September 17, 2012

Harvest Fest 2012 Recap

My sister Franny came up to help me on Saturday for this year's Harvest Festival, held in Sharon Springs, NY. (Here she is posing with our booth) The weather was beautiful, no rain... nice and dry. When we arrived early on Saturday morning, they pointed us to this spot, up against some very large pine trees. We got to work right away and had most everything done before 10am. As the sun shifted in the sky and the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and I quickly realized that I did not dress appropriately! The wonderful and friendly quilter neighbor let me use her jacket for the day! So sweet.

My talented friend Tara made this sign for me for the booth. I hadn't had one before now, and it was nice to have- alerting people what was actually inside the booth. 

The checking out station, adorned with some orange Mums, and my long teal wood box, with essentials stashed away inside. It made the otherwise, normally sized table, taller- and exactly the height of my other tables which were on stilts. 
See that cage to the left? That was my neighbor, Andy, the 5 mo. old bull. He was super sweet and loved the attention he got all weekend. Next to him were 4 goats. Surprisingly the girls that were at the booth kept both animals nice and happy, fed, and cleaned up. It didn't smell at all.

My set up looked a lot like it did last year, with just a few minor modifications. I used the slate tiles to display necklaces and bracelets. Wire baskets and crates held earrings. I left my cutie owls at home as last year everyone was asking if they were for sale.

The Tags were great, and professionally looking. My only complaint is that I should have used a thicker paper, - they seemed to curl easily if they sat on a surface.


The mini clothespins held the earring cards in place even through the gusty occasional winds.



All in all it was a great show. Saw a lot of people come through. Got many wonderful comments on my displays, and on the designs. Many told me that my designs were VERY different than anything they've seen before, so that was awesome to hear. I wish the weather had been a bit warmer, or that I was in a sunnier spot for the weekend. I may try to have them move me to a new location next year. I think shoppers were cold and didn't stick around long once inside my shady and chilly booth.

I didn't have great cell service in my location. Occasionally I had 1 bar of service, which went up to 2 and down to 0 pretty regularly. So instead of using the Square to swipe cards, I took credit card info and shredded it later after I processed the payment from home.  
Lesson that I learned this weekend: Square does not allow some Non-U.S. credit cards. Most but not ALL. So my biggest sale of the weekend, came from a family visiting from Toronto. He gave me all the info, but I never got his phone number. When he told me the billing zip, I thought to myself, I am anticipating a problem. A 6-digit zip as opposed to a 5-digit zip- yep- I see trouble. Got home that night and went to run the card. Declined. Tried it again. Declined.  Shit.
Found out when putting out some feelers on Facebook, that Square doesn't accept all credit cards. So I took to the internet, luckily found the Father who was a doctor, and bought the jewelry for his daughter. Emailed him and luckily was able to remedy the situation by sending him a paypal invoice. 
I tell you all this story, so that you are in-the-know about this glitch.... Cuz that's how I roll.

Will I do the show again next year? Yep, absolutely!! Although last year I did better in sales, this year was just as fun and I do look forward to being there again and again. Until they kick me out. Or until they start Jurying the show. Whichever comes first. I only say that because I wasn't accepted into 2 other juried shows and tend to wonder if it's me. At any rate, yes- I'll be there next year. Fo shiz.




12 comments:

  1. Great job! Shows are fun, but a lot of work. Good to know on the Square thing as I am going to get one for my phone. And I can relate to the owls.... people often ask me if my peacocks are for sale so I started leaving them at home too. Can't wait to get my new earrings!!!

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  2. Your display looks very professional with lots of great jewelry!

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  3. Nice to hear how your show went. The displays are really nice and that sign....love it!

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  4. Great report. I can't believe you weren't accepted in Juried shows.Their loss not yours. I am glad the visitor from Toronto was a good guy. I am from Toronto so it was nice to hear it turned out in the end.

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  5. What an awesome setup! Love the slate tiles...and your sign!!!! Sweet!

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  6. I love how you display your jewelry (and your jewelry is great too)! I've enjoyed reading your blog and hearing about your latest journey.

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  7. LOVE that sign Tara made! It's perfect for you. Everything looks really nice. Great display and creative. I really like how those earring cards came out!

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  8. What a great booth display, and the sign your friend made is fantastic. Thanks for sharing the tip about the credit card. At our last show we discovered our Intuit credit card devise does not take debit cards and we lost two sales becauase of that. Lesson learned.

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  9. Your display is so cohesive and cool -- sorry the weather wasn't more supportive! At least your neighbors were friendly and you figured out how to track down your Canadian customer (can we call you Sherlock now?)

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  10. Your booth and the displays look fantastic Lorelei! Love your new tags too! Glad you had good weather this year. I am not surprised by all the wonderful comments you received-your jewelry is unique, creative and fun! "Awesome" actually sums it up! I am stunned that you are not getting into juried shows, absolutely mind boggling. It definitely isn't you or your jewelry-both are fantastic! :)

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  11. Maryjoe9/20/2012

    I'm so fan ! A french fan who do a lot of mistake when she writes, but a real fan ! I often come to read your blog and it's the firt time i write something (only because i'm afraid to write with too much mistakes !!!)
    I really admire your work, it's so creative and nice.
    Maryjoe, french fan!

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