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Creating Wonderful Displays for Your Handcrafts

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Signing up for my first craft show, fulfilled my long time
dream of creating something that would be marketable and enjoyed
by others. My goal to build a display that would not only enhance
my work, but would cause a customer to stop, look & purchase,
proved to be a problem.

I am sure like others, my misguided thinking, expecting that
I would create a wonderfully marvelous display first time around,
with props that I would use forever. Thinking I was getting great
value for my money invested, I started out with my first display
with a look of moss green skirting, burlap with assorted containers
made of wicker and tin. I was hmmm....okay with this look, but knew
that it just wasn't fabulous, and I wanted fabulous. Being
unsure of myself and not knowing how to create a great space,
I just left well enough alone. I did take notice at the
shows I attended, the charming and creative booths done
so professionally by my fellow crafters. It seemed that this gift
of presentation eluded me. One fellow crafter, was very helpful
when I openly admired her display. She explained that it wasn't
always so, but that her display just evolved. New ideas would form
and then they would be incorporated into the display till it became
what it was that day. The suggestion of building on what was already
in place seemed like a good idea, but I was reluctant to replace props
with new things, thinking I was throwing good money after bad, but I
was missing the point about evolving.

I entered my second year of selling, when I met a wonderfully
talented crafter who did Monet type of painting on all sorts of
items from fabric to wood. The beautiful pastel colors were
showcased on simple white muslin material, topped with a pretty white
on white patterned sheer cloth draped on top. Bellows of white and
that soft impressionist type painting was simple, but it was
gorgeous. She was a great encourager and got me to thinking about
my colorful soaps and how well they would look on a white background.
So display #2 was born. Cast away was what now seemed to be dark
dreary burlap and in was the new, bright white. To cut costs I
decided to keep my baskets and just whitewash them and added some
silver grid baskets purchased at a dollar store, my lifts were my
transport boxes doing second duty. So I created a new look of white
tables, whitewashed baskets and a few intermittently placed silver
baskets I completed this new change for my next craft show and I was
glad I had taken that sound advice. My colorful soaps did look striking
up against white fabric. Sales increased and customers and fellow
crafters gave rave reviews on my soaps and my display. I was pleased
that I had tried something new.

Now with the success of this new look and added confidence, I've
continued assessing my display thinking of ways to improve my look. So
just as the friendly advice I received about letting my design evolve,
the display for First In Line Soap is doing just that. I needed to cast
away that fear of having to do it right the first time, and replaced it
with the excitement of having some new ideas, and getting to try them.

So now my third season is starting and new ideas are popping into my
head all the time about how I want my product to be shown. I started
last year picking up some old dishes from a thrift shop and used them as
containers for my soaps. I love the Shabby Chic look and it was starting
to filter into my booth. Hmmmm….. Marketing specialists talk about selling
a look along with your product and I thought it might be a good selling
tool at my shows. So the idea of a theme type of display for my colorfully
bright soaps was born.

As of this writing I am gathering materials such as barn board for shelving,
aged flowerpots, floral patterned dishesPsychology Articles, enamelware & etched stemware. I am
hoping that the contrast of old (my display pieces) with the new (my soaps)
will generate visible interest that will prompt the shoppers to purchase.

So be encouraged and start thinking about new and different ways you
can showcase your handcraft and just as creating your product gives you such
joy so can creating a display to showcase and sell your work.

This article was written by
Linda Nigro
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I have a soap crafting business for about the last 3-4 years selling at craft shows and home parties and then about 2 years ago I added to that a web address. I reside in Northeastern PA. I am the mother of two grown children who give me such joy and who say they are so proud of their mom. Needless to say I am so proud of them.

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