by Phyllis Churchill.
(Deltona, Florida USA)
I am a crafter, and I sell at craft shows and biker (motorcycle) shows, where I sell my jewelry and other beaded items, almost every weekend.
At this last show I made a simple flyer offering to teach people how to make their own beaded jewelry, bracelets, or necklaces, or earrings, just about anything beaded. For a small fee , you get (me) for 2 hours, (2 bottles of wine gift from me) and all the information I can share! LOL.
I had 2 different women set up classes right at the Show, prepaid and everything, and no flyers left at the end of the Show! It was amazing!
Since then, I have now booked a total of 5 “wine & bead” parties, and I have them set up geographically so I can do 2 per day, and one the next day. I can only do them on weekends (in the summer) TOO HOT in Florida to be outside, and my only requirement is Air Conditioning, and comfortable seats.
I go to them, and my first class is this weekend. I am taking kits I made to sell at the shows ( good sellers), and will also set up some of my Unique Jewelry for them to get ideas, and/or purchase ( smile) at the end of the class!
I pay for the wine ( built into my fee) and have a disclaimer about responsibility and no one under 21 to drink. I’m not selling the wine and it is purely optional, but it is a nice “touch” and seems to be well received.
If the wine isn’t opened, I will bring it home ( and then I can have a glass, lol). I will let you know how it goes! I’m very excited about added this new avenue to my life love of beading!
Just a side note: Rena, you ARE a treasure to share all this with us! I am hoping o expand this venture into more classes, as I love to teach!