Thursday, 9 October 2008

Booths at Fairs - Survival Kit

Think about what you want to have with you and plan ahead. Things you may need to bring with you include:

Materials
Display material/photographs for walls
  • Publicity material
  • Hand outs for the public - artist's statement, contact details
  • Press pack - press release, images of art work, artist's statement
  • Previous publicity and brag book, showing commissions - display it on a stand.
  • Postcards
  • Business cards
  • Price lists
  • Order book
  • Book for recording contacts

  • Tools

    Cleaning materials, i.e., for cabinets etc
  • Box with thumb tacks, pins, pegs, screws, for hanging material on the walls
  • Extension cords, power strips, light bulbs, fuses
  • Box with tools – screw drivers, pliers, knives, etc.
  • Masking tape, scotch tape
  • Pens, markers, product labels, price tags
  • Calculator, sales receipt book, copy of your sales tax license
  • Credit card equipment
  • A storage facility for all the money and cheques you will take in! Also to keep the change box in - stocked with plenty of change, of course.
  • Packaging material - Bubble wrap, boxes, bags, etc
    Seat with back rest
  • Small step stool
  • Wheeled trolley for moving stock and booth
  • Most important - your own lunch and cold drinks and water bottle

  • Additional things for outdoor booths

    Canvas repair tape/ Gaffer tape
  • Weights for holding the booth down
  • Buckets and mops for bailing out
  • A pair of rubber boots
  • Guy ropes and pegs for windy conditions