Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is commenter Cat, whose go-to finding is WIRE! That's mine too!Congratulations!!
You have won a pair of Verdegris patinaed double soldered Circle components compliments of Shannon LeVart of Miss Fickle Media!
Please forward an email to Shannon with your address so she can send your bead to you!
This week we sneak inside of Lorelei's Studio...
Tis the season of craft fairs! I imagine it can get pretty crazy for those who have many of these shows on their schedules. I do two shows a year and it's about all I can handle! This year was the second year that I participated in a fundraiser put on by a local Jewish Temple in town, that featured Live Music, Art, and Local Food. I also do an open house at my home, but that's not for a few more weeks, so I thought I'd talk today about some important things to remember when doing craft shows.
One of the most important things to me, when doing craft shows is DISPLAY. I put a lot of thought into it, probably too much sometimes. And have been fretting about this years display for several weeks. A few weekends ago, I did some surfing on Flickr and found a nice group called : Jewelry and Bead Booths. That day I found a vendor who used some cool vintage wooden boxes and this started me on a treasure hunt for something similar. Joe and I headed out to one of the local antique malls, and I ended up finding some pretty cool things to include in my set up, such as a very unique Time Card slot, a small wooded bench, and a large wood tool box. Are you sensing the wood theme here?
Paired with some items that I found around my house, I was able to create a funky, earthy, vintage type display that not only was eye catching to shoppers, but showed off my jewelry quite well too!
Some other things to remember at your next craft show:
* Make sure all items are priced.
* Try not to harrass the shoppers but act like you are happy they are there, and I found that standing up, not sitting- caused people to ask questions and engage in conversation!
* Avoid a crowded table top
* Bring extra lighting
* Table clothes make a big difference, the ones I used had a woodgrain pattern on them!
* An inexpensive alternative to table clothes, that my DH recommended, were some natural tone canvas drop clothes used for painting!
* Pre-packaged items are a great addition to your display and make for easy gift buying!
* Always include a business card with purchases, in hopes that the buyer will look you up in the future!
* Bring a mirror and encourage people to try the jewelry on
* Offer up the ability to make special custom orders if people seem like they can't find what they were hoping for.
Here is the video of my set up all together....
This week, I am offering up a pretty little collection of my tin components. In order to be included in the random drawing, you must answer the following question in your comment:
What is the most unique thing you've used in your jewelry display at craft shows?
Thank you for stopping by the Art Bead Scene today! I hope you enjoyed your stay,