Behind The Scenes: The Making of My Latest Art Show Booth {05.12.11}

I’d like to introduce you to my latest true love: a weathered and wonderful garden gate door that I found at a local antique store for $30. I’ve been needing a special something to add height and display space to my art tables. She had her coming out party at Savvy in the City, a day-long event for women in Minneapolis staged by the publishers of a local magazine called SavvyMN. I was their cover girl in January – way fun!
I spoke twice during the day about my journey to healing and happiness, met a wide range of wonderful women, and then had an art booth set up for their marketplace event all evening. In between all the running around, I looked up and saw…me. Please tell me you would have done this. It’s not often you come across a giant YOU, so I had to take a picture with it, right? {I was also slightly mortified, realizing I was wearing the SAME sweater. Sheesh.} 
It was a crazy day and I thank my lucky stars for Jordan, whom I call my Vice President of Fun and Sanity. She does it all – unloading stuff, arranging stuff, selling stuff, thinking of stuff I never would have. When she’s not helping me with Choosing Beauty stuff, she’s expertly taking care of my kids. And could she be more adorable? I would like to clone her. 
It took us a while to get everything set up. Someone didn’t show, so we had two tables {score!} and my new garden gate to work into the display. I know it sounds like a simple task, but we’ve had enough misfires to know that the way things are displayed make a huge difference. We used to have a vase filled with tall branches to hold my necklaces in the center of the table. My friend Colleen stopped by that art show, which was a total bomb up to that point, and moved the vase to the side of the table. “There. Now I can actually see you standing back there.” I kid you not – we had two sales within 10 minutes of moving that vase. 
One of Jordan’s little tricks is displaying my cards in a customer-friendly way. She makes sure the ones in the back of the baskets don’t get lost in the shuffle. By adding padding underneath, those cards in back are lifted a little higher – not to be missed! It’s an age-old trick done by many retailers…but it would have never crossed my mind.

Okay, so back to my darling garden gate. I hammered nails across the top for hanging my necklaces. Though you can’t see it, I also put in nails at different heights so I have the option to not just hang the necklaces straight across at future shows. Below that, I turned an old grilling thingymabob into a magnet display {ahem…I’m hoping the hubby doesn’t go looking for it this summer when cooking out!}. Below that, we taped clothes pins to hang three of my prints. And I added lettering stickers from Michaels to finish the look. Tah-dah!

It was a really fun day and I met tons of cool women. Thanks to the team at SavvyMN for putting on a great event. Have a magnificent day, all! 

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Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
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