Well I have been working my fingers to the nubs getting ready for the upcoming craft show season. I am only doing 3 maybe 4 shows this year, 2 of them being smaller shows (Which is fine with me) For the past many years I have been knitting and crocheting. I had followed the trends, actually sometimes I was ahead of the trends which didn’t bode well for my sales. I have discovered what is trending in the states usually doesn’t hit here for at least a year sometimes 2. But that is neither here nor there today. I have pretty well backed off the knitting as the yarns have become so expensive that it is not worth my while making hats/scarves/mittens and scarves. People in my area are not into spending for anything quality hand made. I still take orders for items if anyone wishes something in particular but knitting and crocheting for shows is just not what I feel like doing any more.
I have changed up what I am doing and looking forward to my first show in sept. I will be taking pictures of my items over the next few weeks and will surely post them here. In the meantime I wanted to change up my banner for the shows. I had one that I could attach to the front of the tables but I realized that a lot of people were not seeing the actual banner if I had customers shopping at my table. So I decided to go with a smaller 30″x48″ vertical instead of the large horizontal one. Also changed up the colours and design a bit. I am really happy with the look of the banner now and I have my business cards that match. So my delimma was, **how was I going to display this vertical banner**? It is fine if I have a wall behind me but you can never be guaranteed to have a wall. So I got my thinking cap on.. hmmm ahhhh… I have a projector screen from when I used to have picture slides. I know I know, I am dating myself. but I still have that projector screen downstairs. I kept trying to figure out how to revamp it for the banner.. In the end it would be a heck of a lot of work to remove the screen and work up somthing for the banner (since the banner is vinyl)
Well this afternoon I had a lightbulb moment!!!! Omgosh I had the perfect solution. A couple of years ago I got a double clothes rack from Walmart to display my scarves.
This is what I had purchased and paid $19 at the time.
Well it has been sitting in pieces in my closet in my studio.. So this is what I did.. The top rack is removable so I took my banner and taped it with black gorilla tape making sure the banner was completely around the pole and the black could only be seen from the back. That’s it!!! that is all you have to do. I did however put the plastic grommets on the bottom of the banner if I want to secure it so it doesn’t flutter around.. Easy peasy!!!!! when the show is over, I will remove the top bar, wind the banner up on the bar, secure it with masking tape and put it back into the box the banner came in. Actually all the bars should fit into this box for easy access. Here are some pictures of the end result.
So there you have it. I love it when I can recycle and reuse items from my closet.