Saturday, July 3, 2010

Farmer's Market wrap up, new listing

The Iowa City Farmer's Market went pretty well today.  I didn't have nearly the kind of sales that I did at the Arts Festival, but I did have enough sales to make it worth my time.

Among other sales, I sold these earrings that I hadn't even listed yet on Etsy.

I did remember to take a few pictures while I was there.
I broke up my two card tables for the Farmer's Market, which did help bring people into my booth and look at all of the items more than at the Arts Festival.  People really didn't look at many of items that were in the middle back portion of my table during the Arts Festival.  So it was good to see that this helped.  Ideally I think I would like to have a longer table with one or two shorter side tables to create more visual interest, but this works pretty well for now.  I can only make so many upgrades to my display for each show.  You can see the cinder blocks in the back, which Jake helped me tie up this morning.  They worked very well.  As you can also see from this picture, the weather was gorgeous.  It got a little hot toward the end of the morning, but I can't complain otherwise.

Here's the stash of buttons magnet that I brought, minus a few from the first button magnet sale.  The easel was on of my few additions to this show.  It worked wonderfully for drawing people to the magnets and inviting them to pick them up.  Unfortunately it kept tipping over, even after I taped it down so I eventually put it down.  The easel will still be great for indoor shows.  The star and heart magnets were very popular again.  I'm planning to make more of them as well as more Christmas magnets (you can see a few in there now) for my fall shows.

Here are the button earring studs that I had out for the show (this is about half of them).  The water damage on a couple of the cards is from all of the rain at the Arts Festival.  I was surprised that NONE of these sold today.  They still got a lot of compliments.  Hopefully they'll continue to sell in the future.

There will almost definitely be openings for the Farmer's Market again this summer.  I may do it again at least once.  I don't think it's worth the effort more often than that because I'm not going to have repeat customers the way the food vendors are.

I listed another new item today: black and pink fringed peyote cuff.

As I'm sure you already know, I love the pink/black color combination.  I set the beads for it together in a bag quite a while ago.  I finally got inspired to complete it after I made Sharla's raspberry cuff back in March.  I love how it turned out!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July!  Jake and I are spending it with some extended family, but I'll still be checking in at random over the next couple days.


  1. Oh I love that pink cuff! So, so pretty!

    Your display looks wonderful and congrats on a pretty good day at the market! Hope you have a fun rest of the weekend!

  2. Thank you so much, Sharla! I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend, too. :)

  3. I'm glad things went well for you. I purchased the June issue of the Crafts Report magazine today. It's regional profile is on Iowa with 4 pages (starts on page 44) you might like to read. You might be able to see it at
    Happy 4th of July!

  4. I love the pink cuff too.. great color combination.. :D
    and Congrats on your market show!

  5. I think your button earrings are SO cute, and am also surprised none sold. And of course, the presentation is great. Maybe in the fall show, if you have a wall, you can put the magnets there, without a table in front... Have a nice 4th!

  6. The tables look fantastic. I particularly like how you follow the theme through, on the table cover, earring cards, etc.

    We've just got back from a village show. The face painting went well, but didn't sell much jewellery :-(

  7. Looks like it was a beautiful day! I wish we had a great Farmer's Market here - might give me a reason to create :)

  8. I love those button magnets :D The weather looked like it was kind to you, glad you had a good day :)

  9. I love your button magnets and earrings. I'm glad you had enough sales to make the market worth your time and effort.

  10. Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback about the Farmer's Market everyone. :)

    Thanks for letting me know about the Crafts Report article, Karen!

  11. I always try different set-ups at shows too. Glad you're finding what works best.

    LOVE the new cuff!!! It looks great as your banner too :)


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