Vendor Tips, Tricks and Prep Guide

 2015 Summer Market Vendors, Heart-n-Hand. Photo by Daniel Barlow

2015 Summer Market Vendors, Heart-n-Hand. Photo by Daniel Barlow

  • SLEEP WELL, EAT WELL

    • Pack the day before, or even a few days before so you have a clear mind of what you need to bring and are not rushing the morning of.
    • Make a list of everything you need to bring
    • Get a GOOD night sleep, save the Champagne-popping until after the market ;)
    • Eat a GOOD breakfast
  • COMMUNICATION

    • Read through the important emails with scheduling, vendor load-in details and locations
    • Ask questions before the morning of the market
    • Sharing a booth? Communicate with your partner well before the market
    • Check your email the morning of for important last minute details and staff contact info
  • BOOTH SET UP & DESIGN

    • Plan ahead! Create your booth before the market, check out the exact dimensions and don't go over, also don't underestimate the space you paid for!
    • Get CREATIVE! Think about a unique way to set up your booth to capture the customer's attention. Don't just lay your products on a table, think about space, wall hangings, art, signs, lights.. But remember, simple is better. Don't get too overwhelming with decor. Also note, you may not have access to a booth with wall space, consider having a vendor behind and beside you. Look up inspiration on our Instagram account!
    • Electricity is available but you may not have access, bring extension cords and tape but be cautious of walk ways
    • Is your space inviting? Can the customer access all of your products... 
    • Make sure all of your products are PRICED. This invites the customer to approach the product more, without feeling intimidated to ask how much it may be
  • MARKET

    • Market the event! Share with your social media following and newsletters. Use the #artisanmarketboone and @artisanmarketboone on Instagram and Facebook to lead your customers to the event
    • Personally invite your friends, family and strangers that may be interested, they will appreciate the personal gesture
    • Consider doing a giveaway or promote products that you specifically release at the market to build anticipation
    • Consider offering free shipping on a product that sold out, so your customer leaves happy and you make another sale
  • IMPORTANT LIST OF THINGS TO BRING

    • Tools and supplies, tape, scissors, wire, string, monkey hooks, extension cord, ect
    • Table ( we rent these out), Chair ( we provide one but have more available), shelves, ect
    • Packaging supplies, bags, paper, tissue, bubble wrap, ect
    • Promotional material, business cards, brochures, flyers
    • Phone charger
    • CASH bank and Credit Card reading device, we highly recommend Square, accepting credit cards will instantly increase your sales (we have wifi)
    • Booth Decor; rugs, lights, signs, photos, art, ect
    • Snacks and water
    • Your game face; hospitality is everything. Give your customer an incredible shopping experience, they are coming to support HANDMADE , what could be better?