Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Comments from Visitors to My Display and Other Musings About Potlatch SF Convention

One of the interesting (well, at least to me) things about doing the convention last weekend were the comments from buyers and browsers. There was a great deal of interest in the vintage look pieces and I even sold the gunmetal and pearl necklace I showed (and Dave of Rings & Things shared on their blog) awhile back.

Another comment was that many of the con participants might prefer bigger and bolder necklaces. One of the ones I sold (along with a custom matching bracelet and earrings - wish I had thought to photograph the set!) I'd almost convinced myself not to make as I thought it was "too much". When I saw it on the customer, I was so thrilled - it really looked great on her.



My copper and mother of pearl necklace also sold early. I didn't sell any earrings (other than the custom order for the set above), though. And none of the green pieces sold, even with St. Patrick's day coming up.

Many of the con participants are already avid beaders and crafters, too. I received more than one suggestion to check out local gem shows - something I do want to do, just need to figure out how to schedule (and budget) one into my calendar.

One customer liked my yellow turquoise and green lace lanyard but wanted it in silver. So I took it home and re-strung it with tiny sterling silver beads instead of the gold plated ones already on it. She was quite happy with the new look and I made a sale.

One of the other dealers in the room (booksales) does jewelry and felt I'd underpriced my work. I understand what she was saying and know I still haven't figured out my pricing. However, I like getting my work out there, so part of my "profit-margin" is satisfaction. I know I'd feel much differently if I was more dependent on the money from sales, so thank goodness for the day job that supports my fledgling side-business!

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4 Comments:

Blogger JustATish said...

Feedback is always good. I have learnt a lot just from listening to customers talk among themselves when they are shopping the displays.

People are so interesting!!!

March 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Indeed they are, Tish.

I've been really wrapped up in RL day job stuff, sorry I didn't get to your comment (and over to your blog) sooner.

March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger JustATish said...

hey lady -just checkin in. i know RL rears its ugly head from time to time.

am missin your posts!

March 6, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks, Tish. I have been swamped by RL this week. I still have all my stuff from the con in the trunk of my car. Haven't done a bit of beading either and I'm feeling the withdrawal pains!

The workroom is such a mess from last weekend, I will have to do a total tidying up before I will be able to find anything.

March 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

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