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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How to Grow Your Business...Part 2

This is the second in the series ..."How to Grow Your Business"...
           Craft Fair 101: My Check List

You have been is a great list of things to bring....

One of the most common questions I get asked at craft fairs is how do you know what to bring? For me, I typically just bring the same thing every time but it seems like it’s Murphy’s Law of Craft Fairs that I always forget something. The important thing is to plan as well as you can and roll with the punches – chances are someone can help you out if you forget something.

Basic Booth Items:
  • Table(s)
  • Chair(s)
  • Tablecloths that go to the floor, at least in front
  • Tent if you’ll be selling outside
  • Any other furniture you might need (backdrop, shelving, walls, etc.)
  • Sign with your business name
  • Business cards/Handouts for your customers
  • Signs with prices of your items/individual price tags for your items
  • Smaller containers and display pieces for your products
  • All your products of course!

Money/purchase related:

  • Cash box or apron
  • Change (I usually take $20 in $1s, $30 in $5, and $20 in $10s)
  • Credit card reader (Such as Square) Love this new invention...has increased my sales by 40%

  • Phone/tablet for using credit card reader
  • Charging cords  for electronics
  • Receipt slips
  • Bags for your products
  • Labels for your products


  • assorted binder clips
  • safety pins of all sizes
  • Sharpie(s)
  • colored cardstock that coordinates with your displays (for emergency signs/price cards)
  • pencils
  • pens
  • markers
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • calculator
  • extra plastic bags
  • I combine all these items into a bag I call the “show case” that I just always know to put in the car, that way I don’t have to check that I have each of these items individually before each show.


  • Water bottle/water
  • Food for meals throughout the day
  • Snacks
  • Aspirin/headache medicine/ibuprofen
  •  Bandaids
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A sweater or jacket for changing temperatures
Thanks for stopping for part 3......of Growing your Business.....

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  1. Wonderful Idea's! It's great to have a checklist!

  2. Fantastic list you have assembled. I know many will benefit, including Moi!

  3. I've never been able to participate in a craft fair, but this sounds like a great list!

  4. Bookmarking this for later! Great list!

  5. Thanks for all this good information!

  6. Nice blog with great information. Business Cards are very important for business....

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