Sunday, February 08, 2009

First Show of the Year

I had my first show of the year yesterday, an all-jewelry show at the McLean Community Center in Northern Virginia. I had no idea what to expect -- I've done the show the past two years, but with the economy the way it's been, I was prepared for a slow day.

I couldn't have been more wrong! I was busy nearly every second of the show. At times it was overwhelming, with so many people in the booth and so much to do, but it was a much-needed shot in the arm and a great way to start the year. I think that when things are down, something pretty makes people happy, makes them feel better.

This is one of my favorite pieces that sold:

The other thing that struck me was how wonderful my customers are. They come back show after show, and since the majority of what I make is one of a kind, they know there will be something there that they haven't seen before. They bring their friends, and they are so kind to me. One lady brought me in some things for my cats, and another ran to get me lunch because I wasn't able to leave the booth. That's what makes doing shows such a pleasure. The hours are long and the stress can be high, but when people like that stop by -- well, it makes it all worth it.

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  1. Wow, I'm glad you had such a good show. And such faithful customers!!

  2. Congrats glad it went well for you! Your piece is wonder it was a HIT!

  3. Wow..that is a knockout! I would have a hard time letting go of that one. Glad the show went so well for you.

  4. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Beautiful piece! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave so many comments. My husband hasn't sold any of his agate cabashans yet, but I know he's thinking about it. I love your pieces on your jewelry shop. You have a very good eye!

  5. Anonymous8:22 PM

    It is so nice to meet you...thank you for your visit.
    Your jewelry is very special and I am so happy for you that your show was a good one.

  6. This is wonderful news ,but your work is so beautiful,I,m sure they were lining up. Keep on creating and congrats on a Great show :)

  7. So glad you had a good show! That bracelet is to die for!!!

  8. Hi Lori,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that you will return often. Keep up the great work on your blog and works of art. Rick

  9. It's no wonder. Your pieces are really beautiful. I'm glad people are gracious and kind in that kind of crazy atmosphere. Congratulations on your show!

  10. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Wow! Such gorgeous jewelry. Glad to hear your show was a success.

    Thanks for stopping by. Please come back and visit and enter my 50TH POST GIVEAWAY.

    hugs :)


  11. That's wonderful to hear. I think people are still buying - they're just being more selective. And who wouldn't want something gorgeous from you!


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