I used to sell at bead fairs and events regularly until three or four years ago, and this spring I got back into the sales saddle! I took the plunge and booked a stand at the Big Bead Show at Sandown Park for the beginning of April - I was back!
Because I’ve got some more events in the pipeline for 2019, including two local arts festivals when I’m opening my workshop to the public across five weekends in the summer and autumn, I had a chat with my DIY expert (Mr LFI) about the feasibility of building some kind of display that I could use again and again, and not ‘wing it’ to the extent that I used to.
At events in the past I have relied on a venue-supplied table, black velvet tablecloths (necessitating three arms, twenty minutes and half a dozen pins to ‘install’) and a fairly haphazardly arranged display of beads and jewellery.
Thanks to multiple trips to the timber merchants, a whole load of silicone adhesive, some leftover paint, some lights, some time and expertise from our neighbour the electrician, the Black & Decker workmate inherited from Mr LFI’s dad, some steel pegs, some signage, a stretchy eBay tablecloth, a considerable amount of ‘language’ (mine) and an awful lot of time and hard work (Mr LFI’s) we ended up with THIS:
The vertical aspect we’d added to the stand made such a difference! Not only did my two ‘walls’ double my display space, but made it possible to separate jewellery from beads. I usually take some jewellery along to bead fairs, as not every visitor is a beader or jewellery maker, so might be looking for ‘ready-to-wear’ items, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to not mix up components and finished items.
It was great to have been able to wire the lights onto the walls, as lighting makes such a difference to a display at a busy show. I used to rely on either desk lamps, clip-on lamps, battery LEDs or a combination.
It’s lovely to have the potential continuity in my display at future events. The layout really worked well not only for me but also for visitors, and we had some super feedback!