On Saturday, November 5th, Trish and I attended Hillary’s Handmade Craft Fair in Turnersville, NJ. This was our maiden experience bringing our products directly to the consumer (compared to selling online in our Etsy shop). There were about 25+ vendors in attendance displaying a variety of products ranging from jewelry, candles, baked goods, knitting, wreathes, and even doggie treats. My favorite was the Sweet Dill pickles I'm now enjoying–homemade from Lena Mills Naturals. Trish and I had previous experience at vendor events where we simply passed out descriptive information. This time, however, we needed to have systems in place for taking payment both in cash and credit/debit since we were now selling our "wares." We used a metal cash box, and we also implemented a POS system (Square) for accepting card payments. The use of a cell phone hotspot was also a requirement for wifi access.
Knowing the many details required in setting up a vendor table, we used a free online software (as we had in the past) named Trello for organizing lists of items to bring and prepare. These included all the basics for a vendor booth such as canopy, canopy weights, folding table(s), tablecloth, chairs, cooler chest for snacks and drinks, zip ties, various tapes, utility knife and scissors, and several other basic tools.
|A somewhat breezy but beautiful Fall day in Turnersville, NJ
at Hillary's Handmade Craft Fair