Accessories Display Ideas

Handmade Hats, Purses, and Mixed accessories on display, plus where to find the right display furniture for your own accessories booth

Accessories display booths need to be designed to draw attention from a distance and encourage customers to touch and try on your products. Most accessories are small, so you'll likely have a lot of items to display in your space, and you'll need to find a way to show off small items from a distance.

See what works and discover how to create a booth that draws customers in with these 13 effective examples.

Purse Display Racks

Purse display at an outdoor craft show

Here's a great purse booth which is a combination of hanging displays and shelves.

If you look closely, you'll see two big trunks underneath the shelves. They would provide excellent storage for extra inventory plus any supplies that might be needed for the show but should be tucked away out of customers' view.

The purses displayed up high help the booth get noticed from a distance.

Indoor craft fair purse booth

Here's that same booth but at an indoor craft show this time.  These two photos show you how a booth can be transformed for outdoor and indoor shows.

Notice the big trunks are still at the bottom of the shelves. The fabric hung at the back to hide neighboring booths and define the space is used in both the outdoor and indoor versions of the booths. A lot of the same shelves are used with just a few changes.

A rug has been added to cover up the not-so-lovely carpeting at the indoor show, plus, there's a lot more overhead lighting used in the indoor booth because it doesn't have the benefit of bright sunlight.

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Below, on the left, you'll see a simple, portable purse display rack. The designer has made full use of the space by displaying purses not only on all of the hooks, but also on the slightly elevated base of this stand.

The photo on the right shows a booth that has to win the prize for most compact and portable accessories display.

Look closely at those wooden racks. I bet they screw apart and can be broken down into a few long, thin planks.  Perfect for easy transportation and storage!

Purse display rack
Extremely portable purse display
Hanging purse display

Finally, here are several purses hanging on clothes hangers on a clothes bar. Several of the purses have been turned outward to make them more visible to passing shoppers.

Want more ideas for displaying your purses? You'll find nine more handbag display photos here.

If you want to check out purse display stands, Amazon is a good source. You can get started with the links below.

Hat Displays

I love the colorful felted hats and scarves in the booth pictured on the left.

The booth uses a simple millinery tree to highlight some of this designer's most eye-catching pieces, plus there's a table with risers to provide more display space further back into the booth. If you peek under the table covering, you'll see a nice big bucket probably full of extra inventory or craft show survival supplies.

The photo on the right shows some more handmade hats on a simple hat rack.  A good portable millinery stand really is one of the simplest and most effective ways to make your handmade hats look fabulous.

Handmade felted hats and scarves ata craft show
Handmade hats at a craft fair

Next we have two more accessories display booths that feature a hat stand to highlight a few key items.

In the photo on the left, notice the shelves at the back.  Simply turning boxes on their sides to create a diamond-shaped grid adds a lot of interest and movement to this accessories display. 

Notice the mirror is also turned on its side to create a diamond shape that echoes the shelves. The neutral rug defines the space.

I love the bright white backdrop that forms the foundation of the photo on the right. The mannequin creates a focal point, highlighting the knit ponchos, which you might otherwise miss.

Unusual shelves used to display hats
Knit Hat Display
Gridwall hat display booth

This next hat display booth makes great use of space.  The gridwalls provide a lot of display area without taking up too much floor space, so customers have plenty of room to browse and try on hats.

Looking for even more ideas for displaying your hats? I have shared 10 more hat display photos here.

And, if you want to look for hat stands on Amazon, you can get started with the links below.

More Accessories Display Booths...

Here are a few more accessories display booths that don't quite fit a single category.

 Pictured on the left, is gorgeous mix of handmade jewelry, handbags, and belts. Although there's a big mix of product types, the booth is cohesive. The accessories have a clear style of their own (I want to call it edgy western), so they work together. The white display simply fades into the background where it belongs.

On the right you'll see another display that makes good use of a white backdrop and white display furniture. Use the white in combination with wood-look portable flooring, and you have the foundation for a display that works almost anywhere.

Mixed Accessories Display
Tote Bag Display
Clever Button Display

I saved this next photo for last because it is just so clever. I love these buttons covering a mannequin bust.

Here's a perfect example of how to take something tiny and not noticeable from a distance (the buttons) and create a display that makes them into something larger that draws attention and draw customers in.

Love it!

Moving Forward

Accessories Display

A few things stand out among these photos.

You can't go wrong with a white backdrop and wood-look flooring. It's a neutral, modern foundation for your booth that lets you build on it to create almost any look. 

It's important to look for clever ways to make your small items noticeable from a distance. Commonly, designers will use large, poster-sized photos of their products to achieve this goal. But, as you can see with the buttons on a mannequin bust example, if you think creatively, you can find other ways to achieve the same goal.

Finally, often the best display furniture is the one made specifically for the accessories you sell - hat racks for hats, purse racks for purses... Craft professionals love to rig up something on our own. It's in our nature. Sometimes a handmade display solution works beautifully, but don't discount the ready-made display solutions available to you. They are designed to do exactly what you want, and they can often solve you some of the time and headaches that can come with building your own display furniture.

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