Pop-up and farmer’s market checklist

Events can be very nerve-wracking, and the last thing we want is to forget something crucial. Here’s a checklist of items to bring and what to be prepared for.

Your setup

  • Chair
  • Tables
  • Tablecloths
  • Tent
  • Signage to attach to tent
  • Sandbags to hold down tent
  • Price list
  • Product stands
  • Decor

For customers

  • Payment reader
  • Shopping bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Business cards
  • Additional flyers/etc.


  • Portable phone charger
  • Cash

And most importantly… your products!

Tips for vendors

If you have lightweight products, consider the possibility of wind affecting your setup.

Majority of farmer’s markets and pop-ups happen outside during summer. Are your products resistant to heat? If not, ensure that your tent provides shade over your products during the whole event. Setting up your tables in the middle of your space, rather than the edges can help with this.

Be prepared with multiple payments options. Having Venmo available, cash, and a card reader is recommended.

If you are using Venmo, display a printout of your QR code for people to scan and easily find you. This ensures that they are transferring money to the correct person.

Bring snacks, and preferably have an extra person who can watch your table for 15 minutes. That way you can shop the market, use the restroom, meet your neighbors, and refuel with a decent meal.

Have anything else to add? Leave a comment below!

1 Comment

  • Diane

    Make sure your prices are visible and easy to find, be organized with how this are displayed without cluttering the table. Have additional stock for refilling the table. Say hello to even people who look like they are walking past, a simple hello can help to engage a conversation and have someone stop and take a look at your products. Have small add ons near the area you will do check out.

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