Late last evening, I received an email letting me know that I have been accepted for the Holiday Market in November and again in December. This weekend, K will help me set up my display for a dry run. I have been working a bit at a time to improve the curb appeal with the purchase of a few small crates and some small chalkboard signs.
I felt that my hand printed paper signs and lack of labeling contributed to my low sales at the previous festival. The little clip on blackboards, were easy to make with wooden clothespins, hot glue, a paint pen and the small blackboards. It has allowed me to identify the scents available, and each bar has a paper band with the shop logo and soap scent. I purchased two of the small square trays and glued dividers in them for the lotion bars and salves. The little soap crates will each have one or two varieties of soap and each of the two beard oils have their own little box. Testers will be out for the Beard Oil and Lotion Bars.
This left me with a challenge on how to display the handspun yarn. I have tossed various ideas around for a few days while I waited for decision. To facilitate carrying the small boxes, crates and trays, supply box, sign, bags and table covers, I use wood fruit box type crates. T suggested how to reinforce the bottom of those boxes so that I don’t have the bottom fall out when fully loaded. Those boxes are stapled together, so attractive, but not too sturdy. My idea was to use these boxes to my advantage in my display and today, I bought 16 Shaker style pegs, dug through my scrap wood supply for a 1 x 4 cedar board and set to work making a yarn display.
Out came the circular saw and the power drill, some wood glue and furniture clamps and the peg boards were fastened to the bottoms of two crates when stacked on two more crates it make a great display and the pegged crates can still be used to carry the yarn, table covers and other light weight, non breakable items.
After we set up the tables within a 10 X 10 foot space to see how it will work, we will determine the most appealing appearance to display the soap, lotion bars, beard oils and yarn on the tables. I am hopeful that the investment in the display items will attract buyers and the market will be a success for my fledgling hobby business.