Thursday, August 25, 2011

Some shots from this weekend's show.

(Don't forget the giveaway -- click here!)

Normally I exhibit at large juried craft shows, the sort of shows that last three days in a huge convention center.  They tire me out, but I've developed a wonderful following and between October and March, that's when I make the majority of my money.


However, this weekend I exhibited at the International Gem & Jewelry Show, a show that sells everything from cheap (very) imports to very, very expensive diamonds, and all the gemstones you could hope to have.  I've only seen one true lampwork artist ever at this show, and they've since given it the heave ho.  It's just not that kind of show.


To that end, it's risky for someone like ME to do the show as well.  First, it's scary-expensive.  Second, many of the people who come are there to make jewelry just like I do, and I haven't differentiated myself enough to make someone stop and buy anything.  However, I wanted to liquidate my stash of larimar rings and pendants that I can't show at certain craft shows, and fortunately, that's what most people purchased.


It's also what gets stolen the most, so that's where I put my new little "please don't steal" sign -- lousy lighting=lousy photo, but here you go:

A lot of the vendors (and customers!) thought that was great.
And nothing was stolen!

Then there were the buckets of Bead Soup...


The impulse buy $10 earring racks...


and the regular ol' regular ol'.


I was MORE than grateful for the beading friends who dropped by, many to sit and chat for a while, the pie, the cupcake, the typewriter charm, the book, the beads, but most of all, the love.  "Things" are lovely and so much fun, but hugs can't be bought, and I hoard those in my mind for years upon years.





Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog Pretty Things.  She's a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

42 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful show Lori. Beautiful shots of pretty colors and bits! VERY clever sign too. I am glad that it worked!
    Cheers,
    Holly

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  2. Mmm you had lots of pretty things. I could have spent 50 dollars just on earrings. ;-) Glad you had a nice time at your show. It's always nice when friends come by and visit and give hugs!
    Therese

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  3. LOL!!!! I LOVE the "Do not Steal" sign. A little humor goes a long way and it Worked!

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  4. Lori- I love you no stealin' sign - you have a unique mind - I love it! I've looked at your rings online but none of them are big enough for me but you have so many more. I'll have to go look if they are still in your shop.

    Bonnie

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  5. Glad to hear it went well! And hey, the signed worked! Bravo! I totally agree with you on the chat time and hugs with friends and customers. That's awesome!

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  6. So glad the show was a success for you and I loved your 'please don't steal' sign. Great idea and even better that it worked.

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  7. Your packaging and signage is so clever. Love that peek into what you do. What a nice way to say do not steal my stuff. Thanks for the peek behind the scenes.

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  8. I'm so, so happy to hear it was a successful show. (at least that's what I inferred from the post.) I do love your don't steal sign, too funny (and too cute)!!

    Hugs are the best! I'm glad to hear you got your share this weekend. I know they've been needed. :D

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  9. I'm glad that you accomplished what you wanted there (selling the larimar) but when you say that rack of bracelets is regular ol' regular, I had to laugh. Your things are so far superior to anything regular. I sent a couple of friends to the show and told them to say hi for me. Don't know if they got there or not. Thanks for the update!

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  10. That sign is so cute! I'm glad it helped.

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  11. I'm glad you had a good show, Lori!

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  12. Hi Lori,
    Why "that I can't show at certain craft shows" in regard to the Larimar?
    Also, How was it? would you do it again?
    Cilla

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  13. I *love* your "don't steal" sign. Definitely clever and it sounds like it worked to deter any would-be-thieves otherwise. :D

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  14. Those all look amazing together - love the bracelets!

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  15. Love your "Please don't steal" sign, great idea. And lovely pieces, hope you sold a lot.

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  16. I was wondering how your show went-so glad you posted! Everything is gorgeous! Love your bead soup bags too.

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  17. That was wonderful Lori seeing everything! That has to be alot doing a big show like that! I Love the sign..what a wonderful idea!!

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  18. Hi Lori, The collection is very pretty and I just love the signs...very creative and appropriate.

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  19. Looks like a beautiful display of jewelry at the show. And I know the best part for you was all of the friends that stopped by! I'm sorry I missed you at this one!

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  20. Great to see what you do at shows Lori - I have my first one in November. Only a very small one but i'm beginning to get nervous so I'm devouring other peoples show ideas at the moment.

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  21. Oh Lori, that sign is sooooo cool. And I love the setup of the booth. That earring-rack, the bracelets, awesome! As I said so many times before: you rock, girl!

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  22. This post, and the many more like it, are why I love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Your "if you steal...." sign is priceless!!

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  24. Hi Lori, i love the sign...i had a lot of theft this summer at my festivals...might have to "steal" your sign...anyway HUGS ROCK!!!!
    ttfn Lana have a great weekend!!

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  25. I am so pleased that you did so well at the show. Your display is wonderful. You are right hugs are to be charidhed. Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  26. I am sorry I missed this show! I wanted to come, but mother has been ill and I am can't leave her alone right now. I don't know you can clasify your bracelets as "relgular ol' " when I think they are fantastic!

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  27. Glad nothing was stolen this time and I hope you had a successful show!

    Those bead packages were an awesome idea!

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  28. glad to hear the show was a pleasant experience..i was wondering how your do not steal baby sign worked..nice ,people got the hint.

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  29. Everything at your booth looks gorgeous, I can see why it was a big success. The sign is adorable and I'm sure it made some, less than honest folks, stop and think.

    In the past I used to do 2 day art shows and found myself exhausted, I can't imagine how grueling a 3 day event must be. It's just draining to keep up the momentum and vibrant energy for more than a day (all day long). After a 2 day show I would say my face hurt from smiling so much ... it isn't natural to smile non-stop for 8 hours or longer. :D

    The Larimar is beautiful !

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  30. Hope you accomplished your goals, the booth looks good as always.

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  31. OMG!
    Scorpions in the house! And I thought it was bad seeing out in the wild...

    LOVE your "IF YOU STEAL" sign! I may have to make one of those too. But with Molly's (chihuahua) pic and have it read-
    If you steal, mom can not buy me kibbles! HA!

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  32. Gorgeous jewelry, as always, and beautiful photos. May I ask where you got the earring display stand?

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  33. Glad the show was successful for what it was! The Larimar is stunning and you displays (and signs!) are completely eye catching :)

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  34. Your booth did look great! And hugs in person are always better than e-hugs. You have such a way with your customers, and it was fun to see you in action.

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  35. I always enjoy seeing you in your element with all your jewelry. Now I am sorry i did not stop and chat for longer- but I did not want to deter any shoppers. Your display always looks great and I love your little signs and notes. So cute and clever.

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  36. Your signs are terrific!

    I wish I had been there, but then I wouldn't have grocery money for next week.

    Sending virtual hugs ...

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  37. So true Lori. Hugs can't be bought and they are far more special than things. Just yesterday one of my shows was canceled due to hurricane Irene. And while I think that was probably a good decision on the town's part, I'm sad because I'm not going to make the trip and I won't be seeing family down in NC now. It's not often I get to make that trip. They've supported my creative endeavors from the start and I cherish the time we spend together. For me shows aren't a big money maker yet and profit is more a side thing or bonus - it's all the special moments that are made with customers, meeting people, making new friends, and spending time with family that makes it all so wonderful.

    Glad you had a great show and I love your sign! Very clever and cute!!

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  38. So glad you had a great show! Sending hugs your way this morning as we are aready getting Irene down here, stay safe!

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  39. Too funny! And thanks for the pictures of your booth! I'm set to do my first art festival today and while my signage and displays still need some work, it's great to see what a pro like you comes up with! :)

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  40. hee hee! I love the 'don't steal' sign! Glad InterGem went well for you. Hope you are safe on the Eastern Shore this weekend!!

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  41. Your booth looked terrific, I can see why you did well. Why is your Larimar not welcome at some shows?

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  42. Love you signs and set up Lori! Way to go :)

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