If you are an artist, like me, and if you take your work to shows, like I do, I have a great tip for you!
You know those parents who bring their kids to the show and let them run free, grabbing and poking at whatever they like while Mom and Dad chat and browse? Yeah, I bet you know them all too well!
At my last show I came up with a brilliant solution to the art-molestation problem. I took a cute little vintage frog cup I had found at an antique shop. I filled it up with dum-dums (little suckers) and I topped it off with two little sock monkey cupcake toppers which peeked out over the dum-dums.
I placed the frog and it's child-enticing contents next to my checkout area (just out of the reach of children), and each time a grabby child visited my booth I offered a dum-dum. Now the child has a treat, AND she has to hold on to it with one hand. This usually solved the problem 100%, however in one or two especially grabby cases I offered TWO dum-dums, one for each hand, and that did the trick.
I realize some parents might not like their children to be offered candy, I'm one of them, but if parents can't keep their children's hands busy...I will!
Have a fun and prosperous holiday season,