Here's how the weekend went:
When I start out for a show, I alleviate part of the stress of set-up by putting together four bracelet bars full of pretties, then wrapping them in tin foil and storing them in a box to take to the venue. The tin foil keeps them from sliding off into a big heap in the bottom of the car.
|at the venue, starting to set up|
What you see below is the remainder of my bracelet inventory. By the end of the show, everything I had brought with me was on the table. I'm just glad I spent some late nights to get some extra things made, because my customer base tends to like bracelets the best.
|I store my jewelry in under-bed boxes||.|
I got a few shots of the tables after I got set up. I sold several leaf necklaces, but not this one, so you can expect to see it on the web site soon! The pendant is an amazing gingko leaf, and the accents are copper chain, handmade lampwork glass, and onyx.
This is the larimar corner. Larimar is a rare gemstone from the Dominican Republic. It's a natural blue gemstone, not dyed or treated in any way, and is highly collectible. My stash is starting to dwindle, but it remains one of my more popular offerings. I don't have much of it on my web site because it sells at shows quicker than I can get it on the site.
|Like my purple and pink curtains?|
I'm grateful to Cindy Wimmer not only for coming to have dinner with me on Friday night, but for the following photo she took of my tables.
By Sunday, I was exhausted.
When you do craft shows for a living, you are just ON the entire day, from sun up to sun down, usually with no food for hours and less sleep. I was fortunate to have amazing repeat customers, people I consider friends, to help me along the way. They'd come to shop, then watch my booth so I could race to the restroom. One day, a customer showed up with a gift -- a venti Starbucks.
My heart was hers all day long.
My craft show advice:
* Treat your customers well. Offer free resizing, cleaning, and repairs. Little things mean a lot.
* Even in October, be prepared for Christmas. I sold out of almost all the Christmas bracelets and necklaces I'd made, and the holiday earrings were flying out the door.
* Don't forget to ask for a wake up call. Ha. Snort.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.