I decided to make the commitment, and I am now "officially" preparing for the show. I sent my application and money in the mail yesterday! I'm going to share any tips I've picked up along the way. And all the helpful resources I've found on the internet. :) So, I'll have a new category set up. Hopefully it will help someone else out in the future!
My first task was to find a tent. I wanted to give myself plenty of time for shipping. Purchasing a tent is a pretty big initial cost, but a necessary one. :) I looked at several tents, and decided that I wanted one with walls, another fairly large chunk of change... but I really wanted the support and protection. It gets windy here in this part of Washington, and I think they will come in handy at one point or another! Plus, they are going to help stabilize the tent, so I'll be able to hang some of my prints and paintings. I decided on an EZ-up I've seen them in person, and they are really so much easier to put together then a standard tent.
Hut Shop's prices were VERY comparable if not a little better then others I had found. They are also offering free shipping right now, so that was a plus. They claim 75% of they're shipping orders are received within 3 days... another plus in my eyes! I googled them, and didnt see anything particularly bad about they're service... so I'm placing my order with them tonight.
Everyone says your banner is the first thing they see... make an impression with it! I ended up buying my banner from halfpricebanners.com. I bought a full color 2x6 foot banner for 36.00! Shipping is included in that price too. :) It is already on its way, and I'll keep you updated on the quality. The service so far has been PERFECT. Quick response to my questions, and they seem very thorough. Here is what my banner graphic looks like!
...so you'll know what to look for at the show! ;)
MY SETUP: I have the layout of the booth drawn to scale. So now I have a good idea of where everything will fit.
You can click the image to make it a little bigger still. We have two old metal folding chairs, and I'm "planning" to sand them down and paint them yellow. This color in fact. Its called "Bright Idea" by Krylon. After I paint the chairs yellow I think I'm going to paint some white hearts on the back and seal them with several layers of a clear gloss spray. I'm excited to get started on them!
This was the inspiration board that helped me decide my color scheme etc.
The yellow clip on lights are my favorite part of this whole thing. They're battery powered and clip to a shelf or work as a desk light. wal-mart has them for 10.00 a piece, but when I went yesterday they were clearancing them out at 7.00 a piece! Yay. They had 5 left. The area rug is a great size for $19. My wal-mart was out of stock though, so unless I get to the other local wal-mart in time.. I may need to skip it altogether. The table lamp is one I already have, and the book is a new one I put together and ordered from blurb. Its a little mini portfolio showcasing ALL my prints from the time I started back in 2007. I have a little table easel/stand for it to sit on. I'll try to share some pictures of it soon!
I found a shower curtain at Target on clearance for 9.00 so I bought that to use instead of the linen curtains you see above. I cant find a picture of the curtain online anywhere... but its beige in color and has a subtle link pattern to it. :) I also ordered a t-shirt from zazzle with one of my best selling ( remember happiness ) images on it. :) It just came in yesterday and I love love it! I went with the burnout style and I'm happy to say that it is a light material, but it isnt that sheer! I may end up wearing a tank underneath. I need to try it on again, but I'm really impressed with the quality and vintage soft type feel the shirt has. Shipping was suuper fast too. So now I can wear my art.
The walls was where I spent most of my brainstorming time. It seems like everything I found was so expensive. I really needed something that would hold my art, and everything I found was either really expensive or just not my thing. On the way back from our camping trip (which was a bust btw!) jaydon and I were brainstorming ideas, I mentioned peg board and Jaydon thought we could make that work. So I started researching it online and came across this article by Joe Bartz. It was soo helpful, and this image of his booth with the pegboard walls was so exciting.
I started thinking of how nice it would be able to hang things everywhere! I can even use my asker containers with pens and watercolor pencils for the customizable paintings. I can hook them in the back corner by our table.
Then of course there are sooo many hooks and clips/hardware etc. for pegboard. AND... I can paint it if I want! I'm planning to designate certain areas with yellow paint, and even write/paint on the panels. More to come on that later! So, with the wall situation figured out I was free to move onto other ideas. My Tour Prosser series got a little facelift in some areas, and I also completed two new prints in that series.
Now the entire set coordiantes, and I'm planning to really focus on these at the show. Well, highlight them anyhow. People in Prosser take alot of pride in our old buildings, so I hope they do well. Jaydon is cutting me some square blocks out of wood and I'll be adhering them to each piece. Another fun new project!
I've been hearing alot of people use sheets for they're tablecloth and pinning the sides. I want it to completely cover my table to the floor so I went with a full size sheet. Hopefully it wont be too big! I bought one white flat sheet for 7.00. I also found a yellow (perfect shade) plastic table cloth at wal-mart for 1.50 that I may use on top of the white if I need a little more pop of color.
DISPLAY for prints:
I ended up buying 2 white beverage tubs from Target. 4.99 a piece. They are suuuper wide, so turned I should be able to fit a TON of prints in each one. They are also really convenient, handles on both sides. I can have them loaded ahead of time, and just grab and go!
I should also note that I'll be THRILLED if I break even this time around. With the initial cost of setting up, and I admit I may be going a little overboard. I think my planning/decorating love is kicking in double force! I'll be set for next year though, and if I just tell myself that this is really for marketing purposes then I should be ok. Which reminds me I ordered 1,000 double sided business cards from overnight prints for about 49.00 dollars
I'm hoping to come back with... NONE. :)
Well, I think thats about as far as I've gotten. It took me a couple days to finish this post, so my craft show progress might end up being a thorough article after the fact! :) Definitely staying busy around here! I'm also upcycling 10+ cabinet doors with chalkboard paint and "frames." So, I'm excited to see how that will go too. :)
Wish me LUCK! I'm going to need it....