you take your business to the next level.
And just like that, craft show season is upon us! Are you looking to create a standout booth? Alex Brookhouse has merchandised product for some of the most prestigious brands and knows all about setting up a knockout display. Today she shares tips on making your booth look amazing and perfect for customers to buy.
This month many of you are gearing up for the holiday show season and so we thought we would provide you with some booth inspiration for those looking to jazz up their booths or take them to the next level. This is the first in a two-part series of posts... thanks to everyone who contributed their booth photo and info for this series!