by Deborah Mikols. (Michigan) Do you have any tips for applying for jewelry shows, when you have to apply for federal and state numbers? Which type of business, LLC or Proprietor? What is the best way to keep track for income tax time? Any more tips of things you came across on your first show that you wish you had known? Thanks Deb Deborah … [Read more...] about First Jewelry Show Questions – Please Help
Learn how to have profitable jewelry shows whether at home; at fairs or festivals.
by Rena Klingenberg. Several years ago I got together with my good friend (who was a "Mary Kay" cosmetics rep), and organized a holiday shopping and fundraiser show. It was hosted at a local assisted living home for elderly people. The show was open for the general public to come and shop, and it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a Thursday evening. We had a total of … [Read more...] about An Unexpected Blessing at a Holiday Craft Show (a True Christmas Story)
by Rena Klingenberg. Some of the most valuable contacts in my jewelry business have been local artists who create non-jewelry art. I've discovered that these woodworkers, painters, ceramic artists, glass blowers, sculptors, fiber artists, etc. are often delightful kindred spirits. They're also full of interesting tips and ideas that developed from the unique … [Read more...] about How I’ve Benefited from Local Artists Who Don’t Make Jewelry
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?
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 Pamela Dudrow. Recently I had an experience that I’d like to share. I create jewelry and sell at a price I think is a good retail price; taking into consideration how much time I’ve put into each piece, and addressing the current popularity of the technique I use. Okay, it’s pricey! I recently attended a show where the audience was looking for a … [Read more...] about Selling Pricey Jewelry vs. Bargain Jewelry
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