The most exciting part of being in a craft show is the booth, hands down. All of my dreams about owning a small handmade store one day will essentially come true for 4 hours on a Saturday under a 10x10 tent with no walls. I have the freedom to arrange and decorate it however I like and the chance to let my inner child's desire to play with a toy cash register go nuts. (without the sound effects). The first element to this excitement arrived yesterday, the banner! It's the first thing people will see from far away and hopefully what draws them over. After his debut in Times Square, Hank the Hippo has earned the right to sit high and proud on this 8 foot outdoor vinyl sign and get the attention of children everywhere. The show I'm applying for requires a photo of your booth completely set up so they know what everything will look like. Easier said for people that have experience in craft shows! I, however, will be setting up my entire booth in the driveway just to take pictures for 10 minutes then break it all down. So I'm ordering all the parts now. I've got three weeks to get this done and upon approval, I'll be holding down the Simply Hooked fort on October 11th.
I was surprised by the stickler requirements:
I've been so engulfed in filling these requirements that I ALMOST forgot about my inventory. Once I have all of these basics, then I'll get to do the fun part! Decorate with inventory. I'm going to put all of large and medium animals on my 4x8 table in basket trays lined with canvas. My 4x6 table will have my kitchen accessories along with space for flyers and business cards. Then I'm going to buy a 3 tiered basket shelf to go in to corner to display the mini animals (penguins) and seasonal items (pumpkins). I need to order my credit card reader to accept card payments, get an apron and change for cash, a calculator, pens, cut out my signs and place them around the booth with alligator clip sign holders...and the list continues. The booth is racking up in cost, but I find comfort that everything is a one time purchase then I'll be set to go craft show crazy whenever I want. I should have the whole booth completed in two weeks, I can't wait to post photos of the end product. Wish me luck!