I've only done a few shows now, and I feel fortunate to have had a warm reception wherever I've set up my jewelry. The thing is, I was adamant about paring down the amount of items I'd be bringing with me to a show, so I could easily stick it all in a medium suitcase and be merrily on my way.
While I think I can still figure out how to fit everything in a small, portable space, I really need to work on my table display.
Up until recently, for some reason I felt like this was an incredible burden, and that people should naturally gravitate towards my table, because shoppers are looking at the jewelry, right? not the table. Simple display! Let the items speak for themselves!
Oh, silly Alex. I think it was mostly that I just didn't want to schlep a bunch of stuff around.
However, now I have a ton of ideas as to how I can make my display area more dynamic, wherever I choose to show my jewelry. I feel motivated and excited about working on my table instead of frustrated and annoyed. It's a much better place to be when one is trying to create!
That being said, the vibe at the Market was great. Vendors all seemed to know each other, and people were very warm and friendly to Don and me. Everyone was happy to share information and tips, and another vendor clued me in to a company that will give you a Credit Card terminal for free! Also, although I try to avoid shopping while I'm at shows, there was a lady there named Victoria that had these fabulous feather fascinators and headbands for a steal at $10-$15!
I am weak in the face of feathers.
So we had a great time, saw a lot of friends, learned a lot, and ate some Pinkberry. Thanks to everyone who came by!
Meet Alex, of alexladydesigns! She has been creating handmade jewelry for years, but is now taking it to the streets starting her own business. Read about the trials, tribulations, and ridiculousness of her daily efforts to bring her jewelry to the masses, and visit her online store to peruse her designs at www.alexladydesigns.etsy.com!
I'm an actor in the NYC area, and I've been selling toner cartridges for far too long. They have been eating my soul.
I have been making jewelry as a hobby for ten years now, but was recently inspired to launch an Etsy website by a friend who pitched me an MLM jewelry company. If I had been tempted to get into a home business to sell someone ELSE'S jewelry, clearly it was time for me to start selling my own creations.
I handcraft jewelry using semiprecious stones, pearls, and the highest quality crystal and glass beads. Every piece is created with attention to detail and an eye for sparkle!