displaying crafts
ideas display Posted By: Sharon G (Oklahoma)
Date: 2004/2/13 11:39 a.m.

Thanks all for the comments on the new store look. My point in posting the pictures was to show you that almost anything can be used a a visual for display w/o going out and buying lots of props or having to have a masters degree in carpentry. I like the idea of the crib as a scrunchy display Norma...quite ingenious What other unusual items has anyone used for display? Remember show season isn't that far off and ideas are always appreciated.

Posted By: rk
Date: 2004/2/13 3:03 p.m.
In Response To: Re: display ideas (rk)

I'm always looking for creative ways to display my jewelry, and I'm one of the biggest cheapskates around when it comes to display props! We make most of our own or use found items. One of my favorite racks is one my father (a notorious dumpster-diver) rescued from the trash at the newstand next to where he works. It's a spinner that was made for hanging lotto cards on. I cut off the extra wires that I didn't need and touched up the paint, and I use it to hang my wire link pieces on.

Another new one we added last fall was a chrome wine bottle rack purchased at Walmart that was the perfect size for bracelets. I was able to condense two other racks on to this one which saved a lot of space and added some height to the table. We made new earring displays for featuring some of the higher priced earrings by hinging two pictures frames together and replacing the glass with padded black velvet boards.

Of course I didn't complain when my DH bought the necklace displays for me for Christmas like I'd had to buy to use in the restaurant. He knew how much I loved them and that I wouldn't buy them for myself Especially in my craft, where there are SO MANY people making jewelry now, I think it's important to have a booth that is different. I think that because I don't use the same typical store-bought displays as everyone else, that it really catchs people's attention and draws them into the booth to see that the product is as unique also.

Posted By: Tilley
Date: 2004/2/14 7:13 p.m.
In Response To: Re: display ideas (Sharon G. (Oklahoma))

It's a chrome wine bottle holder from the kitchen section in Walmart designed to hold five bottles horizontally--2 on one side and 3 on the other. Just looks like thick pieces of wire soldered together. We take the bracelets and clasp them around the wire where it curves around to hold the bottles. Makes five sections that we divide up by color schemes. Took a while to transfer all of the bracelets over to it the first time since everything had to be clasped on one at a time, but it made a good project for the girls.
Keeps everything secure, too, so I can transport it complete and just have to straighten it a little when I get there.

Posted By: Norma
Date: 2004/2/14 6:13 p.m.
In Response To: display ideas (Sharon G. (Oklahoma))

I had a couple of people crack up at one show I did.
I had a huge flower pot and poured dirt in it once I got there.
I stuck a tomato wire cage into it and hung a bunch of Xmas ornaments on it. Worked great. The other thing I did was use a stove pipe and displayed all of my magents on it. Then all I did was pull a big bag over top of it and close it up at the bottom. I made it snug enough that most of the magnets stayed on the pipe for the next show. ~norma

Posted By: karen/kallen/k...
Date: 2004/2/14 7:51 p.m.
In Response To: display ideas ~ what I've "uncovered" so far... (karen/kallen/k...)

A great idea. I brought my little 4 foot Christmas tree to the craft show last October, but could only decorate the front of it because the "space" I had, didn't allow people walking around the tree so I really couldn't put all the ornaments on without having it look "over filled". With the Christmas tree stand, all the ornaments would be in plain site. Karen.

So you think it's better to look
Posted By: Patti E. Wisconsin USA
Date: 2004/2/15 10:32 a.m.
In Response To: YVW, Patti . . . (karen/kallen/k...)

"overfilled"??? I think I understand what you are saying, guess I've never thought about it like that, and now that I think about it, I've passed by booths that look like things have been picked over already. Karen.

Posted By: karen/kallen/k...
Date: 2004/2/15 11:05 a.m.
In Response To: So you think it's better to look (Patti E. Wisconsin USA)

My neighbor was doing Harvest Festival and the other "biggees" and I was recovering from hand surgeries [yes, plural] and would sit and try to do some stuff. This was all volunteer because I just wanted to get my hands to work again. Then she took me to a show with her. She had shelf units her dolls would sit on. When she would sell a couple off the shelves or off the displays, she'd go behind the booth and replace them. She had 2x more behind the booth than she did out front! It didn't look overcrowded ~ 'twas a nice display ~ but she had backup product to keep it stocked. She's the one that explained if you don't have enough product to keep it full, people will pass by because [as you said] it looked picked over so the good stuff must be all gone!!! Amazing how folks think... Re: Remember, I started backwards...

Posted By: Tilley
Date: 2004/2/18 3:39 p.m.
In Response To: Remember, I started backwards... (karen/kallen/k...)

My mom does the same thing with her baskets.
She has at least as many under the tables as she has out on display so she can restock as needed. But also, she may have the same basket in four different colors and when someone says, "Gee, I wish you had this in green", she can reach under the table and pull it out. I do the same with my jewelry, too, but I put a sign on the pieces usually that says "Also available in stock in blue, purple and black" or something to that effect.

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