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Table Displays for Craft Fairs

Table Displays are perhaps the most important element to a successful craft fair booth.  It’s important to remember that flat displays are not your friend.  Use different elements to elevate most of your product off the table surface.  You can place items like trays, boxes, and display cases on top of the table to highlight and feature your best items.

Also, when it’s feasible, have one element of your display that allows customers to touch and feel your product.  This develops a sense of ownership.  So, you may want to keep your top quality items in a glass case (particularly for high end art or jewelry), but keep a few pieces in a little container people can “hunt” through.  Some shoppers like the thrill of the hunt and this can keep them shopping longer and really looking.

This is the only part of your table display that is allowed any type of “chaos” and the rest of your display should be well organized, clearly marked for prices and for the love of all that’s precious, not laying flat!  I know I keep emphasizing that point, but it’s important to keep the eyes scanning and drawn to your products and that is accomplished by bringing things closer to eye level.

Examples of Craft Fair Displays That Work

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The display above is by a very talented paper crafter.  You can view more of her work and displays here.  See how her table raises the eyes up.  Nothing is fully flat on the table top first of all, way to go. Next, she’s used simple elements like baskets, boxes, and little shelves that are tiered to draw the eye up.  Also, her display has a curve to it, it isn’t just a straight line across the table.  The fluid layout, the use of tiered items, the fact the table is full, but doesn’t look “cluttered” and the fact there are “touch friendly” items make this table top display fantastic.  Also, her work is beautiful.

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Check out the amazing use of color in this display. Everything is up off the table top, the cover is vibrant and the way the colors flow through this display make it extremely welcoming and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  From a distance I’ve no idea what she’s selling, but I sure want to! That’s the key to the perfect craft fair display (and why your display is just as important as what you are selling!) Visit her site to see more of her crafts and displays.  Amazing.

example craft fair table display

This lady makes soap and her display is top notch.  I love the contrasting table cover with the skirt, and the use of the crates.  Very simple to do, easy to transport, and even the items on her table tops are tiered.  Excellent use of color, height, and organization.  You can view more images of her products and setup here.  Her blog shares a lot of her display ideas as well.

Craft Fair Display Ideas & Inspiration

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  • I am looking for ideas on how to display Christmas ornaments but on a budget.

    • On a tabletop tree, or perhaps create a pegboard stand. There are some tutorials on youtube for how to DIY retail pegboard stands. I’d look at those and see if they speak to you.

  • I crochet lots of things, hats, baby clothes, baby blankets, lap blankets, afghans, shawls, headbands, slippers about anything you can think of. What kinds of things sell the best at craft shows? I would love to participate in some this year in the North Texas area. I would love to hear about any craft shows in this area.

    • I will be completely honest with you. Crochet does not typically sell very well at all. We run a consignment shop with locally made goods. In the last year, I can count the crochet items we’ve sold on one hand. If you can branch out, do something extremely unique or take custom orders you may fare better.

  • I have an eclectic product mix. I make mixed media art and jewelry from leftovers from that. I have tried only taking one thing to shows (just art or just jewelry) and invariably, people want the thing I did not bring. I’m trying to figure a way to effectively show both sides, but don’t seem to be able to come up with a good display idea. Booth spaces are usually 10×10, or an 8 foot table. Suggestions? I am evolving, and looking for suggestions.

    • You need to find a way to tie your “eclectic mix” into themes and bring as much as you can. What you cannot bring, put photos in a flip book and allow people to view your other items. Make it easy for them to custom order from you with order forms and good contact info/social media presence etc.

  • how about jewelry displays? we need some new ideas if you can help us with that ! thanks Linda

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