Behind the Scenes: Booth Prep

Heads up Hilo friends! I’ll be at the Family Affair at UH Hilo this Saturday (3/1) from 9-3pm. I’m spending this week getting my booth ready, and this time I hope to be creating a display that’s a little more substantial and something that I can use over and over again. Being the control freak that I am, I made a mock-up of what I hope it ends up looking like. By the end of the week I should know if it really turns out, and I’ll be sure to share photos of the real thing.

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My goal with my booth is for everything to be visible at a glance.

My Dad’s building two wooden easels for me that’ll display my notecards and prints, and a shelf (basically a box) to house my hats and decals. I was planning on magnetizing the easels with metal sheets sprayed with chalkboard paint, but metal is expensive, plus I like natural wood grain. I’ll just stick the cards on with sticky tack. I haven’t seen the easels yet so I haven’t decided about the chalkboard paint, but I can still use chalk whether there’s chalkboard paint on there  or not.

I have a white table cloth that if I have time, I’ll dye grey. I don’t think I can love grey more than I already do. It’s the perfect neutral to off-set my banner without taking away from the color of my products.

My banner is super simple. I didn’t want to bombard people with TOO much information, so I figured my website and social media sites were enough. If they can make it to my site, they can get in touch with me, and nearly everyone’s on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (hopefully they can figure out my handle…I think it’s self explanatory). My business cards have my email and phone number if they want to contact me that way, but I didn’t think it needed to be on the banner.

So that’s the plan. I can’t wait for it to all come together. I normally do a  little dress rehearsal before an event  to make sure that everything fits and everything has its’ place. My booth preps are usually ridiculously easy because my products are easy to display and carry, so I’m not anticipating too much difficulty.

Later on this week I’ll share my plans for staying organized during the event.


  1. I’m so excited for you Joelle!I take my little dance wear shop out of it’s home about once a month, and the table/booth is always so much fun to organize. In the past few years, I’ve arranged the basic setup to be so easy to take along that it only takes me about 20 minutes to pack it all, and that’s helped a lot with the stresses that taking the shop out for a day can bring. I have some matching weed baskets that stack up nicely that make up the core of the show.
    Next thing I’d need is some sort of an easel for taking along jewelry. We don’t have jewelry at the shop, but sometimes get some in to take out to competitions (like skating necklaces for skating competitions), and they’d need a nice place to be presented in. We’ll see how that’ll come about.

    1. I agree! Booths are one of my favorite things to do and always generate the best sales for me. I love every aspect of planning for events. So fun!

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