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First Show of the Season

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In spite of the wind, the weather was beautiful (unlike last weekend, when it snowed!). We had a great show, caught up with some other vendors I hadn't seen since last year, and overall had a great time!

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  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Congrats on a successful show! :D

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Congrats on a successful show.

  3. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Your set-up is terrific. I’m so glad you had a good show.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Hey! I can finally put a face to the name! Good to see you Sue! :-D
    I love your set up! Simple clarity with lots of class!

  5. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Sue, Congrats on your show!!! Lovely picture, as Mary said, nice to put a face to a name!

  6. DMYJewelryDesign on etsy
    DMYJewelryDesign on etsy says:

    Your display looks very nice. A toast for a successful year to all beaders ! ;)

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Thank you, lovely friends! :D I didn’t include pics of the table with the viking knit and the cuff bracelets, cuz it was really windy, and my cloth flipped up and covered part of the table when I took the pic! And that was the table that made everyone stop and take a look – I don’t think a person went by who didn’t stop and try on one of the cuffs – but believe it or not, I didn’t sell a one! It brought most of them into the booth though, and I sold mostly rings and earrings. The recession takes its toll on our sales, unfortunately for us…

  8. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Great set up Sue, glad you had a good show! I was very disappointed in my first one this year, they just were not buying! I didn’t lose money but … Did you notice a color trend if it was mostly earrings or rings? My sales were ALL over the place!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful set up display. I’m sorry sales are down. Considering we are currently on a really tight and fixed retirement income I can certainly relate to the buying trend. All of your pieces are gorgeous. I’m afraid I would had a month of a strict starvation diet had I been at your booth. I’d want it all. lol Hugs to you from YFIB Faithful Chicky, aka Faith in Sunny Florida, aka Faith Hartley

  10. CC
    CC says:

    Way to go Girl Friend!! Love the use of the “silk”? cloth. Really looks inviting. Glad your show rocked! Like the contrast with the screen, made the busts pop…does that sound strange? :) Anyway, I’m sure you catch the meaning. Would love to see your viking knit set up, I bought the “kit” and have been working on just plain chains so far. Good luck with the rest of the season. “Hugs”!

  11. Diane Cauley
    Diane Cauley says:

    Congrats! Your display looks loveley, so professional :)

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Sue, congrats on your sales! In this economy, it sounds like you did really great! Love your set up, looks very professional! :)

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Congrats on your display and sales!

  14. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Looks great, and looks like you had a nice time..

  15. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    You Rock my friend! Wonderful set-up, perfect amount of everything! Happy you did well tho not spectacular-as long as ya had fun! As CC said, the screens set off the busts! Yeah!! Love ya SS!

  16. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Your display is beautiful. No clutter so you can see each piece. I have had the same experience as you the last few shows I’ve done. Lots of lookers, very few buyers. The last two shows I did, I didn’t even sell enough to make my booth rental fee back. So discouraging. My only consolation is that I wasn’t the only one not making any sales. Many other vendors – who were not selling jewelry complained about poor sales, as well. Hopefully economy will pick up soon. I can’t keep making jewelry and not selling anything. Selling is how I get funds to buy more beads. Wishing you better sales next time.

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Thank you all for your encouragement, and your own experiences lately! It does make one wonder where all the buyers are!

    Must share this one: a young (20′s) cowboy picked out my peridot viking knit with a wirewrapped dichroic pendant I made (I had it priced at $110, taking into account materials, time, and booth fee) – I got really excited! I was making out the ticket when one of the girls he was with asked the price on my cuffs – and when I told her, I heard her say to her friend “wow, he got a good deal:……I looked up, and saw he had a $20 bill in his hand…I told him how much the necklace was and his jaw dropped…he put it back on the bust and left in a hurry! He thought the necklace was $10!! Really?? Are you kidding me??

    Bead-itudes, I’m sure your sales will pick up – you do such beautiful work! Sometimes I think it is just the venue – need a more artsy crowd at these shows! Best of luck on your next show!

  18. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Thank you Sue. Wishing you the same at your next show….

  19. Anita C aka PirateChick
    Anita C aka PirateChick says:

    You have a lovely display. Regarding buyers, or rather non-buyers, that was my experience at my very first ever show at a local high school back in December. Nice turn out, lots of lookers, but very few buyers. I know the feeling when someone expresses interest in one of my beaded kumihimo pieces and when I tell them the price, they look at me as though I’ve grown 2 extra heads. I have to explain how long it takes me to make the piece, what are the materials (Swarovski, etc.) That usually gets their eyes back in their heads, but they still don’t buy! Oh well! :)

  20. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    I love you set up, Sue. Very classy. Love the tops of the busts. Is that wood or cork? either way – it looks like the earring cards could be attached to them…humnnnn cork coasters?

    Re: the show scene – I spent the first two years doing about 20 craft shows. We have totally gotten away from them, now and do only one local just because it’s 5 minues from my house & my clients come to buy. We do 5 good Art Shows a year now. I’ve really noticed a difference in the client. sure you have the jury fee, and it’s possible you could get rejected, but buyers at the shows seem to be more savvy about the amount of work that goes into a piece & don;t seem to mind the extra $. I also only buy jewelry from art shows & galleries now. If it’s a little more, it’s worth it to me to have a unique quality piece that will last a lifetime. Just my two cents. Best wishes for a sucessful season in 2012!

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