I had high hopes of writing insightful posts this week about my process of getting ready for a craft show (2 days till NYC!).


But, alas, I'm knee-deep in preparations and my brain is barely functioning beyond single syllabic phrases, such as SPIN, PRINT, and What?

I had to have spell check fix the word preparations, so yeah, it's dire.

But I know that if I wait until after the show, I'll forget everything that goes into it, so I want to write something now.

So, lists. I am surrounded by lists and maybe lists provide the clearest view into the method and/or madness.

Or maybe I just need to go make another list.

Master List


This is the list that has absolutely EVERY thing that has to be done before I go. Things like driving Jay to pick up the truck he's borrowing while I'm out of town with our only car, baking gluten-free bread (so I can pack myself sammiches for the trip), shipping out the BCB orders, labeling everything, picking the last of the blueberries, etc.

(I just noticed that “paint toenails” is on this list. This is not mere vanity, I always end up taking off my shoes to spin in front of customers….and end up with three year olds saying “Your polish is messed up”. True story.)

The Master List also has a list of everything I need to gather and put in the car, it has a list of the food I want to pack, it has a list of the things I'll need money for.
The master list also has a list for Jay (things like: print X of these labels, clean car, find the screws to go with those shelves), which I assure you thrills him.

Did I mention Jay is not a list-maker? When you consider my deep and abiding love for lists, it's amazing we've lasted nearly 10 years. Shocking, really.

Daily List

daily list

I make one of these around 2 weeks out (but this becomes Super Serious by the last week).

Every day has a list of the things I need to do. In theory, everything from the Master List finds a place on the daily lists. This is the ONLY way I make sure everything from the Master List actually gets done.

When, like yesterday, half of the stuff doesn't get done, it gets moved over to the next day. In theory, I won't end up with everything on the last day…

List of Smartnesses

This is the list of what I read a few weeks before I start getting ready. It gets me in the right mind to do what I gotta do. It's a combination of “remember this” and “think about this” and “what a good idea!” stuff.

Check back in tomorrow for the full List of Smartnesses (with links to everything!)

PS. If this random rambling isn't at all helpful, be comforted by the fact that I thought long and hard (and in multi-syllabic sentences!) when I taught my Rock the Craft Show class.
As the holiday craft show season approaches, it's becoming a bit of resource for crafters  and I'm hearing great things from everyone who is using the checklists.

5 Comments on Listastic: Craft Show Prep

  1. Riin
    September 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm (14 years ago)

    Very timely – I’m leaving Friday for the Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Show. I’m having a bit of trouble reading your writing though. What is “cast wren plater”? (right after screws for wheelbarrow)

  2. Anonymous
    September 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm (14 years ago)

    It’s “cast iron planter”…a thing I use for height on my table display.
    My writing is secretly coded so I only I can decipher it 🙂

  3. Happywhosits
    October 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm (14 years ago)

    Tara, I’m worse with the lists. Mine are put in excel, and saved, and updated for every show!


  4. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm (14 years ago)

    Oh, your listmaking AMAZES me! I love it!

  5. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm (14 years ago)

    Oh, your listmaking AMAZES me! I love it!