How My Jewelry Show Display Works

© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved.

Here’s how my modular jewelry show display works when you put all the pieces together. It takes me only 30 minutes to go from completely packed up to completely set up!

What you see in this photo is everything I take to shows:

Everything I need for setting up my full jewelry show display.

Here’s what you see in the photo above:

At the far left are my four booth lamps, shrouded in white plastic trash bags and bubble wrap, in a bin along with their spare light bulbs and extension cords.

To the right of that, you can see my two rolling aluminum jewelry carrying cases. Inside these are my entire jewelry inventory (30 to 40 trays), mirrors, booth signs, and a few other display odds and ends.

To the far right are my four folding aluminum tables, inside their black stuff sacks.

And in the front is a rubbermaid tub with my jewelry packaging supplies, table covers, lint rollers, hand wipes, and my personal “booth survival kit”.

(If the event is an outdoor show, I would also bring my EZ-Up tent and weights – which are not shown here.)

You can see why this efficient display system is so quick to set up and take down, and compact to transport and store. Yet it all expands easily to fill up a 10′ x 10′ booth, and leaves me with plenty of time and energy to sell jewelry.

My Modular Jewelry Show Display
in Action

Here’s my booth at an indoor art show:

Just 30 minutes after bringing everything inside, my jewelry show booth is completely set up.

Once everything is brought to the booth space from the car, this setup takes one person about 30 minutes.

Can You Really
Set up a Jewelry Booth in 30 Minutes?

My 30-minute setup time assumes that everything you bring to the show was freshly repacked and organized at home, the day before the show.

So if you didn’t repack at home, and you’re setting up from the mess left over from your last show, add an extra hour to your setup time! 🙂

Stuff sacks and my rubbermaid tub stow neatly under the tables; aluminum jewelry carrying cases park at the back of my booth space.

The jewelry display trays and display risers I use make a professional-looking jewelry show display a snap to store and set up.

Below is a closeup of the side of my booth:

My $20-and-under items (which usually earn more than what I paid for my booth fee) are at the left, and my earrings are in the black trays at the far right.

Here’s a view of the front of my booth from the other angle:

Pendants are in the black trays at the left; specialty necklaces and earrings are in the center; mostly out of the photo at the right are cuff bracelets. Easels hold my handmade pendant cords.

I’ve worked hard to keep this a lean, mean jewelry display system, with no unnecessary elements – partly because that’s my personal style.

I developed it from my jewelry display design list – what I personally require of my own jewelry display and storage system.

But if my jewelry show display is too stripped-down for your personal style, you could use this modular idea as a starting point and add additional displays or decor to suit your own unique jewelry business!

See the rest of My Jewelry Booth Display.

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  1. Hi Rena:
    Thank you. I love your articles. You are so helpful 🙂
    Can you please let me know from where do we get all these supplies?
    Thanks much.

  2. Thank you, Rups! 🙂

    In My Jewelry Booth Display – 30 Minutes to Set Up I list all my display items, with each item linking to more info about it, including where I got it.

    I purchased these items a few years back, so some of the sources may be carrying different items now.

    But you can also do quite well with displays that are different from mine – the key is to define how you want your displays to function for you (as I did in Your Jewelry Display Design), and then focus on acquiring display items that will help you achieve that functionality.

    I wish you lots of success and great experiences at your jewelry shows! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much Rena. You are awesome.

  4. Rena! How so very generous of you to share all this information! I found you because I was considering buying an aluminum rolling case just like yours. Now, I am definitely doing it. Your style is my style. I’m all about keeping it simple. Again, thank you for sharing!

  5. Hello Rena, Thank you for these wonderful ideas. I have trouble with making my table look fabulous and also with pricing my jewelry. I don’t want to under sell my product and my time. Thank you again. I am glad I found your site. Regards, Bonnie

  6. Thank you so much for all your posts about booth set up. im currently trying to accumulate all I need to be a vendor at a show. (my new years resolution is to be in a show/craft fair before 2014 is over)

    for anyone looking for display trays look on facebook for a resale page in your area and post something like -iso jewelry display trays- and see if someone is looking get rid of some. I did this and im getting 10trays and 5 necklace easels for $25! at the local bead store they are around $4-5 so um saving a few bucks. now to just find a deal on a table and lamps lol

  7. Katie, what a great tip! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! 🙂

  8. Hi Rena,
    After returning from a one-day show last Saturday and unpacking all the heavy tables and book shelves, I am impressed with your lightweight and minimal organization of your booth. My question for you is aren’t the tables a little short? So many places say to raise display tables with pvc pipe or expanding table legs. How do your customers react to the shorter tables? Just seeking your advice about this. And, thanks so much for your tutorials–they are clear and easy to follow!

  9. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Jane! You’re right, there are very good reasons to raise your tables. But the reason I didn’t is because I’ve often had customers come by in a wheelchair or scooter chair – and a raised table can be very difficult for these customers to shop from. I don’t want them to feel excluded.

  10. Excellent point, Rena. I had the same experience with a customer in a wheel chair last Saturday. She could see what she wanted to try on, so I helped her get it, clasped it on for her, gave her a mirror, and she bought an $82 flourite necklace and wore it right then.

    By the way, I can’t find the Lewis and Clark tables anywhere, and similar ones are priced over $100. I think you got a good deal when you bought yours!

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