Capitol City Visit

Capitol City Visit
Madison Wisconsin

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Craft Show Experience

Good Monday Morning! It was a fabulous fall weekend here! The temperatures were more like summer, in the mid-80's. I can tell you that wasn't conducive to craft show attendees who were probably out cleaning up their yards, taking their boats or motorcycles for one last spin, or just enjoying the beauty of the area we live in!

I can't really complain. This craft show was one of the largest in our area and it was a great experience for me! I had a great booth space, right in the entrance to the room and my neighbors were extremely nice! It also helped that I did not have any other jewelry vendors around me! I signed up to be part of next year's show, with the same booth space! I liked my display and did receive some compliments on that, as well!

I had two big sellers; my Viking Goddess Rings (named for the local high school mascot, not the MN Vikings) and Copper Halloween Earrings! I also sold some new creations that never even made it to my etsy site. One was a gorgeous, triple stranded, Picture Jasper Necklace! And a five stranded Swarovski Crystal AB Bracelet was bought before the show even started yesterday, by a fellow vendor!

I met a fellow etsian, who was also a vendor at this show. This came about by my posting on the WIST Team thread about the show! She was extremely nice and I enjoyed chatting with her. Unfortunately, I never got around to visiting her booth, since I did not have anyone to relieve me, at mine! I'll have to go check out her shop, instead! I hope she understands! I did enjoy meeting her!

About half of the people I spoke with, knew of Etsy. That was reassuring! I did hand out a lot of business cards, too! All of my "sites" are listed on those, so I hope to have some increased traffic going into the holiday season from this increased exposure! My new line of altered art travel photography bracelets were a hit! I sold my bracelet of Washington, D. C., iconic landmarks, to a lady who had just visited there this summer! I hope to have some custom orders for that bracelet line. Many people are interested in them for holiday presents, as I can insert faces of children or grandchildren in the photo frames, as well! There is a three week lead time on those, at the current moment. Please see the pictures above for examples!

This was my third and largest craft show. It was great learning experience and I did fairly well! I do have many items still available, as my newest creations, not yet posted to Etsy, were my sellers. Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for sales and clearance mark-downs. I started a 3 day sale on my necklaces last night! It runs to Wednesday night at 9pm. You'll save 30% on marked necklaces. The prices are already reduced. If you are a local customer that I already know, you can save on shipping by entering coupon code SHIPFREE at check out. I'll contact you to arrange a public place for delivery. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great Monday! Don't forget to check out my sales! :)

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