by Donna. (Hong Kong) I am a jewelry designer, doing a designer brand business in handmade gemstone jewelry. I exhibited in a London jewelry show last year, but did not get any orders there. The venue is very quiet and buyers favoured metal stuff. My products are colorful and made with gemstones. I am planning to exhibit in a US jewelry show this summer, … [Read more...] about Which US Jewelry Show is Best Suited for Me?
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by Margaret Wellman. (Tucson, Arizona) Before considering whether to participate in an event with high booth fees, what should one consider? I have heard someone mention that you should look to recoup 10 x the booth fee. What are your thoughts on this? I would appreciate any insights on signing up for an event with high booth fees. Thank you. Margaret … [Read more...] about What to Consider Before Signing Up for an Event with High Booth Fees?
by Penelope Worsham. (Northern California) I have been making jewelry for six years, showing it at farmers markets and art and craft boutiques. My jewelry is some beaded, steampunk and eclectic pieces. But, I have not been really successful. I'm sharing some photos of my booth and you can go in close to see the pieces. I am in a quandary as to where … [Read more...] about How Can I Be More Successful at Jewelry Shows?
by Lavern Gandy. (On the road) Definition: An RV is a vehicle that combines transportation and living quarters for travel, recreation or camping. I am becoming a full time RV'er and I make jewelry. I have federal tax number. So, am I to understand that to go state to state selling my jewelry at fairs, each state requires something different? Lavern Gandy … [Read more...] about Full-Time RV’er Doing Jewelry Shows – Tax Requirements in Different States?
by Andrea. (Michigan) I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts about something that makes me feel a bit heartsick. First, some background so you can see why I am concerned I may be misperceiving things: I have chronic medical conditions (physical and depression / anxiety) that have kept me from my career as a social worker, and have also largely deterred my jewelry … [Read more...] about Am I Paranoid or Blacklisted from Shows?
by Gina-Marie. Do you have any suggestions for greeting people walking by my booth? I always seem to have trouble with this. It’s easy for me to say hello when someone is already in the booth, but one of my friends pointed out recently that I’m not very good at drawing people in when they’re walking by. Thanks! Gina-Marie … [Read more...] about How to Greet People Walking by My Booth?
by SewMagical. (East Coast of US) I will be attending a conference, where a friend will be selling some of the beaded lanyards I make. She has suggested I bring some supplies for doing quick repairs like re-attaching clasps, changing earring findings, and so forth. I have a very limited amount of luggage space. I work mostly in base-metals, although I have a few sets … [Read more...] about What to Carry in a Repair Kit?
by Nicole Green. (Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi USA) I live on a coastal town where strong winds can whip up out of nowhere. Knowing this, I thought I was being very responsible by using weights and stakes, but nothing prepared me (and others) for the winds that hit us last weekend at the Harbor Fest. The first evening the winds were strong and some vendors … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned: prepare your jewelry booth for bad weather
by Angela. I happily made quite a bit of copper, simple wire rings as shown on this site ,and while I had some admiring them at craft fairs, not one sold! I was disappointed and wondered if there are any tips on how to display them better. I am a crafter so painted items are the main focus on my table, but I did display each ring front and center and each in a cute … [Read more...] about My Wire Rings Don’t Sell
by Aisha Khan. (Dallas, Tx) Hello, I love your site. It's very informational. Thank you and all other artists for jewelry educational info. I am an accidental jewelry designer :) . I made some jewelry and everyone appreciates them. Right now I am making few pieces and selling on and off. This experience boost me and now I have more confident in my … [Read more...] about How Many Pieces of Jewelry for a Show with 2,000 Shoppers?
by Pamela Squires. I live in Mill a Valley, California and would like to start doing quality (not crafty) shows again. I did a lot in Pittsburgh, PA where I was living but I just do not have the connections here. How do I go about finding opportunities to do shows? My favs are usually benefit shows, hospital fund raisers etc. I appreciate any guidance you might … [Read more...] about How Do I Find Quality Shows To Be In?
by Sheri Cerrone. (New Jersey USA) My sister-in-law and I each have two different jewelry companies: Magickal Moon Jewelry and Ocean Inspired Gifts. When we do craft shows, we always share a table and have combined our businesses into a eye-catching and beautiful display. We had a banner created that combines both businesses and says "Where the Earth meets the … [Read more...] about Symbiotic Sisters-In-Law: two jewelry businesses with one combined display