First, I like to take a look at what other people are doing. Seeing other people's tables and booths is a great way to learn what works and what doesn't. (Of course, you would never want to copy someone else's table!)
Here are some useful Flickr groups:
- Indie Craft Fair Guide
- Show me Your Booths Pool
- Arts & Crafts Fairs & Shows
- Felt Club Event Photos Yes, the last Felt Club was in '08, but that doesn't mean there isn't stuff you can learn.
Another great resource is the Etsy forums, of course. A quick search on craft shows will provide more information than anyone could possibly use.
Now the hard part- digesting all that information and applying it to yourself. Naps help. But more importantly: test run, test run, test run. It's the best thing you can do for your booth.
What are some of your best tips for booth set ups? I'd love to hear them!