I am no stranger to working conventions and booths. But there is something different about working it for yourself. You have to come up with every single thing to make it run properly and look great! Here are some of the things I learned from doing my first booth at a winery!
I started looking around at a couple of different places to set up my booth, some were $100 and some were more than that! The first one I decided to do was only $30 for the day, which was great! Each place has it’s own regulations and items you need to have. Practically all of them will want you to have a tent, so that is the first thing I would recommend buying. This place, in particular, wanted only white tents, and they had to be 10x10. I ordered one on Amazon that came with 3 walls and a nice carrying bag. It was under $200.
After you figure out where you are going to set up you need to get your card reader or form of payment set up. I purchased a card reader through my credit card processing company and it worked great. There are so many options so just do your research to find what will work best for you. I brought $!00 in cash as well with small bills to have for change, it was more than enough for me.
You will want a table for your booth, I also ordered mine on Amazon but they are cheaper at Home Depot. I grabbed a 6ft. folding table and it was perfect! Then I went to Home Goods and purchased some fun baskets and decor shelves to display my things on the table. Since I have clothes I knew I needed to bring some sort of clothing rack to display everything, I also knew that transporting clothing racks would be a huge pain. I went to Pinterest and got some great ideas. I used 4 curtain rods and “S” hooks from Lowes. They worked great! All I had to do was hang them on the easy up bars and it was done! Highly recommend using them if you have clothes. I ended up bringing one clothes rack just to create a more cozy look and it was very easy and convenient.
As far as set up goes that’s all you really need to get started. A couple other things that I highly recommend are
A chair, I brought a little ottoman and some folding chairs for my husband.
Business cards, I printed some with my website, Instagram handle and used them as price tags on each item. It helped me with pricing and it gives the customer a way to find me. I just hole punched them and tied ribbon, these are what I am going to get for the future.
Bags, I grabbed multiple sized ones again off of Amazon and they were perfect!
Mirror, this was a lifesaver! I bought one that hung on the door and hung it from the clothes rack, it was perfect and sturdy!
Check your internet ahead of time to prepare. Mine was so spotty throughout the day that I had to write down card info. Pens and a note pad go with this tip.
Hangers with sizes on them, timing is very important so you want to have the sizes visible for each item. I used chalk labels so I can change sizes if need be.
Ikea bags were very helpful for transporting clothes back and forth on the hangers.
Plastic bins to transport all the small items like bags, cards, and decor.
Snacks and bottled water, you won’t have a ton of time to leave the booth so snacks are a must!
That is what I learned the most from my first show, I am sure I will learn more each time I do one, but for now, these are great tips to get you started!