The sun is finally out and the weather is warm, now is the season for outdoor craft shows! But with the change in temperature and outdoor environment, what do you as a vendor need to be prepared for? Here are some tips and tricks to having a successful summer show.
1. Invest in a Good Tent (with Weights!)
Whether it’s the midday sun blaring down on you or a July shower, a tent is a must if you plan on participating in outdoor craft shows. But make sure to invest in weights for your tent! Many shows require tents to be weighted and trust, there’s nothing worse than a freak gust of wind blowing a tent and display over. When selecting a tent keep in mind whether you’ll be setting up by yourself or will have help. Many of the heavy-duty tents need more than one person to assemble. If you’re by yourself, pay attention to the weight of the tent to ensure you can lift it.
2. Stay Cool
In the dog days of summer keeping yourself cool is a must so that you can finish your sales strong. If you’re in a hot climate and are outside all day, it can deplete your energy and put you at risk of overheating.
Luckily, there are many battery-operated fans (some even have misting options). A wet towel is another easy way to cool down. These towels stay wet and cool for several hours when kept in their containers. Best of all, just add water to keep yourself cool all day. To keep your food and water cool, invest in a freezable lunch box or a portable cooler.
3. Stay Hydrated
Iced coffee may give you that jolt of energy you need in the morning, but if you’re going to make it through a hot summer day you need to stay hydrated. Bring more water than you think you’ll need; you might end up wanting to use some to cool yourself down in addition to drinking. A small cooler of water bottles is ideal. There are some brands of reusable water bottles that can keep water cold for 24 hours or more. Invest in one to make those hot days more bearable.
4. Emergency Supplies
This goes for any craft show but for outdoor shows it is especially important to have an emergency stash of supplies. Masking tape, scissors, safety pins and sharpies are all must haves. Twine or rope may come in handy if you need to tie things down on a gusty day. Trash bags can also be used to make makeshift walls for your tent in case of sudden rain. Think about your products and display and bring spare items to stave off any emergencies you run into.
5. Mobile Hot Spot
Most likely you will not be able to access internet at an outdoor craft show. Credit card processors such as Square have offline modes that allow you to take cards and process them when you have service again. If this idea makes you uncomfortable, invest in a mobile hot spot. They’re portable and ensure you have internet access wherever you go.
6. Wireless Charger
Your phone or tablet enables you to accept more forms of payment which can increase your potential sales. A wireless charger is imperative to ensure your battery lasts all day so you can accept every last sale.
With the warm weather comes new challenges at your outdoor shows. Plan ahead to ensure you’re ready to beat the heat.