To me, inspiration is everywhere. I look for ideas in everything I see and every place I go. But, I can’t be everywhere at once. There is an abundance of information and things to learn and I simply don’t have the time or energy to spend hours searching for a new idea. That’s why hashtags and Instagram are my new best friends. Pinterest is still queen in my book, but if you’re looking for fresh and amazing ideas that are current, relevant, and easy to locate…well, you’ve come to the right place.
By simply searching #craftfair on Instagram, I can now show you some amazing craft fair ideas that are happening all over the world. Just think about how incredible that is for a moment. Shall we see what I’ve found?
1. Lights, in moderation. I love this booth because of the neatness and uncluttered look. The way she has her hand-bound leather books displayed is much like how a bookshelf in your home would look. She even creates a cute spiral of books too – which I love. Simple strands of lights catch your eye, but don’t distract you from the products. My recommendation? Frosted and warm lights are easy on the eyes.
2. Variety is the spice of life. Just see how many different displays you can use together to form a cohesive theme for your booth. No one says you have to use the same 5 shelving units or identical picture frames – mix it up just like this!
3. Height can make all the difference. These cubes can be found at Target, Kohl’s, Hobby Lobby – you name it. Some are probably cheaper than others, but it’s up to you. I love that this display seems to have many options depending on the size of the table/booth that day. If the cubes are separate, some heavy duty binder clips can help hold them together in whichever arrangement you would like. (Also, we love the little glowing Christmas tree! Perfect amount of light to make your table glow!).
4. Less is more. Who says ALL of your handmade items need to be on the table at the same time? I would guess that as soon as a pair of earrings sells in this booth, they are replaced by another pair. This set-up allows the potential customer to see the items, not a clutter of items. Avoid the clutter and let there be space.
here at the Hilton Waikoloa til five today & 10-4 tomorrow, come say hi! A photo posted by thegypsytrove (@thegypsytrove) on
5. Climbing the ladder. I seriously want one of these in my apartment, but at the moment I don’t think my husband would want my scarves on display. But check out how cool this booth is! It’s definitely using some of the ideas above with the added ladder behind the table for a bit of height. With this set-up, I would say that it’s the best of two worlds. While her table has a cute variety of items in manageable quantities, the ladder draw people to her booth because items are “hidden.” Make your customers work for it! (sometimes)…Scarves are super popular these days and with a display like this, you’re sure to have people coming up to you and asking to see what types of scarves you have. Conversation = Potential Sale.
6. Rustic is everywhere. Whether this display was handmade or not – we love it. These handmade wooden ornaments fit right in with this twiggy display. No more cluttered piles of ornaments on a table. Let your pieces be seen and embrace your rustic style.
Our handmade wooden shapes! £2 each or 3 for £5 – Entwine Handmade – find us on FB and Etsy! #EntwineHandmade #handmade #madeinbritain #British #woodcrafts #decorations #craftfair #crafts A photo posted by Victoria Thorpe (@victoriathorpeart) on
7. Own your theme. If you sell things made out of wood, make a rustic display (see above). If you sell things made out of crystal, your booth better be sparkly. If you make things out of yarn, yarn-bomb a mini tabletop tree. You get the idea. This booth knows its style and embraces a neutral color scheme and design. This is what the big brands do (aka what your customers are used to seeing) so it’s bound to work for you as well.
8. Something for everyone. Are you making the same three things and wondering why things aren’t selling well in your booth? It’s time to branch out a bit and think about the customer. Just because you like making the same types of ornaments each year, doesn’t mean that your customers want the same thing each year. Plus, if you make a variety of different ornaments, you can track which ones sell out faster than others.