75 Ideas for the Band Merch Table
Yes, a Band IS a Business!
Many musicians have a hard time making a living making music, partly because they have a hard time accepting that being a working musician/band also means running your own small business. But that is exactly what has to happen in order to find success as a professional musician and actually make money.
One key area to spend a lot of time on is your band's merch table. Why? Well, for one, it is a place where you can meet and mingle with fans, so it is important that it be representative of you and your band. Secondly, it is a means to actually make money, even if you show up to a venue that has conveniently found a way out of compensating you for your musical abilities. And finally, the items you sell at your merch table are not just meaningless knickknacks for people to buy and ignore; hopefully, they will be a great way to continually promote your music and your band in the areas you perform, even when you're not in town. I'm sure there are other good reasons for having a solid band merch table, but do you really need any more?
What makes up a good merch table? What should a good merch table be? That's open to debate. But as a musician in a band with some experience in this area, I personally think a good merch table should be:
- Something appealing to the eye
- Something that offers a variety of items in multiple price ranges
- Something that includes means of clearly stating the band's name (and tour name, if applicable) as well as merchandise prices and deals to avoid confusion
- Something that offers up interaction (email list sign-up, freebies, autographs, photos together, collaborative artist/audience artwork, Polaroids and a scrapbook, etc.)
- Something that allows for multiple methods of payment
- Something that is run professionally without being stuffy
But you can't have a band merch table at all without actual merchandise to offer (otherwise, it would just be a band table...) So that is why I am here to offer you 75 ideas for the band merch table. I truly hope they help you out.
Your Band is Your Business; Take it Seriously!
75 Ideas for the Band Merch Table
- a tip jar
- business cards
- a way to sign up for your mailing list
- stickers / bumper stickers
- matchbooks / matchboxes
- autographed photos
- beer cozies
- shot glasses
- coffee mugs
- tote bags / reusable shopping bags
- memo pads
- bandanas / scarves
- beach towels
Having variety at your band merch table is important, but too much variety can be overwhelming at first. Start small.
Make Music On Stage, Make Money Off Stage - with Merchandise!
26. pens /pencils
27. digital download cards
28. temporary tattoos
29. wine bottle cozies
33. water bottles
35. vinyl records
37. stuffed animals
38. back scratchers
41. mini coolers
47. boxer shorts
48. tank tops
49. bobble heads
50. disposable cameras
Make sure that your merchandise is clearly branded. It should be fairly obvious which band's merch someone has at a glance, so as to help with band name recognition and public promotion.
51. guitar picks
52. beer steins
55. flip flops
56. windbreakers / jackets
57. onesies, bibs, and other baby stuff
59. letter openers
61. shoe horns
63. banners / flags
66. photo books
69. emery boards
70. tissue packs
71. phone / tablet / laptop cases
72. car air fresheners
74. candies / mints
75. drumsticks, old gear and stage costumes
That's all of them!
Well, there you have it: 75 ideas for the band merch table. Some of the ideas may have been more obvious to some of you than others, and not all of the ideas will be your band's cup of tea, but I do hope that every musician who reads this gets something positive out of it, even if they don't use a single idea.
Peace and Love and Rock n' Roll!
Well, do you feel inspired?
Did you like these 75 ideas for a band merch table?
A few final words...
I hope that you enjoyed my list of 75 ideas for the band merch table. I am glad that I put it together as a resource for myself and my band and even more glad that I can now share it with you all, and help others who are in the same boat as me and my band.
Be sure to check out the additional resources I have for you in the "Helpful Links" section as well, and if you have any more ideas for items to add to the list, please share them in the comments section below! I'm sure people would love to hear them! (I know I would!)
Thanks for reading and rock on!
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