My serious prep for this show can mid April when I learned I got into the show. I had at that time between etsy and my stock I use for off line about 450 items made. My first step was making a dream list of inventory, where I listed my entire line and how much I hoped to take. This went through many changes and became my sewing list. My final number of items I was aiming to make was around 1200 items, with a value just under 15K. I kept an excel spreadsheet of inventory, supplies needed and random comments. This spreadsheet was a tool I used pretty much all day everyday getting ready, and really kept me on track for sewing. Yes, I finished my goal of 1200 items made, actually I think 1187 but we can call it 1200 I may have missed a few along the way.
For this show I also had to invest in some additional displays, I hope to do 2-4 outdoor shows a year, so these purchases were inevitable, for other displays I used things from around the house. I bought weights for my tent and 4 additional grid walls, a metal shelf for on my table and more hardware for the grid walls. As for display items for future shows I am pretty well set, though I am contemplating replacing 4 of my older grid walls for newer ones, the new ones were MUCH lighter.
The hard-work, or the long time consuming part of the task was putting up for display 1200 items. When you have three months of neatly organizing and counting them it seems this would be an easy task to display them. It took myself and my friend and her husband about 2.5 hours. This was definitely an area where I learned something for future shows.
blog post. Baskets and trays display other items, I used a home made riser for an item which was simply a box wrapped in pretty gift wrap. I hope to add a few more pics as I still sort things out...and find one of the cameras.
As for the show itself, I had a great time and it was a great experience...would I do this show again...not sure? Though to be honest I am not sure I would ever do another 3 day show, especially when that show goes into a 4th day for set up. I learned a lot about doing big shows and know for sure I could improve upon my prep, set up and tear down. I have applied to a 2 day show in September, though a little reluctant fresh out of this show as the amount of work is still lingering, but I figure after 2 months I will be ready to go again.
Good news is I have lots of completed inventory to stock etsy, Yellow Door and a good jump start on holiday shows I already have planned.