Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Display Idea & A Doll Show

Way, way back in May I participated in a doll show in Orlando. I only this week unpacked the stuff I took and I only did that because I needed to figure out the sales tax I owe that was due today. LOL, so lazy.

Anyway, now that everything is put away, I wanted to share a display idea. I originally had my small accessories in baggies. I thought it was a hassle for people to flip through all that stuff and wanted something that would let them see the items at a glance. I also wanted something ready made because I just didn't have time to make one. Behold the Nail Polish Counter Display!



At the time I purchased mine it was $24.99 with Amazon Prime. Considering I didn't have to build it myself, it was absolutely worth the cost. Check out the video at the end of the post to see it in use.

The show itself was fantastic. The venue was 4 times bigger than the other show I attended and I made WAY more money. However, unlike last time, I didn't spend any money either. I intended to buy stuff, but I was so busy selling I never got the chance. The bit of show footage I got is what I saw on my way to the bathroom before the show started. Once the doors opened for the public I didn't venture far from my booth. I will be going back to this show next year, but I don't know if I will be a vendor or just buying.

I attended the show by myself and took all this stuff with me:



I don't think I can handle doing that again. I'm going to have to rethink my setup or drag my mom along or just go as a customer. I LOVE selling, but I want to see all the other stuff for sale too and I was bummed at not being able to do that. On the other hand, it meant I came home with more money. Still, I would have rather come home with some cool new dolls.



40 comments:

  1. It's nice to see you back. The doll show looked interesting. Maybe it's a good thing you weren't able to shop you got to keep all your profits :O) I know what you mean I plan to sell but I'm definitely dragging the man along to help man the booth while I look around ;O)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Dollz4Moi, glad to be back! :) At the first show I attended, the room was small enough that no matter where I went in the room I could still see my booth and could rush over if I got a customer. This show was beyond that scale and covered two rooms. It also had 10 times more customers than the previous show. My mom would have come if I asked her, but I didn't know this show was going to be so huge. Lesson learned.

      Delete
  2. welcome to being a dealer! your displays are great, and that is a great deal from amazon. I had many shows like that I had to do by myself, I feel for you. Packed a lunch or snacks in case there was no one to run for me as I had to load and unload and man the table by myself if hubby couldn't swing by the show.The great thing is you have more money to spend on dolls elsewhere! Your table looked great too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hiya, Lisa! Not to be all indelicate, but if I don't want to be running to the bathroom every hour then I tend not to eat or drink if I'm going to be doing a show. I have to have a little bit of something to take with my meds but otherwise I wait until the event is over. While I like the idea of a booth buddy, I'd have to really be desperate to ask a stranger to watch my booth. I think that's why next time I'm going to stick with stuff under $5. If something gets snitched when I'm off meandering, I won't care too much about it or get upset at the buddy I asked to watch over it.

      Delete
  3. That show looks like it would have been a great place to shop (and sell, of course)!

    And thanks for sharing the shelf - I've actually been looking for something like that to store/display my MiniMates figures, and that looks like it might be as close as I get to perfect without having to custom-build something!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. jSarie, it was a GREAT place to shop! I'm definitely pouting that I wasn't able to do that. Even as cheap as I am, I know I would have found something to buy.

      Delete
  4. The display worked great for your needs. Sorry to hear you didn't do any shopping, but yay for bigger profits! I can tell it was a good show by the variety of things being sold. The best shows have something for every kind of collector. That one vendor needs to rethink the newborns on the silver platters. They look like they're being served up as appetizers or something- yikes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL, Jewell! You cracked me up with the silver platter comment. Those little babies were pretty cute close up.

      Delete
  5. Muff, what a GREAT idea for storing doll shoes & bags. Thanks for sharing!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, April and you're welcome! ^__^

      Delete
  6. Wow, that was a nice doll show! I can see you did a lot of work getting your good to the show, setting it up, etc. Too bad you couldn't buy anything because your brief scan of the other sellers showed some pretty nice items too. But good you were able to keep some money in your pocket -- there will always be some way to spend it! Loved your displays too. Those nail polish holders worked great for your little items. What a good idea!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phyllis, the show was huge and had such a variety of items. There were about 6 isles that I didn't even get to go down. I figured I would be able to see more stuff after the show was over but apparently I'm a super slow packer because there was hardly any vendors there when I finished.

      Delete
  7. Clever display idea! Seeing these show posts always makes me wanna go shopping.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hear you, Presto. Every time I see a crafting video I want to stop what I'm doing to see if I can make it.

      Delete
  8. That is a lot of stuff to haul by yourself. This display unit is nice. Is it sad that until I saw how the items sit in the unit, my immediate thought was how it looked like doll bleachers?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL, Janainah! It's not sad at all. I'm always trying to turn everything into something I can use for my dolls. I'm always keeping bottle caps, paper rolls and knick-knacks thinking I'm going to turn them into something fabulous some day.

      Delete
  9. I am so proud of you for getting out there! Your table display looks great. I want to sell, but been pretty lazy about it. That acrylic display is so cool for both my 1:12 and 1:6 stuff!
    I love to shop, but I think I like making money more. LOL Then I can shop or not!

    Sooo I wish you more of both! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey there, Grandmommy and thanks! I've decided to only do shows that are close to me so that means about two a year. Okay, Orlando isn't that close but I like going there so that makes it doable, lol. The display comes in different bottle sizes and I believe I got the largest one at 72 bottles. You could probably get away with a 36 bottle one for your 1:12 items and those only cost $15.

      My sister opened up a Square store online to sell her stuff. I was thinking I might look into that.

      Delete
  10. Your display looked great! It was so neat and organized. Going home with a profit is awesome. I hate it when I go home after selling more than half the day with only a few bucks more than I started with. I have done that several times because I start shopping before the show even begin. Lol! The objective was to sell stuff to get rid of it, but I would go home with just as much stuff that was newly purchased. So you did well!

    Thanks for sharing the info about the display stands. That is a great way to display these items clearly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Georgia Girl, I know that if I would have had someone working my booth with me I would have come home with plus negative money! Making a profit is awesome and all, but what a missed opportunity for some new doll stuff, lol.

      Delete
  11. Hi Muff, you had a great selling table, it would draw me to your merchandise for sure! The nail polish display is great, totally worth the price. Wow for going all by yourself to the show with all that stuff, that must have been a good workout! An online store sounds good and worth looking into! Linda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Linda! I do enjoy designing a booth and thinking about traffic flow and all that good stuff. I try to break up the merchandise in multiple boxes to control the weight. But it's not like I cant use the exercise either.

      Delete
  12. Wspaniała ekspozycja! Przejrzysta i pięknie pokazująca drobne przedmioty! Dobry zakup!
    Obejrzałam filmik i bardzo podobają mi się takie targi lalek! Bardzo chętnie odwiedziłabym takich sprzedawców!
    Dziękuję za możliwość obejrzenia!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nie ma za co, Olla! Dziękuję bardzo za odwiedziny i oglądania wideo.

      Delete
  13. Take your mom with you next time.

    I love the nail polish display and your setup was quite impressive. It seems there would have been a variety of dolls and paraphernalia from which to choose from each vendor. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of the show. Is this an annual show? Who sponsors it?

    I did a doll show locally, my first one, by myself and it is LOTS OF WORK. I vowed that I would never do that again. Having to lug everything in, set up, and WOman the table for the duration was a bit much. It rained that day so there was not a very good turn out, but I sold more than anyone. Several vendors told me that -- jealous.

    I had my husband with me for a subsequent doll show. You always need someone to man the table for you so you can browse, even though you should have the ability to do that before the show begins, but still.

    dbg




    dbg

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Debbie, I took my Mom to my first show and in the end didn't need her at all. Who knew this venue would be so huge? I'll see what type of design scheme I can come up with to make transport lighter. If I cant do that then yes, she might be going with me next time.

      This is an annual show presented by The Greater Orlando UFDC. This was their 27th time I believe.

      I got some vendor love and some vendor side-eye while I was there. A few vendors asked about my set up and wanted some how-to's and whatnots. But a couple of them commented about how busy my booth was and the tone wasn't complimentary.

      Delete
  14. Welcome back Muff! I must go to a doll show at least once in my lifetime!
    Being a vendor must be demanding, I don't think I would be able to do it, I'm more skilled in long one-to-one negotiations.
    Your setup was beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Billa, I hope you get to go to one! Even if you aren't buying anything they are so fun to go to, especially if you like museums or yard sales or craft shows. That's really what it's like, all of those things combined.

      Delete
  15. I hope the sale goes well. You have a great setup! I wish I could sell more things. I haven't been able to sell much with the closing of the Dollpage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Ms. Leo! I wonder if you can sell directly from your blog or does blogger not allow such things???

      Delete
  16. Welcome back!

    Wow, that show looked like fun. Your booth was lovely, and so were the others. I found myself reaching for my wallet, even though I'm on the couch in my pajamas! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was fun, Sarah and thank you! LOL, you were getting some Home Shopping vibes, huh?

      Delete
  17. Wow, I can *see* the hard work, but that looks like a lot of fun, too ;-)

    (I miss the Philly Doll Show of years past. Sigh. Thanks for sharing your doll show doings - I get the experience vicarious.)

    The nail Polish counter display gives your display an even more polished and professional look. That would be an asset for collectors.

    Hope you get the chance to see more stuff next time you go. Congratulations on your earnings ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hiya, D7ana! I think this show was a harder setup because it was the same day of the show. Last venue I got to set up the day before and we could lollygag and check out the other vendors. We did have 3 hours to set up this time but I was selling to other vendors before I was halfway done putting my product out. Now I know how annoying I was to the vendor at the last show whose setup I kept interrupting to buy stuff. I wont do that again! (that's probably a lie, lol)

      I do like those nail displays a lot. If I had fancy purses and more room, I would probably have one of those out to showcase them.

      Delete
    2. Oh same day set up would be more stressful. I'm trying to think how to get a doll show locally.

      Hope you had a happy 4th of July.

      Delete
  18. Welcome back! I love your display and storage ideas.I'm slowly learning to see the doll-adaptability of items so your blog really inspirres :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Maricha! I think we doll folk look at EVERYTHING as a potential doll accessory.

      Delete
  19. Wow, Muff, that's a lot of stuff to load and set up on your own. I hope all the sales meant there wasn't as much to pack up and take home. My daughter and I have been doing markets this year (selling cards and children's clothes) and it is much easier with the two of us. We are still trying out different things to work out the easiest way to transport and display our stock. Your nail polish stand looks like a great idea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carrickters, most of my sales were of the accessories and single dolls so they weren't that heavy to begin with. I sold maybe 10 NRFBox dolls, so at most I got rid of one of the three garbage bags full of boxed items. Other than that, I still had to cart home all my packing boxes and display units.

      I'm a loner and I'm extremely particular. I think that's why I'm resisting taking anyone with me. I might have to get over it though, lol.

      Delete
  20. już oczami wyobraźni widziałam na niby szklanych stopniach
    małe modelki, wdzięcznie siedzące jak do szkolnej fotografii :)

    ReplyDelete