|The beginnings of my booth sans lights, busts, and sign|
|A few of the new pieces I created before the event.|
I was asked to limit my table to four feet. That worked out well since the only portable table I currently own is four feet long.
|Set up and ready at The Bone and Barrel for First Friday ArtWalk|
It hit me as I awoke one morning that I had impulsively bought a vintage typewriter that would work great to give some height and layers to my display.
|I really adore how this looked. It garnered lots of interest from the kids there who wanted to pound on it.|
I spiraled out of control from there, adding duck cloth and burlap ribbon as my table covering, using some glass cake plates (handmade with thrifted plates glued to fluted glasses- made YEARS ago), stacking books for interest, and laying out a few of my laser cut busts Pat made.
|Lots of layers for texture and interest.|
The front of the table looked bare, so I made myself a banner sign using paper, stencils, paint, glue, and basic twine. I was told to bring lights with me, so I bought one small one and then added one from Pat's office.
|As the sun set, I was relieved that we brought more than the one light I initially thought would be okay.|
I had a friend point out that my booth style definitely had a writing/text theme that I didn't even notice. I guess I have a style without intention: typewriters write out words; my busts, foam board, and jewelry cards all use old book paper, and the books on the table are full of text. I'm glad someone helped me recognize that theme, because I was just going with what I like, I guess it's words!
|These are some of the laser cut busts Pat created for me. I adore them!|
|Loaded up and ready to go.|
The booth got quite a bit of interest, but I didn't really sell anything. I'm not too bummed about it though. It was good exposure, a fab experience, and a lot of fun (we saw a bunch of friends and family while out on the patio). I'm hoping to try again next month.
|Long necklaces laid on on foam board covered with dictionary text.|
For your reference and mine, here's a list of what I took:
- Jewelry (sorted, priced, and ready to go)
- Table coverings (duck cloth and burlap ribbon)
- Banner sign
- Displays (typewriter, busts, foam board, cake stands, books)
- Tape and scissors (just in case)
- Cashbox with cash, change, and Square reader
- Wrapping materials (tissue paper, paper baggies, baker's twine, and washi tape)
- Business cards
- Extension cord, 6-way power strip, and cell phone charger
Would you recommend removing/adding anything to it and/or do you have any advice for others like me just starting out selling our art in a booth-like setting? And, what do you think in general? (please be kind, I'm new at this)?
Like I said above, it was a good experience overall, and I'm looking forward to another opportunity to show my creations. Thanks to those who came out to support me!