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Craft Booth Set Up Part II: What About Me?!

Next up in my craft booth journey:

The Sales Table!

(I know!  Exciting!)

In my booth I always mean to carve out a nice space for me.  A place where I can stand attentively, check people out (I mean transactions, not judging their outfits….though, lets be honest, I’m gonna do that too) and have some space to store bags and tape and all the other stuff that I need.

But it never happens.

I always end up stuck in the back, sometimes only able to converse with people over the top of some display.

But not anymore! (this is the exciting part alluded to earlier – brace yourselves).

For the Jackalope Pasadena show I was determined to come up with a better option.

Looking around the garage for a solution a lightbulb went off.

I had been gifted these two folding bookshelves but had never found a place for them in the house.

(*having lost all my good pics please forgive this photographic tour of my back patio)

But I realized that if I set them next to each other

Wrapped them in a drop cloth (using binder clips to keep it in place) and topped them with a length of board stained to match my other shelving

I had a great sales table that had a narrow, space-saving profile, a little room for some “impulse purchase” products and, best of all?

TONS of storage in the back!

It worked perfectly!  I didn’t even need to attach the top – the weight of the wood kept it in place.  And it folds up super-compactly (probably not actually a word) for easy transport.

I think I’m going to paint the CR logo on the front for the fall shows.

So I was good, right?  Problem solved and I never have to think about it again!

Nope!

Lets be real I’m still (relentlessly) me!

I re-arranged things for the Long Beach Patchwork show and it was better for customers but I was back to not-much-space-for-me.

So I reduced myself to one bookshelf.

OK, that’s fine….but I have waaaayyyy to much drop cloth for that (and I’m trying not to buy more stuff)

However, I do have these panels that I made a while ago that have appeared, in various combinations at other shows.

It turns out one of them fit perfectly on the single bookcase.   The only problem was that it was just a few inches too short.  So I trimmed the “top” out with a strip of scrap wood.

Perfect little podium!

From it’s previous incarnation it has places to hang signs and such – like I did here:

But I’m wondering if I might make a round CR logo sign to hang on the front though (although it will then look like I’m playing in some 40s style swing band).

But I like it.  Equally compact for packing – still a good amount of storage.

I just need to build some little side pieces just to really finish it off.

So, I think I have my permanent solution to the no-space-for-me problem.Craft Show Sales Table Set Up ideas. Versatile, portable and with plenty of storage space.

I think I’m done, for now, with my booth layout (stop laughing, it’s rude)

Up next?!

Halloween!

Seriously?!

Yes, seriously.  I have that big Halloween convention Midsummer Scream” at the end of July and I ton of ideas to try out.

11 thoughts on “Craft Booth Set Up Part II: What About Me?!”

  1. What a great idea! I can never figure out a space for me also. And jumping up and down in the back of my booth yelling “I’m the seller” always seems a little undignified even for me.

  2. I love the bookshelf idea. Use one when space is tight, two when it isn’t. Could also put the two bookcases in an “L” pattern with storage side by you or one flipped with storage to the outside for customers. David, you are awesome, as ever!

  3. LOVE IT! Definitely to the CR logo!

    Halloween, then Christmas, it’s all about making stuff ahead of the season. If it makes you feel better, I’m writing a Christmas story (behind, really), and I even played some Christmas music–just a few songs–to help me with creativity to get me through a few scenes.

    d

  4. Dare I say “Genius”? Okay, maybe not, but if there is a word between Very Clever and Genius, then that’s it for sure!! Also, I really like the idea of the CR logo on the panel, it will help you (and where to pay) to stand out, But on the other hand, more display space is hard to give up. I’m sure whatever you do will work out great. Happy Halloween!

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