Craft Show Checklist: what to bring with you
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As a continuation of my craft show series this season, I thought I’d share a list of what to bring with you to a craft show. I’m going to focus on outdoor shows, considering we are in the midst of the outdoor season, but most things will apply to an indoor show as well. My last posts in this series were: 15 Tips to increase your craft show sales & 14 Craft Show Display Do’s.
What to Bring With You to a Craft Show?
- Tape (Various types – Scotch, double-sided, masking & duct)
- Cash – $120 is a good amount to start with. $40 ones, $40 fives & $40 tens.
- Someplace handy to store your extra cash and credit cards slips.
- Credit card processor. Whether it’s a knucklebuster and slips or an iPhone app.
- Clipboard for customers to sign credit card slips.
- Business cards
- Bags and boxes & other packaging
- Your crafting tools to make minor repairs.
- Signage – both on the tent and on the table.
- Notebook for newsletter sign-up
- First-aid kit
- Change of shoes & clothes (in case it rains).
- Apron with pockets!
- Tent with removable walls.
- Plastic sheeting for rain coverage. You can use it to cover your tables in an emergency.
- Bungee cords
- Twine or rope
- Sewing kit
- Lint Roller
- Ibuprofen, Anti-histamine & and other meds.
- Paper towels
- Trash Bags
- Toilet paper
- Lunch – you can never be sure what will be there.
- Chair or stool
- Tent weights
- Extra price tags
- Stick pins – pin lightweight objects to table to keep from blowing away & pin the edges of table cover to keep from blowing.
- Binder clips – can be useful to keep table coverings from blowing around as well as for other stuff.
- Basic beauty kit for you – brush, lip gloss, hair-ties, barrettes, hand lotion, deodorant, etc.
- Receipt forms for cash transactions.
- Basic tools – hammer, screwdriver
- Dolly or luggage carts
- All-natural insect repellent – don’t be spraying chemicals around other people.
- Cell phone
- Laptop – if you need it for processing credit cards. Otherwise, leave it at home.
- Blank notebook to record sales, take custom orders, etc.
- Promotional materials besides biz cards. Stickers, pins, pencils. People love freebies.
- Candy to give away and to eat!
- Fishing line – good to hang stuff from tent and affix items to table.
- Paper weights
- Extra backs for earrings & other extras suitable to your craft.
- Business license
- Craft show details – starting time, break-down time, organizer’s contact info, etc.
- Sales tax chart
- Credit card sign. Don’t assume people will ask.
- Checklist of everything you want to bring.
- And, of course, all your crafts, tables, display stuff, etc.
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