August 09, 2009
From My Craft Show
Many of you know that I participated at a craft show Lasipalatsi Design Markets this week. It started on Wednesday and ended on Saturday evening. All I can say is that it was a great happening with lots of folk, lovely weather, like minded participants and nice sales too. I met many new labels I liked a lot along all time favorites such as Zukale & Huoviala (couldn't resist buying new mustard color stockings with birdie and owl print from them!). I do hope this event will take place next summer again, so many customers liked what they saw now.
Here's a little bit about my preparings I didn't have time to blog about before the show, maybe you get inspired of my experience. Even though this wasn't my first craft show it was the first one with my own table and one which lasted longer than two days.
I tried to think carefully how to make my booth look as much karuski as possible. I collected lacy fabrics to cover my table. I made jewelry displays by painting photo frames white I had found from a flea market, sanded them and added pieces of hand crocheted lace under the glass. For my dangling earrings I prepared another photo frame with a piece of laced table cloth but without the protective glass so that the earrings could be hang on the surface of the cloth. Another nice jewelry display came out of a apple tree branch which I placed into a big glass jar filled with sand and few rocks. As an experiment I painted a couple of vintage metal trays with a blackboard paint and lettered my label name with chalk on them. H helped by drilling the holes on one of the trays so I could hang it on a wall behind my table. The wall I covered with vintage wallpaper I found from a sales basket at our paint shop. Paper tags I had ordered from a friendly Etsy seller AsPleasedAsPunch. New visit cards I had designed to match my recently refreshed site and ordered them locally. I had made some totally new designs for this show and I was happily surprised how many of these ones were liked the most and sold out quite fast. If I only had known this in advance I could have been better prepared with more supplies. All in all I'm satisfied how everything turned out!
Ooh, and I almost forgot this: I met Kajsa of Syko and Anne of Garbagebag as they came to visit my booth. It was such fun to have a little chat with other Finnish Etsians, not to forget my friend Minna of Vietto who had a table next to me!