Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Our Show Check List

Dan and I are getting ready for the Parker Artists Guild Spring Art show this coming weekend and I ran across our show check list. I found this somewhere on the web and have customized it for us. I thought it might be beneficial to publish this on my blog to as an aid to those of you who also do shows from time to time. You may have your own list and maybe a few items on this one could be added to yours? I would be curious if any of you have your check list to review prior to a show. I find it a great tool when thoughts start to scatter the closer the show date draws near!

Here's our check list:

Show Checklist
Office Supplies:
______ Doc from show vendor
______ Receipt books
______ Price List
______ Notebook
______ Small clipboard (optional – used for writing checks)
______ Binder with stock pics (optional)
______ Postcards/Business Cards
______ Change fund
______ Cell Phone & charger
______ Deposit slips
______ Tissue Paper
______ Plastic Bags
______ Name Stamp
______ Calculator
______ Pens/pencils
______ Scissors
______ Scotch tape
______ Masking Tape
______ WD40 (for removing sticker glue)
______ Paper towels
______ Lint roller
______ Trashbags
______ Price Tags
______ Sharpie marker
______ Tape measure
______ Band Aids
______ Rubbing Alcohol/Peroxide (clean ear wires, etc)

Table Setup & Display:
______ Hand truck
______ Small table for packaging (optional)
______ Banner or sign (optional)
______ DUCK TAPE
______ Lighting fixtures/extra bulbs
______ Power bar/extension cord
______ 25' outdoor cord and 3-plug adaptor
______ Table cloth/covering
______ Coverings for overnight (sheets/blankets, etc)
______ STOCK!!
______ Mirror
______ Display stands
______ Risers
______ Pins (for securing stock to table)

Stuff for Me:
______ Comfy shoes
______ Sweater
______ Bottled water
______ Munchies
______ Chapstick
______ Hand lotion/sanitizer
______ Medications (if necessary)
______ Touch up makeup/hair brush, etc.
______ Gum or mints

______ Small tool kit (pliers, wire cutters, etc as needed)
______ Extra stock components (in case of emergency repairs)
______ Polish cloth
______ Ring Sizer

Oh, and another metalsmith friend, Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, recently published her perspective on How To Do A Craft Show. Wendy had some great tips and insights I thought I would share hers too. Plus I find Wendy's blog very informative and I hope you will check it out.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


hwfarber said...

Wow, what a check list. I hope you have a great weekend; I know people will love your work.

I've been following your metalworking blog--now I have to catch up on this one.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Great idea to have a checklist, Kathleen! I don't keep a written one (of course I should), but keep dedicated boxes for all my show stuff. If I run low on something at a show, I just jot it down and deal with it when I get home. That said, I have arrived at shows a couple of times without change, and without the hooks to hang my paintings! I'm definitely gonna print out your list and customize it.

-Don said...

Great list, Kathleen. Thanks for sharing it. Have a great show!


Sharmon Davidson said...

thanks for sharing this, Kathleen. I've been considering doing arts/crafts fairs, so last week I went to a workshop on booth design. when you have more time, I'd like to ask you some questions. Good luck at the show!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Thanks for sharing this, Kathleen. I've been thinking about doing the art fair thing myself, and attended a workshop on booth design last week. When you have some time, I'd like to ask you some questions. Good luck at the show!

Cathyann said...

Have a great show Kathleen,
got a lot of checking up to do on you blogs. I have a show this weekend too!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Hallie!
Yes, this list is helpful, especially to help keep me a bit calmer for show prep. Hope you enjoy my glass blog.

Hi Deborah!
You sound organized and it's nice to know you will be able to customize this list for your needs.

Thanks Don! We are definitely hoping for a good show. I'll keep everyone posted.

Hi Sharmon,
Sure, I'll be happy to answer any questions I can. Emailed you on FB, just give me a shout back.

Hi Cathyann! Good to see you. I have a lot of catching up to do on the blogs I follow too. Time is at a premium these days.

Sue Furrow said...

Thanks Kathleen. I have misplaced my list so I'm printing yours and I'll see if it jogs my memory. Wishing you the best at your show!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Sue! Happy to be of help. We are hoping this will be a good show for us too...I'll report back after the weekend. :)

Janelle Goodwin said...

I can't wait to hear about how your show went. Good luck and I sure wish I could be there to see it!