Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday was the sidewalk sale at a local gift shop, Homespun Treasures, in North Easton, MA.
Three other local jewelry designers and I set up around 8:30 in the morning. It was the first day that we had frost warnings. So, I put on my turtleneck (I hate to be cold), a sweater and my long rain coat. The actual setting up made us all warm and off came the coat. Our tables were only 4 feet long and made for some creative display techniques (including not putting out everything we might have) In about 30 minutes off came the sweater. The sun was hot! In the shade (we were under a small roof over the sidewalk) it was very pleasant. It didn't take long to notice the sun made my chain maille a "hot" item. Anyhow, it was a great day weather wise and as it turned out a great sales day too. One of the other stores in the plaza is a nail/spa and many of the customers came over to scout us out.
Our procedure was to write up a sales slip and give it to the customer to take inside the store to pay. (Nice since we did not need to handle cash and nice for Homespun Treasures since people got to see the store if they had not already.) One lady who was new to the area, bought something for each of us and spent a lot of time in the store. Talk about win - win!
It is such a supportive group. We all make jewelry for Homespun Treasures but we have very different styles. In addition, it is a helpful, friendly group of people. Not the competitive group you might expect. Two are in the South Shore beaders group I belong to. We meet every month or so just to compare notes and share sources and techniques. Gatherings last up to 3 hours. We often make similar items but never the same. In fact, we discussed that it would be fun to give each person the exact same beads and see what we all would come up with. We decided no pieces would be alike. Part of the creativity and fun.
All in all, it was a wonderful day and profitable too. (All the more beads we can buy to make more jewelry)