Quick update on what was hot at yesterday’s craft fair!
Earrings…as usually, earring FLEW off my displays. Hottest sellers were copper and threaders.
Sometimes I have to talk to people about copper – they are a little dubious of putting a copper post through their ear piercings, but I wear them a lot and have had no problems. Now, if I could just find my personal copper earrings!! (They’ve disappeared SOMEWHERE.)
Threaders, those sexy little chains with a dangle off the end, were also VERY hot. Not everyone has seen them or realizes what they are, but once they understand the concept, they are eager to try!
Copper as a whole is very popular. It’s less expensive than sterling, and has a great warm patina as it ages. I tumble and then let it age naturally – the pieces that I’ve used Liver of Sulfur or hard boiled eggs on don’t seem to have the same rich look as those that age naturally…and the aging process is pretty fast with copper.
Not selling as well: simple strung bracelets! Believe it or not, unless it’s an unusual stone or pattern, they just aren’t getting the pick up quality that they used to. Maybe my stock is too “old”…I’ve toyed with putting out a basket with my older pieces and marking them down at an upcoming show and making some new strung bracelets, but I have to think that the market is just saturated. At yesterday’s show, there were less jewelry tables than usual (good) but other than one lampworker, another wire worker, and myself, it was all simple stringing. I think customers are getting bored with this style and are looking for something new!
Overall, it was a good day…very busy, had a lot of traffic and met a lot of really neat people. It’s still early in the season, but I’m thinking about making some changes in my stock offerings before my next show in two weeks!