When we participated in our first craft show five years ago, we were total rookies. We only had a handful of products to sell, and everything fit on one not-so-enticingly-arranged table.
This is what our first booth looked like.
Since then, we’ve done loads of shows, and with each one, we come a little closer to creating the booth in my head.
We’re currently set up at the Tennessee Valley Fair for 10 days, and this is what our booth looks like this time. Big improvement over our first booth, don’t you think?
That improvement is the result of lots of time spent building out our product line and perfecting our packaging and displays. It sure didn’t happen over night.
Being frugal, we’ve chosen to grow our business without any outside investors or debt, so it’s taken lots of patience, creativity and second-hand shopping to make things happen.
Almost all of our displays are pieces that we bought from yard sales and thrift stores, or rescued from curb piles. The few we didn’t come by second-hand, we made ourselves.
And it’s been a while since I counted, but I think our product line has grown to around 70 products. My husband and I still make everything ourselves, with occasional help from the kids.
That keeps us on our toes at times, since we also sell our products online and wholesale. I imagine we’ll need to hire help at some point.
If you look closely at these pictures, you’ll probably recognize many of these products as being things that I’ve shared tutorials for on the blog. If you see something your interested in making, just post a comment, and I’ll share a link to the tutorial you’re looking for. If I haven’t written a tutorial for something, it’s probably coming soon (i.e. after I catch up on sleep).
Most of these products are also available in our online shop, if you aren’t interested in making them yourself. There are a few things that I haven’t added to the shop yet, but you can email me to order those in the meantime.
We have another five days to go at the Tennessee Valley Fair, but so far it’s going well. We won a blue ribbon for Best Booth Display, and we picked up a new wholesale customer, plus several custom orders. But the best part, by far, has been getting to meet some of you. If you live in East Tennessee, come by and say hi.