I've missed a few days of blogging and I'm sorry for that but I've got a really good reason.......I'm getting ready for my first show!!!

Okay, not really a show........and it's pretty small compared to some venues but I'm excited. And nervous. If anyone's in the area, here's the info:

An Evening of Shopping
James Morris School
10 East Street
Morris, CT
Friday, November 21st 6-9pm

I've been struggling with my display and whether or not I have enough inventory to cover a 6ft table - I don't. I'll have to be creative.

I'm thankful to the moms in my playgroup for the encouragement. I'd been avoiding any kind of direct sales with one excuse after another. This is a good way to get my feet wet and whatever happens, happens. Hubby and I made a deal - if I don't do well at this show or as a result of this show, I'll put the jewelry on hold for a bit. Supplies are expensive and Christmas is coming. You'd think it would put even more pressure on me regarding the show's outcome but I've made peace with that aspect. My husband supports me and I know he wants me to do well. If I don't, it will only be a hiatus.

On a positive note: I've been working on my soldering skills and a few pieces will debut at the show. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE soldering!!! It opens so many more creative doors! I have to remember to take pics of the new pieces before Friday just in case they all sell out ;-)

I will be back to blogging and blog hopping and twittering soon. If it's not before Friday, please wish me luck!!!


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Good luck!

Nancy said...

Good luck with your show!

Always Amy said...

Hey there!

I'm kinda dropping by randomly (& kinda dropping by to hit you with my EC) to tell you about this new selling site I found. It's called ArtFire.com & you should check it out.

It's still really, really new (still in beta) but it's heading in a really good direction! They are already buying advertising online & in print magazines to bring in traffic to the site. (It's already got almost as much traffic as indiepublic.com)

It's got stats for shop views so you know where your customers are coming from! I know! Gasp! Faint! Right? hehe

& it's just $7 a month (for the first 5000 artists) to list & sell as much as you can FOREVER. $7 a month no matter what! I signed up on that alone! haha

Anyhoo, it is new so there aren't zillions of people using it (which is good & bad) but I thought you might want to take a look at it. With the ad campaign they are working on kicking in soon (or so they are saying), I think it's going to be a good place to start listing!

If you sign up, give me a yell & let me know what you think!


P.S. My brother is just getting into soldering & metal work. He loves it & talks about it all the time. I have no idea what he is talking about. haha

Hot Rocks said...

Best of luck woth the show! The display part is always a challenge. I have some pics on my blog that I posted from my own show last weekend...maybe you can get some ideas!

Nicola O. said...

Hi there -- I don't know anything about working art shows but I can't resist giving my opinion anyway!

If you need something inexpensive, you could get two of those low tri-fold display boards from an office supply or craft place - cover with a nice fabric, put up a sign with your logo, and then you can kind of close in your space wherever you are to keep your inventory from looking to sparse.

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