getting ready for the handmade festival

Art Show Table Plan

{Table Layout}

We’re working hard to put together our display for our very first live-and-in-person sale and thought you might be interested in seeing what we’ve got planned. We’re definitely open to both display and image/product suggestions so feel free to leave lots of comments. Planning on attending the Handmade Festival on May 8th (10am-4pm)? Be sure to skip down to the bottom of this post because we’ve got a special treat just for you!

Our display

  • background stands supporting a cream coloured curtain (need weights for background stands)
  • suspend prints from background?
  • white framed print of our logo
  • sign: licensing and wholesale requests are welcome

Our tabletop

  • folding 6-foot table covered with a nice, light coloured table cloth (or hip bright print?)
  • black 8×10 portfolio containing all of our imagery
  • 2-3 pretty dishes filled with our business cards
  • small wooden drawer unit holding notecards and 5×7 prints
  • bowl of candies
  • two tiny framed mini prints
  • 2-3 framed 5×7 prints
  • matted 5×7 prints in an easel
  • 2 or more framed price lists
  • notebook/guestbook for people to sign up for our mailing list
  • sign and information regarding a draw for a matted 8×10 photograph
  • gift certificates

art show inspiration board

{Inspiration Board, clockwise from top left: Jysk, strawberryluna, just another day DESIGNS, The Black Apple, Jennifer Squires Productions}

Ideas for displaying pieces

  • risers used in kitchen cupboards
  • wicker baskets
  • suitcases
  • rigid price signs adhered to closepins
  • string with clothespins
  • peg board
  • wooden boxes
  • record album holders
  • plate racks
  • spice racks
  • cake stands
  • tiered serving platters
  • boxes turned upside down and covered with pretty fabric
  • photo stands

Images (in both 5×7 and 8×10 inches)


  • stiff photo mailers to put purchased prints in, along with a coupon and a business card
  • plastic bags for purchases?
  • clear sleeves for prints on display
  • cello sleeves for prints that are sold
  • method for accepting credit cards? (cash preferred)


Attending the Handmade Festival

Will you be attending the Handmade Festival? We’ve got a treat for you! Visit our online shop, choose your favourite OPEN EDITION photograph, and email us the title before May 4th, 2010, then, come by our table on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 and we’ll have a free 4×5 inch mini print ready and waiting for you. Only one mini print per person, offer only valid on May 8th, 2010.

We’re excited to meet you in person!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Handmade Festival
The London Central Library
251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario, Canada
10am – 4pm

4 thoughts on “getting ready for the handmade festival

  1. Preeti says:

    Wow, Jennifer, you are so amazingly organized! I’m sure your display is going to look fantastic and you will do great! I wish I was in Canada to visit.
    Will you be taking photos of the actual display to share? I would love to see how it turns out!

  2. Mom says:

    Looks like you have everything under control as usual. I like the set up it looks professional. I hope the sale is a big success for you. Good Luck. I am excited for you in case your not. lol lol

  3. Shawna says:

    You are amazingly organized, and there’s a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have thought of (like the candy dish). The only thing I might also suggest are blank receipt sheets to fill out when you make a sale? Some people buy for display at their business and need a receipt. Plus it’s one more way to get your logo and contact info into people’s hands. If I know you though, you’ve probably already got these ready and just didn’t list them…

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