In case you missed it, the Littlest Friend ventured outside of Etsy for the very first time last Saturday! I am so grateful to my sister, Haley, and dear friend, Sarah, for spending the day with me, and for everyone who stopped by– thank you! All in all, I think it went pretty well. I was able to sell some pieces, hand out some business cards, and glean some new ideas and lessons for upcoming fairs.
1. Bring stuff to work on to diffuse the awkward vendor-customer interaction. Prior to the craft fair, I did a TON of research about booth set-up, what to bring, how to prepare, etc. So many of the blogs I read suggested bringing more projects to work on while you’re at the fair, and I thought it was kind of a silly idea because why in the world would I want to keep working, rather than just sit back and eat the caramels I had brought for my booth? Approximately one hour into the fair, I was wishing I had something to keep myself busy as people pursued the items at my table. Turns out walking the line between being the friendly, welcoming vendor and the overbearing, hovering salesperson is REALLY difficult in such a small space. Lesson learned: bring something to do that allows you to be present and available, but gives the customer space.
2. Make more photo pendants. I am so excited about what a hit these were! Based on the conversations I had and pieces I sold, turns out people in Bozeman love the “localness” of these necklaces. I’m so glad that there are others out there who like the concept of wearing jewelry celebrating this beautiful place we live in. This week, I’ve been in touch with a couple of Bozeman-based photographers, and I am really excited to put some more of these pendants together. Stay tuned!
3. Learn how to make stud earrings. Hoop and dangle earrings are my absolute favorite, and as a result, I’ve completely overlooked the opportunity to incorporate stud earrings into my jewelry making! After overhearing comments by customers who don’t like to wear long earrings, I’ve decided it’s time to learn a new technique, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these ideas will work out. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out (Jewelry pun totally intended…) 🙂
Thank you all for your encouragement, prayers, and good thoughts as the Littlest Friend branches out into new and exciting territory! I couldn’t do this without you!
Until next time…