I was a vendor at an interesting event today.
My main goal for this event was to refine my Indoor Show Setup. The only other indoor show that I've done was the Holizaar last December (see this post). I've spent a lot of time since then thinking about how I could improve visibility and accessibility to my products within the confines of a small space.
This space was right by the door.
Here was the view from my area. It was in one of Delta's "all purpose" rooms, on the 4th floor of the building. There were about 35 vendors.
A thoughtful touch: there were volunteers waiting for us in the loading area this morning with big carts for unloading, and they showed up again at the end to help us pack up and load up our cars. I had been fully prepared to expend a lot of energy hauling merchandise and displays myself, so that was really, really nice.
Vendor highlights: you can see in the top picture that this pumpkin vendor was right next to me, making my table runners look good! Those pumpkins are hand made out of air conditioning filters, and were just quirky enough to be really great looking without being too "country", if you know what I mean.
This is lovely packaging on these hand made soaps, and they smelled as good as they looked. I treated myself to a bar of lavender-lemongrass.
There were also nice baked goods, very cute dog treats, candles, bags, and an interesting clothing vendor.
Vendor bummers: Tupperware does not belong at a show being billed as "Arts and Crafts". (I love Tupperware,by the way, just not at a craft show). And the jewelry vendor list needed to be curated much more carefully---there was a whole lot of Ugly Mass Produced, and not enough handmade, and we all know how many incredible handmade jewelry artists there are in every community!
So it was a fun day, and I feel like I made a lot of improvements to my indoor display, which is a good thing, since I'm doing the Holizaar again next month. I'll be ready!