Festival Network Online - Find detailed info on art fairs, craft shows, music festivals, & more events

March 2012
Need an easy to follow checklist to get started with show events? Read this month's article for a helpful, easy-to-follow guide!

Have you listed your items online? Check out other FNO Marketplace sellers' shops for inspiration, and remember, it's free to list your products with FNO!

If there are any particular topics you'd like to see covered here, or if you'd like to contribute an article to the FNO newsletters - drop us a line!

Happy selling!
Jackie
FNO Newsletter Editor


How to set up for an Art/Craft Show- Checklist
by Victoria Case

There's nothing worse than setting up a great booth, and right before show time, realize there's something you have forgotten. So, I created a checklist for myself which I recommend for anyone planning to attend an event. Of course, depending upon what you sell, yours will have other items to add.

My list begins with money and promotion (after all, that's what it's all about). I usually bring $100 worth of bills/change in a small box or "fanny pack". And the following items:

  • receipt book
  • business cards (don't forget to advertise your website!)
  • large sign with name and/or logo
  • easel for large sign
  • two lined paper pads for writing orders, names, phone numbers
  • several pens
  • calculator
  • bags for items sold (with a business card inside each one)

Next is my display (some items are adjusted for indoor or outdoor shows)

  • 10 x 10 tent (I recommend a white tent)
  • buckets with sand for weight
  • pre-formed concrete filled buckets for tent poles (especially useful when setting up on asphalt)
  • safety pins (for anything)
  • large white sheet/material for sun protection pinned to tent back wall or sidewall (if needed)
  • display tables
  • material to cover display tables
  • small broom/dust pan
  • several garbage bags
  • Windex and other cleaners (jewelry, wood, etc.)
  • card racks or picture holders (mannequins, boxes, items used to hold your crafts for sale)
  • display signs with item categories and prices
  • tape (for anything)

Art/Craft work for sale

  • Art/Craft items for sale and extra inventory to replace all the items you sell Big smile
  • extra price tags
  • extra material and tools used to make your products

Misc Items

  • cooler with water, snacks
  • paper towels
  • moist wipes
  • tissues
  • hair scrunches or hat (for outdoors)
  • sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm (for outdoors)
  • gum or mints
  • chair-in-a-bag: one that folds and comes with it's own bag (Walmart has these pretty inexpensive)
  • money for lunch if you can buy it at the show, otherwise pack a lunch

I recommend

  • no radio or music of any kind (unless you're selling it) should be played at a show
  • cell phone calls down to a minimum- talk to your potential customers
  • gas up the vehicle, you will use, the night before the show
  • create a t-shirt with your logo and name for added marketing
  • wear comfortable clothes for sitting and comfy shoes for standing
  • check with the shows director (if you are alone) to see if someone will be available to watch your booth during the show for the inevitable bathroom run or lunch break.

This is just a basic list of items. In the beginning, the hardest part for me, was squooshing all of this in to a mid-size car! But, it's all about the fun, the chances taken and the whole experience. Smile, laugh and by all means, have fun!

About the Author: Victoria Case is a "made to order" artist creating hand drawn greeting cards, funny character prints, gallery work and more using ideas of her own or customized and personalized ideas of her customers.


Have You Seen Our New Site Design?

That's right, FNO has a new look! We've made things sleeker, smoother, and even easier to navigate! Check out a little peak:



Now go check out the real thing! Be sure to drop us a line and tell us what you think!

Featured FNO Seller:


Crafts Report


FNO Advertising

Visit our newsletter archive for more helpful articles


Follow festivalnet on Twitter

Check out FNO on Facebook   Check out FNO on Twitter   Check out FNO on YouTube
Connect with FNO!


Let Us Pay You!

We have a brand new Affiliate Widget page! Our new widget page gives you options with your specialized FNO Affiliate Number already in the code. We have tons of widgets to choose from, and have made it easier than ever to use. You can also access this page in your account by clicking on My Account, then click on your listed affiliate number.

Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, and we'd like to thank you for spreading the word about FNO. You could be earning extra cash just by referring fellow vendors or festival participants to FNO

Quick info about our affiliate program:

  • We pay $5 for each new pro member you send our way.
  • We pay quarterly via Paypal.
  • You may apply your affiliate credit towards next year's renewal.
  • Referrals can come in via word of mouth or through special tracking links you use in emails or online.
Be sure to hand people your business card or a custom FNO Affiliate Flyer when you refer them to be sure you get credit when they join as a Pro Member. If you want to learn more, go here - where you can print your own flyers to hand out (to do this, you must have an affiliate number, all Pro Members automatically have one, if you are a free member, you must request one).

We're always looking for articles about working in the festival biz: tips, ideas, techniques, & resources. Send to: news@festivalnet.com and put "FNO Newsletter" in subject line.

Unsubscribe from this list.

Tell your friends about FNO

If you need your user name and password, email info@festivalnet.com for assistance. To ensure delivery of this newsletter, please add news@festivalnet.com to your email address book. Thank you!

Copyright (C) 2012 FESTIVAL NETWORK ONLINE All rights reserved.
Join our Free e-lists! FestivalNetCom
our terms: site - marketplace |  privacy policy |  contact us
© FestivalNet 2017
P.O. Box 18839 Asheville, NC 28814