For you my Friends,
Well, I promised to fill you in on Pam’s Jewelry Show. Pam did well though not as well as I had hoped. I had been so excited and wanted Pam to do Super, Fantastic. She passed on some insights that she learned through the process of this show and I thought I would pass them on to you.
Level of Preparedness:
1) To have a Great Show you need to be well prepared…from business cards to pricing. You need plenty of stock, plenty of promotion and plenty of smiles.
2) Be honest with yourself about how much effort is required to: create your items, prepare them for sale, and to promote your event PLUS your level of willingness to do it . If you are not up for it either get some help or reschedule, because it’s a lot of work!
3) Shift your focus from what you want, to what your customer needs: from what you create, to pricing, to presentation it’s all about your customers. So, make it attractive to them in every way.
4) Once you’re prepared and everything is in order, enjoy your customers! Have fun and those perfect customers will come to you! AND Finally…
5) Don’t give up! All the hard work pays off.
These ideas have been very helpful to me as I am preparing for my own fall shows. There is still a lot of work ahead so keep your chin up and just do the next thing!
Hi All, Happy Monday!
I know, I know! I’m really just trying to get myself into a good mind-set to face another week. How do you prepare yourself for the new week?
I have told you about my friend Pam before. She is a brave soul! Last Friday she had a jewelry show in her home. She worked so hard preparing for it. I hope she got a really good return on all her hard work. She has a good core group of people who come just to see what she makes and they buy from her too. Can you imagine? Imagine having repeat business…what a dream. Just starting out I don’t even have a mailing list. I would just send an invitation to everyone I know. That’s about 6 people, ha ha ha. She has had shows before so it is not as big of deal for her as it is for me but still there is a lot of work that goes into something like that and I know she wants to have good sales as well as a good time.
I’m scared to death to take on something like that, but as you know, anything I’m scared of I wind up walking right into eventually. So, there is a fall fund-raiser at my church each year called “The Holly & the Ivy”. I have looked into possibly setting up a table and selling my jewelry there in October. We will see what happens and if I can pull this off. It would be a great way just to get my jewelry out there to be seen in the community.
I’ll Keep you posted.
As for Pam…She’s a veteran jewelry show seller and after having to take some time off she is just getting back into her groove. I can’t wait to hear how well she did! I’ll be sure to let you know too.
Have a Great Week!
I hope your week has gone well. I have some exciting news to share with you. There is a corner store about 0.5 mile from my house. It has been closed for 3 or 4 years but just reopened a couple of weeks ago. It is a little quick shop/deli. They sell milk, bread, eggs, cold drinks, sandwiches and such. I was curious and decided to stop in and see what they had done with the place. So, I stopped in the other day. They redid the floors, painted and opened up the space for the deli counter. It all looks really nice. Of course I got into a conversation with the woman who turned out to be the owner, and in our conversation we talked about small business and trying to make a go of it in this economy.
I told her about my jewelry and she agreed to let me put a little display on her counter! I am excited and overwhelmed as now I have committed myself to yet more work. So, I’m on the hunt for a display and this is what I found so far.
It is generic and will hold plenty of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. I think it is a good start. What do you think?
Now how to pay for it…?
Have a Great Weekend!
Well it’s Friday and I don’t know about you but I am soooo ready for the weekend! Last week I was looking for Balance, this week…I need a nap. I couldn’t find it. I think the Balance went out the window along with the Simplicity and Organization.
So, what about Simplicity and Organization? Well, recently I was telling a friend how overwhelmed I have been lately and she said, “Simplify”. She was right. The problem is that I can’t really simplify very much. I keep my life as simple as possible as a rule, because of the huge issues that I do face daily, I can’t handle many. So that left me with…Organization. UGH!
Back Again. I don’t know about you but I am not good at organization. I am the stereo typical “Artsy Fartsy Messy Person”! AND I HATE ORGANIZING! I like things to be organized I just don’t like doing the organizing. Several weeks ago I talked about getting organized and cleaning up my spaces. Well, that stuck a little, only a little. The problem is I just can’t seem to get everything organized at one time let alone to keep it all that way. I do a little here and a little there but over all everything is still a mess. I really don’t know how people keep there spaces perfectly neat. There must be a room somewhere in their house that everything gets dumped into, and then no one sees it. I just can’t seem to keep the house “neat as a pin”. It’s not possible!!! Of course, I have plenty of help messing it up but not too much help cleaning it up.
So, if anyone out there has any ideas that could possibly help this naturally messy, artsy person I would really appreciate hearing from you.
Here are some organized messes that Keith made this week. I Love Them, full of Color and Chunky!
This week’s Support Autism Bracelets made by Keith. I Love the second one from the Left!
Have A Great & Restful Weekend.