Getting to the weekend...
So I don't have anything new to show today, I didn't get to create last night. After work I had to stop by the Temple just to kind of check out the space and scope out my tables. The ladies there were very kind and set me up in a nice spot by an interior door, against the wall, with plug access for my lighting! YAY!
While I was there, they asked me if I could bring any of my setup that night. SO I went home and ate a quick dinner and headed back over with 1 trip. Brought the table cloths, the table risers, a couple of jewelry stands, my drift wood pieces, the Bird bath prop, a couple of cigar boxes. I set up the tables with black table cloths as the skirt of the tables, and used nice organic looking Khaki colored table cloths on the tops of the tables. I also brought 2 lamps, tall table lamps with red shades.
Then had to run back home again to bring in the Silent Auction donation (a necklace and pair of earrings), and grabbed a few more things like the leaded glass window, my big metal owl, an earring rack, my wooden table top bench- more things to help weigh down the table cloths so they didn't slip off.
I thought maybe it was a little early to set up all this stuff (the show isn't until Saturday night) but then figured, lots of people were setting up already and they assured me that the space would be all locked and safely secured til the show. I didn't bring in any of the jewelry yet. I still have to price a few stray things.
What's nice about this show is that there will be a cashier at the door that will add up purchases and tax, and then people will be able to pay any way they want, including with credit cards. At the end of the week I'll get a check for my earnings. I hope it's successful. I got many nice compliments about my table set up and they were convinced I had done this sort of thing a million times before. They were quite surprised when I told them that this was in fact my first one man show.
I think I want to go shopping for a nice dress to wear, something black or gray, classic. Unfortunately our local shopping here isn't that great and I have a really hard time finding something specific. I normally find things like dresses when I don't NEED a dress for anything.
I still have to get more tissue paper. I am completely out of boxes and will probably just wrap the jewelry purchases in tissue and put them in small gift bags that I am bringing, I have some with handles. Then I have some brown paper lunch bags that I've embellished with cute little bird stamps. Good enough, right?
Can you tell I'm nervous?? Putting myself out there locally, to strangers- is nerve wracking to say the least. Last year I had my first open house at my home and that went really well but mostly because I sold jewelry to lots of friends and coworkers- people who have seen my jewelry before. I hope to be received well. I know there are at least 4-5 other jewelry vendors at this show this weekend. Will I stand out? I think my table will speak for itself. As of last night, mine was the most elaborate set up at that point.
Well anyway, TGIF. p.s. my shop will close tomorrow for the weekend.