Annual Open House sale

Want to share some pictures of my set up yesterday for my Open house.  I am sorry I don't have any photos with actually guests in them, but people always arrive in a flurry and I'm too busy gabbing or writing up receipts to take pics!

Pizza Roll with Spinach and Pepperoni
Key Lime Curd Cookie sandwiches
Tortilla chips with Taco flavored sour cream dip
Chocolate Chip Zuchini bread
Ritz Cracker chips, pepperoni, Dill and Garlic cheese, and Brie

I added an additional table (the kitchen table actually) so that I would have space to stand and check people out. This was a really smart addition as I am usually bent over on the dining room table when I do this. I also decided to move the show into the family room instead of having it in the dining room... for a change of a pace. It was still pretty tight so next year I may arrange the tables a bit differently to accommodate  more room to move around.

Here is the jewelry set up. Pretty similar to my usual set up. Tablecloths, wood crates, slate tiles, and linen colored busts and bracelet bars.  For the next few weeks I'll be devising my plan for the Indie Garage Sale the weekend of Dec 8-9. I will only be allowed to have 1 six foot table there so I'll really need to utilized vertical space.

All it all it was a great day! The weather was cold so Joe was happy to fuss with a fire in the fireplace.  He had invited some teachers from School too so that allowed him to have some people to chat with. The turn-out was fair, not as many people as I've had in the past but I did do well on the financial front so I am so thrilled. And so thankful for the few who did come and support me!

We had a good idea to possibly throw a Men/Husbands only open house sometime near Christmas- all of the ladies agreed that they would be so psyched to receive jewelry as gifts from their husbands. I'll have think more about this. Maybe have husband favorites- like chicken wings, football, and I could set up a table or 2 of jewelry to have them pick from. Now if I could come up with some clever name....

Yesterday Joe and I took Marley to the Paris Hill cat hospital. She had a physical exam (which was great, the vet said she's in really great shape) Marley hadn't been weighed in like 10 years so I'm not sure if her 6lb weight was low but looking at her I can tell she's lost a little bit of weight. We did a rabies shot. We did a stool test, came back normal for worms and parasites. We did blood work and can call for the results anytime after 10am today, Sunday. I am nervous to make that call.

I'm heading out to do some creating to keep my mind off of it. I hope you enjoyed this chronicle of my open house! I am looking forward to next year!


  1. I always love seeing photos of your open house set up. It's so pretty. I think the men's party is such a great idea. Too early in the morning for me to think of any creative titles but I'm sure you'll get some good ones. Crossing my fingers for Marley. My old boy Bob is losing weight but the vet says it's just part of the aging process. Hopefully, that's all it is for Marley too.

  2. Your set up looks lovely! I had an open house on Oct. 19 in the early evening but forgot to take pictures and didn't write a blog post. I had a dozen guests and one of them you know--Lisa P. Small world!

    I think the men's night is a good idea. "Men's (shopping) night out"? "Be the hero"? (As in "be the hero and get her something she really wants.")

  3. Looks great! I wish I could be there to shop!

    LOVE the guys night out idea!

    Some thoughts:
    Holiday Heros
    Superhero Shopping
    Superhero Shop Stop
    Winging It
    Gifty Guys Gettaway - Food, Football and Fancy stuff for your Gal
    Guys Grab-a-Gift Gettaway - Food, Football and Fancy stuff for your Gal


  4. Hello, lovely set up. Was your open house all day, you know, like from 10 to 5, or did you have smaller set hours like a party type? Every year I say I'm going to do this but have yet to get around to it...great idea for men, they are good, quick shoppers.


  5. You have a beautiful house, adore the photos. A mens party would be good, especialy for last minute shoppers. I would love to attend one of your open houses. While you were celebrating, i was packing my house up. :) I hope Marley is ok.

  6. I love your set-up. i'm doing only my 2nd craft show at my job and plan to borrow your tile idea. I'll only have 1/2 a table so i'm trying to work within that space. Your set up is really nice and shows off your jewelry not the set up.

  7. Great pictures! I like your set-up.....simple yet sophistocated. I have held probably 6 open house shows for my jewelry and I usually do better financially with those than I do with any other venue. My problem is finding a date that works for most people. I have set the date to have my holiday open house in two weeks. I hope it's a good date!
    I hope your kitty is ok. We have two elderly kitties (12 & 13 y.o.)so I understand the worries. They are like family, aren't they?!
    Thank you for sharing your photos!

  8. Your open house looks so inviting, wish I lived closer so I could attend. Love your color scheme and how well it showcases the jewelry.
    Men's nights have been very successful in some of the direct sales biz's I have been in. If you can get a "wish list" from the women it makes it even easier. Secret Santa, or Santa's Helper night, offering gift wrapping for the men is always appreciated. One presenter I know didn't even have the men come out, she would speak to them via phone, text or email to find out what they were looking to spend etc then wrapped it for pick up or shipped it to the men at work or a friend's home to keep it a surprise. She even went so far as to keep a record and contact the men for b-day, anniversary, and Valentine's.

  9. How about The "My Wife Thinks I'm A Genius" Sale?

    By the way, everything from this weekend's sale looks great -- glad it went well!

  10. One idea for maximizing space for your show... the front of your table. See if you can't rig your linen busts to hang along the front edge..or add something along the edge to hang necklaces from, with 'security' wire holders attaching them to the table so they can't just walk off ;)


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