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  • Jewellery Only Fair with a Twist

    Hello,

    I am the owner of a new Art Gallery in Silsden, West Yorkshire, UK (have a look here flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ for pictures!) I currently stock jewellery from 13 different designers and it has proven to be very popular.

    The general feedback has been that most have never heard of most of the online jewellery selling boutiques like Folksy, Etsy and Dawanda and even if they had, they wouldn't think about purchasing a piece of jewellery online.

    Everyone has loved the idea that each piece is handmade and one of a kind, which has helped to sell pieces since we opened 2 weeks ago and people have loved that there is a great selection in one place, and that gave me an idea.

    At the moment there are tonnes of Arts and Crafts fairs, but they are always showcasing a mixture of things and to be honest it is pretty intimidating to walk up to one of the stands when the designer is sitting there as it is an awful feeling when you walk away not liking it and you see their sad little face! Furthermore I haven't spotted an event which is just tailored to Jewellery and nothing else. So what I had in mind was this: Create a fantastic new Jewellery craft fair that goes around Britain, but doesn't have those big ole' table stands, instead everything is displayed within cabinets, like in a shop with information about the designer and then a few gallery employees walking around to talk to anyone they wish...more of an informal approach. This way people that would be unable to attend can still showcase their work as it will be sold by myself or one of the Projeto Gallery members of staff...

    What do you think???

    Paula
    http://www.projetogallery.com - New art and crafts gallery opened 13th November!

  • #2
    So....................how does that work then? Are you planning to carry a vanload of glass jewellery cases stocked with handmade jewellery around the country? As your shop is new I would have thought the last thing you would want to do is go on the road touting jewellery!

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    • #3
      I know it is going to sound strange, but I love things like that, being in different places from one day to the next!
      http://www.projetogallery.com - New art and crafts gallery opened 13th November!

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      • #4
        surely the logistics of holding so many different peoples stock not to mention the logistics of handling so many different peoples sales would be a nightmare.
        Would a rep be able to sell an item like the maker?, I can tell my buyers the vintage of some of my beads and charms that go into my bracelets , I can tell them the names of the gemstones, where i purchases particular vintage beads and charms etc, can a rep ?

        only the seller can truly sell their pieces and do the description justice , but I can see your line of thinking regarding the jewellery only fair. To see a piece and be able to handle it and try it on etc beats buying online hands down for me.

        A possible tester fair in a busy well advertised location may be a start
        Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

        my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
        my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
        my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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        • #5
          I can see what you mean in regards to the designer being the only person that really 'knows' their product, it's true. But the idea of creating a fair like this, is to give people the opportunity to showcase in a variety of locations with the cost an hassle of actually being there. In my gallery at the moment, I stock 13 different jewellers work and most of them would not be able to attend fairs in the North of England, being just too far away, but the gallery has now given them the opportunity to be seen in other parts of the country, and sales have been good.

          I think you are right that a test event is in order!

          Paula
          http://www.projetogallery.com - New art and crafts gallery opened 13th November!

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          • #6
            while the idea is a good one it brings up many questions such as sellers fee,P.L.insurance, returns etc etc.
            While people will happily pass an hour at a craft fair would the same people be prepared to turn out to a jewellery only event,other than jewellery crafters and makers who won't spend they will go home and recreate the designs they have seen.

            you have a lovely , very well set out and professional looking shop , where abouts are you situated
            Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

            my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
            my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
            my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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            • #7
              Very true, maybe I'll just expand the range within the gallery and promote the jewellery more.

              The gallery is in Silsden, West Yorkshire, if you are in the area you must come and visit!!
              http://www.projetogallery.com - New art and crafts gallery opened 13th November!

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              • #8
                thank you, I most definatly will although not often I get up that way.

                Can I suggest for expanding your jewellery range in the shop, check the local craft fairs for makers , many of us would love to be invited to showcase our designs in a shop such as yours.

                Good luck with your shop and the fairs if you do decide to do them.
                Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

                my website http://www.ticketyboo-jewellery.co.uk
                my misi shop http://ticketyboo.misi.me.uk
                my blog http://ticketyboojewellery.blogspot.com/



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beckyboo View Post
                  thank you, I most definatly will although not often I get up that way.

                  Can I suggest for expanding your jewellery range in the shop, check the local craft fairs for makers , many of us would love to be invited to showcase our designs in a shop such as yours.

                  Good luck with your shop and the fairs if you do decide to do them.
                  WSS

                  I'm a West Yorkshire jewellery maker btw
                  http://www.craftynclothy.com

                  http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

                  http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    Its all sounding very positive Paula - can't wait to come and visit you
                    Chris xx
                    My Website
                    My Blog

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                    • #11
                      A nice idea that has been done with a mixed success.
                      The best set up was in the 90s, a firm put 20 cabinets in the then new shopping centers, all "handmade jewellrey".
                      He would stand for a week then on Sunday break the lot down and set up at the next one.
                      I knew him slightly, he was a showman and Id worked a couple of fairs with his family.
                      Firstly as showpeople they had the waggons and manpower to do this.
                      He did let it slip that he made more money from the raffel. Each cabinet had its own raffel the prize being, pick any item from that cabinet. Many people would but a ticket for each cabinet.
                      The logistics are scary, they would pack the contents of each cab into there own boxes, then dismantle the cabs and pack them into coffin type boxes, the whole thing plus backup stock and spare cabs went into a luton tranny, to be set back up down the road at the next center.
                      If you feel you could handle that then I wish you luck, as it could be a good earner if youve got the capital to set it up

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by beckyboo View Post
                        thank you, I most definatly will although not often I get up that way.

                        Can I suggest for expanding your jewellery range in the shop, check the local craft fairs for makers , many of us would love to be invited to showcase our designs in a shop such as yours.

                        Good luck with your shop and the fairs if you do decide to do them.
                        I am always on the look out for new and exciting designers for the gallery, especially as the jewellery and bags are selling so well. I sold 10 pieces today, so running low!

                        Drop us a note with a link to your work and we can talk further. That applies to anyone else that would be interested in selling at Projeto Gallery in Silsden, West Yorkshire

                        Paula
                        http://www.projetogallery.com - New art and crafts gallery opened 13th November!

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