Turn your jewelry-making hobby into a home-based business by selling the items you make at local flea markets, craft fairs and trade shows. When you are just starting out, rent a table at a flea market where you will have a large amount of traffic walking by your hand-crafted product. Display your items in ways that will grab the attention of passers-by and draw them in further to look at everything else you are selling.
Set your table in the back section of your flea market space leaving you enough room to walk around and interact with shoppers. Wear your favorite pieces of jewelry, especially those that will attract the most attention, and ask shoppers what they think of it. Make sure to wear entire sets of jewelry, such as necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets.
Design frames to hold jewelry on display at the flea market. You need frames, metal screening for doors, a staple gun and spray paint. Pull out the frame's backing and glass. Cut the metal screen large enough to fit in the frame and staple it in place from the back. Spray paint with your choice of color and let completely dry. Earrings will fit in the screen holes, bracelets can be attached with floral wire and necklaces can hang over the corners of the frame. If you have rented a large enough space, use a full-size screen door to display jewelry on.
Bunches of Bowls
Lay lots of fabric on your table and then set out a bunch of brightly colored bowls, flower pots and other ceramic containers. Have some of the bowls sitting up with complementary colored tissue paper stuffed in the bottom. Place bracelets, watches, large beaded necklaces and earrings secured on cards in the bowls. Put in enough items so they are overflowing from the bowls onto the table. A similar idea is to create a pirate theme and use treasure chests to create a similar effect.
Place jewelry on candle holders and display on your table at different heights. Use taper candles to display rings of all sizes. Pillar candles can hold bracelets and watches. Drape necklaces over the edges of three-wick or larger candles. If you are allowed to light the candles, make sure there is no draft to prevent dripping of the wax.
Put on a hourly fashion show to display items and generate interest from passing shoppers. Make a sign for your display giving show times and what will be featured. Find some volunteers, friends or family, who are willing to be your models. During the show play some music and demonstrate the different pieces of jewelry, how they can be worn and which pieces go together. To entice buyers to immediately shop, offer a discount if they purchase an item off one of your models or if they buy an item within the next 10 minutes.
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