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Aug 6th, 2005 at 9:02pm
 
 I have recently sent off an application to participate in an Arts and Crafts fair next month (Sept 10) and I looking at how to set up my displays.  Up until now the only craft fairs I have ever done were with my kids school down in GA.  They were small affairs and I did them mostly to help out the school so I didn't spend a lot of time worrying about appearances.  
  I know there are several of you out there who do a lot of shows and I was wondering how you set up your booths. Things like display shelves, shelf and table arrangements etc.  Would it be possible to get some of you to post pics of your setups to give some ideas on effective displays.  
 The advertised spaces are 10x10.  
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Reply #1 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 5:37am
 
Phillip,
I spent 3 years doing shows. I don't do them anymore and I can't find my pictures. However I do have some advice. We used grey panels as backgrounds with clear shelves. A 10x10 booth sounds like a lot of space but it's not. The panels fit against the walls so we had  lots of space for everyone to view our products. You want to try and display items eye level if possible. Tables are too low. Also try not to 'crowd' your displays with too much product. It makes your pieces too hard to pick out. We would take our best item and place it out front to bring in customers. Once inside we could get them to look at our other things. Please don't sell yourself short either. Price your items well (don't give them away). If you price a vase at $50.00 then that's what it's worth. If you price the same vase for $75.00 then it holds a better value. Also it give's you wiggle room. Remember your booth display and decorations says a lot about you and your work. First impressions are important. Hope this little bit helps. BTW- I am interested in selling my displays. I am in Dallas, Texas.

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Reply #2 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 6:01am
 
For most shows you are required to provide your own canopy as well.  Don't forget that you have to have your tax paperwork together as well.  The last show my dad went to, he said that the state tax people were going up and down the rows of venders shutting them down left and right.  OOPS!   8)
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Reply #3 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 7:54am
 
Check with the show and see if they have a processing booth for credit cards.  Some shows will provide this service for a small fee. 

If not, you can get yourself set up to take credit cards, you will capture 20-30% more sales if your visitors know you can take them.  There are a few websites I have used to do this.  Propay.com is a good one, small fees and quick processing but they do have limits on transactions ($250 per sale & $1000 per month) but they allow you to enter the transaction anytime via a web terminal.  Get a card imprinter & the old style charge slips (you can get a whole package for this online for about $45 with custom name plates).

And, don't forget when accepting checks to verifiy the information on the check with the person's driver's license.  Also get at least one good phone number in case you have to contact the person.

Speaking of contacting people, use this as an opportunity to build a buyers network.  Bring a nice guestbook and ask the people that show decent interest if they would like to know about future shows, events, or when a batch of new work comes out.  Sometimes people don't buy at a show but will months later when you send out an email newsletter about a few nice pieces you have turned. 

If you can print up some business cards, do this as well.  You'd be surprised at how many people will call a year later looking for a nice anniversary, birthday, boss gift.
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Reply #4 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 1:51pm
 
Doug
  I emailed the KY state tax office there in Louisville about that.  below is a copy of the emails I sent and what they said in response

I asked:

  I am an Indiana resident who is considering setting up a booth in a couple of Arts and Crafts shows in the Louisville KY area.  I have never done this before and I an wondering if I will be required to apply for any kind of license and collect KY state sales taxes.  I do not expect to do this but once or twice. 

  I appreciate your assistance

THey said:

You will not need to apply for a Kentucky Sales Tax Number.  What you will receive is a vendor letter at each show you attend.  Then you will submit the tax with that letter back to the state of Kentucky.  If you have any other questions, please do not hesistate to contact us again.



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Reply #5 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 2:10pm
 
Very cool!   8)
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Reply #6 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 2:26pm
 
Print and take the emails with you Phil, just in case the show coordinator asks for proof of your State Tax Liscensing.  Many are starting to do that.
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Reply #7 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 2:58pm
 
Mike
  if that was an offer to sell me your stuff I appreciate it but I am a bit too far away (southwestern IN) to consider it right now.  I do however, get sent to Norman OK on occasion to attend traing classes at the USPS training center there and maybe then...
  If you live in Dallas, you and Texascop47 (aka TC) live in the same area,  have you two managed to get together at all?  I think jimmyc also is around there also. 

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Reply #8 - Aug 8th, 2005 at 4:44pm
 
By all means I would like to get together with any of you.  I just found out Jimmyc lives in Garland and I am in and out of Garland almost everyday.  Or we could all meet at the Woodcraft Store in Addison. I am in the Dallas area every weekend and am mostly free to move around a lot depending on any special events.  Just email me if you want to meet
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Reply #9 - Aug 9th, 2005 at 5:19am
 
Hey TC.
Jimmy came to the house about 3 weeks ago. I had some turning blanks that I wanted to get rid of.  I live in the Plano, Frisco area so Just let me know. I used to go to Woodcraft about once a week, but now I just order everything from other suppliers. But if you guys want we could meet there.

Phillip, just let us know when your in the area.

Now days I don't get a chance to turn the big bowls and platters like I used to. I am a full time production turner now and it's all small stuff. Oh well at least I get to be in my shop all day instead of sitting behind a desk.

Speaking of selling stuff, I have lots of 4/4 exotic wood for those who like segmented work also a Hamelet hollowing tool that I don't use anymore. ( sorry not trying to use this forum to sell things).

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Reply #10 - Aug 9th, 2005 at 6:43am
 
That sounds great we can get Jimmy to say when it is best for him and we can meet there.  Just about any Saturday or Sunday is fine with me.  I can also usually make it on Thur. or Fri unless something is going on.  I have a meeting both Thur and Fri of this week but things look good for the next couple of weeks coming up.
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Reply #11 - Aug 9th, 2005 at 2:23pm
 
I game !!!.  August is pretty busy for me. Daughter going back to college this weekend.  Mom is having surgery on the 19th so that weekend will be out.  After that I'm on the downhill side so I hope to have my weekends free again.   I think it would be fun to get together.   PM me and I'm sure we can find a time that will work.... Grin
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Reply #12 - Aug 9th, 2005 at 11:13pm
 
 Okay, getting back on subject a bit here, I would like for some more advice from you all concerning credit cards.  I have been researching (and bugging the heck out of Chris) how to go about getting set up to accept credit cards.
 From what I can gather, it is not a hard process (the hard part is wading through the seemingly endless options available) but my concern right now is finding a source that is reliable and inexpensive and trustworthy.  I know a lot of you out there do shows (LBaker comes to mind) and some of you may take credit cards, my question is what service do you use and would you recoomend them.  
 While surfing the net on this subject I came across two different services that would seem to fill my needs.  I am posting the links to them here for you to look at and give me your impression of them.

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Reply #13 - Aug 10th, 2005 at 4:24am
 
I used my bank where I have my business account. It seemed the best idea to keep all of my business financials in the same place. I made sure that they were on par with the other credit card sites as far as fees, etc. I have an 800 number that I call to verify and make transactions on the cards. I just use the old knuckle buster to swipe the card. In 3 years of taking credit cards I have only had one that was bad. My fault I didn't call the card in until that night. Some credit card companys will do a seasonal account. You tell them what months of the year you will be active. It's good if you only take cards during the spring/fall craft show season. You don't get stuck with the year round fee. Hope this helpls
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Reply #14 - Aug 10th, 2005 at 4:25am
 
Opps, my bank is Bank of America
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