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This is my display at my last craft fair. I've started to find vintage crystal stemware and china at yard sales. One woman even dumped a bracelet and earrings out of the dish so she could look on back to see what it was.
(I do need a longer table cloth LOL)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    more photos

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  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, you’ve been one busy beader!!! :D

    What a fabulous display! Thanks for sharing it with us! I like the way you have an abundance of lovely items, without overcrowding your displays. The mini chest on the far left is terrific! I love the way you’ve hung earrings off of glass pieces, too. Great idea to check out yard sales for your display pieces!

    As always, your jewelry is exquisitely beautiful!!! :D Wonderful variety!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks Lynn, The chest was another yard sale find for $2. I’m also looking for linens. My cloths are some of Dad’s leftover fabric. While utilitarian, not exactly lovely!
    The 4 pieces on the table in the 3rd photo sold (which has me thinking about the hanging pieces)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thanks for sharing Jeanne! You have a fantastic booth display!!! You have some very creative ideas there ;-) !!
    Was this a recent fest? How did it go?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    PS – I’m glad you saw this because all of a suddent it’s not showing up on the main design page. Weird!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Just this past Saturday. I’d say it went well. But I’m still not sure if fairs are my thing. I’m not sure how to guage “success”. I grossed more at my home show. For what seemed like less work. But, then again, that was my first home show too. I’ll have to see if I get any calls from the fair.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:


    Thank you Steve for reposting this!

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hooray!!!! Jeanne’s display is back!!! :D

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Jeanne, your display is just so fun! It actually looks like a boutique! Although there is a lot of items in a smaller area, there is room for the eye to rest on your pieces – which, of course, encourages your customers to purchase!

    I’m with you tho – home shows are a lot less work and seem to gross more – probably the captive audience!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks, Lynn – my biggest cheerleader!

    And thank you Sue. I learned so much about display from everyone here on the site. The shells were a last minute brainstorm when I found them in my china cabinet.

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

    Rah, rah, rah!!! Sis boom bah!!! ;)

  12. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    May I ask a question? Does anyone have any tips on how to make packing up after a show easier? Thanks Millions for any Ideas!!!!

  13. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Hire a Mexican…..I married one….you do what you gotta do….

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I use my husband! LOL
    Seriously – I just bag up sets together. I store them in plastic “shoe” boxes and literally throw whatever I can into rubbermaid totes. It does mean I have to reorganize some when I get or before the next show. I saw someone use a big suitcase on wheels to transport (i know they’re all on wheels now.) That worked really well for her.

  15. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Jeanne, do you ever have a problem with tangles?

  16. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Sali Jo, that is too funny!! :P

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Lorrie, Each set is bagged separately to avoid tangles. Earrings go in a small bag first, then into a bigger bag with the necklace. (I recycle all those bags from LB) I usually start bagging earrings ahead of time. It is a little time consuming, but worth the extra effort.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Sandra – love your humor!
    Mine’s a big, strong German!

  19. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Thank you, Jeanne. I will have to try that. It takes me forever to put everything back into boxes, and boxes into containers, containers into the car- you know- I am such a whiner!

  20. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    I do exacly the same thing as Jeanne – everything in its own little baggie – earrings in separate baby baggies in the bag with the necklace (if I have made earrings :-) ) This is the best way I have found to store pieces and avoid a big old mess

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Then all the baggies go into the shoe box – love that rubbermaid!

    We know you’re making earrings now Leigh!

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Sandra, you’ve got me ROTFLMAO right now!!!!!! :D

  23. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Leigh just has to make sure her earrings aren’t too “matchy-matchy”! ;)

  24. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Jeanne, I meant to say thank you for posting this! you have a beautiful setup!

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    Here is a tip for wrapping up pretty fast! It works the best for me, small bubble wrap lay each piece unhooked and roll each piece once then lay the next etc. I do it in groups by size of piece, bracelets that match necklaces etc… then they lay flat inside a weekend size suitcase so they don’t move around. I bubble about 7 necklaces per piece. That way they are not damaged, and it’s fast to roll… Earrings small baggies like the rest of you!! :) Hope this helps…Jeanne beautiful setup I know it’s a ton of work!!

  26. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Thank you Judith.

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Judith, that’s a great idea! I’ve always done the same as Jeanne and Leigh, but it’s really time consuming to open all those baggies! I’ll have to try that with the next show! :D

  28. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Nice display!

  29. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Hi All! I was bagging each of my items separately until I had a show at a co-workers home last winter. She needed to get to a church function and was rushing me to take down faster. I have my earrings on black metal earring stands holding about 50 pair each and she just set the stands into shopping bags, earrings and all. Now I do the same with my necklace stands and bracelet bars. I keep the shopping bags in laundry baskets. Next show, out come the laundry baskets.

    Jeannes, have you thought about using full length draperies or curtains as your tablecloths. You can get some really pretty curtains quite reasonably on close-out. They usually measure 50-60″ wide by 84″ long.


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    shimmer chick says:

    since i use earring cards i am able to put two set of earrings in a baggie (back to back)
    also for my tablecloth… i just bought some fabric from the craft store. it is great. way cheaper than table cloths. plus you can custom make it any size you need.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    great ideas for the table cloths shimmer chick and chippy chick. I’ve been scouring yard sales for linens and have found some great vintage pieces in white and ivory to put over the top. Just need something long to hide the stuff under the table.

    Your display looks great, Chippy Chick. Thanks for sharing!
    And Judith, I love the idea of the bubble wrap, but the baggies also make my pieces accessable if I want to look for a specific piece in between things.

  32. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Wow, Jeanne!!! You have really been busy! Beautiful jewelry and great displays. Are you still doing shows now that school has started?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Cathy, This was originally posted in August and unfortunately I haven’t done much since then. I’m hoping to do a home party next week, if she doesn’t postpone on me again. and I have the promise of a few more before Christmas. I’m a little worried about inventory though. That’s pretty much it in the photos. I’ve “replaced” what was sold with new designs, but haven’t added to it.
    Hopefully school will settle into a routine and I’ll have some time at night.

    Thanks so much for your nice comments!

  34. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    These are more like opinions, and ones that not everyone may share. I like to make my display so that nothing distracts from the jewelry. For instance, I would paint the cute little mini chest a solid color so the flowers don’t distract from your jewelry. Also, while I think the lace runner is lovely, jewelry can become ‘lost’ on it. Again, these are just opinions.

    And as you said, a longer tablecloth would be great–as it hides all the stuff you have underneath the table.

    Do you have prices on your jewelry? I couldn’t see any tags. I would suggest adding a tag that has your logo and contact info on all your pieces–one more way for the customer to burn your biz name into their memory.

    I quickly found that you have to find the right craft/art show for you. Unfortunatly this is done by trial and error, and sometimes it’s more of a trial. I decided outdoor shows were not for me since here in Kansas it’s always windy. Not so good for jewlery. Also, talk to other venders and find out which shows worked for them. It’s no fun to sit all day an only just make back your booth fee. So far, home shows, art shows in the right area, and higher-end craft shows have proven to be the best for me.


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    shimmer chick says:

    Jeanne… love your display. I have been looking for a wooden TV tray to stick out in front of my tent. great minds think alike.
    I want to put my cards on it and maybe a framed picture of some jewels.

  36. WaterburyJewels
    WaterburyJewels says:

    Love your display…….Thank you for the ideas

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Shimmer chick – I have a spare one! c’mon over and get it. hehe

    Thank you, Pearl

  38. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Jeanne, I am posting some pics of our home show today. One lady uses a pretty jewel-tone sheet to cover her table, and then decorates the edges a bit, and puts out her jewelry. The sheets are big enough to hide the table legs, inexpensive for the yardage, and available in many colors. But I really like your display a lot. :D

    MONIKAPIP says:

    Your display is beautiful. I think that the pieces on the table show of better than the ones on the racks. The table display is more inviting. I love the idea of the crystal and lace too.
    Happy beading,

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    This went into my favs right away. Full of so much info girls, and beaders. Wish I could pull up everyones selling info and just shop until I drop over.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Prev comment: I ment so much info and full of so many beader comments too. Would be a lot of help but I don’t know if i can create yet LOL. Talk about the setting the cart before the horse LOL

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Take the plunge, Faith!
    I cringe when I look closely at some of my first pieces. But no one notices the sloppy wraps once the earrings are in my ears.
    It’s all part of the learning curve.

    This week I simplified clean-up when I displayed at school (work). I laid my necklaces out one the cloth (it was already folded to 12″ strip) and just rolled it up carefully. Next morning, I just had to unroll it.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I guess if I’m going to be a beader I have to soon take the plunge. I’m getting so impatient for my disability check to come LOL. Cannot make that day come fast enough. Cannot see enough creations fast enough. Wow. My brain going into over drive LOL

  44. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    For a table ‘underskirt’ I use a window scarf. Because it’s not wide enough to hang to the floor if I balance it over the table widthwise, I duct tape it to about the middle of the tables in a few strategic places, then pull of the tape at the end of the show. (because I have a cool ‘overskirt’ the masking tape doesn’t show.) It is lightweight and versatile, in case I get an odd-shaped spot and have to reconfigure my setup on the fly. It is long enough for 10′ of table, wrapped on 3 sides.

    My cousin, who has been beading and selling for eons, instructed me to always safteypin the cloths ant the back corners, to keep them cloth from being yanked off by toddlers or clumsy folks or…. and it has save me from having to pick up a big mess several times!

    here are 2 pix of my display. the 1st is circa a year after I started selling (taken in my house. note: do not duct tape material to painted walls! oh well I was planning to paint that room anyway.) The second is a couple of years old now, need to take another…. I realize the underskirt really doesn’t show in these… it is burnt red, like the backdrop i pic#1

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    Grenadyne says:

    try a twin or full size sheet they come in many colors as you know, but the coverage is great. and they are reusable and washer safe.they pack nicely too. add an old lace shawl and bam there is a display cloth.

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