by Andrea. I'm doing my first 'event' this weekend (one day only) that is estimated to have anywhere from 500-700 people throughout a 9-hour period. My jewelry is priced from, roughly, $15 to $35 and I know people will go to their bank or ATM before arriving, but I'm at a loss how much cash I should have on hand. I can usually hit up a family member for a few singles … [Read more...] about How Much Cash Should I Have on Hand to Make Change?
Learn how to have profitable jewelry shows whether at home; at fairs or festivals.
by Sue Runyon. (Niceville, Florida USA) After using big rectangles of tablecloths for a few shows, I decided to upgrade to custom fitted table covers to make things easier for set up and take down and to make my display look professional. Fussing with centering, leveling and pinning table covers was getting old. Since I use 5 ft tables instead of the standard 6 ft … [Read more...] about Creatively Handmade Jewelry Show Table Covers
by patQ. Hello All, I just completed a local craft festival...first time i made a profit, woohoo! Now i have bags and boxes of jewelry to sort out and store. My question is how do you store your finished items, especially after a show? ~ thanks patQ … [Read more...] about Post Jewelry Show Storage
by Jules. I’m looking for opinions on displaying your most expensive pieces of jewelry under glass where the public can’t get to it. Should the prices be visible or should you take advantage to discuss your piece with the customer when they ask to see it? How are others keeping their expensive jewelry safe at shows? Would love to share ideas, opinions, and … [Read more...] about Jewelry Under Glass: How Do You Keep Pricey Pieces Safe?
by Judy Carnes. I've done several arts festivals, and have done most of these by myself (which is really difficult!). I'm thinking of getting someone to help me with my next arts festival and would like to know if there's a standard way to pay someone for their help. Judy Carnes JayBeez Jewels … [Read more...] about I Want to Hire Jewelry Booth Help
by Mary Llewelyn. (Seymour, Connecticut USA) After a summer of doing craft fairs, I think I might be ready to apply to juried shows. But the first one I'm looking at includes among its requirements that I provide a resume. I've done resumes for my day job (librarian), but am not sure what I should include in one for my jewelry business. Can someone give me … [Read more...] about Resume For A Juried Show: I Need Suggestions Please
by Lori Anderson. Have an "Earring Lunch" Usually I sell at juried craft shows and online, but I've gotten creative in the recent past. One of my favorite tips is to have an "Earring Lunch". This worked out wonderfully with doctors' offices in the area. I sent out an oversized postcard, color front and back, showcasing my earrings, and the call to action was to … [Read more...] about Have an Earring Lunch – plus Four More Jewelry Business Ideas
by Lisa. (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) Hi Rena, Your site is wonderful and very helpful. I have also ordered your books and they are great too! Since you are so experienced at the arts and crafts show circuit, I thought you might be the best person to help me. I make jewelry, but I also have found a number of really wonderful jewelry vendors that I would like to … [Read more...] about Commercial Jewelry at Craft Shows
by Juliet Renee Williams. (JulRe Designs (TM) Exquisite Wearable Art Jewelry) The most successful jewelry shopping events I've had are held in my design studio or private trunk shows in customers' homes. Each of these types of events allow me to provide customers with a personalized shopping experience. In order to do that, I don't cast a wide net to compile my … [Read more...] about Create Your Own Exclusive Jewelry Shopping Events
by Sandra Wilgenbush. Here are some craft show tips I've picked up after participating in many shows, and questions I've learned to ask (either of myself or the sponsor) before submitting a craft show application and entry fee. First of all, think of the time of the year when the show will be held. Obviously, the best time for a craft show is near the Christmas … [Read more...] about Craft Show Tips
by Pat Barden Jewelry. (Chatham, New York, USA) So, there is a little indie-esque craft market I want to show my jewelry at, but they keep it small - and last year's jewelers are of course chosen first. But I've been making these farmers market bags and handbags - and they said I'd be welcome there with those. At least I'll be there - and this way - I'll be … [Read more...] about Craft Show Strategy – Have a Second Craft
by Rena Klingenberg. These craft show ideas highlight alternative places to set up your booth and sell your handmade items. An additional benefit in many of these venues is that you'll have virtually no competition from other sellers; most people don't pursue these great DIY (do it yourself) craft show ideas. So don't be discouraged if good craft fairs and festivals … [Read more...] about Craft Show Ideas