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  • Table-top bead selling

    Hi everyone,

    After selling exclusively on the internet for a few years, I'm finally going to be brave and take the beads for an outing - I've booked a table at a local (well, about 50 miles away, which is local up here!!) table-top sale for the end of the month

    I'm just wondering what the best way of displaying bead strings is going to be. I'll be taking mostly semi-precious with some single flower millefiori and possibly a few freshwater pearls. I do have a couple of spinners, but I don't know whether to put them on that or lay them flat on the table. Or possibly order up a random selection of cheap and cheerfuls and put those on the spinners with the main stock on the table.

    And for those of you who do craft fairs etc. what do I need to take with me? The table's provided, but I'm going to get a couple of sheets for a cloth. I've got paper bags, I've had some business cards made up, I'm going to take a plastic food storage box for money and I'll make sure I've got a decent float with lots of change. I need to order some price tags and get everything priced up in advance - what have I forgotten?!

    All opinions and tips gratefully received

    Caroline
    The Great Big Bead Shop - http://shop.thegreatbigbeadshop.co.uk/
    Also on eBay - http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/The-Great-Big-Bead-Shop
    And Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gr...09963172376909

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    I would suggest you lay them on the table, I prefer to touch and feel. If you could manage to get some cheap and cheerfull on the spinners I would think you will get more business. Some people cannot afford semi-precious but if you have gone to a bead sale then you are there to buy. Believe me as a buyer it is so easy to spend a lot more than you expected to. When I go to a sale I always start with a list but it goes straight out of the window when I see all those lovely beads.
    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, can be an awful long day, although hopefully prosperous. Take some food with you, either you will be too busy to go and buy some or there will be no choice or an expensive choice. I am sure there is more but at the moment that is all I can think off.

    By the way which coast of Scotland are you from East or West, I was born and raised in Aberdeen
    Rosemary
    www.glitzandglamourjewellery.co.uk
    www.flickr.com/photos/glitzandglamourjewellery
    http://www.facebook.com/glitz.and.glamour.jewellery
    http://www.glitzandglamourjewellery.co.uk/blog.html

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    • #3
      Thanks It's not specifically a bead fair, just a 2-hour general sale with the table fees going to charity, but I have a couple of regular customers in the area, so I'm going to email them and let them know I'll be there and hopefully they'll bring some mates.

      I'm actually from Bristol, but I fell in love with a man from Thurso - we live midway between Thurso and Tongue on the north coast overlooking the sea. I think it's about the most beautiful place on earth
      The Great Big Bead Shop - http://shop.thegreatbigbeadshop.co.uk/
      Also on eBay - http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/The-Great-Big-Bead-Shop
      And Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gr...09963172376909

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      • #4
        I always make sure I have my small stationery box with me. It's got pens/pencils, paperclips, scissors, sellotape, blutak, blank price labels, laccy bands and any other bits and pieces that I think will be useful. I always try and keep it in my packing box - on the occasions I haven't had it with me, I've always needed something out of it!

        Good luck!
        Jane

        If beads were still currency, I'd be a millionaire!


        http://www.wildheartcrafts.co.uk/

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