Works-In-Progress

Craft Fair Display Experiments!

I’m excited that I finished painting my thrift store finds (bookshelf, shelf, and mirror) and garage-found table in the deep, dark purple plum paint!  When they dried, I hauled them all upstairs and put them on my dining table.  I measured for a typical craft show table, and proceeded to work on a new show display.  Then I took photos.  I have to warn you that they are terrible photos – bad lighting, some blurriness, bad colouring, not far away enough to take in the whole scene in one photo.  This is because I needed to clear off my dining table ASAP, so I couldn’t wait for good light;  I worked in cramped quarters – a wall right by the table prevented me from backing up for good photos; and I had no blank background to work with, and I was too tired to ask my kids to hold up a white sheet behind it all, hahaha!  Oh well.  I’ll still post them so you can get an idea of what it’ll be like for fall shows.  And at some of those shows, I’ll get some much better photos!!!

Please let me know what you think about the setup too – constructive critique welcome!

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

View from end of table.  At far end is the bookshelf – I filled it with reversible batik bags.  On top of it is a wire rack to hold more bags and to hang some brooches.  At the near end is the smaller painted table, and on top of that is the small shelf.  I like that there are varying heights in the display.  The mirror is hiding somewhere in the middle back.

I grouped most like items together, but I also scattered items among other items, to suggest pairings for gifts.  Art notecards are clipped alongside flower brooches on string, individual wristlets are displayed next to individual hats (which are propped on balloons), and brooches and cards are clipped to batik bags.  It may look jumbly in the photo, but in real life, I think it looks pretty cohesive.

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

Ignore the brown electronics stand in the background!! 😀

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

(blurry) closeup of the bookshelf display

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

bottom perspective of bookshelf display

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

top perspective of bookshelf display

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

There’s the mirror on the left!  Bottom perspective of small painted table display that has cards and brooches wrapped around the edge.

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

Under the small painted table display – piles of hats and hats on balloons

craft show display experiment
craft show display experiment

(Ignore the awful entertainment centre background!!)  This is the shelf display that I placed on top of the small painted table (the one from the previous photo).  Amazing what you can do with string and clothespins.

And one more photo of the progress of the mystery “work in progress:” (again, not a great photo – tiredness abounds today)

batik embroidery and sequins in red linen
batik embroidery and sequins in red linen

Phew!  I’ve now come to the end of a list of MAJOR projects I wanted to complete for starting up my craft business!!!  I’m very excited (and very tired).  I’m now aiming to post more about other topics in the coming months, as well as showing you “works in progress” and letting you know about local craft shows I’ll be participating in (I’m signed up for several already!).

Enjoy browsing!!

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5 thoughts on “Craft Fair Display Experiments!

  1. Colleen, Hey you have nailed it! The use of height and creative frugal tools/embellishments makes it all work perfectly together. All the bright happy colours just top it all of with happiness. Good job!

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