Fall is the Season for Craft Shows

September 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Tis the season for…..craft shows! You heard me! Fall is one of the biggest seasons for craft shows, because people love their Autumn decorations, and love to get their Christmas shopping done early.

There are some really important things to know when doing a craft show. This weekend I went to a two day fall indoor/outdoor craft show with over 200 vendors, and we did GREAT! I have learned a ton through all the different craft shows I have done in the past year. I’d like to give you all a list of things that really helped me be successful at these shows. Ready?

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1. Get a nice banner and a fitted tablecloth.

I got my banner at allstatebanners.com and I paid less than 20$, AND its super awesome quality. Be creative with you banner, and make it a pop of color if you can. It will be one of the first things people see and if you can, put your name on it. The first thing that people say to me are “So you’re Madison Paxton? You do all of this?

Now that you have your awesome banner you need to get a great fitted table cloth. Please don’t get an old sheet or some patterned old curtain – listen, these tablecloths aren’t expensive and are 100% WORTH IT! Get either white or black, I personally prefer black for my products, whatever color you choose just make sure it compliments your products and banner. I get my tablecloths from LinenTablecloth.com, I got an 8′ and a 6′ fitted tablecloths, most craft show tables are 8′ and I also have a 6′ table. It’s good to have one of both of these standard sizes.

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2. Label everything clearly, and know the way you are going to set your table up the night before.

Whether you have to do a trial at a table at home or draw a diagram out, you will need to know exactly how your table will be laid out so you can quickly and easily set up, and you’re not spending extra time arranging and re-arranging your table when you get there. It also helps to know your set up before so that you aren’t bringing any unnecessary equipment. It is also extremely important that you have HEIGHT to your table! Make it eye-catching, not flat! Use risers or anything to make layers to your table.

ALWAYS have every price marked, or a large, clear sign that says the price of the items. People will not buy if they don’t know the price and don’t feel comfortable asking.

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3. Get a square reader (or some other way to accept credit cards).

Accepting checks from people is kind of risky because you don’t know if they’ll bounce or not but everyone has a credit or debit card on them. This has really gotten me some sales, especially on my original paintings that run $80 and upwards. I like to use the square and bring my ipad, (although you could use your smartphone, too) I prefer the square because they have an easy to use interface, only take a small percentage out of each sale, you can accept payments offline without wifi, and they send you the card reader for FREE! And we like free things. They also have the “square stand” which you set your ipad in and it looks like a cash register (awesome). Go get yours here: https://squareup.com/ .

4. Bring a Friend

…Or your sibling or your spouse, anyone. It’s hard to unpack and repack all by yourself, plus having another person there to watch your booth allows you to take restroom breaks, check out the other booths/tables, and relax a bit more. Make sure the person is super fun too, here’s my sister in law having a blast:

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5. Get a Tool Kit

Get a plastic tub with a handle, I use this one from Walmart, and put in it everything you could ever need in case something goes awry. Pens, markers, shopping bags, scissors, zip ties, tape, duct tape, extra price tags, some tylenol, scrap paper, receipts, etc, etc, etc. You don’t want to be caught without the necessities, in case something breaks! Have it all in one place and make sure the awesome person you bring knows where all these things are, too.

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Happy craft show season! Hopefully with some of these tips you can have an awesome, successful craft show, have a ball, and make some extra Christmas shopping money!

 

Until next time,

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

September 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This pumpkin coffee cake is one of the most delicious breakfast items I have ever had for the fall season. Probably because this should probably be classified as a dessert….nonetheless, it gives me an excuse to eat dessert for dinner.

First, you’re going to get your oven nice and hot. How about 350? Good Job. Now, get your ingredients out. We’re going to use a Duncan Hines cake mix, because we are cheaters. And that’s okay, because there is no shame in doctoring up a cake mix.

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Yeah, So that says “Apple Pie Spice”. So what? Apple, Pumpkin, it’s all Autumn-oriented and cinnamon-y delicious. Now, in a large bowl mix together the water, pumpkin, eggs, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until it smells delicious.

Then go ahead and be a cheater and add the cake mix and baking soda and mix until just combined. Now stop to thank Mrs. Duncan Hines for creating this mix because it just saved you from having to measure flour and all those other ingredients that make a recipe too hard for you.

Grease a pan and pour your mix in there.


punkin 4While that’s cooking, in a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and melted butter. This is your delicious crumbly sugary topping.

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Use your fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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There is an optional glaze to put on top of this too, but I for-goed it because my darling husband doesn’t like things to be too sweet. There are only two small pieces of this bad boy in my kitchen right now. I’m definitely going to have to make another batch for the work week with my leftover pumpkin.

Here’s a recipe card for printing purposes:

PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE

Ingredients

⅓ cups Water
1 can Pureed Pumpkin (15 Oz)
2 whole Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 box Yellow Cake Mix (18 Ounce Box)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Brown Sugar, Divided
½ cups Flour
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
¼ cups Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ cup whole milk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl mix together the water, pumpkin, eggs, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. Add the cake mix and baking soda and mix until just combined.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan with butter and pour batter into pan.
  • In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and melted butter. Use your fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • For the glaze, combine the other 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  • When cake is finished baking, poke holes in the top with a toothpick. Pour glaze over the cake, making sure to cover all surfaces. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

Happy Baking!

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