“Will you be here tomorrow?”–The Things Customers Say.

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“I just got here & I need to walk around but I really like that one”

“Mmmm. Your beads are beautiful, but I only wear gold  & silver jewelry”

“I like so many I’m just going to pass them all up”


Why do people say these things?

I know it could be to make me feel good, but how should I respond? Sure,  a compliment gets a Thank You, and  I know that craft and holiday shows are exciting places with fabulous vendors and lots of ways to spend ones money.  So over the years I’ve learned not to take anything said personally.

Still, can we discuss it?

I realize that I may be biased toward my own jewelry.  After all, I know every bead and stone, clasp and so on. I’ve touched each one. Chosen each one. Imagined you wearing this necklace with a particular sweater or shirt. I’ve gone to sleep with the images in front of my eyelids and woke up with new ideas.


When you walk away too quickly,  I get disappointed. Not because I didn’t sell you a necklace but because we didn’t get to connect. Over 6 years doing 15-20 shows per year, I’ve  gotten some good laughs, met wonderful people, pulled a muscle or two and exhausted my body (never my spirit). Moreover, I know a potential customer may be looking for a graceful way to look, try on and not make a purchase. But that’s no reason for a customer to run away. Most artists do not pressure you. We want you to want our product. Every piece, every necklace has a bit of us and our love entwined in the design. Original handcrafted artistry deserves a good home. That’s one of the rewards for supporting Small Business Week.

Soon I will be a vendor over Memorial Day weekend at Sugar Loaf Crafts Village, NY. With warmer weather craft shows happening everywhere,  I know many of my readers love going to them. So while there,  linger awhile. Talk to the artist. Ask for suggestions or recommendations for your coloring, your wardrobe, or a particular event.  Make a special order for something you really, really want for yourself or for a gift.  Like ours, many handmade products are  one of a kind.  I’ve had many a disappointed customer have to walk through the entire show, return for that special necklace they were admiring, only to find it was sold. So don’t set yourself up to be disappointed.




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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. I’ve heard many of those comments as well when I used to do trade shows. Sometimes, I’d just had to laugh…of course, I waited till the person was gone! LOL! Thanks for sharing this post. Love your pics! Your jewelry is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll do wonders online. Wishing you continued success.

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      I do travel up to 2 hours away for a really great venue. Spring to fall they are usually outdoors, under a tent & mostly all crafters. Nov & Dec will be indoors as school fundraisers. Over Xmas holiday I do one in a White Plains, NY Art Gallery & that’s special. Thanks for asking.

  2. Rosyln,

    What an inspiration you are! 16-20 trade shows a year!!!

    Your jewelry is lovely and I am sure you will be successful online!


  3. Rosyln, to do and try new things is very exciting! You will do very well online, but as everything in life is not easy, the good thing is to keep your good attitude and keep trying and measuring the results! Continue making everyday special!

  4. Where do you plan to be in New York between 11/17 and 12/2? I’m going “home” for a few weeks. I know my sister would love to see what you have, perhaps my daughter as well. Good Luck with journey online!

  5. Wow, I mean WOW!!! Your stamina is impressive! Wishing you all the best with your transition to on-line sales only. 🙂

  6. Boy Roslyn the shopper’s comments bring back really bad memories of the many years I worked the local health fairs and even our county fair. Countless dollars go into preparing and registering for these events; not to mention the inventory and labor that goes into setting up the booth. Next add on your time spent without bathroom breaks, lunch and dinner breaks. What I have learned is this: people attend those types of events to have fun, they want to socialize and get ideas. They are not there necessarily to purchase our goods and certainly not to purchase something that will make them healthy. For you my dear, the next phase of your business is going to rock, no pun intended. I know bringing my business online has been the best thing since sliced bread.

  7. Hi Roz! You never know why people say the things that they do, but just know that you make a lovely product. It is an awful lot of work setting up and tearing down for that many shows a year. Don’t know how you did it! I think you will do just fine with online marketing.

  8. The journey from live to online. I know you will have tons of success. Having only worked a few short weeks in retail, I know some of the responses well. Have faith and have fun. You are on an amazing journey!

  9. You have interesting products! You will do just fine with your market transition to online. Are you making more products then?

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      Lorii, as there are many beaders in the market place, we do try to create wearable and unique designs, one-of-a-kind and great color combinations. We always have about 60 pieces available and as the holiday season approaches with 10+ shows scheduled we design & maintain. Is there a particular style/product you have in mind?

  10. I don’t display at shows, but I am often a customer at these shows. I love to walk around and look at the talents offered by people like you. That doesn’t necessarily mean I want to buy something, but it does mean I’m in awe of your abilities and creativeness. That being said, I prefer the craft shows to on-line purchases. We are fortunate to be able to have these types of shows from October through April, and I enjoy as many as I can.

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      Hi Tina- So where do you live that you have outdoor shows most of the year? That would have been great for me but setting up tent & tables & all that it entails for a great display is not something I can physically keep doing. I do indoor shows for holidays Nov & Dec.

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