by Cindi Bernloehr.
(Orlando, Florida USA)
I have been selling my hand crafted jewelry at shows and farmer’s markets for 4 years and love what I do.
I currently work 4 markets each week so keeping up with inventory is a challenge. I have developed the “habit” of making new pieces at each show.
I use a small tool bag and the night before a show, I plan out the jewelry I want to make and put the pieces in baggies.
I usually take 3-4 projects so I can decide what to work on based on my mood that day.
I have found that wire wrap loops are the easiest to work on in this environment and it takes the “boring” out of that task.
This re-inforces the fact that my jewelry is truly hand-made by me. It also allows customers to “browse” while I work and not feel pressure of me watching every little move they make.
I have also had people stop in and ask if I can fix jewelry because they see my tools. This has added a nice side income and generated return customers. So get a little tool bag, fill it up with a couple of projects you want to make and start to “Whistle While You Work”.