This spring/early summer has been a busy one with shows at least every 2 weeks and sometimes even closer together. What goes into doing a show, you might ask….well, let me tell you.
First there is all of the preparation….making sure I have adequate inventory, spiffying up the displays, making sure we have enough change, gathering it all together and then loading the car. Loading the car can be quite a challenge- between the interior of the car, a tray on the back and a luggage carrier on the top I find a way to put everything in in a manner similar to a jigsaw puzzle. There isn’t much room to spare by the time I’m finished and I try to do this the day before the show.
The day of the show often starts with a VERY early morning considering an entire jewelry store needs to be constructed before the show opens–usually around 9:00 AM. My daughter, Anna and I (and sometimes my husband) head to the location as the sun is rising and begin setting up. First the 2 EZ-Up tents need to be set up and anchored down so they don’t blow away. Then all of the tables, tablecloths and displays are put in place and then the jewelry is placed around the booth with tender, loving care.
Once we have the 10′ x 20′ booth looking like a jewelry store we are ‘open for business’. It often starts a bit slow while everyone’s coffee is kicking in, but then it usually gets fairly busy. Anna is busy taking care of the sales/cash register and I’m busy answering questions and doing any needed adjustments to bracelets and anklets. This goes on throughout the day and at the end of the show we have to come up with enough energy to tear everything down and load it in the car. Then it’s time to drive home and unpack the car as well as begin to do the bookkeping and reorganizing for the next show. Yeah, by that point I’m usually WAY beyond tired.
As many shows as I’ve done the last few weeks I’m beginning to wonder if I should have my head examined. I’m a (almost) 50 year old woman and I have been pushing my poor old body (and mind) beyond it’s capabilities. Despite all of this, the shows have been successful and I continue to receive lots of encouragement and compliments from customers.
Right now i’m in a 2 week lull between shows and am having some fun making lots of anklets………….that’s definitely the HOT summer item. (more about that in a future post 🙂 )
Here is a link to all of the upcoming shows if you happen to live near me and want to see my ‘traveling jewelry store’. http://www.bybrendaelaine.com/index.php?p=1_5_News
Now to go to bed and rest up for another day of jewelry-making………….