First, as others have said, it to get help. Ask a friend or family
member to help you. If you can't find any help, ask the show
promoter if they will be providing booth sitters to watch your booth
while you make bathroom breaks or food runs. Never leave your cash
at the booth while you are gone, at least take the big bills with
Glass cases are good if you are going to be selling high end
jewelry. If you are selling jewelry up to about $50 maximum, I'd
think you could do without the cases. Just be sure to put your least
expensive items at the front of the table and the more costly pieces
at the back, closest to you. Many thieves will simply sweep
something off the front of a table into a bag. Have your front items
in trays or pin them down to the tablecloth so they can't be swept
up. No thief is going to reach for an item at the back of the table
unless they have someone else causing a serious diversion for you
because they are more likely to get caught.
Make sure you stay calm, don't let anyone rush you. Someone else
mentioned that if you look frazzled you will be a target and I
totally agree. Take the time needed to do a transaction properly.
Speaking of taking time, if you have a credit card merchant account
but not a wireless machine to take with you to the show, take the
time to call in the sale. Every merchant is provided with a toll
free number to call for credit card authorizations. If you have a
cell phone and it is working, there is no reason not to call to get
the transaction authorized. Yes it takes more time and customers
will have to wait, but you would rather make them wait than lose a
couple hundred dollars to a bad card. If you can afford the monthly
lease on a wireless machine through your credit card company, I
highly recommend having one. It saves a lot of time and headaches.
The only time I put money in a cash box is when I have someone else
to help me. If I am by myself at a show, I use one of those half
aprons like waiters wear to hold their pads and pens. I keep my
bills in one pocket, business cards in another and a calculator and
pens in the third. Having my money accessible at my waist means I'm
not bending over or turning away taking my eyes off the table. Yes,
someone might see that you have a bunch of bills. If you are alone,
ask your neighbor to walk with you to your vehicle or ask the show
promoter for an escort. Also, make sure you get the promoter's cell
phone number programmed into your phone so you can call if you need
anything and let them know that you are solo.
Finally, the usual tips for not becoming a victim to robbery: Stay
aware, keep your head up and look at your surroundings, have your
vehicle keys ready, go directly to your vehicle with purpose (don't
meander and stay off the phone), get in your vehicle, lock the
doors, then start the vehicle. You will be much less likely to be
robbed if you don't look like you could be taken by surprise.
I hope this helps. Good luck!