The Fine and Dandy Market is a local craft market which hosts over 30 different makers, creators, and crafters, all thanks to Kellie Mairs who’s the brains behind the whole show. If you haven’t visited before what are you playing at?! Pencil it in the diary (if you’re fancy like that) or slap a stickie note on the fridge and come along to the next one, which is on the 24th of April. If you can’t make that one, the market runs on the last Sunday of every month.
I digress.. With running the shop solo 6 days a week while Tommy works his full-time day-job, we always leave it until last minute to decide what we’re bringing to the market. That means trying to think of quick, make-shift ways to show off our wares. It got the point where on many occasions our display didn't look quite as good as it could do, and that doesn't reflect our brand as well as it should.
Enough was enough and we decided to do something about it. It’s only until you start searching for table-top display items that you realise how limited they are; unless you’re selling make-up, there’s literally 1000 different kinds of plinths to display your nail polish!
First and fore-most we needed something to put our A4 prints in so that our customers could flick through them easily, but the only solutions available were print racks which:
A. We weren’t really fussed on
B. Most were FAR too big
C. The one’s that were 'all-right at best' cost a million pounds!
This called for some creativity; we made our own and they turned out pretty good. It’s amazing what you can do with a £2.75 box from Ikea, 4 pieces of black foamboard, a stanley-knife and a squirt of UHU. Voila!
Ta Daaaa.. Before and after!
We also wanted to be able to show-off our prints and decided that we needed some sort of grid apparatus, kinda like this, but bigger...
Display items don’t have to cost a fortune, and if you don’t like current designs on the market, don’t just settle and buy them! Come up with your own and tailor them for how you want to use them. Get crafty! Pinterest is fantastic for stall ideas and layout inspiration if you’re stuck.