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How to Make Your Booth Stand Out at Festivals & Shows

April 2015

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Arts and crafts shows can range from very small to huge. With big shows comes big competition. As an artist, you want to make sure your booth stands out and catches people’s attention. Otherwise, you might be missing out on potential sales and missed opportunities to build a fan base.

The appeal of your booth is everything in arts and crafts shows and can directly affect how many sales you make. If you don’t have an eye-catching display, you will simply not get the results you want no matter how great your items are. If you want people to be glued to your booth, buy your products, and tell others about it, be sure to plan your booth ahead of time and consider the things that will make it stand out.

One of the first things you can do is research current arts and crafts show trends. You can find a lot of inspiration on sites like Pinterest for displays that showcase products similar to yours and that keep up with what’s hot this year. Also, part of your research can be visiting other arts and crafts shows to see how other artists set up their booths.

Also, consider a theme for your booth to strengthen your branding efforts. You want to be remembered, and you want people to come back to you. When you work around a theme, people are more prone to remembering you and your products, and if you’re selling products online, they will most likely visit your website and buy more even after the show ends. 

Color is very important when it comes to displaying your items. Consider the color pattern that goes best with your theme and stick to it. Don’t overwhelm your product display with busy patterns just because they are in style. Be faithful to your theme, and pick a color scheme that adjusts to it, always making your product the protagonist of the booth.

Adding signage is also a great way to stand out. You can have a little sign stating which methods of payment you take, as well as your return policy. You also want to think what frequently asked questions people have about your products and create a sign answering those. Also, people love to see items that already have a price tag on them. It saves both you and the visitor time and effort if you price everything from the get go.

Comments

Good advice but certain “arts” cannot always be priced with a price tag. Conversation, explanation and creative closing techniques may be appropriate for some non-price tagged art!
Also if allowed lighting can also bring a positive effect to your “artist showcase”!

An excellent example: maiacummins.etsy.com and facebook: maiacummins

By Patrick Frase on April 9, 2015

Great advice. I have never vendor at a craft show before. I’ll surely consider these before I do. Thank you very much

By Siamchuchu on April 11, 2015

Does being the author of a book fit into the ART category?  I am searching out places to do book signings.  I have been working on some of the things mentioned above to make myself and my book stand out.

By Janice Brown on April 13, 2015

Is it to late to have a vendor spot? How much is it? I have paracord crafts.

By Amber Zimmerman on April 28, 2015

I want to participate in crafts, I make hand-fashioned -jewerly please email me.

By Clara F Croaker on November 1, 2015

I have a lot of women sterling silver rings for sale. Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings,Earrings. ETC. I really need a small booth. I want to know what steps should I take. Please help me with a booth

By Tommy James on November 22, 2015

Space available for the second week of dec, 2015 for christmad bazaar. Looking for people selling,  crafts, hand fashioned-jewerly, toys. Clothes, shoes. If you are interedted please e-mail me or call me at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-892-4983   space for rent aavailable.

By wanda on November 22, 2015

I do woodworking

By ray roth on December 19, 2015

I am interested in a booth for 2016. How can I get an application?
Please contact me sharonsaad at gmail dot com

By Sharon Saad on December 23, 2015

I make Handmade Beadwork necklaces bracelets and earrings sets all are simi precious beads. I make long necklaces one of a kind. I make leather necklaces and bracelets. I have my 10x10 tent and sides. I have 3 tables with black long tablecloths. I have white tablecloths. I have 6 heads and 6 stands. I have 4 racks for the long necklaces. I have a Wire tree.  What advice can you give me for setting up my tables?

By Frances Miller on January 31, 2016

I make handmade orgami and creative paper wreaths for all seasons. I would like to vendor at juried shows. What do I need to do to qualify?

Judith on February 8, 2026

By Judithlynn on February 6, 2016

I have a gourmet hot dog stand how do I apply for your shows?

By Greer Serrant on February 17, 2016

Please send me info on this years Christmas show.  Fees, booth sizes,  times etc.

By chris de Ruiter on September 3, 2016

My specialty is etched glass which can be personalized.  I’m very interested in sharing my product at the festival this year but I need to know where to start and how I prepare to do so. Please email me. Thanks for this opportunity!

By Kathy Hill on February 11, 2017

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