Thursday, August 18, 2011
First things first ~ I start making my list 3-5 days before the event. And yes, I do make a new list every time because I can never seem to find the old one. Assuming you're more organized than I am, you will only need to do this step once. :)
This is my list, in no particular order:
Weight for Each Tent Leg - in case you are on concrete or not allowed to drive stakes
Extra batteries/memory card for camera
Clamps - I use these to hold down my table cloths if it's windy
Basic Tool Kit - I don't know how many times I've found a need for a hammer or a screwdriver
Candy and Dish - you will be surprised how many people stop and look just so they can have a candy!
Duct Tape - Every time I have set up a booth I've found a use for it
Square (or whatever method you use for accepting credit cards)
String - Believe me, you'll find a use for it
Card Stock - You always think of one more sign you wish you had made
Baling Wire - I've hung signs and displays with it as well as attached weight to my tent legs
Jewelry Tools and a cloth measuring tape - for resizing or an on the spot special order
Beads and Jewelry!
Leave the list where you can see it for a few days as you will invariably think of things to add.
2 days before your event - start staging. Gather everything on your list in one place because even with the list you are likely to forget something if it's not all together.
The day before the event - load the vehicle. Pack all the items from your list and then take a walk around your house and/or studio to see if anything else comes to mind.
Event Day - Set up your booth. Pat yourself on the back for remembering everything (see, you did need that duct tape!)