craft show checklist

Preparing for a craft show can be daunting, not only are you working your crafty little fingers to the bone but you also have to consider everything you need to bring along to make the big day go smoothly, and of course, you want your table to look it’s best! I highly recommend setting up your display at home so you can perfect your layout. I always do and it is very helpful as my display racks are always evolving and I don’t want to bring too much or too little for the allotted table size, plus that kind of thing is my idea of fun! This is my checklist for indoor craft shows, I have never done an outdoor show but I image there would be a few more things you would need.

for booth set up:

  • table cloth
  • banner and signage
  • tape (to secure signs)
  • safety pins (to pin my banner to the table cloth)
  • display items and racks
  • business cards & business card holder
  • merchandise

for processing sales:

  • money box and float
  • paper bags in various sizes
  • company stamp & ink pad to decorate paper bags
  • packaging tissue (I use vintage sewing patterns)
  • receipt book, the carbon copy type is handy for taking custom orders
  • a few pens
  • a small calculator
  • inventory list to track sales

just in case:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • needle & thread
  • lint roller
  • extra hang tags & price tags
  • a project to work on if things are slow

nice to haves:

  • great snacks
  • water
  • camera
  • a helper

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6 Responses to craft show checklist

  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much!

  2. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing it. I’m going to save this for my next show!! I’ve only done a few so I will inevitably forget something but this will help:)

  3. Kris says:

    Thank you for publishing this list. It has been a huge help; I have referenced it several times!

  4. Victoria says:

    This is awesome getting ready to do my 1st craft show this has helped a lot

  5. Janice Fusco says:

    I also keep a tool box…never know what you might need or can help out an other vendor. Mine has hammer, screw driver, twine, different tapes, pins, sewing kit, shower curtain rings( wire ones are magical), Tylenol and small first aid kit, Hershey kisses for a pep up.
    Lists are always great things and yours was helpful. Oh I have been doing shows for 35years and can always learn something new. Janice

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