Many people across the country are looking for ways to make money outside of the typical
9-to-5. One way to do this is by selling at craft and vendor shows. Attending a craft show
can be a great way to practice your skills and introduce yourself to new customers.
Selling at craft and vendor shows can be intimidating, especially if you’re inexperienced.
From setting up your booth to marketing yourself and your business to packing up when
it’s over, here are the basics of how to sell at craft and vendor shows. Don’t forget to let
Noisia Display take care of your display needs!
How to Prepare
Preparation is the key to any project. To prepare for a craft show, you need to decide what
type of show to attend, what to bring, and how to set up your stand. Additionally, you
should find an excellent method to manage your inventory.
What to Bring
Most craft and vendor shows will send out a list of what you should bring. As a rule, you
should invest in these items:
• A stable table to display your items
• A comfortable chair to sit in
• Refreshments and water
• An extension cable if you need electricity
• Posters, signage, and decorations from Noisia Display
• A supply of cash to make change with
• A portable credit card machine
How to Set up and Mark Your Stand
One of the most important parts of selling at a craft show is displaying your work. You’ll
need to decide how to set up your booth or table and then create signage or other items
visible to prospective customers without being too distracting.
When setting up for a show, make sure to organize your work in an attractive way. Arrange
it in rows according to the type of pieces you’re selling. For example, jewelry pieces should
be displayed on a table or divided into sections for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
To determine the price of your items, estimate how much time it takes you to make each
one. Take into account your profit margin, and do some research on the prices of similar
It’s essential to price your items appropriately. Prices should be set according to the
market value of similar items, which you can find on sites like Etsy and eBay.
Taxes for Market Vendors
To track any amount owed in business or sales taxes, keep accurate inventory and sales
records. Apps and other accounting software that generate invoices and receipts, process
sales, track inventory, and book expenses can help automate the process and prevent
surprises during tax season.
If your craft business takes off, think about registering as an LLC in California. This type of
company has several advantages, such as limited personal liability, tax benefits, less
paperwork, and increased flexibility. You could hire a lawyer to handle the paperwork for a
hefty fee, or save money by doing it yourself or by using a business formation service at a
Get Ready for Your First Market
By following these tips, you can ensure the best possible experience for yourself and your
customers when selling at craft and vendor shows. Make sure you’re prepared with a good
marketing plan and everything you need in advance.
By Teresa Greenhill