Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Show Failure and the Aftermath

Well, I'm disappointed. I made many new pieces, did a fair amount of advertising at my own expense, and only four people showed up. It was more than a little disappointing. But on the other hand, my stock is still fairly replenished. My husband and I are lining up shows and festivals for the rest of the year.

We are currently looking at the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market. Greenville does it every summer, so it's not a new idea. And it's fairly cheap to get a booth, and they supply the table, tent, etc. All we have to bring is chairs and things to sell. I'm looking into that today. I've already missed the first one, but I can sign up for the other three they are holding this summer.

We are also looking into applying as a vendor through the Greenville Jaycees for the July 4th celebration at the Town Commons. They are looking for handcrafted items vendors, and there is usually a fairly large turnout for that.

On a lighter note, Sam and I have begun our cleaning spree in our living room. Since my needed tools to make jewelry have outgrown my current jewelry room, we are going to set up the unused living room as my work area. It's perfect because I can use the floor to ceiling shelves in the adjoining sunroom for storage, and my living room is a very large open space. We are in a 3000 sq ft house (just the two of us and our five animals), so downstairs really doesn't get used. But it's about to be. All I have to do is finish scrubbing the floors, move the two big pieces of furniture around (bookcases), and I can start setting up my stuff in there.I will attach a layout soon.

For now, I must get back to work.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Countdown: 12 Days

Twelve more days until my Spring 2008 jewelry show. I actually feel ready, which is a first for me. I have a few more things I need to get handled, but they won't take me long to get done. I have to finish making my new jewelry cards, and then I have to recard all my old stuff since the price of gold and silver have gone up since my last show. I hate having to reprice, but sometimes, it has to be done. Once I get all the old stuff recarded, I can focus on making up my last few new items, cleaning them, and getting them on cards. My goal is to have everything ready for the show and packed by next Wednesday night. Thursday night is okay, but I really want to just load the car Saturday before the show and drive down. No panic. Just going to go have (hopefully) a day of good sales.

And on an even better note, I have SO many new things to share with everyone. All of my new items are in queue for cleaning then photographs, but I'll add the new pictures as soon as I get them taken. Also, almost all my new items will be available on Etsy after the show. If something sells out there, it will not be available (sorry!), but all items left over after the show will be listed on Etsy for purchase.

Other than that, I must get back to my day job. I'll post again soon with an update as we countdown to our opening show of the season!