|A recently sold piece from my Artfire studio.|
Let's face it, in these tough economical times it is very difficult to find people willing to host any kind of party in their homes let alone get guests to come to those parties with the intention of purchasing what ever items are being shown. I myself have not found anyone willing to host a showing of my jewelry in their home yet. It is tough. But I didn't and won't allow that to discourage me. No. I found another route to take. I figured if I couldn't find someone else to host me, why not host myself?
So, I began doing "in home" jewelry parties or jewelry showings. If I put out snacks for the guests, I would call it a "jewelry party" and if there was no snacks and I offered tours of my studio space, then it became a "jewelry showing". It's a simple, minor detail but for me it was necessary to establish.
|A pair of earrings currently for sale in a local boutique.|
I use my dinningroom in my house for my showings, though you could use any room you feel is appropriate. My dinningroom is large, has lots of chairs and my dinningroom table is large enough to display nearly all my current pieces. I also set up a smaller card table in a corner with bead and supply catelogues for those who want to have something custom made. I also put out some of my beads and supplies on the card table as examples. It helps your guests know you take custom orders and can even inspire them to ask for a specially created piece.
I also have my tools handy. I have quite a few repair customers who bring me things they have purchased, whether from me or another artist, that need some repairs done. I often do these right on the spot unless they require more time or complicated methods (usually they don't).
I also have things on display throughout my local area in art galleries and boutiques. An in home jewelry party is a good way for you to get the word out to people in your area that your pieces are available online, in person and throughout your comunity. The more places your work is available,the easier it will be for people to recommend your work or even recognize your work.
In conclusion, don't be afraid to host your own party or showing to get your work out in the public eye. It tends to be simpler and chances are you'll have better turn out and sales results if you go out on a limb. Plus, you never know when one of your guests may decide to host you in their home after seeing your things in yours.