Friday, November 13, 2015

Working Out Your Booth Design - From a 10x10', 5x2' to 48"


 I am a planner-

  Eight years ago I had the occasion to attend a training seminar for Navy Commanding Officer Spouses. During our week long training we were administered the Myers-Briggs Assessment.
To make the seminar more interesting one evening, the organizers had some fun activities arranged using the highest and lowest scorers in certain categories.
  Certain people were called up on stage during the event. When you were called, you had no idea what the category or activity would be.
In my group there were about 8 people, both men and women.

 The Moderator started by saying "We were going on a trip in two months what would you do?"
I raised my hand and began by saying I would research the destination, things to do in the area and airplane ticket prices. Others chimed in, mentioning looking up the weather for that time of year so you'd know what to pack, hotels, etc. Others chimed in, yes and let's check car rentals and restaurants too. We were getting it together.
  The others in the group just sat there quietly, the moderator finally asked them "How would you prepare?' Imagine my horror when one lady said "I'd throw my toothbrush, credit card and some clean panties in a suitcase and see what happens!'

 So I guess you can say I'm a bit of an OCD planner. It's how I relieve my stress for an event. If I try to think through the worst case scenarios and pack what I'd need to overcome it then I can relax, knowing that I did my best to make it smooth.  When I don't plan I get pretty anxious and that's not always pretty!

So it goes for doing art & craft shows. ......I plan... and plan
Out door shows using my 10x10 tent. On grass & tree roots.
On concrete and rainy days


Even short term quickie farmers market events get organized. I also try various configurations from week to week to see what works best with traffic flow and location.



 Super windy outdoor events where you must leave your sidewalls intact present another type of challenge.



In a school gym where the setup is long and narrow 
[ Here you also see my new bright turquoise pedestal covers which I love] 

Here is a recent event, where the set up was to be only 8x8'. I actually did some grid paper models  to scale to help me visualize my options.




And here is the result.



This weekend I have a trunk show at a shop where I have my beach themed things.
At this event I am bringing my regular line as well, but I only have a 48" round table [and maybe one grid wall butted up against that table for some height] 
So I am experimenting with some alternatives. See the tape measure to give me an idea of how far I can spread out.



In the next few weeks I have more 'small' events that allow just one table. So I plan to incorporate one grid wall to give height without the bulk of a shelving unit. I also want to keep my new table covers in use and so I am planning to use it as a topper over my cream colored fitted table skirts
[Sorry about the messy garage]


So I guess the point of this post is to share the fact that you must be flexible, and planning what you can in advance helps to relieve stress and make your events as successful as they can be.
Be sure to check out my Facebook page for pictures of recent shows and also upcoming events.
Thanks for reading today-
Have a wonderful weekend 
Warm Regards,
Tammie

1 comment:

  1. I think us Navy spouses tend too be over planners (because so much of our life is out of our control) or complete under planners who can just easily throw caution to the wind. Love seeing your booth designs! I will be doing a small fair tonight, and I keep getting told that my table is reducing in size as they are trying to add more vendors in. Gotta be flexible I guess.

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