Today I’m going to tell you about my favorite artist alley staple— Con Kits!
Unfortunately, con kits are so rarely talked about when it comes to exhibiting at shows, but they are ESSENTIAL to having a successful convention. They can be as big or small as you want them to be, are completely customizable, easy to make, and super cheap to put together— ‘specially since you probably have all the basic items in your residence already!
If you exhibit at conventions/trade shows/etc. you should have one of these kits with you wherever you go.
Keep it with your con gear and never again will you exclaim “WHERE IS THE TAPE???”
"WHAT IS A CON KIT AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?"
A con kit is an emergency tool box of common supplies needed when exhibiting at shows.
Personally, I prefer a nicely stocked kit so that I can help out other creators who may have forgotten to pack essentials, so my Con Kit is a tackle box.
Tackle boxes make great con kit cases because it’s meant to organize and store things already— a typical tackle box has a lockable latch, a handle for easy carrying, and has layered shelving for more optimal storage. Tackle boxes also come in SO MANY SIZES— from itty bitty, to GINORMOUS.
Naturally, the smaller boxes are typically cheaper than the super deluxe pro fisherman tackle boxes, so pick a box that fits your needs. You can find tackle boxes at most big box stores and outdoor retailers.
You a thrifty artist looking for a deal or cheaper alternative? Check out thrift stores and garage sales! You can usually find tackle boxes for ridiculously cheap— just make sure to soak the box in bleach or vinegar and water to remove any fishy smells and stains. (your AA neighbors will thank you)
I know that some of you are thinking— “But Melissa, I am an ARTIST. Why can’t I just buy an art storage box from ?”
Nothing is stopping you from doing that! I suggest tackle boxes because they are easier to find than most art storage supplies, and they’re usually a lot cheaper too.
All that matters is that you get a storage container that works for you.
Most people like paying less money for things, so make sure to sign up for those store cards and look for coupons so you can get a good deal.
Don’t have a tackle box, or only need a tiny storage container? Plastic food containers work great too. Save those Chick-fil-a plastic containers for +5 Thrift!
"WHAT GOES INTO A CON KIT?"
Whatever you want!
"THAT DOESN’T HELP!"
Ok— Here is a master list of things you can potentially put into your kits
Feel free to download this list and print it out to use!
You can add or leave out whatever you want for your kit, this list is to help you get a head start on prepping your kit to work for you.
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