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Want to Stand Out at a Craft Show? Try these Display Tricks

Relating your craft show booth or table to a store window is a good way to look at your space from a different perspective and ensure you have elements that will catch the eye. (Here are other retail best practices you should apply at your next craft show)


And although you may only have a few feet, you also want to think of your table or booth like the inside of the store, and create a layout that draws shoppers in on one side, allows people to shop without blocking your eye-catching elements, and allows people to pay without blocking your main shopping area or eye-catching areas.


Check out CRAFT SHOW LAYOUT TIPS for the 3 zones your table or booth should have and how to properly set them up.


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You only have a few seconds to grab shoppers&#; attention as they walk by and encourage them to come take a closer look.


Of course, your amazing products will help do that but below are 10 other tactics you can use to enhance your booth and make sure you’re noticed from across the room.



These are techniques major retailers put to use because they translate into dollars:

  1. COLOR
  5. SCALE
  7. HUMOR



1 &#; COLOR

Colors are a great way to evoke emotion and make a statement. It&#;s such a powerful display element, I&#;d go so far to say:

Every craft show display should (properly) use color.


That means:

  • Planning products so their colors work together
  • Thinking about how your brand colors work with your product colors (You may also like 10 UNIQUE BRANDING IDEAS FOR YOUR CRAFT SHOW SPACE)
  • Being strategic with your use of color
    • Limit hues (3 or less is ideal. For example, focusing on purple, pink and blue)
    • Limit tints, tones and shades (for example, focusing on pastel purple, pink and green)


The right colors will communicate a message (think light blue for calming spa-like atmosphere or yellow for fun, cheerful products) and attract your ideal customer. You can&#;t know and appeal to everyone&#;s taste but is the person you&#;re trying to attract drawn to soft pastels, bright neons or deep, rich hues?


The absence of color is another way to stand out, letting your products do the talking. White walls, floor, table cloth, props, and uniform is bound to make shoppers stop and take notice.


Here&#;s a quick look at a craft show display by Don Fisher that uses color. Please see more of their photos and an explanation of all the visual merchandising techniques they&#;ve successfully implemented, at the end of this article.

Don Fisher craft show display

An eye-catching hot pink color is pulled from the product label and used in some oversized tassels that mimic the tassels on the bottle in a Jo Malone window. This window also uses REPETITION with the same product being displayed 3 times. (Image Source: VM)


An all white window with bright lighting at JOSEPH really catches the eye (Image Source: VM)




Repetition is another merchandising technique that should be used in EVERY craft show display.


It should start with your products. A craft show table should NOT be full of different products; with no two being the same.


Limit your selection (which was proven to have increased a jam vendor&#;s sales by 27%, just by limiting flavor options) and be sure there are elements repeated within your products.


For example, every piece of jewelry a maker offers may be made out of copper and use geo shapes. The color of stones may create variety but still use repetition; each copper, geo-shaped necklace, ring, and bracelet is offered in a purple quartz, rose quartz, and green quartz stone.


Once you&#;ve sorted your product selection, you can use repetition in the way you display them.


*If you need help refining your selection, or putting any of this information together to create your next amazing craft show display, you can sign up for 5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY (it&#;s FREE). 

You may:

  • Repeat colors found in your products in props, signage, images, tablecloth, etc.
  • Repeat a product that is displayed (e.g. set up 3 bust forms and have them all wearing the same necklace; one in each stone.)
  • Repeat shapes within your display (e.g. create a pyramid shape by stacking bars of soap on risers. Repeat that pyramid shape using jars of cream and bottles of bubble bath)

More examples shared in 5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY.


Odd numbers tend to be more pleasing so if you’re going to repeat an element, repeating it 3, 5 or 7 times is the way to go.


Here&#;s a quick look at a craft show display by Poppiejanes and their effective use of repetition through shapes of products, colors, and patterns (notice in the top left how the vendor is even wearing a black and red buffalo plaid shirt to coordinate with her pillow covers). Please see more of their photos and an explanation of all the visual merchandising techniques they&#;ve successfully implemented, at the end of this article.

Poppiejanes pillow covers


The same product is repeated 3 times to highlight these accessories at Tods. (Image source: VM)

Color, pattern, lines and products are all repeated throughout this Louis Vuitton window. (Image source: VM)

A clutch is repeated 3 times in a window at Anya Hindmarch showing off the product and varying color options. (Image source: VM)



This visual merchandising technique should also be present in EVERY craft show display (the rest of the ideas in this article can be used at your discretion).


Compositions lead the eye around your booth or table. This is done by deciding which element is going to grab the shopper’s attention first (usually the bigger, brighter display at eye level or above), then creating a trail for the shopper’s eye to follow, from one display element or product to the next.


This is why laying products flat on a table does not help attract more shoppers or encourage more sales.


When everything is on the same level, nothing catches the eye or creates a path telling shoppers where to look next; it&#;s overwhelming to shop and to make a decision (which lowers sales).


Line & composition can be a difficult element to master but is also an incredibly important one.


Once you understand it, you&#;ll notice it being used in store windows, in-store merchandising, photos, advertisements, etc.


It&#;s an art and it works.


It&#;s important to use line & composition throughout your entire booth AND within each element.


For example, when standing back and looking at your display, one product grouping or display element should grab the eye. Within that product grouping, one product should catch the eye and then lead to other products (ones that are less expensive, less profitable, good add-ons, etc. Check out: HOW TO USE ADD-ONS TO SELL MORE HANDMADE). 


Your eye is naturally drawn to bigger/higher/brighter/etc. objects in a display (e.g. the pink bag below). Then, the overlapping, angle, height, direction products flow, etc. creates lines that direct the eye and make sure shoppers see what you want them to see, when you want them to see it.


Below is a visual example take from MAKE MORE MONEY AT CRAFT FAIRS; a more detailed explanation of how to use and implement line and composition is explained there.



Here&#;s a quick look at Our Blue Abode&#;s craft show display and their effective use of LINE & COMPOSITION. Notice how your eye is drawn down from the wreaths on the wall, and onto the product groupings on the table. I explain how she&#;s successfully created flow and share more photos of her displays at the end of this article.

Our Blue Abode Craft Show Display


Depending on which way someone approaches this Harvey Nichols window, their eye is either drawn to the brightly lit group of 3 mannequins, and then follows the angled line and writing to the 2nd group of mannequins or the opposite; the contrast of the white hashtag on the black background grabs the eye first and leads it down the angled &#;work hard, play hard&#; line to the 3 mannequins. (Image source: VM photo credit Melvyn Vincent)


You could literally draw a continuous line from one display element to the next. The overlapping of products, props, and mannequins, the way the mannequins are angled (even the line of the leg on the mannequin in the tan coat directs your eye to the next element) and the use of light and dark (notice how they&#;ve used different color mannequins in the second grouping. A white mannequin makes the black dress stand out and a black mannequin makes the light sweatshirt stand out. The sleeve of the light sweatshirt also pops out when placed in front of the black dress).

The beautiful floral art grabs your eye at LK Bennett as the over sized paint tube & brush lead your eyes down to the product (colorful shoes). On the other side, if your eyes are down as you walk by, the flower paint spilled on the sidewalk will lead your eye into the window in the reverse direction. (Image source: VM)


Consider the flow of your craft show table too. You want shoppers to:

  1. Be drawn in at the front of your space by a showstopper
  2. Be led to the middle of your table where they can browse and try items on, pick them up, etc.
  3. End at the &#;cash desk&#; where they can be out of the way of other shoppers while they browse smaller &#;add-on&#; items and complete their transaction (think of the checkout line at the grocery store; why not, I&#;ll grab a pack of gum, it&#;s only a couple bucks, it&#;s right here and it&#;s simple to add to my cart. Check out: HOW TO USE ADD-ONS TO SELL MORE HANDMADE).


CRAFT SHOW LAYOUT TIPS thoroughly explains how to break your display into zones that encourage stopping, shopping, and buying.


The end of your table should act like a website pop up. &#;But wait! Before you go&#;&#; If they haven&#;t purchased, you want to make one last attempt to grab their attention.


If shoppers aren&#;t going to take the action of purchasing, what&#;s the easiest action they can take so you can stay in touch and have the opportunity to sell to them in the future?


HINT-HINT 😉 It&#;s signing up for your newsletter. If you think you don&#;t have enough content to start and send a newsletter&#;think again.


Here are + newsletter ideas for a handmade business.


You % NEED a newsletter for your business. It&#;s THE most effective way to stay in touch with your target market and is 4 times more effective than using social media. Here&#;s how to start one in 10 minutes.


Make sure every shopper is leaving your space with a good feeling and a way to remember you.


5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY has tips to ensure no shopper ever forgets your booth, brand or the experience you create for them.



A spotlight on a display or product immediately catches the eye and draws it to your product.


Mood lighting can be effective too but you don’t want your space to feel drab. Shoppers need to be able to see what they’re buying so be sure you’re not impeding sales in an attempt to create dramatic lighting.


You can get creative and not only use lighting to highlight your displays but also make lighting part of the display.


The light fixtures and light draw attention to each individual shoe at Charlotte Olympia. (Image Source: VM)

Gucci directs spotlights on each mannequin to make their bold colors stand out even more (Image source: VM)

Macy&#;s uses light bulbs and their cords to create a tree design and add extra lighting to the window. (Image source: VM)


5 &#; SCALE

Adding larger than life elements can immediately grab a shopper’s attention. As they walk around the venue seeing everything in proportion, an oversized picture or prop will make them stop and take notice.


You don&#;t need to spend a lot of money either&#;you&#;re crafty! Cardboard, foam, paper mache, etc. can all be used to create lightweight, oversized (or undersized) objects that can hang above your table with the use of fishing wire. It will catch the eye of shoppers as soon as they walk in the venue.


Examples are shared in 5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY, but imagine a giant ball of yarn made from a styrofoam ball wrapped in rope and spray painted the same color found in a logo or product collection. Add a flat surface to the top and bottom and you have a cool display shelf for knitted goods.


How fun is this oversized pop can mimicking the print on the mannequins dress in a Moschino window? (Image source: VM)

Larger than life beauty tools draw attention to the makeup Kate Spade is selling inside. (Image source: VM)

Big props create color and interest through needles knitting a pattern at H&M and promote the knits they have in-store. (Image source: VM).

Hairpins are something that might be used with these Hermes scarves. (Image source: VM)


Which objects, shapes, colors or textures will make a shopper stop and take note of how polar opposite they are to your products?

  • Dark can contrast light products
  • Rough can contrast smooth finishes 
  • A simple background can contrast a complex design
  • Etc.


You can also create a contrast to the surroundings. If the event is busy, bright and loud, your quiet, serene setting will be quite the contrast to the rest of the atmosphere. If the weather is cold and snowy, a warm beach theme will also stand out in contrast.


The crisp, clean Alexander McQueen dress stands out in contrast to the dark background. (Image source: VM)


7 &#; HUMOR

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Humor helps us let our guards down and feel more comfortable…and a comfortable shopper is more likely to stick around and buy.


Don’t try too hard; you don’t need each passerby to keel over in laughter; a simple smile or chuckle will immediately make them relax. Be sure your humor isn’t offensive and it doesn&#;t need explaining…keep it simple!

French Connection uses their FCUK campaign to have some fun with phrases that will make you chuckle and maybe even shock you at first glance. (Image source: VM)

A giant whoopee cushion uses humor, scale and nostalgia to make you take notice of Fred Perry&#;s back to school children&#;s clothes. (Image source: VM)


Don’t you love seeing something that reminds you of your childhood? It evokes a strong feeling, which is incredibly important when it comes to being memorable; do you remember products that made you feel nothing?


Items from our past, or &#;before and afters&#; reminding us how far we’ve come, will encourage people to stop and have a closer look.


This Moschino window brings us right back to playing dress up with our Barbies. The oversized toy packaging grabs your attention and makes you envision how the bright and fun outfit will look on the mannequins&#;or you! (Image source: VM)


Theo Fennel&#;s window immediately reminds you of the sound and feel of spinning the tin top that&#;s used as a prop, along with wooden blocks (spelling out Theo), both used to display beautiful jewelry. (Image source: VM)


9 &#; MOTION

Something moving among static products (aside from other people) can catch a shopper’s eye.


You don’t want it to become a hazard or annoying (strobe lights are not the way to go), but something that makes people want to stop and watch a prop go through the whole motion, can work to your advantage.


The more complex the movement is, the further out of reach it should be (up high or behind your table). You don’t want moving objects to be in the way of products shoppers are trying to browse.


Movement can also be implied through displays to show off components of your products or to create a feeling. Pulling the end of a scarf up using fishing wire can imply the movement of wind and make the shopper think of chilly days.


This Anthropology window is so serene. Fans gently blow scarves to show how delicate they are while sunlight highlights the beautiful colors. (Image source: VM)

Movement is implied in this windy Hackett window, creating an interesting scene to stop and look at. (Image source: VM)

10 &#; SURPRISE 

An element of surprise is involved in many of the ideas above but you can make an even bigger impact by creating a moment shoppers aren&#;t expecting at a craft show. It should leave them amused and excited to tell others about it.


You can also add intrigue. Make shoppers do a double-take and hang around a little longer to check something out or solve a puzzle.


For example, encouraging shoppers to come closer to peer into a shadow box or behind curtains to see what they&#;re missing out on. Having something out of place or missing intrigues the mind and forces it to figure out what the missing piece of the puzzle is or how to solve the equation, which gets shoppers hanging around a bit longer. Perhaps long enough for you to make a sale?


You may be surprised to see an island backdrop set up in the middle of the city for you to have your own photoshoot. And if you&#;re not quite camera ready, it&#;s a great opportunity to head in and try some of Liz Earle&#;s beauty products. (Image source: VM)

A broken chair may make you take a second look as you walk past The Conran Shop, which is pointing out that their furniture is well constructed and will last a lifetime. (Image source: VM)




I know what you&#;re thinking; Well this is all fine and dandy but how do I apply it to MY craft show display?


Let me get you started 🙂




Assess how many of these elements you&#;re using in your current craft show display.


You don&#;t want to use too many of these visual merchandising techniques or you run the risk of overwhelming the shopper.




Start with your products and your brand. What&#;s their message?


Think about your:


  • Style &#; how would you describe the style of your products? That must come across within the first few seconds of shoppers seeing your space. Are your products for someone who likes to stand out with bold accessories? Someone who&#;s quirky? Someone who&#;s feminine? (*Do you have a signature style? If not, check out this article because you absolutely need one.)


  • Story &#; what&#;s the story you want to tell through your display? Are you painting the picture of a spa day at home using your bath & body products? An elegant night out while wearing your jewelry? A stylish way to stay warm on the way to the office? (*Props will help tell a story, here are 50 PROP IDEAS FOR YOUR CRAFT SHOW DISPLAY)



Figure out how you will communicate that information through your display.


Sound like a lot?


It&#;s not hard to do but it also doesn&#;t come together without some effort. I&#;ll walk you through the easy steps in the FREE email course: 5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY.


You can set up your products at a craft show without all this effort and makesales.


But my guess is&#;since you&#;re here&#;you want more sales. 


You want:

  • More shoppers to stop by your table
  • More of those shoppers to buy
  • More shoppers to remember you
  • More shoppers to talk about you to friends
  • More sales coming in after the event


To do so, you must make an impact with your display and tell your product&#;s and brand&#;s story.


I&#;ll walk you through each step of setting up a powerful display that actually impacts sales in the FREE email course: 5 DAYS TO A STANDOUT DISPLAY.


&#;I am brand new at doing Craft Sales. I started in November Did my first sale sold nothing. Did my second sale and sold a couple of items. Took the 5 day challenge and made a profit at the last sale.&#;

~Just for you cards by Kathryn


&#;I applied some steps from the challenge and it was AMAZING, it really helped and improved my display. More people came to see the booth and many bought from me.&#;

~Beatriz, Owner of Pretelie from Brazil



Try testing your new-found knowledge. Take a look at each photo, think about the visual merchandising techniques they have implement and then read the caption.



Abagail from Our Blue Abode, sells beautiful home decor pieces and these are a few photos from craft shows she&#;s participated in. She clearly has a talent for creating compositions and photography. Please check out her website or follow @ourblueabode on Instagram

In these two displays, there are several well-implemented design techniques, but she&#;s focused on a few key ones:

  • COLOR &#; colors used in her display are limited: cream, white and green with a few touches of black. The colors have a very natural, earthy, and calming feel, which match her brand. The absence of color in her backdrop curtain, tablecloth, props, etc. allow the products to stand out. The neutral colors used in her display props (backdrop, tablecloth, props) create contrast between the dark rich color of the greenery.
  • REPETITION &#; She&#;s limited her product selection, which naturally implements the &#;repetition&#; technique. You see the same circular shape repeated through the wreaths. The texture of the glass jars is also repeated, as well as the color of the greenery used in each product. Colors, shapes, and textures have created repetition.
  • LINE & COMPOSITION &#; in the second photo, your eye is drawn to the highest object in the display; the wreath. It&#;s then drawn to the two lower wreaths. The greenery on the left side of the bottom wreath catches the eye and draws it to the grouping of glass candle holders on the stack of books (which create a composition). The rolls of paper and eucalyptus stems create a line over to the second table composition. And the eucalyptus stem and candle in that composition create a line back up to the wreaths, so there&#;s this continuous loop (instead of the eye being drawn over to someone else&#;s table). It sounds complicated when you dissect a display into lines and compositions, but just as the eye is naturally drawn to red, without thinking about why, the eye does naturally follow a path. Properly using lines and composition helps keep shoppers eyes on your products.


Here&#;s another example of Our Blue Abode&#;s display at another event and an example of many visual merchandising techniques successfully implemented:



I have been admiring this company for years. I first noticed them because of their craft show display, I just think it&#;s so genius and creative.

Don Fisher was started by Julia Castaño (and her boyfriend helps where he can&#;like dressing up as Captain Don Fisher). Julia is a graphic designer based in Barcelona, Spain, and has studied branding and design. She started her business with fish-shaped pencil cases and now offers a wide variety of fish-themed bags. Check out their website and products; the details are amazing.

This is a photo from their first craft fair in

Here are a couple of photos from a more recent craft show, after a logo and brand update:

In these two displays, there are a lot of well-implemented display techniques but they&#;ve focused on:

  • COLOR &#; the color scheme varies for each display. In the first craft fair display, they&#;ve focused on pink, blue and turquoise. The color of the wood is also repeated in signage, the fish crates, business card holders, etc. The color palette in the first display evokes a fun, playful feel. They&#;re still having fun with their second craft fair display and letting their brand come through, but the colors used have a softer, more elegant feel to them.
  • REPETITION &#; in both displays, the main colors are repeated throughout, as well as the wood & wooden crates are repeated. Their products and the way they&#;re grouped creates a strong repetition through shapes and lines.
  • LINE & COMPOSITION &#; in the first display, the lighting helps catch the eye at eye level. When the spotlights are on, they would help lead your eye down to the crates of fish-themed bags. But the big chalkboard sign also catches the eye, then leads the eye down to the bucket of fish and crates. Both displays use the angle of the crates and groupings of products to draw the eye down and from one product to the next.
  • HUMOR / SURPRISE &#; both displays have a playful feel that would put a smile on any shopper&#;s face, and I&#;m sure Captain Don Fisher&#;s beard got a few chuckles that day. Their displays also add an element of surprise; who&#;s expecting to see a mock fish market in the middle of a craft show? They&#;ve even placed their fish bags on material that looks like ice&#;to keep them fresh of course. It&#;s such a fun idea that I bet every shopper stops at their booth.



When I was scrolling through Instagram, Poppiejanes&#; photo of their craft show display instantly caught my eye. Poppiejanes sells pillow covers that have a farmhouse vibe; many also have a &#;buffalo&#; theme, incorporating a buffalo shape or buffalo plaid. Check out their Etsy shop or Instagram feed for more amazing photos of their work and lots of inspiration for your home.

Poppiejanes craft show display

I wanted to point out how she&#;s successfully implemented these techniques throughout her display; even within a smaller section on her table. I also love the attention to detail shown in this close-up photo.

  • COLOR &#; tan, cream and black create the base for this display and little pops of red and gold help lead your attention around the table. She&#;s kept this color palette consistent from her products to her props and display fixtures. It&#;s consistent right down to the twine used to attach tags and the bow around the base of the small spruce. This attention to detail creates a clean, cohesive look.
  • REPETITION &#; this display is another great example of repetition, but just look at how many places it&#;s implemented. The burlap is repeated in the tablecloth and on the base of the spruce. The font on the pillows is repeated in her signage. I also want to draw attention to the placement of the repeated elements; red touches are perfectly spaced, and the darker tan pillow covers are broken up by the lighter tan and cream pillowcases, so they don&#;t blend into the tablecloth.
  • LINE & COMPOSITION &#; the pillow sitting on top of the wooden crate, along with the small spruce tree, help grab attention, with the bigger pillows sitting on either side, drawing the eye down to the pillow covers sitting flat.
  • LIGHTING &#; there&#;s a subtle touch of lighting in her display through the use of mini-lights inside the wooden crate. The mini-lights help to highlight the pillow inside and also create a bit of focus in the center of the composition.


More craft show examples to come&#;



Thanks for reading!


You&#;re so far ahead of the competition if you just took the time to read through those professional merchandising techniques.


I&#;d love to hear your thoughts now&#;


Which standout display elements do you currently use at craft shows, and which are you going to try at your next event?


Reference: Visual Merchandising & Display (4th Edition) Martin M. Pegler

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Craft Show Displays - Booths, Tables, Tents & Signs

Craft show displays of all kinds have the ability to showcase your DIY products in a way that makes them stand out from the crowd. While other fair vendors may offer similar products for sale, these impressive fixtures can be the difference between someone going to your craft fair booth or the one next door. Custom jewelry like earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are commonly seen at these events but are hard to display properly because they are so small. Using the proper craft show displays allows vendors to do justice to even the smallest items - so let's delve a little further into the best kind of fair supplies for your handmade wares.

Your craft fair booth is where all the magic happens at any event. Whether these small areas feature tents, tables, standing shelves, or folding partitions, it's most important that your booth showcases your goods appropriately. A craft fair tent can be a great choice for outdoor events, providing coverage from the sun and rain. If the festival is indoors, try a draped backdrop for a dramatic, framed effect. Clearly defining the areas of your booth can help draw in browsing shoppers, encouraging more interest and sales!

Once you have your tent area ready to go, you'll need to fill it with craft fair booth displays that are appropriate for the products you sell. These are the exhibits that actually show off your DIY creations, so they'll need to be just right. For handmade clothing, knitting, or crocheting, standing shelf units hold a large amount of merchandise and help save valuable floor space. Popular craft show display shelves are made of wood and feature natural oak finishes. For other items like painted dishware, keychains, and figurines, try one of many craft fair table displays with areas for custom signage. Other tabletop fixtures like rotating jewelry towers are great because they can display many pieces at once. For vendors on the go, a travel jewelry display case combines portability and functionality. Vendors simply open the solid wood case to showcase earrings and necklaces on inner hooks and bars, and then close it back up at the end of the event. Some jewelry travel cases hold up to 80 pieces! A craft fair table full of appealing handmade products is sure to impress your customer base!

One last essential line of displays to any DIY event are craft fair signs. These fixtures can call attention to even the smallest and most inconspicuous of handmade items. Choose a craft show banner or sign to promote your entire product line, or call out individual items and encourage sales of lesser known products. Either way, you're sure to improve your bottom line. Custom printed flags are perfect for outdoor events - just use the metal stake and stick it into the ground outside your booth and let it wave in the wind. Other flag options include fillable bases that are very stable when filled with water or sand. Inside, a chalkboard a-frame sign is a simpler choice for custom signage that looks just as nice. Even an acrylic tabletop frame can be effective for advertising prices for your DIY creations.

From indoor to outdoor, little or big, floor standing to tabletop, these event fixtures are sure to help you stand out from the crowd!

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This past weekend my family and I went to IKEA and I was blown away by how many amazing items they had that could be used for craft fairs. I have my first big craft show of the year coming up at the end of July so display ideas have been on my mind a lot lately. I just had to take a ton of pictures and share with you all the affordable craft fair display ideas I have. I've included links to all the items to make it easier for you to find. Items range from $2-$ so there is something for every budget. 

For me, one of the things I'm always trying to find new ideas for is taking up vertical space. I have a 10'X10' tent with three folding tables. I hate that most items end up being displayed flat on a table so when I saw these peg boards I knew that I could display some of my items vertically and really showcase all the amazing products I have.


These SKADIS pegboards come in three sizes and can easily be hung from your tent using s-hooks or twine. You can also purchase these letter holder attachments which are great for displaying pouches or hats. The regular hooks would be great for hanging jewelry, key chains or wristlets. So many possibilities with these. You could also easily create some kind of wooden stand that they could sit in and then they could be placed on a table or the ground. I purchased two square 22" peg boards at $ each and 6 letter holders and two sets of regular hooks at $2 a piece. In total $44 bucks. Here's a picture of how I plan to use them for my display.

ikea for craft shows


Wandering through the living room area I found this adorable plant stand. The SATSUMAS will run you $45, but would look so good as a stand alone display for pouches, bags or baskets or set on top of a table to take up some vertical space. You could also use it for your plants during your off season.


Speaking of plants, take a look at these amazing BITTERGURKA hanging baskets. They are made from metal and wood and you can connect them together to create one large hanging display. I imagine using them to hold some cute little crocheted toys. I love that you can easily hand them from the bars of your tent and at $10 bucks each they won't break the bank. 


Here is probably the most expensive option, the YPPERLIG, but I just love this shelf. If you have the space in your car to bring some shelving this would look perfect set up at a craft show. It's a bit of an investment at $, but if you take care of it, it will last for years. 


If you want some cheaper shelving options for your craft fair display then there are plenty to choose from, like this LAIVA book shelf. For $20 you can have a super cute shelf to display your products on. Just keep in mind you will have to assemble it at the show if you don't have a large enough vehicle.


The LACK book shelf will run you $60 bucks but has a really unique look to it. This one I would recommend attaching somehow to one of the poles of your tent if possible to provide some extra support. You could use this to display pouches, baskets or stuffed animals.

Utility carts are perfect for craft shows. They are easily movable and can be used as a stand along display for smaller items. The SUNNERSTA and the RASKOG are $30 and would make the perfect addition to your craft show display.


Side tables or night stands make great display pieces. You can set them on top of a table to add some height to your display. This NESNA side table for $15 would be great for holding baskets filled with toys, coffee cozies or hats. I couldn't find the NESNA online, but the KNARRAVIK is similar.


The HJARTELIG is a bit more expensive at $40, but would be perfect as a vertical display. It's great for displaying a hat on a mannequin or a basket filled with goodies.

Also for $40 is the LIERSKOGAN table. This one is amazing. The little basket and table top are adjustable! You can easily have a bunch of goodies in the little basket area while also having room on the table top to display a basket or bag. It would be great for displaying a hat on the table top and then having more hats down below in the basket.


The simple design of the GLADOM is perfect for any craft display. The metal tray is removable. It would look great sitting on top of a table with pouches or wallets laid out in a circular patter on the tray top. You could also easily fit a basket under the tray to cover the legs and display more items. At only $20 it's an affordable addition to any display.


The HJARTELIG room divider is a bit of an investment at $99, but with a little construction can become a fun little shelving unit or hanging display. You can easily hang hangers from the slats to display scarves or shawls. Or take out a few of the slats and insert solid wood pieces from the lumber store to create shelves.


The VILTO towel ladder is perfect for displaying blankets and quilts at craft shows. It can easily be rested against a tent pole or even hung from the tent along one side. At $50 it's a smaller investment that can also be used in your home during off season.


This DYNAN towel rack is perfect for displaying baskets, hats or even rolled up blankets or quilts. At only $20 it's the perfect addition to your display. I love that it can stand on it's own and is easy to assemble the day of your craft show.


Both the RAGRUND (left) and the MOLGER (right) are great shelving options. They are a bit more expensive, but can give your display a more rustic and homey feel. Just keep in mind you will have to transport them to and from your show so you will need a large enough vehicle to hold them or plan to assemble them at the show.

The STOCKHOLM   ash and the STOCKHOLM walnut are great trays for displaying small items such as cup cozies, jewelry, headbands or wallets. They are perfect for setting on your tables to break up space or setting on top of upside down baskets to create vertical display space.


I love these simple little crates. I already use few similar ones in my current display, but you can't beat the prices of these. The small size KNAGGLIG is $6 and the large size KNAGGLIG is $ I love turning them on their sides to create a taller shelf or even stacking them to take up more vertical space.

The BULLIG baskets are a pretty and affordable option for your display. Great for holding pouches, hats, or rolled up blankets. Or lay them on their side to create a little mini shelf on your table. They are only $9 so you can get a few to create a cohesive display.


If you are looking at getting some affordable craft show display items then IKEA is a great resource. I hope you found a bit of inspriation here. Make sure to pin your favorite ideas to pinterest. You can follow me here. If you use any of the above mentioned items I'd love to see it. Share your pictures on social media and make sure to tag me @meghanmakesdo or use #meghanmakesdo.

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14 Craft Booth Display Ideas

photos of 14 Craft booths using portable shelves.

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Are you looking for some craft booth display ideas to help you put your shelves to good use?

You're in luck! I have 14 fantastic photos for you. 

The right shelves need to be sturdy, portable, and flexible in design. If you find or DIY just the right system, shelves can be a fantastic, flexible option for displaying your crafts.

Let's check out some examples of portable shelves in craft show display, so you can find ideas that will work in your own booth.

Craft Booth Display Ideas Using Portable Shelves

Gorgeous dark shelves displaying white tableware

I love this first booth. It is so simple, elegant, and also effective.

The color of the backdrop might not translate on your monitor. It looks almost black on my screen, but it is actually a gorgeous dark shade of midnight blue.

The color works beautifully with the neutral shelves and the handmade white tableware. Using deep blue instead of black is a clever, unexpected twist.

White backdrops are very popular, and do work most of the time, but this dark backdrop makes the white tableware look perfectly elegant and luxurious. Here's a great example of a display that increases the perceived value of a product.

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Also, notice all of the lighting used in this booth. There islighting mounted under shelves, and the handmade lamps cast a pretty glow.

Good lighting mounted under shelves is crucial when you use several rows of shelves on top of each other. Without it, the lower shelves easily get lost in the shadows.

Foldable shelves display handmade pottery.

Take a close look at the vertical supports of the shelves in this next picture.

They are hinged to form a V shape, allowing them to fold in half.  I bet the horizontal shelves are removable, allowing the entire system to fold flat.

It's a smart way to make a large display stand extremely portable.

The company, Regency, has a line calledFlip Flop folding shelves that are similar in concept. The horizontal shelves are removable, and you can fold the vertical supports in flat to make these clever shelves very portable.

Handmade pottery displayed on a ladder shelf in a retail shop.

Here's a retail store display using a decorative ladder-style shelf.

This booth display idea would work equally well in a portable booth as long as you had a sturdy vertical surface to support it if you buy the leaning style shown here.

You can also find similar shelves that stand on their own, making them more flexible for use in a craft booth.

Decorative display laddersare very popular. They come in several styles including including:

Ladder displays handmade scarves.

Ladders with narrow shelves, like the one pictured above, which don't take up a lot of space and are perfect for displaying small items.

Ladders with rungs, which can be used to display blankets or scarves.

Leaning ladders that can be used in display areas where you'll have a solid wall to support the ladder.

Free-standing ladders that don't require a wall for support. Just be sure they fold up enough to be portable.

Hanging ladders, which could be suspended from your tent frame and don't take up any floor space.

If none of those styles suit your needs, have a look at foldable plant stands for your booth. They are portable and would would be a suitable alternative to folding shelves or display ladders.

Handmade lavender products displayed on a tabletop shelf.

Here's a booth using tabletop shelves as risers.

The shelves provide height and make good use of the full depth of the table. They appear to be lightweight and wouldn't take up a lot of space for storage or transportation.

This option is an excellent solution for anyone who wants to use shelving on a tabletop display.

Shelves painted green in a craft display.

Here, we see a smart use of color. The shelves have been painted bright green to coordinate with other elements of the booth.

The splash of vivid color draws your eye to the booth, but it is larger in scale and not fussy, so once customers enter the booth, the color will become more of a backdrop and allow the products to stand out.

Smart application of color is an effective, inexpensive, and often overlooked way to draw attention and make your craft booth stand out from the crowd.

Good lighting under shelves in the pottery booth.

Here's another example of great under-shelf lighting. This time, the display uses spotlights instead of strip lights.

If you're going to use several rows of shelves, the lower shelves can get lost in the shadows. Good lighting will solve that problem.

Handmade baby product display.

The small, decorative shelves in this next display don't hold a lot of product, but they do provide context.

They are exactly the type of shelves you'd have in a baby's room, so they help customers imagine how lovely the products would look hanging in their own baby's room.

Simple shelves displaying pillows.

These very simple white shelves completely blend into the booth allowing the brightly colored pillows to stand out.

You don't notice the shelves at all, unless you're examining booths for display ideas. And that's exactly what you want in a display - something functional that vanishes into the background to let the product shine.

Related: More sewing booth ideas and photos.

Bookcases used in a pottery booth.

Next, we have a pair of bookcases used as display shelving.  This booth display idea is less portable than other options, so you may find it more appropriate for longer shows that allow you to leave your display set up for a few days. It's not particularly practical for shorter shows. 

I love the way the display creates a little piece of home in a booth. It allows you to imagine the beautiful mugs and bowls on display in your own kitchen. 

Tall portable display shelf.

My apologies that this next photo is a bit blurry. Normally, I wouldn't post such a blurry picture, but it has an interesting feature I wanted to show, and I don't have any other examples of it.

What I really like about this tall, narrow, free-standing shelf is the artist's website address painted (or maybe it's a custom vinyl sticker) along the side.

Custom tall jewelry display shelves.

Here's another photo that doesn't quite do the display justice (last one, I promise). But the shelves are so different from anything else I've seen, I wanted to share at least one photo of this booth.

I believe this distinctive shelving system is custom-made. In person, it creates the effect of the jewelry almost floating on the clear shelves and clear necklace busts, which is quite pretty.

Glass display shelves in a museum gift shop.

These glass shelves show handmade items in a museum gift shop.

Of course, breakable glass is not as practical for portable displays that need to move from show to show. However, it creates an airy effect that would be pretty if you were designing a more permanent display and didn't need as much portability.

Neutral coloured craft booth.

Finally, here's an all-neutral booth with plenty of good lighting under the shelves.

In a lot of ways, it's similar to the first booth photo with several long shelves secured to a wall, and plenty of under cabinet lighting. This tableware has a more causal, relaxed feel, and the neutral colored backdrop reflects that feeling in the booth.

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Shelf display craft fair

Portable Display Ideas for Markets and Fairs

When you&#;re setting up for a vintage market or craft fair, the last thing you want to do is lug around a bunch of heavy display pieces &#; but you also don&#;t want to just set your items on a flat table and call it a day.  That&#;s why these creative portable display ideas can be a game changer in the way you design and set up your market booth or craft show display.

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

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1. If you&#;re doing an outdoor market or craft fair, you&#;ll need a tent that easily sets up. Check the size of your space (10&#;10 is usually standard) and if there&#;s a required canopy color (often white).  You may also want tent walls that are waterproof in case of rain, and you&#;ll need stakes or weights for safety.

Learn more about my first market experience (below) Here.  You&#;ll probably also need folding tables and a folding chair (although I don&#;t recommend sitting during an event).

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

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2.  As seen above (on the right side) and below, you might want a DIY folding display like this one we made with chicken wire.  You can make it freestanding or smaller as a tabletop display.  Find the instructions Here. 

It can hold lightweight or medium-weight items depending on the strength of the wire you use, thickness of the wood, and how the folding display is set up (mostly straight vs. zig zag).

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage3. When I no longer needed a tent (because weather wasn&#;t much of an issue), Guy in the Garage built these &#;trees&#; from modified coat tree plans.  I put one in each corner and used banners to help define my space.  I also hung a lightweight business sign across the back branches. 

One great feature about these trees is that you can move them to fit the dimensions of any size space.  Find the DIY tree instructions Here.  I also started using a bamboo rug to make my space feel more comfortable and unified.  Read about this market experience Here.

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

4.  Later I made two DIY fabric rag backdrops to make &#;walls&#; for my market booths, tied between the tree branches.  You can order them on Etsy but they&#;re pretty expensive, so I made them myself and shared the tutorial Here (plus you can also see more pics from this market).  They&#;re not hard to make, but do take some time.  I always get a lot of compliments on them! 

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

5.  Another portable display idea is to stack wood crates together.  These are plain crates that Guy in the Garage stained dark brown (below), but you could also paint them white or a fun color to match your booth display.  I use large binder clips to hold them together, and they pack up nicely when transporting. 

If you have smaller items, you could also use wood crates by laying them on the side and stacking them on tables.  Learn more about this market experience Here.

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

6.  A recent market, where I sold my handmade animal dolls as Thread & Cloth Studio, was super easy to transport and set up everything. It all fit in the back of our SUV and we didn&#;t need to pull our trailer like we usually do.

For this space I used: folding table and chair, two folding bookshelves from Hobby Lobby, this expandable backdrop stand, this faux wood photography backdrop, and I made hanging art from hardware cloth and faux flowers.  I also used a plant stand (metal bench) and suitcase for holding dolls on the table.

Easy portable display ideas for markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

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Now we&#;ll look at some amazing portable display ideas from some of my friends and elsewhere around the internet:

7.  This DIY market display uses a bright tent, old doors as walls, and half-circle tables &#; by Robb Restyle.

Market display by Robb Restyle

8. Virginia Sweet Pea shares plans Here for making a DIY folding display from fencing.

DIY Folding Display by Virginia Sweet Pea

9.  This market booth combines a tent, umbrellas overhead, and bifold louvered doors as part of their display.  (via Sweet Magnolia&#;s Farm &#; Shutters and Umbrellas)

Market booth via Sweet Magnolia's Farm

  For smaller items at craft shows, display products in a suitcase. You can even be creative and add shelves inside like the one below.  Store the items inside the suitcase when transporting.  (via Two Hand Design)

Craft show display via Two Hand Design

  You may want to build something similar to a fruit-stand display to show off your items, like this (made from upcycled drawers) from What&#;s On My Porch.

Product display stand via What's On My Porch

  Create easy shelving with ladders and boards. (via Confessions of a Serial DIYer)

Market booth display via Confessions of a Serial DIYer

  Tall Skinny Pine displays their handmade leather goods with modified shelving units from IKEA.  They also use a tall, narrow folding table as a checkout stand.

Market display using IKEA shelving via Tall Skinny Pine

  Set a hutch or small bookcase on top of a table for more height, and use interesting baskets for grouping similar items (via Gingercake).  Such an adorable craft show display!

Craft show display via Gingercake

  Use ladders and metal baskets together as shelves.  (via My Desert Cottage)

Vintage market booth via My Desert Cottage

  Here&#;s another example of louvered doors, but these are stained instead of painted.  Also don&#;t be afraid to use the items you&#;re selling as display pieces &#; stack smaller pieces on top of larger ones, set items in the drawers, lean or hang pieces wherever you can.  (Twig Home market booth, photo via Sharalee Prang)

Twig Home market booth

If you&#;re using a tent, consider dressing it up with extra fabric like these burlap curtains.  (via Elizabeth Seidel &#; Stone Crow Studios)

Elizabeth Seidel - Stone Crow Studios market display

  Instead of a tent, you might want to use a large umbrella to grab people&#;s attention, even if you&#;re indoors.  Add some lights for fun like Faded Charm did below.

Vintage market booth by Faded Charm Update: Recently I painted a folding bookcase to use for my Thread & Cloth Studio portable market display.  It easily folds up to store and transport, and can be set on a table for more height and storage area.  It&#;s the perfect addition to my craft fair booth layout.  Find this versatile folding bookcase Here.

Easy folding bookcase - Perfect for portable displays at markets and craft fairs - Display ideas by Girl in the Garage

  If you&#;re feeling adventurous, the ultimate portable display booth idea is a small camper!  Easily transport your goods and you can store everything inside until the next event. So charming. (Lost Girls, photo via Shades of Blue Interiors)

Lost Girls vintage market display

I&#;d love to know what other portable display ideas for markets and craft shows you have!  Leave me a comment below.  &#; Jen

Here are a few related posts you might find helpful:

Doing Your First Vintage Market or Craft Fair? {Vendor Tips and Resources}

Vendor tips and resources for vintage markets and craft fairs - by Girl in the Garage

13 Ways to Sell More at Craft Shows and Markets

13 Ways to Sell More at Craft Shows and Vintage Markets - Girl in the Garage

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Advice for running a creative business and selling at markets and fairs - Girl in the Garage

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