Monday, June 1, 2015

Art Craft Show Checklist for A Successful Show Set Up

OK, I gathered this Art/Craft Show Checklist. Thanks to everyone who contributed for this great list! I have it organized to sections for easy read. This list is a compilation of tips from fellow jewelry artisans from various groups in FB that I cannot name one by one. You know who you are :) ~Kharisma.

Also check: How to Build Cheap Pedestal Style Displays

This checklist has helped me tremendously on keeping track of my items to make sure I don't forget to pack anything I'd need during the show.

POP (Point of Purchase)
  1. Shop banners
  2. Printed photos/posters of jewelry
  3. Tablecloths + coverings
  4. Tables
  5. Business cards + business card holder
  6. Displays & display risers
  7. Table risers
  8. Price tags
  9. Jewelry boxes + pouches + ties
  10. Jewelry/your products (duh)
  11. Cash, change ($250 in $5, $10, $20)
  12. Cash box/apron/fanny pack
  13. Lights
  14. Mirrors
  15. Calculator
  16. Signage (price, material, etc)
  17. Jewelry bags

  1. Tent/canopy
  2. Tent walls
  3. Tent weights
  4. Dog ties/stakes
  5. Ratchet straps
  6. Bungee cords
  7. Tarp/plastic covers
  8. Hammer/rubber mallet

  1. Trash can
  2. Pens
  3. Tablet/cellphone + chargers
  4. Square device
  5. Receipt book
  6. Order book
  7. Sign up sheets (guest book)
  8. Name pin/tag
  9. A Sign that says accepting credit card
  10. Counterfeit pens

  1. Polishing pads
  2. Hand wipes
  3. Water 
  4. Snacks/lunch
  5. Hard candies/mints
  6. Rubbing alcohol + cotton pads to clean earrings
  7. Extension cord/power strips
  8. Safety pins
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Ring sizer
  11. Bracelet sizer
  12. Deodorant
  13. Cordless phone charger (power bank)

  1. Jewelry pliers + cutters + files
  2. Dolly
  3. Shims
  4. Scissors
  5. Wire ties to hang things + wire cutter (non jewelry)
  6. Clamps/metal binder clips
  7. List of jewelry
  8. Napkins, paper towel, kleenex
  9. Double sided tape
  10. Duct tape
  11. Power strip
  12. Screwdriver

  1. Comfy chair
  2. Extra layer of clothing
  3. Comfy shoes + extra socks
  4. A change of underwear 
  5. A change of clothing
  6. First aid kit
  7. Fingerless gloves
  8. Lookbook
  9. Museum putty
  10. Small towels
  11. Plastic utensils
  12. Saran wrap
  13. Aspirin/medicine

Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Build A Cheap Pedestal Table for Jewelry Booth in Art Shows

First of all, I want to thank Robin Ragsdale for the idea of using plastic garage shelves as jewelry display tables. We are all familiar with the folding tables and probably have used them at one point but plastic shelves? Who would've thought? But they sure make a great display table that mimics the more expensive model by Armstrong. We're talking about $50 vs $200 a table here.

This set up won me Best Newcomer award at Springfield, IL Edwards Place Fine Art Fair in 2014. 

Here's the list of what you need for making these jewelry display pedestal tables:

1. Plastic garage shelves. Approximately $30-35 for a 5-tier set (18" x 36" x 72"). I purchased 3 sets and those can make 4-5 sets of tables depends on whether you used a shelf at the bottom or not. $105.

2. Indoor/outdoor carpet or any fabric to your liking. I recommend heavyweight non-stretchy fabric. They wrap better and look nicer. These carpets I bought, each one could make 2 wraps (3' x 8') so I purchased 2 of them. $16.

3. Elastics and velcro if you use carpet like I did. I stapled the velcro to the elastic. Smooth side attached to the elastic and the catchy side on the carpet. I cut the 2" elastic about 1 foot each and stack 2 of them for stability and more holding power.

4. Edge glued pine board, 24" x 36", ($18 each) and I stained them. Alternatively, you can also use Ikea Linnmon tops but we didn't have Ikea nearby and I wanted a stained wood look instead of laminate tops.

Now for the actual set up, here's the step by step pictorial:

All stacked and (was) wrapped up with ratchet straps for easy carry.

3 sets of 5 tier plastic garage shelves could make 4 jewelry display tables with the bottom shelves attached or 5 tables with the bottom removed. Each makes a 36" tall table which is the perfect height for shows.

Carpet up next. Decided to use only 3 pedestal tables this time.

Stained wood tops are placed on top. Those trapezoids are bed risers turned upside down and used as display table risers.

Ta-da! Looking sharp, ain't it?! 
Photo above was from my 3rd show in December 2014.

I got so many compliments with this set up and they told me my booth looked very professional. Hard to believe it was only a second show for Popnicute. Thanks, Robin!

With approximately $200, the same amount of money of ONE Armstrong table, you get FOUR to FIVE professional looking tables. Great deal, I say! Even if you ever decided to quit doing shows, these shelves could be useful for storage :) None wasted, really.

This Silver Popnicute Heart was the star in both shows but it's still available. Any takers? ;)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Building A Quiet Tumbling Fortress

Several artisan friends in a jewelry group I'm a member of raising a concern about tumbler may be too loud for daily use in their thin walled apartments. It got me thinking.. I have a single barrel durabull tumbler with a plastic barrel to tumble my jewelry that is not quiet by any means but it's also not obnoxiously loud. The rhythmical swish swish sound does not bothering me or any other family members in my house although I usually have the bathroom door closed, where the tumbler is, if I want to watch TV that's about 10 ft away from the tumbler so I can listen to the show better.

I visited Menards today and found this set of 4 of colorful puzzle foam mat for $7.99. Each is 18" x 18". My tumbler is currently housed inside a cube organizer inside my bathroom. I measured out the inside dimension of the cube organizer and cut my foam to fit as a door. The photos below will explain the steps better.

Tools and materials:
- (2) 18" x 18" puzzle foam mats
- box cutter
- ruler
- sharpie/pen
- cutting mat

The steps:
1. I measured my foam mat and drew the guide lines using a sharpie at the back of the mat. I combined 2 colors for a little style and function that will be explained on step 3.

2. I cut the foam and removed the "ears" at the bottom of the puzzle so every side will be straight. I did this on top of a cutting mat to protect my floor.

3. I separated the puzzle and cut a little piece of one of the "ears" of the green mat that's big enough for my finger to get in. This is so my finger can pull out this door as it will be very snug fit to the cube.

4. I also cut a solid piece of foam of the same size to line the back of my cube as my organizer doesn't have any backing. I snipped a little section on the corner so my cable can get through. I also cut a mat for my tumbler to rest on. You can sorta see it on the picture, the backing foam is blue.

5. With 3 sides covered in foam, my tumbler is pretty quiet now! WAAAAY quieter than it's without any sound blocker. I usually hear the sound of tumbling very clearly from 10 ft away. Now, it's very very faint you have to stop the music to hear it.

If your tumbler isn't conveniently stored inside a cube organizer like mine, you can make a sound blocker/fortress for your tumbler by gluing 4 pieces of solid foam together to form a cube of the size of your tumbler, with one of the corner snipped off for cable to get through. Cover your tumbler while it's running with your homemade foam cube.

I bet it will be very quiet, quite possibly quieter than mine as I have 2 sides with no foam walls. I spent only $4 to build this. the other 2 puzzle foam mats are untouched.

I'm very happy with this!