How To Have A Successful Show

 
Wow! We've learned so much from doing these shows. I'm going to share a couple of tips we've mastered along the way.
It makes all the difference if you're organized when setting up at a show. We also like to plan ahead as much as possible.
We have all inventory tagged before. We make sure our hangers all match and that our clothes are sized correctly. When we load we are intentional on not mixing up the sizes or variety. We also make a mock up on paper where everything is placed in our booth when we arrive.
We now also load our trailer a day or two before. This is so I won't feel so frazzled when it's time hit the road. I'm always busy tying up last minute things with my family, oil changes and business that I'm feeling organized to not load last minute.
                                                                                                                   
We have a folder with lots of notes to refer back on.
Here's are some notes you might find in our folder.
•WHAT SOLD THE MOST AT THAT SHOW IN PAST SHOW
•HOW MUCH INVENTORY WE ARE TAKING
•SET UP PLAN
•WHAT NEEDS TO BE PACKED
•WHAT NEEDS ORDERED BEFORE
(bags, business cards and etc.)
•WHAT OUTFITS WE WILL WEAR EVERYDAY
•IN WHAT ORDER THINGS GET PACKED IN TRAILER
•TO DO LIST FOR EVERYDAY FOLLOWING UP TO SHOW
•CHECKLIST FOR SUPPLIES
We have so many great memories from all the travels we have had with doing the shows. We could tell many stories from using Air BnB's. If I'm totally honest with you. I'm about over VRBO and Air BnB. We like staying at Embassy Suites and Home2 Suites. They're almost always nice and roomy. 
Not having a nice place to stay can be stressful. 
I suggest booking your Hotel through Booking.com as soon as you know you’re doing the show.
In the past year for sure it's good to take smalls under $25. We like taking at least 15 to 20 varieties of different smalls. This can really boost your sales.
We always have small items to set by the checkout counter.
I'm also always intentional on buying to support other artist at the shows. I never ask them for a discount because thats a pet peeve of mine. We work so hard prepping for the show that we deserve every penny to cover all the cost that goes into these shows.
I'll try and give a visual of a couple of our lists.
Here's a list of the big stuff that needs packed
• CHECKOUT COUNTER
• 2- WALLPAPER TABLE 
• 2-4 FOOT TABLES
• 3-6 FOOT TABLES
• SIGNS
• LADDERS
• PILLARS
• COW HIDES
• CARPETS
• 7- ROLLER RACKS
• 2- RACKS FOR PURSES
• MANIQUINS
• FOLDING CHAIRS
• PROPS
• TENTS
• TABLECLOTHES
• CASH DRAWER
• CARD READER
• IPAD
• WATER
• PAPER SHOPPING BAGS
• BROOM
• LEAF BLOWER
• MIRRORS
• CURTAINS
• IRONSTONE FOR DISPLAY
Here's a list of our small supplies that go in rubbermaid drawers.
• CALCULATER
• POWER BARS/SNACKS
• SMALL JEWELRY BAGS
• BILL PAD
• EXTRA TAGS
• SAFTY PINS
• ZIP TIES
• GARBAGE BAGS
• ROPE
• JUTE
• DROP CLOTHES
• BUSINESS CARDS
• 100% BEAUTIFUL CARDS
• WINDEX
• PAPER TOWELS
• BLUTOOTH SPEAKER
• SCISSORS
• HOT GLUE GUN
• TISSUES
• PRINTED OUT SIGNS
• CLIP BOARDS
• TARP STRAPS
• SCRWES AND NAILS
• SCREW DRIVER
• HAMMER
• JIG SAW
• ELECTRIC CORDS
• OUTLET STRIPS
• TAPE
• BANDADES 
• CLAMPS
• WOOD BLOCKS
• PAPER TO STUFF PURSES
• ADVIL
• INSERTS FOR SHOES
All the lists and planning really helps but what really matters at the end of the show is that you have a good attitude.
One of the things you want to keep in mind is to be grateful to the people that are putting on the event for all of us.
I always tell my team when it goes to unload and unload to remember your nieghbors are watching how we work under pressure.
Trust me I've not always practiced what I'm preaching.
 
Here's a couple things I'm passionate about on what happens in our booth during a show.
• NO DRINKS OR WATER BOTTLES SETTING AROUND
• NO EATING IN BOOTH
• NO SITTING AROUND IN BOOTH
• TO KEEP HANGERS STRAIGHTEN
• NO DIRTY LOOKS TO EACH OTHER ON TEAM;)
• KEEP OTHER PEOPLES TRASH PICKED UP SURROUNDING OUR BOOTH OR ON THE GROUNDS WHEN YOU SEE IT
• DON'T SNAP BACK TO RUDE CUSTOMERS
• MAKE A VERBAL CONTACT TO A SHOPPER WITHIN 5 SECONDS OF THEM ENTERING YOUR BOOTH
• BE AWARE OF YOUR BREATH
• SMELL GOOD
• BE KIND
• TELL THEM ABOUT OUR COMPANY
• TELL THEM TO FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OR ONLINE SHOP WHEN YOU CHECK THEM OUT
• BE AS KIND AT THE END OF THE DAY AS THE BEGINNING
• DON'T BE OVER IT TILL ITS OVER
• DON'T BRING YOUR TEAM DOWN
• PULL YOUR WEIGHT 
• I ALWAYS REWARD MY TEAM WITH A BONUS AT THE END OF SHOW EVEN IF ITS A BAD SHOW
• I NOW ONLY TAKE PAID HELP SO I DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT REQUIRING THESE RULES AND MANNERS
My girls and I have made so many great memories with our traveling shows. We have also learned and will continue critiquing to make things run smoothly. One thing I've not mastered yet is having a lighter load coming home then we left with. LOL
At these shows is where I've found so many amazing pieces for our Studio and our home.
Remember to have fun and take time to make new friends with other vendors and customers. 
Here are our sceduled dates for upcoming shows.
Country Living Fair
NASHVILLE, TN
April 20-22
Country Living Fair
COLUMBUS, OH
June 15-17
September 14-16
Country Living Fair
ATLANTA, GA
October 26-28
 

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2 comments

  • Wow! It is wonderful to see all this in writing for those who are beginning our journey. Your displays always are beautiful — can’t wait to see you in Nashville and maybe Atlanta. Thank you for graciously sharing the bits and pieces with us!!

    • Carla
  • Your shop and displays always look professional and beautiful. It’s hard to believe you have only been doing this for a few years. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself in all you do.

    • Pattie