Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Craft Show {Booth Mock Up}

Happy September!  I love September.  The weather cools (supposed to, anyways).  The leaves start changing.  School is still fresh.  And, it's my birthday month!  All good things.

Indie Parade booth prep

This year, September's arrival means it's craft show time.  I'm leaving on Friday morning to drive to Greenville with my friend, Heather, who will be working with me in the booth all weekend.  Other friends are meeting me there and some even staying over during the three-day event.  It's going to be so much fun!  Or, at least that's what I told Heather like 3 times last night.  I think I'm trying to talk myself out of being nervous.  Nervous I am. 

how does it look?

Yesterday morning I set up the entire booth in my home.  Maybe it wasn't the best time for that, as we had to head out before noon for a Labor Day BBQ.  But, we managed.

Indie Parade booth prep

When all was done I stepped back to take it in and, and.... I mostly felt scared.  You know, the typical nay-saying thoughts about my work not being good enough, my presentation too simple, my prices way too high!  Now, I'm not focusing on these negative vibes.  That would be naughty.  And, really, there's nothing to do at this point but go through with it and hope for the best!  But, I wanted to air that here, just to keep it real.

 Indie Parade booth prep

The truth is that talented folks who make great stuff sometimes have a bum craft show.  So, it's totally possible that things won't go well for me.  I don't think it's bad to have that real-life perspective.  At the same time, I want to be feeling confident and having fun at the show, because that's part of the point of why I'm there.  And, attitude certainly effects sales. Sooo... I'm not allowed to keep worrying or feeling nervous.  Good vibes ahead!

Indie Parade booth prep

You all have really held my hand through this entire process (you and my local girlfriends).  As with so many things in my life, I wouldn't even be doing this if it weren't for you readers.  It's amazing.  You all are a blessing!

Indie Parade booth prep

Here's something a little lighter.... I'm trying to brainstorm an idea for my birthday present.  At first I was thinking I'd buy a new couch if things went well at the craft show, since our red one is looking dingy to me.  And then I felt kind of shallow about that and started thinking of "more important" improvements I could make to the house with that money.  Like, new shutters and exterior paint.  Most recently added to the list of ideas?  A dumpster.  Whaaaat?  Yep.  A dumpster rental so we can finally empty our pretty old barn of the junk the previous owners left behind.  This is cracking me up!  Now, I do love throwing things away...

Maybe I should get over to the mall today before I buy a dumpster?

price tags

Not really.  I'm going to head back to pinning price tags on my items and packing them away in boxes to bring to the show.  Because, after I get that done I can sew!  Y'all have a great day.  See you tomorrow!

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  1. it looks fantastic! What a great idea to set it all up in advance. I love it all!

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  2. It looks amazing! No need for you to be nervous! I'm positive you will do FANTASTIC!!!!!!! Greenville, where?

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    1. Wow! September is your birth month???!!! Mine too!!! Happy Birthday to you!

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  3. The booth looks great. I would be drawn to it like a moth to a flame! You never know what kind of a crowd you'll get, but I hope it does go well for you...so well that you can have a couch AND a dumpster! :)

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    1. Now, that would be a birthday - a couch AND a dumpster!

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  4. It looks great Rachel! I hope your craft show is going to be a huge success!

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  5. I am reading your preparations with great interest and curiousity as I am going through the exact same process. My first craft fair in London is this coming weekend and like you I have been sewing a lot of small items, labelling and sorting out booth banners.

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  6. Wishing you luck! Your booth looks great - I would definitely shop your booth :)

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  7. I can understand the jitters you're having as this is your first show, but from my perspective as a craftsperson and a buyer, I honestly don't see anything in your products, prices, or setup that you have to worry about. Besides all of your designs, I love how you have everything displayed. The booth is organized, all your different items are visible and accessible, and gratefully, prices are clearly posted. Well done! Now please go have a fun and enjoyable weekend -and- a successful show!!
    All The Best,
    Michele

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  8. Wow! That looks awesome! Good luck! I am sure you will do well :)

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  9. Looks amazing! Great attitude! Crossing my fingers that the right crowd shows up :-)

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  10. Rachel, everything looks awesome! If I weren't expecting a baby in a couple of weeks, I'd have loved to drive down to Greenville and check everything out. Although it's always hard to know if people will pull out their wallets, I'm positive they will love your items. Best of luck! And, whatever you do don't buy a dumpster for your birthday - ha (from a fellow Sept bday girl)!

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  11. your booth looks lovely! lots of different levels and very eye catching. people will most definitely come hover around your space. and as soon as they see your lovely product, i'm sure you'll be nice and busy! good luck! looks fabulous! xo

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  12. I would want to buy one of each, at least! Everything looks so nice and inviting! Best of luck!

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  13. Your booth mock-up looks great I am sure it will be a success. I have really enjoyed all of your posts in the run-up to the show, you have really shared the good, the bad and the ugly! You deserve every success, good luck!

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  14. Everything looks fantastic! Fingers crossed that the fair attendees see what an amazing gift you have for creating!

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  15. Love the details! An *attractive* display, literally and figuratively! It would draw me in like a moth to a flame... :) Best of luck, and Have Fun!

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  16. It all looks fantastic - wishing you a fun and profitable show!

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  17. Wow, Rach-- looks great!! If I were there in person I'd be browsing through each basket and every item to find my personal favorites!

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  18. your booth looks like the coziest, happiest place on earth!

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  19. It looks great! I hope you have a successful show! :)

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  20. I think your background is too busy to highlight the pieces you have hanging on it.

    What are the items on hangers? Are they labeled? As an uninformed shopper I would not expect quilts on hangers. I would expect them to be folded and stacked, which may be impracticle. A good sign for the rack would help.

    I appreciate your enthusiasm and hope you do well. Your items are wonderful.

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    1. I agree about the background. I was totally concerned about using all those colors behind the wall art. But, at least it'll still be pretty if any of the art sales and it get's emptier back there. I might also put some of the wall art on the table top with an artist's stand, if I get room or feel it's not working.

      Thanks for pointing out the folded quilts idea. It's not practical to do many that way, but at least one might be a good way to draw people in.

      Seriously, thanks!

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  21. I absolutely love the business cards in the coffee cup on the coaster!

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    1. Thanks! That's one of my favorite parts =)

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  22. Rachel, your booth will look amazing!!! So pretty and inviting!

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  23. Good luck. Your booth looks very professional and all of your items are top notch.

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  24. our booth looks awesome. Your items look super professional and if I could make it to the show, I could definitely go visit your booth - super eye catching!

    Good luck and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH!

    -Q

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  25. Your stuff is so cute! Good luck at your craft fair, I would love to come browse at your booth :)

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  26. Oh wow. You are one of my favorite reads on my blogroll! Imagine my delight when I realized that you are going to be at the Indie Craft Parade this weekend in Greenville! I can't wait to meet you! I just started quilting last summer and LOVE IT! Can't wait to see all your beautiful handiwork. Be brave and confident, dear friend! HE has given you such talent:) Thank you for choosing to come and share. See you Saturday!

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  27. I love the design of your booth. Its simple enough that your goods speak for themselves but eye catching enough to draw you in. I don't mind the quilts on hangers, I think its a great way to display them without having to constantly re-fold. My only criticism would be to maybe use all wooden hangers on that display as the gray ones don't go with your vibe and the two different tones of hangers stood out to me. But I worked in retail design, so I'm probably a harsher critic than a typical craft show attendee. I hope you have a great show and sell out!

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  28. Love it, but I will say if some people can't see a price they won't ask and therefore won't buy. Price the wall hangings/mini-quilts on your backdrop so there is no doubt they are for sale. There you have the option of putting the price tag on the backdrop. Consistently locate the price on the quilts you have on hangers so people can't say they thought they were summer weight quilts. It really looks fantastic and it depends on the crowd to determine what sells, but your stuff is beautifully styled and made so it should sell well to people who respect quality handmade.

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  29. It's gorgeous! I'd stop by for sure. And from another September birthday girl, don't you dare buy a dumpster for your birthday! Couch all the way! I'm looking at the Chicopee line myself, as a birthday treat...although I already told hubby that an upcoming two day workshop with Jacquie Gering is my present, and really, that is plenty for me!

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    1. A workshop is a perfect birthday treat! I think I've talked myself out of the couch and the dumpster. So... right now there's just the house exterior. Though, really, I think I'd be THRILLED to improve the exterior. Our house is pretty Ikea-cool on the inside, but the outside is SO dated.

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  30. what a lovely booth! wish you could have a craft fair in cali...

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  31. I love it! It looks bright and cheery and there's a lot to see without any of it being overwhelming. I think you've done well. :) I wanted to reach through the pictures and go through the baskets myself!

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  32. Love it! It really felt Drawn in.
    Margie

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  33. you are going to do great! happy birthday also! i am a september girl also! xo

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  34. Everything looks fantastic, and it's natural to be nervous before your first show. Worrying about sales is like worrying about the weather, or if your plane's going to be on time-- it's just going to be how it's going to be. If you have FUN (and I'm betting you will!) then the show will be a huge success.

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    1. Very good advice! I am done making and as of this moment ALL of my goods are packed up in boxes ready to load in the car. I'm going to relax the rest of this week, which I think will help me enjoy the actual day!

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  35. I think your booth is a great reflection of you. It's cheerful, bright and inviting. I would not worry to much about looking super slick because you need that "support your local artist vibe" not "The Gap" vibe. Your pricing is reasonable and in line for hand crafted items. I get crazy when people sell their items to cheaply.
    Make/get yourself some nice snack items to keep you satisfied, as it can be difficult to leave the booth.
    Have fun and Best wishes to you:)

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    1. Oh, gosh, I had forgotten snacks. Just added them to the list! I think they should include cookies...

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  36. It's going to be great and that dream dumpster can become reality!!

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  37. Nicely done! It's not cluttered, everything is bright, you have displayed items differentlyforinterest. . .go knock their socks off!

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  38. Looks great Rachel! I too love the business cards in the coffee cup on the coaster, so cute!

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  39. Best of luck at the show-hope you sell tons and be sure to come back and let us all know how it went.

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  40. Adding my good vibes to yours, Rachel! I'm wishing you lots of success with the craft show. Your work is beautiful!

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  41. hehe, I love the idea of a dumpster for birthday.
    Your booth looks great. Keeping my fingers crossed and sending good vibes :)

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  42. Your booth looks great! And, as a frequent craft show attendee, I can attest that your booth backdrop definitely catches the attention of shoppers. :)

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  43. Wow what a gorgeous booth mock up. I love the backdrop. I would so be pulled in to come and buy something if I saw the booth. I like the basket you used for the quilts, that's a great way to show them off =D

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    1. Thanks, Cherie! It was fun to put some old picnic baskets of my mom's to use.

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  44. It looks beautiful and I would definitely be drawn to your booth if I were passing by. All the best this weekend!

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  45. Great eye catching booth Rachel, I would be itching to look through all your things if I was there!

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  46. I think your mock up looks awesome! And it cracks me up that you put one together. Only because most people would just wing it. But that's you! You are prepared, and it will go well. My fingers are crossed for a happy and fun weekend!

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    1. Well, a booth mock up was on my list of things to do after reading craft show tips online. I'm just a rule-follower, really ;)

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  47. Your booth looks nice. Best of luck at the show. If you have any scrap metal in your barn, there is probably someone locally who'll come pick it up for free. I've had an old freezer and more hauled off that way. This would mean possibly getting a smaller dumpster that would cost less.

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  48. Have fun. I have met some really interesting and talented people at craft shows.

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  49. Rachel, have a great time at the craft show. You will get to be an inspiration to lots of people you might not have gotten to meet. I hope you sell tons of your beautiful creations!!! One thing is guaranteed, you will have a wonderful time with your friends, old and new. Travel safe and may you come home with enough cash to at least rent your dumpster!!!LOL Cyndy cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

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  50. Your booth looks great! And your products are wonderful and well-made and not overpriced. I'm sure you'll have a great sale. Have fun!

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  51. It looks awesome and I think you should feel very proud of trying something new AND making as many beautiful things as you have. It's already a job well done. And if the triangle color story canvas doesn't sell (but it will) I have dibs on it! Seriously, put me down for it and send me a PayPal invoice. Happy to help you get that new couch :-)

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    1. Oh, that's so tempting! I kind of disguised Triangle Colorstory in the hardest-to-see spot of the booth. Maybe it's meant for one of my readers instead. That would be much more special to me!

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  52. I really love your blog and wish you the best at your craft show this weekend.

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  53. Love what you make Rachel and I bet you will do really well at the show and I've really enjoyed reading about the process. I can't wait to hear how it goes and am thinking it will go well!

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  54. Gorgeous booth! I hope the show is a huge success!

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  55. Everything looks lovely , you have worked hard, go and have fun and what ever happens so be it. You couldn't be better prepared and your things are beautiful and I don't think they are over priced. Blessings and I look forward to hearing how well it goes.

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  56. oh congrats. it looks so colorful. are you going to do an etsy store too?

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  57. You've planned so well and rehearsed (which is always a good thing!). I'm sure you are going to be huge success and in so doing, you'll give many of us the courage to try it ourselves! Good luck!

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  58. I am SO excited for you! Your display is lovely, simple and vibrant - a perfect combination! Your items, personal and beautifully made! Go knowing that you have been thoughtful and wonderfully creative in planning this venture... Time to go have fun and share your creations! All the very best :)

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  59. You'll do awesome hun. Trust me. I winged it and threw everything together and did alright for my wee half a table. I don't know if I'll do it again though. I more enjoy helping my buds design/merchandise and chat with customers than I did all the prep of having inventory. I was so attached to everything it was hard to let them go...lol. weird, I know :)

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  60. Looks great! Can't wait to see it in person this weekend!

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  61. I have enjoyed reading all your posts about prepping for the show - best of luck! I'm sure you have already thought of this, but if I had work that had been featured in magazines, I would certainly have those magazine layouts on display somewhere in the booth :)

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  62. it's a beautiful and inviting booth, rachel! i love the variety of things you have and the colors are terrific and so *you*. i'm sure you will do fantastic.

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  63. Rachel, your booth will look fantastic and you've got some beautiful items for sale. It will go well. Have fun!

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  64. I can't imagine it won't be good for you Rachel, but if it is that way you will still be ahead because of the experience you will have had planning, making, doing, and being there at the market. Your booth looks gorgeous! Good luck (and calm nerves!)

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  65. The "booth" looks great! Good luck! And Happy Birthday month - my bday is this Friday as I loudly keep reminding my teenagers.

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  66. It looks fantastic, Rachel! I hope all goes well and that you're encouraged by the experience. We're all pulling for you! :)

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  67. Good Work Rachel! You've done the hard part..getting it all ready now the fun part interacting with the people...smile and make eye contact and get them talking, you'll sell yourself easily. Good Luck!

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  68. I'm cheering you on!!! You're going to do great! And while we're calling dibs on things, I would love that typewriter iPad case if the show goers are too blind to see how perfect it is!

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  69. Your booth looks amazing Rachel! Probably too late now, but would a photograph work if attached to the folded quilts to give a better idea of the goodness contained inside? You would then only have to unfold and fold for serious customers. Attaching the quilts to trouser/skirt clips might be easier, though less attractive and the quilt might be too bulky..... Best of luck you deserve it for all your hard work!

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  70. Your booth mock-up is GREAT! Love your colorful background, and all those pretty journals, and your cute price tags/business cards. Such attention to detail! Wishing you good luck.

    I'm preparing for a craft fair in late October. I understand the pre-show jitters!!

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  71. This looks so good, Rachel. And even though I sew, and could probably sew some of these things myself, I would totally buy something from your booth. So stop being self-conscious about it. :)

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  72. Rachel your mock-up looks beautiful! As a veteran of craft shows, I can tell you that I would definitely stop in and check out your stuff when I walked past -- lots of color and interesting shapes to explore. Plus, I love the easy to read pricing labels; so many times the booth is really crowded and small labels are difficult to see if someone else is standing in front of the display table.

    Good luck in Greenville; I hope you see LOTS of items and make lots of good contacts for custom work. I look forward to reading all about your South Carolina adventures.

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  73. It looks great! You are so talented! Remember that no matter what!

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  74. I think your booth will look fantastic Rachel! It is so colorful, people won't be able to just walk by without taking in a glimpse of your awesome pieces. Good luck!

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  75. I think your booth looks fantastic! The colorful backdrop will help people remember your shop name! Good luck and I'm sure you'll do great.

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  76. Look how many are behind you all the way! I have read through the comments and you can see we believe you have a wonderful, very chic Stitched in color vibe booth! You have been successful l with your blog so I'm sure this will be successful too!Some gals have left great suggestions to help you should you want to make any changes at this point. Recently I was at a craft fair and actually bought something nice. I did it because I liked the product and also because of your writing on your craft fair. I never knew how much work went into a booth like this. Now that I know, it's easier for me to spend more on something I might want. I hope it's a great success for you. Thank you for sharing the experience with us.

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  77. The booth looks great! The craft show will be great! Good luck!

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  78. Wow everything looks great! I am getting ready for my first show on the 22nd, so all your posts and comments have been VERY helpful. I am currently falling behind in getting items produced--i know i won't make as much as i originally planned. Can i ask how you did on that account? Did you end up making what you planned? It sure looks like you have a lot of stuff, so you will be fine. I don't have nearly as much, but mine is a one day sale and i have 2.5 weeks left.....LIfe keeps getting in the way of sewing!

    Good Luck, and i can't wait to hear how things went and what you learned.

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    1. Some of my inventory plans I exceeded and some I did not meet. Basically, I adjusted my plans as I went, which I think was a good way to go.

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  79. I think it looks great. It definitely makes me feel like browsing and seeing what treasures I could find to take home with me. Good luck!

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