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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Getting Ready

The Market Place show is three plus weeks away.  I am in my workshop every day for at least a few hours.  So far the plan is to have around 150 pieces or so with price ranges starting at $10 and up.  I am working on Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and Rings.  And some Necklace sets.

We continue to learn how to use the Credit Card processor that attaches to our Iphone.  I play the customer and Mike is the cashier.  It is apparent that we will never win an Oscar. 

The tent, which we are renting, is a ten by ten foot area.  A pencil sketch of how we are planning our setup is in the early stages.

There are flaps on each side of the tent.  Each vendors area is enough distance from the other that it will be easy for the customers, and for us, to get around.  Ordering a banner and getting some table covers is in the works.  I am hoping that as I root around in my stuff, that I will find something that will work for table covers.

My spare bedroom/sewing room has become the staging area for the jewelry.  The other spare bedroom has umpteen options for displays, etc.  I am trying to keep in mind that I will have to pack and haul all that stuff as I am deciding what to use.

 I saw lamps being used like this for necklaces at another show.  I liked how it works, so we made some.  Finding this type of lampshade is a real challenge.  A good friend gave us one, and we found another out junking last weekend. 

That good friend included a lovely brass and glass lamp with the lampshade.  I was going to use the lamp, until Mike decided he liked it better than the one we had in the living room.  So we switched out lamps.

There is still so much more to do in order to prepare.  I was stressing about it at first.  Now I am just enjoying the process...and remembering to have fun.

I am looking forward to meeting more local people, and any of the other vendors that will visit with me.  Whether I sell anything is secondary.  When I was selling jewelry weekly at my Farmers Market booth, the best part of those Saturdays was enjoying the people who came through. 

Well, back to the workshop for me....

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