Today I'm going to hit on "What to bring" and then I'll finish out this mini series with my tips on how to prepare. Let's do this!!
There are a gazillion and one lists out there for what to bring to a craft show and you'll probably want to check those out if you're doing an outdoor show, but most of this will cross over. Mine was an indoor show with the option of electricity provided. I opted out (dumb!) Lighting is so key to creating warmth and highlighting certain items. I didn't think I needed it, but looking back I would definitely get it next time.
I had a giant clear plastic tub with my supplies, this made things easy to find when it got busy.
-Mouth wash or gum
-Advil (You'll thank me after you've been standing for hours!)
-Small mirror (What if that salad you ate for lunch is still stuck in your teeth. The horror!)
-Protein bar (or meal replacement bar)
-Glue (for fixing any merchandise that breaks!)
-Calculator (even if you have one on your phone, still bring a hand held... trust me!)
-Square credit card reader
I also brought a roll of paper towels and a trash bag for spills.
-Custom Order Forms
-Picture album for custom order ideas
-Sales Receipt book
And I brought a project to work on during the slow parts of the show. It was fun for me to be able to demonstrate how I make my scarves and it got people involved.
Square credit card reader. They will send you one for free, it is easy to use, there is no up front fee and they just charge you a small fee per transaction. Read all about it here.
This is my little sales station. I have my cash box, calculator, Square, inventory list, receipt book and my gift wrap stuff all together. It was a life saver to have all of this stuff in one place and quickly accessible.
UPDATE: Here are the links to all five posts in this mini series: