Preparing for craft festivals means not only designing and creating more jewelry and paper goods, but working on table/booth layout as well. Just as i use found items in my paper crafting and broken pieces in my jewelry, I am committed to using repurposed objects for display.You might recall that at my first jewelry show i had a light fixture that i'd saved from the trash and turned into an earring holder and a candleholder -also saved from the trash- that i flipped to hang necklaces.
But even a year earlier when i did a table of found objects for scrapbooking at my friend's charity crop i used my own collection of vintage glass and relish dishes to display metal and glass:
as well as a wooden flatware divider (50 cents at a yardsale that i then hand painted with 3 colors of metallic paint - funny story: the next time i used it for the same display at the National Road yard sale someone asked if it were for sale so i sold it for $3) to show vintage postcards and Victorian scraps from the 1860s,
and a basket that we've had for eons -mom put napkins in it- that i dressed up with wire and a hand-colored silk flower.
The last show i did at the beginning of May i was supposed to share the booth with another jeweler so i designed the table layout for half a space and at the last minute she pulled out so i suddenly needed to fill a lot more area. The solution was a new earring holder made out of an adjustable window screen and 2 shelf brackets:
while the flower pens were bunched in vases and mini pitchers.
Perhaps my favorite repurposed item so far is this display tree:
Unfortunately the before picture is lost, but try to image a wooden Christmas tree in 2 shades of green that had twinkle lights pushed through holes, with white rick-rack zigzagging like garland and large star sequins and pastel plastic bulbs with curling ribbon bows hot-melted on the front. It was hideous and lived in my screen room for 4 years since i acquired it a work yardsale for free.
All the junk had to be stripped off. The lights mostly pulled out okay, but 2 bulbs broke and had to be pliered out. The front was painted cream and decoupaged with vintage sheet music that i found at The Book Thing while the back and base were painted black. While everything dried i hit Home Depot to find wooden pegs which they didn't have in the size i needed so instead I bought 2 eight foot dowels of the correct diameter (yes, i measured and all, but i took a twinkle bulb with me to be sure), cut them into 4 inch lengths and rounded the ends with my Dremel.
The pegs can be moved around to display bracelets or necklaces in different configurations.
Next i need to find a better, cooler way to show rings.
Does anyone know where to find mannequin hands?