My First Artisan Show & Sale: Checklists
Piano lessons for 20+ years has taught me well with preparing ahead of time.
If you're in a similar boat with getting ready for your first in-person show, Congratulations! :)
From my perspective, it's a bit of a big step - I personally had to work up courage to be able to submit an application form for review.
Friends, peers, and people I've met have all encouraged me to sell in-person, and it took me about a year to mentally prepare myself in terms of feeling comfortable with my work (...which is still in progress).
- prepare a float/change
- put aside your Square for credit cards (or signup)
- pull out display pieces & assemble a mock-up
- create an inventory list
- prepare to pack snacks/drinks!
- prepare packaging materials
- pack business cards
Questions to Ask
- is a table/chair provided?
- what are the dimensions of the table?
- do you need to provide your own table cover & skirting?
- is table skirting mandatory?
- how many days will I be selling? do I need more inventory? (it's better to have too many than to run out too early)
- what is the set up time?
- how are you getting to the venue? what is the parking situation like? (pay, no parking...)
That's just a general list that I've thought of to prepare myself for my first in-person sale.
If you're a seasoned market vendor, please comment below to add more tips!
The list will be updated as I continue brainstorming leading up to the show :)