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  1. Maudie
    Maudie July 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    These are always such interesting posts, and so helpful. I am currently hunting for an appropriate craft fair and then it’s full steam ahead!!

  2. Lara Humpherys
    Lara Humpherys July 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    Great to see this article. I have a show coming up on thursday and it’s just re-inforced the need to get things sorted for then. I like the idea of pretty boxes to ‘stage’ the display but also think it’s important not to look too cluttered with too many pieces. I’ve been guilty of putting everything out and thinking less about what it looks like to the customer.

  3. Deb
    Deb July 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

    Brilliant tips, thank you! Just want to say about lighting – it’s not essential to be near a power point as you can buy small clip on battery powered lights that do the job too.

    I love planning my display, even though I’ve only done one fair so far. I have my next one coming up this Sunday and I can’t wait! :-)


  4. Leanne
    Leanne July 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

    All great advice, mine could use a little more work and of course I completely forgot to take a photo of mine on Saturday, but it was pretty :) I’m back again next month so I’ll have to remember to do it this time.

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for old drawers to help build some height. There was a lady there who has obviously been collecting small apothocary type drawers for a while and had them painted in very soft pastel shades. She was able to stack them like little clusters of shelves and move them around individually throughout the day as her stock sold so that she didn’t appear to have gaps on her stall. It was very effective and did her stock justice as well.

  5. Konnie Kapow
    Konnie Kapow July 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    Wowee! What a plethora of clicky links! Ambassador, with zese leenks you are really spoiling us!…sorry that was a terrible joke!
    I think my stall’s are pretty much still a ‘work in progress’ as I often share with a friend and it’s quite hard to find suitable displays for greeting cards without shelling out a fortune!
    Great post!

  6. Mary
    Mary July 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    Super and very informative post, thank you.

    Lovely to see one of my ‘Dress Rehearsal’ photographs too, I so love to play around with all the handmade items I have on offer, and judging from people’s responses on the look/layout of table, many say It really is very pretty, quaint, cheerful, and colourful, and which always draws my lovely customers in for a mooch, with a smile :0)


  7. Glassprimitif
    Glassprimitif July 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm |

    I must say how much I enjoy this regular feature – I must send the link to all our traders.

  8. Daisymooo
    Daisymooo July 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    Great advise, but i still don’t know what to use to display my items. I make lots of different things out of wood cupcakes, mushrooms, sweets, sculls, etc, and they are quite big and heavy, at the moment i just put them flat on the table and they don’t look very good, i have got a rail to hang some things on, but i need something on the table to display them better. Has anyone got any ideas of what i can use, i would be very greatfull of any ideas !!! Please xx

  9. Andrea Berry ( polka)
    Andrea Berry ( polka) July 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm |

    wow and double wow! loads of fantastic info will have a proper read when I stop making headbands for my school fair next week!!

  10. Woody the Wood Jeweller
    Woody the Wood Jeweller July 5, 2010 at 10:51 pm |

    Just had to route back to find why the number of hits to my craft stall evolution post had gone up.
    Thanks for putting a link to my blog in.

  11. Forest Flower
    Forest Flower July 6, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    Thanks for including the thread with the link to my blog – viewings of my ‘Forest Flower Launches’ post have shot up! I hope everyone who has looked has found some inspiration :)

  12. Forest Flower
    Forest Flower July 6, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    sorry didn’t write my website address in properly – link should work now! ;)

  13. Hilary
    Hilary July 6, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    Glad you have all enjoyed these posts – we’re moving on next week to a series called Shop Front! Tips on how to make your Folksy Shop a Success! – Looking for contributers now.

    We may of course revisit this Craft fair secrets series so if any one has any angles that they think we could cover or cover in more depth please get in touch – hilary@folksy.co.uk

  14. Ingrid from IngridNation
    Ingrid from IngridNation July 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm |

    Thank you for such a useful post.

  15. carol from Nova + Lorsten
    carol from Nova + Lorsten July 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    great tips! I have just got started with my display and it’s taken me ages to get right – but like another person said, its a work in progress. And the dress rehearsal is an excellent idea too – I lay out my table cloth to more or less the right size on the living room floor and lay everything out – its saves faffing on the day.

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  17. julie
    julie May 4, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    I have found this item so very helful – lots of ideas i hadnt considered. Intending to have a dry run with a craft party from home.

    Julie x

  18. claire
    claire June 17, 2011 at 7:14 am |

    This post has some new and inspiring ideas, I’ll certainly be following lots of the links (and I’ve been doing craft shows for 4 years now!) I shall certainly be using the tip about highlighting one or two items on the stall with my lighting to create a spotlight effect.

  19. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto
    Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto June 17, 2011 at 10:49 am |

    Really good advice, I’m going to bookmark this article and make my way through the links. There ia always something new to learn.

    Jan x

  20. Jewellery Joanna
    Jewellery Joanna June 20, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    Thank you for this article! As soon as I find a craft fair to sell at, I will be pouring over every word of this!

  21. Stephen @ Soy of the North
    Stephen @ Soy of the North June 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm |

    I’ve got a few craft fairs coming up so these tips will be very useful to me. Thanks for posting them :-)

  22. Teresa Crook
    Teresa Crook August 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm |

    Great article! Really helpful as I have my first craft fair in September – have time to practice my stall layout/display!

  23. Arlene Burke
    Arlene Burke April 10, 2014 at 3:41 am |

    I have graduated hat boxes in velvet but can be covered in a pastel fabric and other boxes that I can cover but I have doll clothes that must be hung. I am older and cannot lift anything to heavy. Do you have any ideas?


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