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December 10, 2015

Thrift Your Way to a Great Craft Show Display

When I jumped into the market and craft show world, I knew a great display is key in helping your items sell.  Starting a new business can be costly. So, to not break the bank (on display items) I headed to Goodwill to see what I could find.

When you are out, you have to keep an open mind. Think outside of the box. If something you see catches your eye, think about how you could use it in your display. Here are some things I use:


This was a great find. It’s a very thick craft paper type of rope. Tie it from end to end and you have yourself a clothesline. Get some clothes pins and use it to hang your art, clothing, etc.


These wooden bowls would be great for displaying jewelry or other small trinkets.


This basket is perfect for holding business cards.


If you sell food, this tray could be used to distribute samples.  Or, you could do what I do which is flip it over and use the handles as  legs and add some layers to your display.


I’m not sure what this was originally used for but I asked my dad to drill two holes on each end, strung some cord through them, tie it onto my tent and BAM(!), instant clothes rack.


I usually use dark linens to cover my tables and this bamboo table runner gives a great contrast.

Always keep looking! You won’t find everything in one trip.

Any plans for the weekend? Head to Crafty Feast! Crafty Feast is an independent craft fair in Columbia, South Carolina bringing over 100 unique and funky vendors. I’ll be there!

As I’ve mentioned before, I try to be very conscious of the items I purchase so it would only make sense to use the same practice in my business, Sebastian Harper.  Everything is handmade by me and I use natural dyes (food and plant based), vintage and upcycled fabrics. 


If you’re planning to come, stop by and say hi! I’d love to meet some readers in person!

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