When putting on a show as large as ours, there is always a learning curve. Some of the things that happened behind the scenes are never seen by the public or the vendors. I wanted to take a moment to touch on those, and to also thank all the POSTIVE vendors that helped make our lives, and show easier on this crazy ride.
What quite a few people didn’t know is that we had 10+ vendors have family emergencies between Thursday before the show and Tuesday when we checked vendors in. We are very sorry for their misfortune, and hope they can show with us at another time.
Every one of our staff was brand new, and has never been apart of the show before. We can not even begin to express how amazing they were, and the sacrifices they made to help out the show. The majority of them have full time jobs and families just like everyone else. They pulled very long days, to learn brand new protocols, systems, and vendor products.
From photos they helped create “Cornstalks and Pumpkins” in 1 1/2 days. It usually takes 3 days just for Kottage Kupboard setup. They did it in half the time, off of photos.
WE CANNOT REPAY THEM for how amazing they have been. We are truly humbled by their willingness to go the extra mile, work until they were exhausted, and have a smile throughout the process.
We also had the pleasure of leaning on Joel and Deanna Perry when we didn’t know which way to go. They took time out of their busy lives to come and guide us. They did not have to. Debbie and Roger also helped us on setup day, and our first day open. Teaching us tricks of the trade and showing us the way. Unselfishly, they also took time out of their day to come and help us when we needed it most.
This show has so many moving parts that it reminds me of a clock. If one piece is out of alignment, the whole thing does not work very well. We have many ideas and many places we can improve on in our show. But the only way to succeed and be proud of the struggle is to go through the rough patches.
The great vendors that we had at our show taught us a ton as well. Each booth is different and unique in its own way. The best person to tell you that, is the vendor. Each one has their own personality, and passion for what they do. They excel at their craft. We hope to continue a positive relationship with them in the future.
Thank you for the love and support from the customers that came in to support our new business! Hope to see you again soon!
As we talked about Logo’s in this POST, I wanted to follow up with some inspiration that I have found online. Remember to make sure that your logo is Legible & Catches the Eye, you not only want repeat customers, but also people that are looking for more vendors for their shows, and potential brick and motar shops if you would like to scale bigger than just one show.
Here are a few ideas I have found:
Now, here are a few that look amazing, but if I wanted to tell my friend about them, or show them on Social Media, no one would be able to tell who they were unless I took a photo of the tag. And lets be honest, who here keeps all their tags on everything?
Logo and branding are important. Your display is of course important as well. But if I were to choose which one I would rather go with to continue my business pushing forward, I would spend the money on making sure my logo was not only present, but apparent.
Some of the most amazing things at a craft fair, is how unique each and every vendor can be. One of the key things in our show, is that we ask vendors to think outside the box. We are always here to bounce ideas off.
With having a background, not only in SEO, Website design, and Account Management, I alsohave dabbled in Marketing as well. Heck, I am almost finished with a Bachlor’s degree in Program Management for businesses. I LOVE to research what other shows and businesses have done that has made their business overall more successful.
One thing that quite a few newbies to the craft fair world want to know about is not only booth design, but what they need to know for their next show. In order to go over the topic more, I have researched out an article that I agree with for the most part. You can find the article HERE.
Some of the things I want to bullet point that will be different for our show are below:
Logo’s are super important. You want to make sure that people know who you are without trying to search for a tag. This will help you market your craft.
Overall, this article gives you great tips to get started on your booths. Do not stress to much about your first show and making everything perfect. There will be epic successes, and small failures. Best way to learn, I say.
We have just updated our website pages with more info. At the bottom of the Vendors PAGE it now explains more about Centralized Checkout and Vendor Numbers. We want to make sure that our vendors understand the meaning behind some of the words that are used at the Craft Fairs in Northern Utah. We also want to avoid confusion when possible.
Also, we added more information on our Vendor Application 2018 page. You can find more information not only on our Set Up/ Tear down schedule, but also our Security Detail, and what that entails. Stay tuned, I will be making a longer blog post on why we have a Security Detail, and why it is so important for the show.
Hope those creative juices are flowing for the October show! We only have 78 days to go!!
This show has been so much fun for us to put together! Not only are we meeting new and exciting people, but we are sharing in their knowledge of what they do best, their crafts. There are so many ways that you are able to do crafts, and not one person has the same ideas all of the time. You can take a handful of men or women that craft, have one instructor teach them all, and not have one craft turn out the exact same!
Well….unless you are my hubby who wants to watch sports instead of doing crafty things with his wife. Then they might cheat a little and do exactly what you are doing so they can get back to their ‘game’. He currently is watching Canadian football. If that doesn’t tell you how bad he is missing the sport. Thank heavens we have already planned the show, and he is aware that he will not be able to watch football all day while doing the show (anyone else hear the whining in his voice? lol). But he seriously has been such a big help. Especially when we go out, and I say I have to have something ‘for the show’. He used to argue that the show didn’t need THAT MUCH, or that anyone was going to look at the decor that is put up (oh naive guy) but now he just shakes his head on my, ‘I can fix that up and make it REALLY CUTE!’, and just continues to ask he if will get back his garage anytime soon. Which we all know the answer to that.
At this point everyone should be getting their ideas down on paper, and really letting the creative juices flow. Decorating your booth is one of the things that will take time and precision to execute. Especially if this is your first time at our show. The show will go all out to the 9’s on decor, and having a booth that is decorated nicely, but not to extravagant is the key to catching the eye of the customers coming into the show.
With that being said, let me share with you some of the booth ideas I got from Google. None of these have been to our show, and are random ideas.
Stay tuned, as we get closer and closer to the show we will not only be highlighting the AMAZING VENDORS that we have coming, but their stories, and what they do. We have some very talented people that are going to show with us, and we would love for everyone to get to know them.
Until then, what do you love to see in a vendor booth? What draws you in?
Finally after working for a few days on a new return address stamp. It has finally been completed. Not only do I LOVE my logo, but it also is throughout the artwork and graphic design ideas. However, when trying to take something that is color, very intricate, and try to put it on something small, that usually will bleed a little bit, it makes for a hard sell.
I started out with our normal logo: KottageKupboardStamp
However that one was to hard to see when you can only use black, and white space. Everything got jumbled and it was hard to see what the black spot was about.
Then I tried a: SimplelogoKK18
This too had issues. Even though it looks pretty great, I was not IN LOVE with it, like I am my current logo.
So, I brain-stormed a little here, and a little there. SimplelogonoheartKK18
And this was the result of the brainstorming. Now, it still didn’t have the “Kottage Kupboard” feel to it just yet, so I started messing with the design to get it not only just right to my eye, but to also make sure I was keeping elements in it that I have throughout my artwork. Which resulted in the final product:
Not only did this sucker take me about 5 hours to complete, but it also cost an arm and a leg to purchase because I did my own design.
Would I do it again? YES, yes I would. Don’t worry, this puppy is going to get a lot of use out of it for sure!
I have had some vendor questions that are not currently on the website. I do not want to add to the pages we currently have, so I thought I would answer some of them here, in a blog.
Mostly, I have been asked about the set up, tear down times. Here is a snip-it of my ‘behind the scenes’ website for people that have already signed up as vendors:
A little bit more about the security detail is below:
As we keep getting closer and closer to the show, questions will be answered further, and you will be able to get a feel for the show, and us. We always welcome questions, because that will make us better owners as a whole.
Starting our Marking in early January of 2018 has been both an amazing, and difficult experience. As with any Small Business Owner, making sure that you are on point and manage the budget correctly is always not far from your mind.
We are so blessed to not only have a great graphic artist in our back corner, but all of those that are joining us as a vendor this year. I can not wait to share with everyone all of the new and updated things we will be doing.
One of those being that we are going to advertise through The Besst Yet Magazine. When we went in to discuss things with them, Karla was a very helpful person in getting us started in the Magazine with great ideas, as well as helping us with design, and placement in the Magazine.
Here is our lovely advertisement in Northern Utah. Shout out to Brad Rich, our graphic designer. Not only did he get this done in a VERY TIGHT time frame, but it looks amazing, and exactly what I wanted. Give him a PM if you need anything done with graphics for your Small Business in Utah!
I am very excited to work with people like Karla, and Brad. They make owing a business in Utah so much easier. Not only do they bring class, and refinement into my life, but they knock down the walls that Kottage Kupboard has faced through trial and error. If you ever need someone in your corner, look them both up. They will not stear you wrong.
Here at Kottage Kupboard, we are so excited to announce that we will be sponsoring Riding Reflections Adult Riding Club this year. They are an adult horse riding club in District 2 of the Utah State Western Riding Clubs Association (USWRCA). Which basically means, these ladies and gentleman go out, have a good time on horses, and sometimes compete. LOL, no no, they have practice every Monday morning starting in April in Plain City, Utah at the ridding arena. And work very hard together as a team to not only improve themselves, but the communication they have with their equines.
Not only are they a very laid back group, but they love to get to know new people. Wither you have ridden horses your whole life, or strap your husband onto the ‘kid friendly’ horse and watch him go for a wild ride. They compete in barrels, poles, potato run, key hole, a water challenge and so much more. It is great to see them out there on their magnificent steeds having a wonderful time.
KK feels very blessed to be a part of this great tradition in Weber County, and is happy that we were able to show our support in any small or large way possible. We tip our hats to these ladies and gentlemen that take care of their horses like family, and have actual relationships with the horses. They truly show what it is to be ‘at one’ with a horse, and to work with an animal, and not against it.
At Kottage Kupboard, LLC. everyone should feel like they are being listened to and heard. Ethical issues and dilemmas happen on a daily basis, it is this company’s goal to help facilitate a work/show environment that maintains a high ethics standard and where employees/vendors feel comfortable in sharing the concerns with management. Everyone can benefit from an ethical workplace. We want to empower employees to feel confident with the power to help prevent mistakes from being made.
Kottage Kupboard, LLC. will not allow retaliation on issues, or questions being raised on an ethical issue. All instances that are reported will be followed up on, and completely checked out. If there is further action that needs to be taken, the company will take the appropriate action.
Purpose of Code
Allowing creative thinking without harming the environment or oneself. By being honest in all business dealings, and promoting the business ethically and morally at all times. The code is a roadmap to follow for the ethical decisions that may appear. Maintaining the core values.
Training and Education
Each employee, or vendor is required to sign the updated Code of Conduct each year before showing with Kottage Kupboard, LLC. They will be required to initial the paperwork, and ask questions if they do not understand something before signing the paperwork. There will be a link online at all times that is accessible to vendors and employees.
Who it covers
This code of ethics encumbrances all facets of Kottage Kupboard, LLC. business. Including, but not limited to contracted vendors, customers, social media, employees, contract and subcontracted persons,
Craft creatively, with imagination, honesty, and integrity.
Be Loyal to Company
To make a successful business for our vendors as well as our customers, we ask that anyone participating in Kottage Kupboard, LLC. shows, only speaks well about the company. If there is a problem, please first take it up with management. Going to social media, online, or another potential client or customer not only hurts the company, but also the other vendors and customers.
There will be confidential information that is shared with vendors in order to make the company a successful show. In these instances Kottage Kupboard, LLC. expects the vendors to be respectful, and understanding that not everything needs to be shared within the craft world. Some of the confidential and proprietary information, includes, but is not limited to: financial data, customer’s names/address, non-public information about other companies, including current or potential suppliers and vendors, marketing techniques, as well as booth ideas.
When asked about the size of the boutique and craft fairs in Northern Utah that we do, one of the main questions is how big is your Northern Utah Craft Fair. That is a hard thing to justify in numbers. Some craft shows do it by booth numbers, some do it by the square footage of the building. While others actually do it by the count of people coming in through the door.
Each of these is a great way to showcase the best part of your craft show in Utah, however, because no one is using the same system to measure. Which in the end means that Kottage Kupboard, LLC. could tell you they are the biggest boutique in Utah, but how are we measuring it?
If you were to do the number of booths in a show, that would be one way to measure. But, say that in one show they only have one size of booth, where in another craft show in Utah they could have dozens of different sizes of booths. The quality of the booths should also be considered when measured. Are all the booths the same quality throughout the show, or are we just filling up space as much as we can, not caring what is in the booths as long as we get a full house?
If you are running it off of square footage, then of course the bigger the area, the more things you can have in it. Or can you? For example, my husband can pack for a trip and tell me that his suitcase is so full that it is going to burst. I can then go in, and not only cut everything down in half the size it was in before, but then I can also add all of my clothing and things I need for the trip. So the way you use the space is also a very important thing when saying how big the biggest boutique in Utah is.
Counting people is a very hard thing to do when running a show. You can guesstimate the number of people that you have coming in, or maybe the number of tickets that you sold. But who is to account for all the people that share tickets on the way out of the Craft fair? Or who come multiple days in a row. Is that a true count if you are counting the same people over and over again? Short of having everyone clock in and clock out, the numbers are just an ‘about’ number.
Now, with all of this said. No one is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. They simply just don’t know, or are guessing the best that they can. After a few years of study, and using Excel sheets, as well as other data that you can pull from other sources you can get a pretty darn close number. But be careful when someone tells you they know exact numbers on something.
We are so excited at Kottage Kupboard, LLC. to put on a fabulous show in October! Filled with wonderful vendors, and new experiences. Not only are we planning on a huge revival of a wonderful craft fair in Ogden, Utah, but we are happy to continue the tradition of a good time, great friends, and making memories to last a lifetime. Who cares if someone is the biggest boutique in Utah? We are all here to have a great time, and enjoy one another/s company. Which is so important in this day and age of technology that is all around us. So lets focus on not being the biggest, but the one that holds the most memories for our vendors and customers or as they say its not about quantity, its about quality.