Selling your handmade jewelry at shows can be both fun and profitable. The Tips for Selling Handmade Jewelry video series shares knowledge and tips for both selling online and in-person. Episode 3 of the series, Tips for Selling Handmade Jewelry: Getting Ready for Your First Show, covers what to do to prepare for doing shows. Whenever I have done an in-person show or art fair, I have always made a checklist of what to bring with me. This list helps me pack and ensures that nothing is forgotten. See the list below followed by a link to a free PDF download that you can print out and bring to your next show.

Featured Video: Tips for Selling Handmade Jewelry Episode 3: Getting Ready for Your First Show


  • Show confirmation and load in/out instructions
  • Show address
  • Money for change: $1s, $5s, $10s, $20s, and coins
  • Card swiper for credit cards (make sure the account is set up beforehand)
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Business cards
  • Merchandise—your jewelry to sell!
  • Jewelry repair supplies and tools (2 pairs of chain nose pliers, cutters, extra clasps, jump rings, etc.)
  • Price tags
  • Pens
  • Scissors/tape/clips/pins/rubber bands
  • Receipt book
  • Calculator (most of the time on your phone)
  • Tent (if not provided by the show)
  • Table (if not provided by the show)
  • Chair (if not provided by the show)
  • Mat to stand on
  • Tablecloth
  • Booth setup/display items and jewelry displays
  • Props/decorative items
  • Tabletop signs
  • Banner (if you have one)
  • Newsletter sign-up
  • Packaging supplies: boxes, tissue, bags
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Cover for your table if it’s an overnight show
  • Dolly for transporting your goods from the car to your spot
  • Bungie cords
  • Seller’s permit or copy of business license, whatever the show requires—each show is different

FREE DOWNLOAD: Jewelry Show Packing Checklist [pdf]

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