- Don't assume a dishy conversation about business won't result in a sale! Be nice.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
A vent pipe is the perfect size for headbands. Simply hung from the canopy frame. These wires with hooks are sign hangers from a store display supply house. You could make your own, using ribbons or chains.
The scrabble tiles make wonderful signage! Those are old fashioned ice cube trays with beans in it to display little items. If your style is more modern, you could use plastic ice cube trays in a color that goes with your work! Muffin tins work well too. Notice the table covering is PLAIN. More pattern here would make a customer crazy!
Their displays suit their jewelry so well...and display quite a lot of it in a small space. Nothing spare or reserved about anything in here! I could NOT get a picture here without customers getting in the shot. They couldn't keep their hands off, which is a very good thing.
Look at all the different components that went into these two pieces. Lamps, colanders, wrought iron doo-dads, rubber stamp holders, faucet handles, lion and tigers and bears, oh my! Adding embellishments made out of the same material as your product is a Hot Tip. Here, they used old brooch pieces and bottle caps. You might add rhinestones, vintage neckties or the broken ceramic remains of a kiln accident!
These displays work so well for these products because the "junk" is not disguised in either place. You can plainly tell what is what. If your product is more subtle, you might want to consider unifying your displays as to material or color. Maybe painting everything the same color...or sticking with just rusty metal objects. Remember that you want your products to shine! In this booth, the displays are really a product extension, and make the tiny jewelry items larger to attract more attention.
Learning to view everyday objects as display components is a great skill to cultivate. So experiment! And have fun with it, like this ladies certainly do.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Curried Pumpkin Soup Makes 6 cups
¼ cup butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 t curry powder
¼ t ground coriander
1/8 t crushed red pepper (this will give it a sm-med kick. Add more if you prefer)
3 cups chicken broth
1 ¾ cups (1 16 oz. can) pumpkin
1 cup half and half
sour cream and chives for garnish
In large saucepan, melt butter. Saute onion and garlic until soft. Add curry powder, coriander and red pepper; cook 1 minute. Add broth; boil gently, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and half & half; cook 5 minutes. Blend in blender (or with hand-blender)
Can make ahead and reheat.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Simply made of copper tubing and wire which she then painted gold. Notice she wires the base to a glass block as needed for stability. Mari brought up her display from Tallahassee, Florida and when you travel, it is nice to have lightweight pieces...but don't forget about wind! You can also make bean bags that match your tablecloth to place as needed. It is always a good idea to pack some tape too, just in case!
Copper tubing is relatively inexpensive and found at most hardware stores. It is easily shaped or drilled as needed and could be used as Mari did, or even more extravagantly to form trees or supports for your wares.
Spray paint is The Great Unifier! Just about anything can be painted, even if it has texture. I've seen suedette jewelry busts and tiny faux Christmas trees recolored with paint to great effect. A single color of paint can make your whole display cohesive, even if the items are from different sources or are of different design. If your jewelry has an earthy vibe, try painting different wood bowls or frames collected from thrift stores in the same color to collect items on your table. Do you make girly headbands? Try cheap-but-extravagant metal pieces like serving trays and candelabras all painted in shades of hot pink and drape your items over them!
Not a seller? You can try out these ideas for displaying (and containing) your things on your dresser. Feel free to post links to photos of what you do in the comments.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Just returned from a trip to Atlanta, where my husband got to play tournament golf with his dad and we all got to celebrate the in-law's 50th wedding anniversary. The ladies spent Saturday at the Norcross Art Fest, where we walked our feet off and saw lots of talented vendors.
My interior design background, along with a general love of all things repurposed makes me adore talking about creative craft show display options. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share some of the nice artists I met with you, and discuss what makes their booths interesting to me. (Next time I will bring my good camera, and hopefully get better shots!)
After I took notes on Saturday night while I edited the photos, I visited their websites. I had noted how chill these girls and their booth was, but didn't know that Kim's etsy shop tag line is “laid back, cool and simple” Yup. You nailed it girl!
So. The lesson here? If you are relaxed, and want to emanate that feel in your display, don't get too fussy or precise with your presentation. You can still look totally professional and make your items intriguing. These girls used unfinished and rustic materials, (paint-y ladder, sanded down window frame, painted two by four and nails, handwritten/stamped/type font on traditional manilla tie tags ) to send that easy-going message.
The whole booth has a very "go-ahead-and-touch-it" feel. Loved the burlap over the lacy vintage table cloth as well as the nails simply driven into the wood block to hold rings. Very casual and not too precious. Suited the wares very well.Note how they have a buckle sitting on the shabby child's chair, under the window frame display. It is always a great idea to have items readily available for customers to pick up and touch. If everything is carefully pinned and displayed, people are often afraid to interact with the merchandise.
They also used risers well on the tables. Some wooden boxes were hidden under the burlap towards the corner, and an overturned bucket lifted a display plate. The mini pumpkins gave a little pop of color without going full-on thematic or being distracting.