Following an October 3-day craft show at the Texas Motor Speedway, I did two high school craft fairs in November: Billy Ryan High and Guyer High Choir shows. Suzanne did the Ryan H.S. show with me, then left for her African safari tour the next day. My good friend Alan came down from Oregon the following week and helped with the Guyer show. Although it was my first time at both shows, I was assigned good locations - especially at Guyer where I was the second booth from the front door!
I was close to not only the entrance, but also next to a side walkway, so I was able to spread out a little. I could even display some hanging items on the back side of the vertical racks (left photo below), The new '57 Chevy headlight-ring clock sold right at 9 :00 AM when the show opened - it was in the empty spot at the upper, left corner of the display wall.
Above are angle views of the booth. This was the first time I draped cloth over the back of the display racks. Compared with the Ryan H.S. booth below, I think it makes the items stand out better without the distraction of the background.
At Billy Ryan High I was placed in the gym, the farthest room from the school entrance. However, this is a very large show (like Guyer) and there were many other craft venders in the room. Traffic was steady, I sold three items and handed out many business cards to people who may wish to have a custom display created.
Notice in the right photo that you see through my display racks into the back of the booth behind me. I felt that this reduced the effectiveness of my own display. I addressed this at the Guyer show with maroon cloth clipped to the back of the racks. I believe an improvement.
Above are views of the two side tables of my U-shaped display. I sold one of the two mustang plaques I made recently and the second of the two log boxes I made.last year.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.