I applied for the Fall 2014 Marietta Marketplace show. The applicants go through a selection process, and the show is limited to approximately 25 to 30 vendors.
In their words: "A curated Market means that we try to find a balance in the types and numbers of vendors in different categories. We will limit the number of vendors in saturated categories (ex. Jewelry) to ensure a better experience for both seller and buyers. In addition, we want to stay true to the goal of the Marketplace–showcasing unique, quality handcrafted goods, art, vintage and food items."
Here is a link to the website. Each of us are listed in the Vendor tab, which links to our websites. Pretty cool!
Turns out, I am the only one that exclusively sells Jewelry. I am SO excited!
The picture above is from one of the previous shows. I will have a 10 foot by 10 foot area with a white canopy. I paid to rent the canopy. It seemed like a good idea to stay uniform, and to keep my expenses lower. Not sure how many tables I will bring. Not sure about a whole lot of things at this point of the process.
I have been working on making multiple pieces...necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings (well, my husband Mike is making the rings). My goal is to have at least 200 pieces available. So far, I spend a part of every day making something. And counting down the days....
Coming up with display items is daunting. I have pulled just about everything from around the house that is not nailed down. Not sure if I will use it all...but it is a starting point. My spare bedroom is the landing place for everything but the tables so far.
Check out the old wig stand. It belonged to Mike's mom, and he added the facial features. Too funny!
More display possibilities and some finished earrings. Nothing matches...but maybe it does not need to.
Trying to figure out what to use and how to use it for the display is a real challenge. And because this is the first time that I have done an outdoor show, I have to keep in mind weather issues (like wind, or rain or both!)
I purchased and tested a credit card reader for my iphone. It works pretty good! My husband came up with a great idea to have a portable charger on site, since there are no electrical hook ups available. I am sure the phone will definitely need recharged throughout the day.
So....the journey begins.