Category: Business

The business side of Art of the Firebird

One more show to go

I figure tomorrow’s show (the first annual GPC Artisan Craft Fair) is a crap shoot.? I am just taking bead stuff, no books, because I know I can fill up a six-foot table with just my and Mincot’s bead stuff.? I’ll have loose beads because I know some people do make their own jewelry, but …

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A few updates and additions

Re: Attitude Is Everything — one of our customers from the DTS Bead Show called me the other day and wanted to get some more of Min’s earring beads.? I forwarded the info on to Min, who called the customer back.? The set the customer wanted was already sold, but Min reported back to me …

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Attitude is everything

I’ve never worked in retail in my life.? Trying to be a salesperson in Junior Achievement was a nightmare.? I was even terrible at selling Girl Scout cookies.? However, if you’re going to do bead shows and try to sell your creations, you’re going to have to try your best to be a salesperson. If …

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If the nightingale will not sing, wait

Yes, good things will come to those with patience.? The show was vastly better today than yesterday.? Foot traffic was definitely higher, and people were evidently in much more of a spending mood.? We had one couple that accounted for probably over half our sales, as it turned out (though I don’t know for certain …

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Disappointing show so far

Indeed, this weekend’s show was certainly disappointing on the first day, not only for us but for all the other artisan-vendors we talked with.? I thought all day that there didn’t seem to be the attendance I was accustomed to seeing, and both Diane and Lisa confirmed it.? I do not even think we have …

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Getting ready for the show

No matter how organized you are, there is always a certain frantic scramble in getting ready for a show.? I’ve been pretty good about keeping my display stuff all packed together, but since the tables at Down the Street are eight foot tables and my display stuff is for a six foot table, I had …

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Buckle down and accomplish something

I don’t know if I work better under pressure, but I certainly get more done under pressure.? With the holidays looming on the horizon, the bead show this weekend, family and friends coming next week for Thanksgiving dinner, and the end of the semester around the corner, I have a lot on my agenda. In …

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Weer in ur bede show, scopin’ out ur displaze

Since DH decided not to go to his martial arts classes today because he was still achy from this week, we went out to the Intergalactic Bead Show in Duluth.? It’s not a show I attend frequently because it takes about 40 minutes to get out there, and it’s not a show I’ve heard that …

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Serendipitous Show Scheduling

Sometimes opportunities fall into your lap, and it’s up to you to recognize and seize them even if they don’t seem convenient. Last night I was helping out at the GPC-Dunwoody Open House, just standing there talking to prospective computer science students. Suddenly the woman my department head was chatting with turned to me and …

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Getting ready for eBay

I’m at the point where I’m going to be dragged kicking and screaming into selling my lampwork on eBay.? I’ve tried the Annealer Boutique for six months or so, and in that time I have sold one item.? It’s not just me, either; other lampworkers have indicated that it’s just not working for them either.? …

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