Shows like this require a lot of preparation and I just wanted to share with you some of the planning that went on behind the scenes. If you exhibit at a show then you ideally want your stand to portray your brand, look trendy and bring in the crowds. I had to consider my low budget when I started planning and also remember that everything I did would have to be couriered to Johannesburg. This was going to be one monumental ask.
The first place I went is Pinterest. (obvs!) Have a look at the board that I made here. These are the two pictures that mostly inspired my stand:
Luckily I have an amazing boyfriend who has some excellent woodworking skills. I very politely asked him to make similar shelves for me and was over the moon happy when he agreed to assist. He cut up a shelf and that he has helped put together for the Sugar and Vice stand at Decorex earlier this year.
I made a digital mock up to scale of how I want my stand to look like, which looked like this:
I was really busy with the preparations for the show and didn’t end up getting the decals made that I wanted to put up on the left wall in between the shelves. After all, you don’t always get everything done that you think you will. Note to self: plan better next time, but I nonetheless made the best of what I did have.
I have never used a drill before yet after a quick lesson from my boyfriend the night before I left for Johannesburg, I was ready to make my first hole. When we arrived for the set up, I was quite nervous to start drilling but it wasn’t that bad and I managed quite fine – almost as good as a pro.
Have a look at the end result after all the blood, sweat and tears and don’t forget to check out the video below!
I love applications on my iphone and recently discovered “Honda Road Movies”. I made this virtual tour video of our stand:
The show was thoroughly enjoyable and it was lovely to meet everyone that I did. Although tiring, I’m really looking forward to getting back in contact and doing business with the buyers that I met.