The results of My Biggest Show Ever,

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What was the experience like

It was fun, interesting, loved talking with the customers, and yet disappointing.  I was told that my jewelry would do well at this venue last year but did not have the help to try it.  This year I had the help, the inventory, and lots of family support.  So I made this giant leap.

The last weekend was supposed to be promising. Other vendors had stated they do very well on Saturday the busiest and Sunday. Sunday though customers were looking for sales.  I could handle that if I need to clear inventory.  It really didn’t matter what we did, this was not the place for my jewelry.  Had gone into this venue with High hopes of doing good each  day. That was not to be.

Dec 4th was the bring canned foods and get in free day.  So it did attract the younger families and the seniors.  What I noticed was the young mom’s were not really shopping, they were merely socializing. This was their outing without the kids.  This is just my take on my isle of the bazaar.  I am sure there were people buying but you need the crowd to be interested in shopping.

DEC 5th, SATURDAY the big shopping day.  Started off really slow. Then from   11 am to 1 pm it picked up a little. But then died after that.  I made under $100.00.  I had my printed signs with the price ranges for my different types of jewelry with my logo. We rearranged the setup. Yes, more people came in, but most just looked.  An experienced vendor suggested these types of signs even though I had everything priced.  She was a jewelry vendor who was asked to be there, she said yes if she could pick her spot.  By then end of the day she was not happy with this venue at all. She was accustomed to making $2,ooo a day at our well known Saturday Market in Portland.

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Dec 6th Sunday Last day of the Bazaar.  With Cheerful attitude we all made some signs putting everything on sale as that was what was expected by customers.  I know! I know! What you will all say.  But, We did it to see what would happen on the last day.                                            ( 11 am Saturday)

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I did $165 in sales, 3 necklaces, ring, 4 earrings in a bottle, hair clip and David sold his key chains. David actually did very well his first time. He made $30.00 over the 6 days.  He was very pleased.  Amanda made $10. 00 and Elizabeth made $18.00 over the 6 days. Marie made $80.00.I did make my booth fee and parking fee. But this is about it.

To sum it all up

This was not the Market for me.

Putting jewelry on sale doesn’t make it sell any better at this type of venue.

Make sure your prices if on sale are the same on Etsy as the show.

Check with several others about how well  a show is doing for artisans before signing up. I had to sign up for this show in April.

I don’t want to make things for $5.00 to sell. It is not my style or way of thinking.

I am an artist not a crafter. ( Not to down play crafters and their talents by all means)

I make quality jewelry, not made elsewhere in another Country, My supplies come from USA.

Even though they had over 500 artisans. The most ever, this bazaar had the feel of a Fair Show or the Arizona swap meet ( as Duane says).

Most of the Artisans first timers I spoke too are not coming back next year.

What is my next step

My next step is to focus more on my Etsy shop and load more of my jewelry in my shop.  My goal is to  put something up every day during the week.  I am also  hoping to find better venues to sell at that are geared for Artisans.

Thank you for following my experiences with a big Show.  I hope everyone has learned something from my experiences.  I do not regret the experience. I did learn a lot.

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “The results of My Biggest Show Ever,

  1. Wings And Beads December 9, 2015 / 5:49 AM

    Great post, and I hate lessons like this. Hoping you find the right venues in 2016

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    • howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838 December 9, 2015 / 6:42 AM

      Well I sent you the photos of that one day and nothing ever changed. Will not do that show again. Will look for only all artisan art shows. Thanks for your support Gloria

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  2. Brenda Sue December 9, 2015 / 6:09 AM

    It’s a real process to find the right places. I have noted that you can find shows as well as reviews by other artists, on line. When you were getting ready for this one I went on looking for some stuff maybe Donna and I could do next year. I saw a number things with juries and good paid gates that looked promising. I’m sure you will find some for Oregon! I get the feeling this place misrepresented itself big time…I actually feel cheated for you. This situation and so many disappointed exhibitors will not bode well for them next year. And note to self…never do a show where a can of vegetables will get you in. Nice for the local food bank but a good paid gate is usually an indicator that those who appreciate good work and even expect it, will be attending. 🙂

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    • howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838 December 9, 2015 / 6:30 AM

      Thank you Brenda. I now have a great inventory of jewelry. LOL! Artisans were juried , I am not sure about the commercial ones. I mean there was a guy selling bathtubs. Yes I too feel like they misrepresented themselves. They were the ones who sent me a message last year saying my jewelry would do well. I am Ok with it, Marie laughs at me as I have started a Spring line look. I am still creating and thinking of my art. I just had high hopes based on what they had said. No wonder they put all the firt timers in the same hall.

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  3. Susan Ferrell Bowerman December 9, 2015 / 6:15 AM

    Cindy, I admire you for having the guts to even do this show. I’ve never “jumped in” at this level. Finding the right venue is such a challenge and finding a venue where the sponsors seek to make a real effort to vary the types of vendors is even more of a challenge. I hate these types of “wake up calls” but over time, the lessons we learn eventually bear fruit. So sorry this was a disappointment. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Much love to you! Something good will eventually come from this…oh yes it will.

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    • howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838 December 9, 2015 / 6:40 AM

      I don’t like these wake up calls either. But it is learning process, a lot of us go through in life. I have a nice inventory now. I am also now thinking of spring designs. LOL! I just can’t help my creative self. Marie was thinking if we go next year to sell only $5.00 items. Nope that is not I am doing here, I am hopefully creating art that will last and be handed down. We all have our dreams and that is mine. I still have a few pieces from my grandma that I have shared with my daughter. It is a way to tell her stories about her Great Grandma. This was just not the show. the Victorian Christmas in Washington, vendors there sold in the thousands. Juried show , must have your booth decorated with green pine swags and dress in Victorian garb, and it is $1000 for the 3 days. I heard about this show from another vendor who had a booth at both shows and they did not do well at Portland but did 10,000 at the other show. I just don’t know what he was selling.
      Thanks for leaving me a comment Cindy

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  4. kjewelrycreations December 9, 2015 / 6:33 AM

    Lessons learned is always a good thing, but I feel badly that it wasn’t what you expected in terms of sales. Keep pushing on. I admire that you won’t compromise your style/pricing for cheap junk! Hang in there!

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    • howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838 December 9, 2015 / 6:43 AM

      Thank you Karen. I am going to still b making my line. Also I had some brides interested in my Rose jewelry as I can make them in several colors. So they may become my wedding line of jewelry. Just a thought!

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  5. kristy leTrendy Jewelry Desings December 11, 2015 / 1:14 PM

    Cindy sweetie I’m so sorry after all you and your crews very hard work that it didn’t turn out as you had wished it would. Their will be better venues, and thank god you made your rent back. Just know you are a fabulous artist, as well as Marie and the girls, Loveeeee you!

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