Craft Show Success

One thing that makes me happy is organization. Yes, I am that kind of person. So when I was preparing for my first craft show, I spent quite a bit of time putting together my own checklist so I would not forget anything. Now I’m sharing it with you. You can also download a PDF copy by clicking here.


  • Tent and weights
  • Folding tables
  • Ornament stand
  • Notecard stand
  • Magnet stand
  • Rotating necklace displays
  • Black step stool
  • Wicker baskets
  • Table fabric
  • Business card holder and cards
  • Banner & clips
  • Pricing tags and signage
  • Inventory
  • Mirror


  • Notepad
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Bag of clips: paper clips, butterfly clips, clothes pins
  • Hole punch
  • Screwdriver set
  • Stapler
  • Shims
  • Bag of twine, string, rubberbands
  • Small trash bags


  • Aspirin
  • Allergy medicine
  • Makeup
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Hairbrush
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand wipes


  • Thank you postcards
  • Stickers for shopping bags
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
  • Shopping bags
  • Start up cash
  • Cashbox
  • Receipt pads
  • Pens
  • Card reader
  • Phone
  • Calculator
  • We take credit cards sign
  • Vendor apron


  • Donated item for their raffle
  • Check and/or paperwork for event
  • Rubber mats to stand on
  • Craft bag with a craft to demonstrate
  • Strong glasses
  • Stool or chair
  • Cooler with drinks and snacks

Please leave a comment to let me know what YOU bring to your shows.

Canopy Tent
The first thing you need to know is that if you search for one online they are called canopies, not tents. I spent an unreasonable amount of time fretting about this tent purchase. I searched the Internet for tents, I visited every sporting goods and big box store in my local area, and I relentlessly questioned friends and family with experience in this area on their opinions. Finally I went out and bought the same tent I probably would have bought in the first place had I not spent all that time and energy worrying about it. Here’s the one I picked:

It’s the Quest Dome Canopy 10′ x 10′ tent. Here’s what the official description says about it:

The Quest Q100 10×10 Dome Canopy is perfect for any outdoor event. Whether you are tailgaiting, camping, or enjoying a backyard picnic with the family, you’ll be ready in a matter of seconds with this canopy. It’s made of heavy duty commercial grade fabric, allowing you and your guests to be protected from the elements and the center or the canopy extends to nearly 10 feet. The Hydra-Tek material allows rain to bead up and roll off. Features:

  • Includes a wheeled carry bag for easy transport and storage
  • Instant set up (sets up in 3 easy steps)
  • New dome top provides increased head room and a larger interior space
  • Spacious dome design
  • Shelter Provides UPF 50+ Protection – the strongest protection available to block 98% of harmful rays
  • 10’X10′ base with 100 square feet of shade coverage
  • Dimensions: 10′ X 10′ base, 6′ 5″ walk-in height, 6″ peak height

I’m including this information because it’s important to get a tent that provides the most amount of shaded area possible. Other tents that are advertised as 10′ x 10′ have splayed legs that do indeed reach out to 10′ but the canopy does not, depriving you of much needed shade and protection. So do not get a tent like this blue one.

I was very pleased with myself at buying my brown canopy. I also got the weights to go around the legs so I can set up on hard ground. It worked perfectly and I loved the brown color, which I thought helped my tent stand out in a sea of white. However, at my second show, the neighboring crafter took my husband aside and informed him that if we were going to be doing a lot of shows we needed to buy a tent like hers, which cost around $250 and was very sturdy and completely waterproof. Well! That took the wind out of my sails. But, I filed the comment in my brain and shrugged it off. I’ll stick with my brown tent until it falls apart and then maybe I’ll get a better one.

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