Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Thoughts on my first time as a vendor at a bead show.
In many ways, Vending at a bead show is quite similar to vending at a regular art show with some very important exceptions. My booth was very close to Artisan's Alley, the area where all of the artisans are placed. At art shows, I often have to explain my jewelry to customers, and explain that the beads and components are all handmade. At Bead Fest, a large percentage of the customers are already familiar with artisan components so I was able to spend a lot more time conversing about my specific processes and techniques.
Inventory was something I was concerned about since it was the largest unknown quantity. The most important lesson I learned was to make sure you have a large and varied inventory. Don't rely on what may be a best seller online, because in person, you may find your best selling components are very different!
Meeting people in person is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of any show. If you vend at a large show, be prepared to meet many friends and business contacts. If you have any upcoming plans or new products, don't be shy about mentioning them!
What questions do you have about being a vendor at a Bead Show? Let me know in the comments!