On top of that, our car broke on Day#9: the gearbox just didn’t respond anymore. Hopefully, Melanie helped me to handle it remotely. 1 000$ and 4 days later, I’ve been able to go back to Montreal.
The booth has to be built AND unbuilt. I mean, it requires A DRILL and a ladder, ok ? These kind of things we definitely don’t use every day at the workshop. Even though our booth was a 5’ x 10’ it was a quite challenging.
Also, having a second look on your setup is nearly impossible except through photos or the eyes of your booth’s neighbours.
Takeaway : Book a long time in advance the agenda of 2 people. Not 1 nor 3. Just 2.
2. Group transportation and accommodation
Obviously for budget and convenience purposes, grouping with other artisans of your city sounds like a life saving idea. Booths and stocks should be grouped in a single van, optimizing loading, deloading and fuel costs.
Renting an apartment with several rooms or even a house, at a walk distance of the exhibition centre is greatly appreciated. I really insiste on the “walk distance” concept which allows you to take a breath prior and after your long days spent in a no-window area during eleven dark long winter days.
Takeaway : Connect with your fellow local artisans through markets and social media groups long time prior to the event and book everything 3-4 months in advance.
3. Be as light as possible
Just like when you travel, feeling light, at ease, is essential whether it’s regarding your belongings or your booth. Some booths were really heavy, made of wood and real furnitures, giving a spectacular real home finish but letting limited space for improvisation and unforeseen events.
Takeaways : Prepare to make a laundry or two, use solid convenient boxes for your stock and booth, bring a trolley...
4. Prepare your stock properly
As good first timers, we had no idea of the volume and kind of items we were going to sale (if ever we would sale something).
So we prepared - at very last moment of course :) - a random amount of stock based more or less on what we experienced during the past markets.
Again, reality is that Shows are very different from markets: Different crowd, different city, different timeframe, different behaviors…