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Style your craft market stall - my top 5 tips

Creativity, EventsAmanda TaylorComment
Photo by  Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs . Etsy Made Local in City Hall, College Green Bristol in December 2018

Photo by Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs. Etsy Made Local in City Hall, College Green Bristol in December 2018

You’ve chosen a craft market to attend, your fees are paid, your items are ready(ish) - but how will you set up a beautiful enticing display for potential customers? With a million and one other things to do the answer may be ‘who knows?’ - so here are some handy tips to help with your next market display.

Interior of  Anthropologie , Orlando, Florida, USA taken in April 2019

Interior of Anthropologie, Orlando, Florida, USA taken in April 2019

Anthropologie  is my favourite shop, each store has its own unique style but is still distinctly part of the brand

Anthropologie is my favourite shop, each store has its own unique style but is still distinctly part of the brand

These are a few tips and tricks that I have used over my years displaying at markets, designing displays for shops and styling inside of shops too.

Height - Most stalls, regardless of what you sell, will look better with varying heights to help display your items rather than all being on a flat surface. You don’t have to have anything fancy to do this, I used to use old cardboard boxes wrapped in lovely wrapping paper (see the 2016 Etsy in Bristol pop up shop window display for evidence!). This is a really inexpensive way to add depth and interest to the basic layout of your market table. You can also invest in acrylic stands (I have used these from Morplan) or a larger sturdy wooden stand if your budget allows for this.

Bird Can Fox  at Etsy Made Local Market

Bird Can Fox at Etsy Made Local Market

Alignment - symmetry is your friend. In a sea of amazing and overwhelming choice at markets I always think that an ordered and considered display really stands out. Even if each of your items is unique, you can still create balance and symmetry by having similar shaped items or coloured items together, laid out evenly. I don’t think this needs to be rigid, I just find that my eye is drawn to order when I am in surrounded by lots of choice. I wonder if there’s some psychology behind this? Answers on a postcard!

A gorgeous stall by  Annah of Girl and Bird  at Etsy Made Local December 2018. Photo by  Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs

A gorgeous stall by Annah of Girl and Bird at Etsy Made Local December 2018. Photo by Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs

Signage - beautiful on brand signs will really elevate your aesthetic and create a professional impression to customers. There are so many options to choose from, banners from Vistaprint, A4 signs you can print yourself, lasercut wooden signs or even small acrylic frames to display your business cards. I love Ellie from Little Paisley Designs market stalls, they look so warm, interesting and professional, like a little pop up Anthropologie store which appeals to me on so many levels!

Make sure that any signage fits cohesively with your brand identity, including colours and the choice of materials. For instance as much as I love green glitter it wouldn’t be the right choice for my market stall display.

My Pouss Design display at Etsy Made Local Bristol, December 2018

My Pouss Design display at Etsy Made Local Bristol, December 2018

Props - chosen carefully and without dominating a display, carefully curated props can really enhance your craft stall. I always like to use fresh or dried flowers in little posy arrangements to complement the delicate and pretty nature of my jewellery in my signature pastel colours (like the ones pictured below made for me by the gorgeous Lucy Coco Floristy for Etsy Made Local). Using dried flowers will give you more longevity and you could use them in product photos too. I’ve also styled pop up shops using small succulents on glass and ceramic white tiles (sourced from Ikea and B&Q!). Props don’t need to be expensive, usually you can find items at home or items that you use to style your photographs. I love to hunt for potential props at DIY stores (wallpaper samples to wrap on boxes, paint samples to paint offcuts of wood, tile samples for displaying things). If you’re selling jewellery then don’t forget to take a mirror so that customers can try on your designs and see them (also don’t forget to take cleaning things like a duster and some Mr Sheen for the mirror, I speak from experience!).

Have you seen any amazing market stalls or shops lately? Let me know, I always love to discover new designer and makers.

-Amanda x

Etsy Made Local Market in Bristol 1st December 2018

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Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local market Bristol City Hall 1st December 2018

Many thanks to everyone who braved the weather and turned up for the annual Etsy Made Local Market held this year in Bristol in City Hall on College Green. Having lived in Bristol for a number of years I still can’t believe this was the first time I’d ever been into City Hall!

The beautiful high ceiling space was filled with local designer makers, 60 different sellers showcasing their work each day over the weekend. I was so impressed with the curation of the range of work by the Bristol Etsy Team, everything fitted together perfectly to make one large giant pop up market of gorgeous lustworthy gifts.

Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local Gift Market 2018 Bristol

As well as selling my jewellery I picked up a couple of gorgeous ceramic art pieces by Bird Can Fox (a snake and a pink shell dish), a giant massive roll out poster by Dixon does Doodles and brooches from Little Paisley Designs. My assistant on the day, Beth, had a mid-afternoon spend-a-thon with Nellies Treasures gorgeous children’s wall hangings and Victoria Williams covetable earrings. We could have easily spent a lot more, but these were just gifts for ourselves!

I also am delighted with my beautiful blooms on my stall created by the lovely Lucy Coco Floristry. Lucy created gorgeous vintage pastel posies for me, hand tied in glass jars and even added in my favourite things at the moment, dried flowers.

I loved meeting you all and thank you for coming to support myself and the Etsy Bristol community. In this world where we are overwhelmed with buying choices I’m always grateful when someone chooses to support my small business. So thank you again, it does mean a lot to me to be able to keep making and dreaming up new ideas.

What a wonderful weekend, it’s a shame it was all over so soon! Roll on next year’s Etsy Made Local market in Bristol. I will no doubt be popping up somewhere else very shortly to sell in person, updates will be here on the blog.

-Amanda x

Lucy Coco Floristry Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local 2018
Pouss Jewellery Design gift bags gift market 2018
Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local Gift Market 2018 Bristol City Hall display stand

Etsy Made Local Market Bristol - Saturday 1st December 10am to 4pm

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Bristol Etsy Made Local Market 2018

Come and buy from me in person on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the Bristol Etsy Made Local Market. This is your only opportunity to buy from my range in Bristol this festive season, along with 50 other local independent Etsy designers and makers.

City Hall on College Green is a historic landmark right in the heart of Bristol’s centre, sitting at the bottom of the famous Park Street. Doors will open at 10am for the Etsy Made Local Market, a unique shopping event giving you the chance to buy gorgeous gifts from independent local brands and stores.

From 10am to 1pm my silver personalisation station will be open, any personalised silver initial orders placed in this time will be made for you while you wait. This is an exclusive service I’ll be offering only at Etsy Made Local on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 1pm.

Or do you fancy making your own necklace? Join me at the Etsy Made Local Market workshop area at 2pm for a workshop to learn how to make your own custom silver initial tag necklace. Tickets are still available through my shop.

Hope to see you at this special event in Bristol very soon - let me know if you’re coming by RSVP-ing here.

-Amanda x