It’s important to be prepared for an outdoor craft fair because the weather isn’t always going to be perfect. The two biggest culprits? Wind and rain. You should always go to a show with a Plan B for inclement weather. Not only should you plan beforehand for your craft booth setup, but you should have a Plan B setup if the weather gets rough such as some heavy rain. Make sure your craft booth design is a layout that can be adjusted for increment weather. For instance, if you have a jewelry display that doesn’t bode well with windy conditions, then you should have an alternative display option ready. Plus, if you practice setting up your Plan B ahead and once the inclement weather hits, you’ll already know what to do, so you can quickly move things around or set up. You don’t want all your selling time to go to waste because you don’t know what to do in the case of bad weather.
When it comes to preparing your craft booth for an outdoor craft fair, it can be easy to forget about preparing for the wind. If it’s a blustery day, then the weather can affect your craft booth design and your displays (or your neighbor’s displays!).
You can easily combat the wind by ensuring that the tent is solidly weighed down on all four corners. It’s even a great idea to make your own weights in order to hold down your tablecloths and signage. This will ensure that your booth is safe and still easy to browse. There are tons of ideas for DIY weights for your craft booth and these are a few of our favorite easy projects:
Crochet Tablecloth Weights: this tutorial is simple and the perfect tablecloth weight.
Striped Drawstring Pouch: make a drawstring pouch to both house and disguise your weights.
Yarn Wrapped Pattern Weights: simply use your leftover yarn in order to decorate some handy weights.
Add a waterproof sealant to your tent fabric or you can pack a plastic tarp to line the inside of your booth with. This will help protect your tent and your merchandise from heavy rainfall. If you find yourself with a muddy floor for your tent booth, then you can try interlocking foam pads to cover your ground. This can work better than hay or a rug, and you simply hose off the pads once you’re done with the show. The pads can be especially helpful if you find the legs of your displays are sinking into the muddy ground.
In addition to protecting your merchandise and your tent, you should remember yourself when it comes to a rainy craft fair. Pack yourself an extra set of clothes such as a rain jacket and boots in case it gets muddy!
Comment below and let us know, what’s your best tip for weatherproofing your craft booth?