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display from 1st spring show

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This was my display from 1st craft show of the spring.The show was very busy, however, I was "the new kid on the block" and did not do as well as I hoped.

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  1. Violet
    Violet says:

    Nice display… sorry your show wasn’t as good as you had hoped…
    Hope you next show will be much better !!!

  2. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Wow you have a lot of stock! That would really draw me in, but maybe your placement at the show was not good for traffic? I wish you luck next show!

  3. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very nice display, sometimes that happens..

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Sorry to hear your show wasn’t as successful as you had hoped. Your display looks wonderful — lots of lovely jewelry! Hopefully, next time will be better for you. :)

  5. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Nice display! I would have stopped at your booth! Maybe the next craft show will be better!

  6. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    You have lots of inventory. So do I. I sometimes wonder if I overwhelm people with the amount of choices. Maybe edit down what you display? I dunno what other people have experienced.

    You have certainly displayed your items well. It sometimes is the luck of the day…better luck for future shows!

  7. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    I always have too many pieces out. I can’t decide what to keep off the table. What if the one necklace that wasn’t out is the one that person would have bought.

    You have a lot of inventory, more than me. Looks good..better luck next time

  8. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Great display! :D

  9. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    I am SO sorry your show was disappointing. :(

    I have done ONE show, so don’t take my advice to heart and just run with it without weighing whether you think it’ll work for you.

    I live in a place where people come to hike and ski, shop and eat. They buy carved wood and tote it home on the top of the car, save up all their money to get some sort of Southwest jewelry or blanket or tourist t-shirt. People come in the fall just to see the aspens turn yellow.

    So, I actually went with some displays my husband made for me out of logs (somewhere back in my designs are badly taken pics of them, they’re actually prettier in real life :) ), and had about 8 busts, 2 logs with wire flowers coming out that I hung stuff on, one t-shaped log bracelet display and one commercial earring display (hubby didn’t have time to figure out how to drill holes through something). I had 2 dress-form mannequins dressed in handmade dresses (by my talented nieces) to hang my purses on.

    I got as many comments and people coming to see the displays as I did coming over because it was jewelry and purses. I was only in a 10×10′ spot, so I tried my best to direct traffic in and back out with table set-up, for those people like me who avoid the traffic-blocked tents entirely.

    I made about 2 1/2 times what it cost to get into the show my very first time, and the other vendors were amazed that we actually made money my first show. It didn’t make me a millionaire, but I had enough to pay back all of the expenses plus get some more to replenish my stock. It wasn’t an overwhelming success, but I was happy just to not lose money. I only sold 2 of my not-bargain-priced sets, and of course, one was turquoise (Southwest). The earrings got snatched up b/c I did a 3-for-$ special. So, for next time, I’m going to include a lot more turquoise and coral jewelry, crosses (which lasted about 10 minutes), and a slightly higher-priced earring special. If you don’t take cards (no electricity where I was), make them, nice even prices (including tax that I have to pay to the state).

    So, long story short, think about where you’re showing, what people walk by, what kind of jewelry they’re attracted to in your area, and what they’re willing to pay for it. I priced pieces about 20% lower than the local jewelry store, and still made a really good profit on what I sold (it’s a tourist area so they mark up 2 1/2 – 3x).

    That’s just MY take on it. And now I’m feeling long-winded and silly for all this, but that could be the less-than-6-hours-sleep-each-night-for-the-past-two-weeks talking.

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    MoonBell, I think you gave lots of excellent advice — especially helpful for those of us who haven’t done a show yet. Thanks! :D

    Hope you start getting more sleep soon…..

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    It is always a big disappointment when the buying public doesn’t respond to all of your hard work. Just tell your self that next time will be better.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    So sorry the show wasn’t what you hoped for. It’s hard to say from one show to the next what your results will be. One may be great, the next may be a huge disappointment. It all depends on so many variables……. So hang in there and just keep at it!

  13. OneOfAKindJewels4u
    OneOfAKindJewels4u says:

    Hey ladies, sorry its taken so long to get back to all your positive comments and thoughts. I agree with alot of it. I have questioned myself numerous times on how many pieces to put out. I am always afraid that the few that I dont place would be the pieces that someone was looking for, just like Jade said.I have a show every weekend in April incdluding an open house at my own home. Hopefully, April will bring us “great things and better luck.” I just get down on myself because of all the time and $ that i have “taken” from my family. My loving (and always supportive of my business)still believes I do great work and always say: “One show at a time dear” He forgets, he is a salesmen, I am a nurse, not use to selling. Used to be a hairdresser, but that has been almost 10 yrs ago. Oh well girls….I think thats enough whining for tonight but again ty for all your great tips and comments. Us “newbies” need all the help we can get and we deeply appreciate it! ty

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