Hot! Prepping for Treasure Island Flea

One of the great tips I took away from this post about prepping for craft shows was doing a test run of your booth setup before the day of the actual event. Yesterday, while pricing, measuring and folding the fabric I wanted to sell, I decided to put my table together. It took way longer than I thought it would and, I was very surprised by the difference a tablecloth and some baskets can make! I'm hoping to sell a few vintage dresses that I no longer wear and, if I do, will have them hanging on a rack behind the table. I also will have a few signs up that I still have to make.

Thanks everyone for the tips so far! Keep them coming.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I hope you’ll report back on this show–I’ve considered vending there too but can’t fit it into the schedule yet!
    I sometimes vend on Telegraph in Berkeley and I’ve done lots of shows. My best advice is: Never underestimate the power of the elements. Wear sunscreen, bring a sun hat, get a beach umbrella for your chair or a standing umbrella or some other shade structure if you can anchor it down well. I also always have bungee cords and binder clips in case I need to bungee something down or clip the tablecloth or merchandise to the table so it doesn’t blow around. The two biggest hassles of outdoor shows are sun and wind. :)

  2. Oh now that I know you’re going, I may try to check this flea market out on Sunday. Do you know where your booth will be located?

  3. I’m so glad you found my post to be helpful! Thanks for the link!
    One thing I did notice: I had headbands laid out like you have your fabric laid out. People tended to rifle through it, touching every single headband, usually throwing them around the table. On the second day, I changed it so you could easily see each one, and it prevented people from moving them too much. Also – if it seems like something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it mid-day! And good luck!

  4. Some great tips there, what about rain? A big plastic sheet is easy to keep in a box, a painting drop sheet is good. I always hate having to ask for a price but I read somewhere if someone reads a price they may decide against a purchase, but hearing a price is more acceptable! Lots of change. Do you have someone to help with toilet breaks? I would take lots of little snacks and water so you dont end up eating your profits (I did markets for nearly a year here in Sydney selling vintage kids clothes and accessories I had made). Have fun!

  5. OOOO! A good idea to set-up early! Your display looks lovely!

  6. Shannon Burchard

    Here’s a link to free admission to the fair