Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The show is connected to the Fabulous Food Show and this year, Pat and I are going to find a way to go get in. We could hear all the enthusiasm so now I want to see for myself! That was a huge draw for patrons, some of whom I would bet had never been through an art fair before so it think we benefited from them being next door, in the same room. Boy you knew when Paula Deen hit the stage! A big roar from enthusiastic fans!
Back to the show. Not sure how many artists were there but it was the perfect size show. Easy to walk, easy to go back and find that favorite person again. Tons of clean bathrooms so no lines (okay, that's a personal favorite). A show director, Jay, who actually walked the show solving problems and looking for input. I saw him constantly throughout the show. Do you know how rare that is??? And he stopped and listened. This is a very good thing to be reminded of a few days before the event, the Garage Sale Art Fair, that Michael and I put on.
Here's to show directors that consider the artists to be the important part of the show!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I finally started today to get my own personal things ready to sell at the show, forgetting how much work it is! Going through all my jewelry and deciding what to sell off at huge discounts and what to save. Gathering all those odd pieces I made that don't match anything else. And those pieces I just don't want to see again!
Plus I'm bringing some of those art pieces I've collected over the years that I just need to make sure get a good new home. Some are still loved by me and some have been replaced by new favorites. I just don't have room to keep everything so this is the perfect time to clear things out.
Then there are the supplies. Haven't even started on those yet but I should have a good pile of things I bought to make --- (fill in the blank) but haven't. Sometimes once I get them in the studio I can't remember what I had planned for them or I've tried but my idea isn't working like I'd hoped so they get pushed aside. That's tomorrow's project.
My hope for the show is record crowds of people wanting to buy just what our artists are offering this year. I want both artists and customers leaving with big smiles on their faces, clutching something wonderful they found at the show!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This was a LONG show. It was slower than most wholesale shows for me so the days dragged on but it really had it's high points. And these are their pictures (with my apologies to David Heston who I didn't get a picture of).
So, the picture above is of Patricia Tschetter and Marilyn O'Hara. Marilyn kept me fed and filled with fresh juice during the show as well as just being a good friend! Her official job was in Patricia's beautiful jewelry booth! Luckily, they were just down the row from me so I saw them often.
The picture on the left is Michael, Grace and Don. Grace was at the show helping Michael which meant that Michael wasn't around as much. He gave me wonderful dark chocolate on Valentine's Day. Wonderful man! So if I mention Don, I have to mention his wonderful girlfriend Jorn as well. She saved me at a wholesale show last year.
The picture on the right is David Smallcombe, also a jeweler, since we're in the jewelry section! I know David from doing retail shows in the midwest since he's from Kalamazoo. He was a peach and took a box home for Michael that had some of my poles in it. I really want his wonderful pricing spreadsheet!
On the left were new neighbors, Ashley and Alberto Parada standing next to a poster of his beautiful work.
On the right is Amery Carriere who was a great addition to our little grouping! Wonderful woman with beautiful jewelry. Plus she also uses rose gold which I love!
In case you haven't discovered yet, it's the people that make a show. Your neighbors make all the difference and I'm blessed with very good ones at the Buyers Market!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Yes, it’s tough out there. I know it first hand, just like most everyone else. But I’m not giving in to all the doom and gloom talk or I won’t be able to get out of bed in the morning! I’ll hunker down even more than I currently am, cut my expenses to the bone and try to make it through, still making a living doing what I love.
And I’ll finally give in and use my Marriott points for work hotel rooms instead of saving them for a vacation somewhere. Big sigh…
Because I’m leading a table topics session, it’s a scramble to get back to my booth and set up for the 10am opening but I made it. Michael was there with goodies and fresh-squeezed juice which is a great way to start the show!
It’s very quiet in here today. Very few people and just no energy at all. Hopefully that will change soon. Before all the artists fall asleep in their booths! It’s warm in here which doesn’t help either!
It’s being said that one of the things we’re running into is that Valentine’s Day is on Saturday and that’s a big holiday in the retail world. So the thinking is that galleries will come after Saturday.
Are we being delusional???
Monday, February 16, 2009
People are nervous about orders this year, both buyers and sellers alike. The buyers don’t want to over spend and are hesitant to try new work or anything really out of the ordinary. The sellers are all wondering what they’re going to do if the orders don’t come in. Actually, this sounds like an absolutely normal, first day of the show!
Normally at the wholesale show, people walk the show, looking at everything and making notes then come back through and place their orders later. Then there are the wonderful people that just walk up, like what they see and order. I would be that type of buyer… If you love what you buy, you will be able to sell it to others!
So the first full day of the show is now done! On to day 3!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Well, we made it to
Before finishing set-up, we had a great breakfast at the wonderful Amish place in Reading Market Terminal. Where I met these two, one from
With set-up finished, the jewelry preview opened and for the next 3 hours, we were back in the show business!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Oh yes, everything is very calm around here... I'm sure Dick can't wait until I leave!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I was reticent to pick up my hammer again after having surgery which affected my right arm. Thanks to Jerry Broderick, my great physical therapist, my arm is getting stronger and pounding is going well. Not ready for a full day yet but getting there!
My once a year wholesale show (the Buyers Market of American Craft) in Philadelphia starts next week and I'm not even close to being ready. But I will be. At least as ready as I can after a few strange months.
I'm cutting way back on the number of pieces I'm offering for wholesale because the more I offer, the more time I spend trying to catch up. I can't get ahead and that really takes away the fun of making jewelry! So I'll have a nice selection but not massive amounts. I'm a one person studio (by choice) and it needs to be manageable and still be fun!
More to come!