14 Craft Show Display Do’s

With indie craft show season upon us, I thought I might resurrect my suggestions for craft show displays. As a veteran of craft shows, both as a participant and as a shopper, I’m a semi-pro when it comes to craft show displays.  That said, I’ve put together a list of craft show displays do’s to help you attract more attention to your booth or table.

One important thing to remember is that your store should be exciting as any mainstream store at the mall, that’s what lots of shoppers are used to looking at. In fact, you could even take a field trip to shops like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters to see how they display stuff as a stepping stone for your own ideas & solutions. Also, don’t forget to be creative!

14 Craft Show Display Do’s

suitcase craft show display
image from the workroom & display from needle book

1. Do utilize your space well.

image the workroom from & display from Melinda Josie

2. Don’t forget to price your goods & make sure those prices are visible.

image & display from victory garden

3. Do hang stuff up, if necessary and possible!

image & display from Giant Dwarf

4. Do provide a mirror if your goods are wearable.

image from schmancytoys & display from Tillansium

5. Do think ‘outside the table’ in terms of your display.

image from me & display from Olario Studio

6. Do make clever displays.

image from me & display from Kflick

7. Do come up with solutions, so your items don’t blow away.

image from renegade craft fair & display from zooguu

8. Do design custom & eye-catching displays.

image from renegade craft fair & display from early jewelry

9. Do use recycled materials to create your displays.

image from renegade craft fair and display from freshie and zero

10. Do make it easy for customers to interact with your goods.

image from renegade craft fair & display from Timber!

11. Do incorporate your branding into your display.

image & display from something’s hiding in here

12. Do make your stuff look as tantalizing as sweets in the sweet shop!

image  from quiet_bubbles

13. Do be creative with your props!

image  from paul and cat & display from life with tigers

14. Do show off items at varying heights.

20 thoughts on “14 Craft Show Display Do’s

  • May 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Lots of good ideas and pictures to think about. I’m just getting started in my business. Thank you.

  • September 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    wonderful collection of tips, & beautifully illustrated, thank you!
    i’d love to add a “don’t,” though, as i was reminded of it in tip #7… make sure your prices are never written directly ON your item packaging. it makes it more difficult for gifting!

  • July 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    THANK YOU…I usually do at home studio sales, but will be venturing out to do more craft shows. Your generous help is much appreciated.

  • November 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    These are great tips, thanks so much. I’ve been doing markets for years, but I’m always trying to improve my display. I’m happy with how it looks now, but all my new Christmas stock will be another new challenge. I love that pic above of the suitcase. I’m doing a smaller event this Sunday I might try it out.

  • April 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Gee, just love all of the ideas. Thank you!

  • April 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I would love to feature this article on our site during Crafty Business Week in May. Please shoot me an email if you are interested. 🙂

  • April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    welcome! they look great!

  • April 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Golly, thanks for featuring my little hanging hoop display! That was the brainchild of me and boyfriend…and it actually worked REALLY well. Getting creative with display when you have to travel can be difficult, especially if flying is involved!

  • March 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    It’s always fun to take a step out of your zone with some fresh idea’s. Thanks!

  • March 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This is a great post! SO interesting and now I want to work on my own display!!

  • March 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Great tips. I have my first craft fair in a few weeks and am still clueless about my display. I have a long table (no wall space) and I sell purses, so I’m not sure how I will be setting up. I also don’t plan on doing craft fairs very often, so I don’t want to invest in something expensive. If anyone has any ideas for me, I’d love to hear them!

  • March 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Terrific post and beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing this!

  • March 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    All really good suggestions!
    I haven’t done a show in a while, but when I used to created and sell miniature artist bears, I had some simple risers made from PVC to get the (provided) table up to a better level to see the little guys.
    Traveling by air really limits what you can pack and these were both light weight and didn’t take up too much valuable space.

  • March 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Excellent tips… I especially like the photos you chose to illustrate each one. There are some really lovely booths out there!

  • March 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Love this! And very inspiring too. Will be sharing this post with a few people. 🙂

  • March 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    how funny, just today I thought about the perfect display, ,-). The little suitcase is really adorable. Best, Antje

  • March 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    These are really great tips. Even though I’m not ready to participate in any craft show, I found your tips very helpful and a very good guideline.
    Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

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