Tuesday, October 11, 2011

getting ready for fall shows

Believe it or not, I haven't done any shows since December 2010.  Needless to say, there are a lot of things that I have not done to get ready for a show in months.  I've had plenty of time to get ready, but there has still been a lot to do.  I'm doing two shows this fall: October 15 and November 12.  The first one is right around the corner now so I thought I'd share a few things I've been working on for these fall shows.

My sign made it from Iowa.  A few of the letters needed a little repairing, but it will still be plenty functional for this year's shows.

I hadn't properly sorted or price tagged any of my new pieces in months.  It's much easier to set up for a show when all of my inventory is sorted by type/price.  (For anyone who thinks that this is a lot, I have 3 more containers with earrings plus a couple more with bracelets.)  I'm also planning to label the tops of the containers with descriptions.

Now that I have everything sorted, I've been going through one box at a time, pricing items that need tags.  I've used nylon threads to tie tags to bangles and pendants in the past, which has never worked well.  I'm hoping that the ribbons hold up better.  They certainly look better.

I keep a little photo album with pieces that have sold, including custom work.  It hasn't been a huge attraction at shows, but it does get some attention.  I like having it for my own posterity as well.  I have no idea when I last ordered photos, but clearly it had been a while.  Shutterfly sends out free 50 print coupons sometimes so I used one of my recent ones for new jewelry photos.

I'm adding a few new components to my displays, namely so that I can make them more vertical.  I feel like that's one thing that my booth has lacked in the past.  We'll see if it helps.  I'll be sure to take pictures so you can see everything come together.


  1. Your pricing ribbons are beautiful! Good luck with the shows. I hope they are successful.

  2. I like the tags and I look forward to seeing the display.

    Artful Rising

  3. I like the ribbon tags - very pretty! Good luck with the show...

  4. Good luck with your shows! I have shows both of those days too :)

    You're so organized and that will help with pricing and setting up! I love that style of bracelet you have in the picture...are those in your shop?

    Can't wait to see photos :)

  5. I used to keep journals of my jewelry, with price, materials and the time it took. And photos. Never thought of having a photo album out for people to look at.

    Looks like you're well organized! Like the ribbons around the jewelry. Easy for buyers to take off! {:-D

  6. The photos are a great idea! You are so organized! Edi made me little tags with my logo and shop info on them and I tie them on necklaces and bracelets with a ribbon.

  7. Looks like you're well organized!
    I display a photo book at shows of items I've made, too. I like Deb's photo book idea as well. But that would be for personal use. I also take photos of my display so I can remember how to set up. And I make a list of everything I need to bring. I have a tackle box that holds lots of supplies, come of which are pens, paper to make signs, business cards, jewelry pliers, safety pins, ribbons, and much more.

  8. Dear Rose,
    Thanks again for commenting on my blog and treasury. I see that you have a busy schedule!

    It all looks good to me. I have a lot to learn about shows from you!
    Best wishes,

  9. your jewelry is very nice - I wish you much success at the shows


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