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“Rain On My Parade”


Description from Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick: Unfortunately, my first fair was rained out. :(
Very poor attendance. Exhibitors and organizers were all packed up by 2:00. I did sell a few pieces, got lots of compliments and a few invites to other shows.

All in all ~ a great learning experience! Thanks to all for you wonderful advice and well wishes prior to the show.


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  1. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    you sold a few pieces and got the experience – great, positive response, Jeanne! I’m so happy for you. The next one is going to be all the easier now!

  2. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Selling a few pieces in a rained-out fair is pretty darn good if you ask me!! Congrats! And btw I love this pick, it looks JUST like a gray, rainy day but you made it look beautiful! :)

  3. Jennifer A
    Jennifer A says:

    Great pick! Love it even though this is exactly how it looks outside my window right now :-(

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Congrats on the sales Jeanne!
    I know it’s frustrating but like Ivy said, that’s pretty good for a rained out fair.
    AND… got invites for more shows!!!!
    How cool is that?!!! That has to make you feel good. Someone likes what they see and they think your items will sell.
    You go girlfriend!! :-D

  5. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Oh, Jeanne, I’m so sorry that the weather did not cooperate for your first fair. Sometimes it works that way; other times it seems to bring everyone out for something to do. :-(
    I do think it is a positive thing that you made some sales, despite the decreased traffic, and made some contacts for future events. Keep on trucking, honey. ;)
    The other positive, besides the experience, is that you have some merchandise ready, even if the next sales opportunity is very soon. Sometimes, when starting out, you begin modestly, and then gather momentum. Hopefully, with your business cards available, there were people who picked them up and may call you later on, when you can tell them about future shows.
    OK, I’ll say it because I’m such a mother hen. “Never invite strangers to your home to look at jewelry. Don’t set yourself up for rip offs.” :P I know you knew that,but sometimes I just have to be sure all my chicks are playing safely. :-)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you ladies for your wonderful words and encouragement.

    Still raining here in the northeast!

    FYI – the fun really started at my cousin’s 40th anniversary party later in the day. They insisted I bring my jewelry in. (It was still in the car since we were an hour from home)
    I sold a few sets to family and their friends. And her daughter asked about a home show! So the day was not a total washout! :D

  7. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    You would not believe the security system my brother had to install, back when he was silversmithing. All that precious metal on site, as well as cutting and setting his own turquoise, etc. He entertained some buyers, and did a limited retail business from his home. He insisted on good security, and everyone in the family was careful.
    Have you ever really thought about what we have invested in tools, stones, and supplies…I try not to. ;)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I try not to think of what’s sitting on my living room floor.

    Hope I didn’t make a mistake by putting my home phone # one my business cards. didn’t want all the calls on my cell.

    Gonna run out to take hubby to breakfast for father’s day. will check in again later.

  9. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    So glad you went on to a fun, and profitable evening. :-) Kind of picks up your spirits, doesn’t it?

    I’m almost afraid to say this, but we were celebrating rain on Thursday & Friday, and a little more sprinkles on Saturday. We finally got rain, just over 2″ here. I really like your pick, and put it into favs, with my other favorite rainy day favs. :-)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I’m sure you would celabrate rain in TX. We’re kind of tired of it around here!

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Too bad Jeanne & Harriet can’t trade weather for a little while! LOL ;-)

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, I already sent you a message replying to yours, but I’ll still say something nice here. LOL :D

    Even though the weather was yucky, you got a lot of positives out of it: some sales, compliments, invites, made new contacts, more sales, home party, loads of experience, built up your inventory AND your confidence, & you’re no longer a “first-timer” at shows!!! :D

    Good for us — it inspired this gorgeous pick! You have managed to make all that rain look absolutely beautiful! A fave! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    And here’s my amateur display. So glad everyone convinced me to get a bust. It attracted a lot of attention. (and it’s a great prop for photos!)

    I was hoping to make enough to buy a canopy. The market umbrella will have to do for now. It worked well and actually made me stand out some. And of course I wanted to treat myself to something special from LB… Guess I’ll keep waiting for the moving sale. LOL

    and it’s fun to have time for fresh picks again!

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  14. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Jeanne – your display looks great! Nobody in the world would guess that was your first! You go, girl!!!! :)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    You’re too sweet! Do you see Larry there, hiding in the background? Glad he stuck around. he was originally going to drop me off and come back at 4. I would’ve been standing there all alone in the pouring rain. LOL

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, your display looks great!!! I agree with Mary — you look as if you’ve been doing this awhile — a real pro. Nice touch with the hand mirrors, too. Glad you were able to get the bust in time — it will come in handy for taking pix to post in the Design Gallery! Your pieces look gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to see them up close! :D

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    OK, now I see the top of his head in pix #2 — LOL What a great guy to stay around and support you like that, especially since that wasn’t the original plan. :D

  18. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Jeanne, it just goes to show that if you can manage several sales in just a few hours with bad weather, AND get offers to do more shows, you’re doing something right! Nice display, not cluttered, and great pieces! Good luck with the business! And BTW, outstanding pick!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Several chicks recommended mirrors – yay dollar store! yay, chicks! And the bust came on Friday – just in time.

    Larry complains a lot. But he didn’t hesitate to help. Just can’t imagine why I’d want to sit there all day. He can’t see the potential yet.

  20. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Was this pick one of your pieces? It’s beautiful!! Nice displays too of your designs. Congrats on your first experience, even though it was a rainy one!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Hi Valentine – would you believe I haven’t made anything with labradorite yet? Hope it’s in the moving sale!

    thank you for the compliments! I found the wood piece at AC Moore. it’s supposed to be a stacking storage shelf. larry painted it and suggested the cup hooks. I do think it looks kind of neat.

  22. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    great pick and congrats on the success that you did have!!! :D

  23. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    WOW! Such a great display and lovely jewelry! All of your planning really paid off – looks great. Sorry that the weather didn’t cooperate, but sounds like you made lemonade with the lemons you were handed. LOL (Good experience, contacts, a possible home party, ready-to-go product, and you found out what a supporting husband you have!!!!!)

  24. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, Congratulations on your sales. i am so sorry that it rained you out…but yet you still sold some things, you should be very proud of yourself, Jeanne!!!!!! Also, I think you did a super job with your displays…hopefully you found out what displays you really like, and also which ones travel well! You go, Chick! :)

  25. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Chocolate Chick made a good point — you found out that even though Larry is a non-believer (LOL), he was there for you when you really needed him! :D You can’t beat that!!!

  26. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    I’m so excited for you,Gem Chick!! Congratulations on your sales and invitations to other events. I know you are going to be successful with your next venture! Your display was very neat and it gave me some ideas for my home show on Saturday. Best wishes for continual success!

  27. CAS
    CAS says:

    Congratulations Jeanne!! Ditto all that the Chicks have said, plus I still think that Larry is a good egg (and you can tell him I said that)! Hugs! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Next I’ll be looking for home show tips, Fashion Chick.

    And Christine, I haven’t exactly mentioned to Larry how much I talk about him. Maybe I should, then he’ll know I really do appreciate him. It would drive him nuts to know that I’m chatting right now. He’s probably already asleep. But one of us has to wait for Sam’s phone call – she’s driving further east (in this rain) to meet friends at a campground.

  29. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Great pick, Gem Chick! Congrats on your first experience with your jewelery sales; the weather has a habit of not cooperating sometimes. :-)

  30. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Gem, that was a very nice setup!!! You did exceptionly well for your first time!!! Great selection too!!

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