The Spring One Of A Kind Show is done! Huzzah! It was a shorter show this time around – with it being five days vs. two weeks at Christmas. It has worn me out less, and I’m happy to be home and back to my regular scheduled programming. I didn’t have the time to post how we designed our booth at Christmas time so I thought I’d do a recap of the booth building now!
After a ton of research of what I wanted a booth to be like Aubrey built my walls for the 5 x 15 booth out of MDF in our garage. Building the booth ahead of time helped me visualize where everything would go and what I needed in terms of display units. With the walls up I started to fill the area. So the first thing I did was have my logo made my Straight Laser here in Toronto in plain wood and then sprayed them gold using my new favourite gold paint.
Installing the logo was a little bit of a stress but Aub was a pro.
We placed out shelves for product displays, which took some time as I had to bring out all of the product and consider where everything would be grouped. Since things are all different sizes (cards / prints / wallpaper etc) it took some planning on where to place everything etc. Aubrey again was pretty much my saviour in all of this. With everything figured out we took it apart, loaded it into a rental truck and Aubrey and our friend Darryl put it all back together at the show a day before it opened.
Here is the booth at the Christmas show all put together
and this past Spring Show…
I made minor updates to the Spring show booth such as adding a wood top to the centre console which I felt was a nice small addition to ground that one area of the booth.
I designed my booth to be like a store – I had a cash desk and was off to the side, purposefully allowing people to browse without feeling as though I was hovering over them. It also meant I could preserve my own sanity for such long hours – by having a chair. I purchase the Square Stand Cash Register (vs. the phone swipe thing that they give you free) because I loved how it meant my phone wasn’t connected to a sale, and if I had to leave my booth, my friends watching the booth wouldn’t have to use their own phones either. I highly, highly recommend this machine if you have a booth with a cash desk like mine. (Purchased from Amazon) You need an iPad to go with it with a data plan, or, you can accept payments in offline mode and when you get into a wifi area you can bulk process the payments.
I made my own wrapping paper display after seeing this inspiration from Martha Stewart for a DIY dowel rack. Isn’t it cute!? The cabinets are all Ikea that have been painted white.
There you have it! How the booth came to be. I appreciate it’s not a step by step guide but hopefully it provides you with some inspiration should you make your own booth. I’ll post some more inspiration this week that helped me design my own. Although the booth itself seems relatively simple, it’s amazing how much effort and pre-planning went into making sure it wasn’t overwhelming or crowded for people to take in the products.
Cabinets & Wall Displays ……….Ikea
Diy Wrapping Paper Display ………….. Inspired by Martha Stewart
Cash Desk Systems ………… Square Register / Cash Drawer /
Lights & Wall Supplies ……………. Home Depot
Logo ………… Straight Laser