You guys know from my 5 Craft Booth Tips from a Beginner post that I am still a beginner at this whole craft booth thing. I'm loving it, but I feel like I'm always learning what works and what doesn't. I need to do a follow up post because I have way more than 5 craft booth tips now!
Last month I learned that Christmas starts way earlier than I ever imagined. I work at the store two times a week as well, and I noticed that in October, other dealers started setting up Christmas stuff. You want to know the crazy part? Customers were buying Christmas items in October!
So, I kicked it into high gear and worked on Christmas items. Here's what I have so far:
The biggest change in my booth is that I added shelves. I quickly realized with my original booth setup, actually attaching items and frames to the wall made it look bad when customers bought the items. There would be empty spots and it just looked like chaos. So, I installed shelves and I put the left over frames in a large basket:
This allows me to change items around easily. When something sells from the shelves, I put a frame from the basket up there or bring in new items. Easy peasy, right?
The best part is that I'm not wasting floor space with another book shelf. Andddd the shelves only cost me around $20 to make. I simply bought wood shelf pieces at Home Depot, stained them, and then bought 6 white brackets to hang them. Yippee!
It didn't seem right not to have a Christmas tree and other Christmas-y decor, so I set up a pre-lit Christmas tree (that I found for $25 at a garage sale-- yessss), put peppermint candy lights on the shelves (also found at a garage sale for $1), and I added some garland and Christmas lights to the front of the booth.
Of course, the Christmas tree also doubles as a display for all of the fun ornaments that I'm selling. They're a mixture of handmade ornaments and ones that I've found at thrift stores and garage sales.
I shared how to make the scrabble one above on Feel Good Style, if you're interested.
On the other side, I have another book shelf and a few other awesome items hanging on the wall.
My favorite piece in the entire booth is the window that my mom hand painted. It says "I will choose to enjoy the journey that God has set before me"-- so awesome! She's already sold several hand painted windows at the Revolutionaries booth in Florida.
In the middle, I have a few pieces as well, like the paisley drum side table and a stool that I use for displaying small fabric items like fabric napkins, doilies, and placemats.
I also have peppermints in the little drum bucket-- which, as I shared on Facebook yesterday, I've been shamefully eating all of them....
I've never been so proud of my booth-- it looks so full! Special thanks to my friends Crystal and Jhonny for helping me hang the shelves and decorating (aka doing all of the major work). You guys rock!
So what do you guys think? Would you add or change anything?
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