Anything for a Discount

If you love to make jewelry, you know you have to sell it or you won’t have the funds to keep going. It is part of having this hobby or profession. You can only give away so many pieces to family and friends. My mother’s jewelry box is quite full. She has resorted to hanging my necklaces on little hooks on the closet wall. She wears them all and professes to love each and every one, but frankly she already has a good assortment.

There comes a time when you search for craft shows. You start online, but you must supplement with one-on-one selling. The combination will help you earn a good living. It takes a while to learn about renting the right booth in a good location, near the entrance, of course. You have to make a big artistic sign and acquire some quality stands to display your wares. Plexiglas boxes are great for this purpose. I was told by a fellow jewelry artist to always include a portable mirror so customers can try things on. It doesn’t hurt to make a table cover out of nice fabric to set off the array of products. I love how people exchange ideas at gem shows and jewelry fairs. It isn’t as competitive as you might think since many booths in a row attract buyers. Plus, our work is most often quite different. Some of us like antique beads and fasteners and others prefer a very modern style.

Since I am now into being a public vendor, I plan to attend as many of these craft shows as I can within driving radius. The only drawback is the booth rental cost. Here is where I can give some handy advice for those of you in the same boat—i.e., on a budget. After speaking with one of the event organizers, I found out that I could get a discount if I put up posters in a one-mile radius with a focus on regional business. While some store owners agreed to put flyers in the window or on the counter, in other cases I found walls and telephone poles. I only had to walk around for an hour to find ideal locations. In seconds, one by one the posters found a home.

It went fast because I had the smarts to take a portable staple gun with which to attach the flyers fast and easy. No plug in necessary. It was a manual unit from that didn’t even need a battery. Because it was strong and well made, a quick pressing was all that was needed to get a sturdy staple. Only someone pulling it down would make it come off. I wouldn’t mind that if it meant they were saving it to remember to come on opening day.

Meanwhile, my trusty staple gun did its job and I saved a lot on the booth rental for that particular fair. I am going to ask about doing the same thing for each and every future event.