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    Hi! I'm primarily a sculptor who fairly recently started crafting jewellery from my off-cuts of stone - Welsh slate, marble, alabaster, soapstone etc.

    I've scoured the whole of Wales for Welsh slate pendants, earrings, cuff links etc and cannot find any, so I know that my 'product' is reasonably unique, if there can be such a thing?

    However, once craft fare organisers find out that I create jewellery I get blanked - "we have too many jewellers as it is", they often say. They won't even look at my product - it's so frustrating as the feedback I get is very positive. And I don't seem to have any trouble finding stockists that are eager to take it from me.

    I don't really want to just stock other peoples shops - I want to be out there selling it myself - I love the atmosphere and camaraderie of the craft fare 'scene'. Besides, without the craft fares I'd never see the outside of my studio lol

    Has anyone got any suggestions, please. I'm coming to the end of my tether :-(

    Many thanks!

    Happy crafting!

    Vin
    Never underestimate the power of a minority who cherish the vision of a just and gentle world

  • #2
    Can you sell it alongside anything else you do - are your sculptures small enough to sell at Craft Fairs. That way you get entry under the Sculpture ticket and have some of your jewellery displayed as well.

    I'm going to a fair as a Card Maker, but I'll have some jewellery and key rings with me as well.

    HTH
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    • #3
      I know how you feel I was turned down for a craft fair this year because there were already jewellery makers and card makers there. When I went along, yes there were card makers, who had made cards from kits, shown on QVC, basically sticking a topper onto a card that anyone could have done and the cards as the jewellery were nothing like mine at all.

      I think sometimes it is better to send photos of your work to the organiser don't do the ringing by phone as when you say jewellery or cards their minds go blank. Had they seen your work perhaps they might have dealt with the application differently.

      Don't give up but try again. I know I always harp on about this by how about an Open House and invite family, friends, neighbours and also some organisers to show case your work as to what you really do.

      Good Luck we are always here on this forum to listen to your moans, we all do it.

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      • #4
        You might be better joining a crafting group in your area. What you need to do is apply to the organisation. They will let you know when they have spaces and will vet whatever you want to sell. However once you get into the group you are pretty much guaranteed a space at whatever event they are organising.

        I can't give you any names of groups down south. The main one I know in my neck of the woods is Lomond Crafters.

        HTH.

        Cheers.

        Lisa
        Bowed Over
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
          Can you sell it alongside anything else you do - are your sculptures small enough to sell at Craft Fairs. That way you get entry under the Sculpture ticket and have some of your jewellery displayed as well.
          I'm afraid I've tried that but with no joy. Recently I was told to take my jewellery off my display as I'd entered the fair as a sculptor. I've been told many times that I must declare what items I will be selling and should I sell 'other goods' I'd be asked to remove them from sale. It's all a bit irritating to say the least. And yes, I sculpt smaller pieces of work specifically for the craft fare market - maybe I should keep some 'under the counter' stock

          The strangely comforting thing about it all is that, on the odd occasion that I have managed to trade my jewellery, I have found no animosity from jewellers I have sometimes traded alongside - in fact many have actually bought from me.

          Grrrrrr!

          Thanks for the help though!

          Most grateful!

          Be lucky!

          Vin
          Never underestimate the power of a minority who cherish the vision of a just and gentle world

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          • #6
            Funnily enough, I hosted and funded my own showcase just this week - wednesday in fact. Sent out a load of invitations to carefully selected people and it worked wonders - I think?

            The upshot being that I managed to sell a few 'bits', secure 2 new outlets,
            and have been invited to apply for membership to 2 local (about an hour and a half drive away, if you can call that local) art co-operatives. Which is all good. Fingers crossed that I get through the selection process. I believe that one has a 'shop' and the other is very active in the craft fare market with gallery links in mid Wales.

            Unfortunately, there are few craft fares down here in the south, and they all seem to be run by the same body of people that have already rejected my work out-of-hand.


            I'm a patient animal by nature, but it's wearing thin

            Or perhaps I'm just having a bad day?

            Many thanks!

            Vin

            ps Lisa, I'll be seeing 'Jock' tonight for a pint so I'll find out where he lives

            Be happy!
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            • #7
              I really feel for you, it must be really frustrating, especially when what your selling is so unusual, I know its great to get out & meet people face to face when your selling, have you thought about a web site? Because then when selling your sculptures at craft fayres you can give them a flyer and hopefully they will see your Jewellery products on your site.
              Sarah

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              • #8
                I know how you feel. I have in the past managed to have certain items of my jewellery allowed at fairs where they were 'at capacity' on jewellery stalls by pushing the 'felt' side of it and saying I would have to not book if I couldn't bring those along.

                The other thing you can do is book a long time in advance - I've already started booking for next year's fairs. I think once you 'get in' at a fair then they will often let you have a stall next time.

                Personally I think it stinks that they don't really pay any attention to what type of jewellery people bring. I'd prefer to go to a fair that had 6 jewellery stalls all with something different than one that has only 2 that are practically the same iykwim.

                WRT being asked to remove items once at the fair, I understand why the fair organisers should be able to do this - as a fellow crafter I find it really annoying to have been told I can't bring my jewellery and then see other stalls that have 'sneaked' some on. However, I have to say I've never actually seen it happen.
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                • #9
                  Go to the fairs with you sculpture and have a portfollio full of pictures of your jewellrey and loads of cards directing people to your website for your jewellery.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
                    I'm going to a fair as a Card Maker, but I'll have some jewellery and key rings with me as well.

                    HTH
                    x
                    Have you checked this with the fair organisers Autumn Faerie, I was at a fair recently when a card seller did just this. They were menat to be cards but turned up with jewellery,bookmarks and keyrings. THey very publicly got told this was not on and made to remove everything that was not cards befofre the doors opened.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lauraj View Post
                      Have you checked this with the fair organisers Autumn Faerie, I was at a fair recently when a card seller did just this. They were menat to be cards but turned up with jewellery,bookmarks and keyrings. THey very publicly got told this was not on and made to remove everything that was not cards befofre the doors opened.
                      Thanks for that, the fair I'm going to is organised by a friend of mine, so I will just run it past her beforehand to make sure I'm ok, but it's certainly worth knowing that for the future. I just assumed it would be ok, didn't know they were quite so strict!

                      Thanks again
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                      • #12
                        some are really strict, other organisers dont mind. But if they are trying to limit jewellery stalls (which is always over subscribed anywya) they might not be happy with more appearing. Plus at the fair I was at the poor girl was so embarresed when she got a dressing down. If its yur friend organising though should be fine. Is this for the Glasgow one, I saw you were going to that, I cant make it but will come along and say hi.

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                        • #13
                          No not me, Glasgow's miles away, I'm in Shropshire you must be mixing me up with another fairy

                          But it was a nice thought
                          "Human beings, who are almost remarkable in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so" - Douglas Adams


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                          • #14
                            oh yeah, lol. Its Autumm Jewels.

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                            • #15
                              Totally agree waitingformagic, i did a fair last year. It was a 2 day event with a craft tent and stalls outside too. The craft tent where I was had about 30 stalls in it and an incredible 18 were jewellery. Then ontop of that lots of the outside stallss were jewelleyr also. Even the customers were complaining.

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