Sunday, 20 November 2011

The importance of presentation

Yesterday I did a craft fair, it was my first one since August and I really wanted it to be successful so I tried to think of ideas to draw people to my stall.
Firstly I wanted to display my earrings in a better way so I bought an earring carousel and a small jewellery tree. I saw a carousel that I really wanted at my last fair, it was a stunning white carousel and I bought it (the link below has the carousel in black, it's also available in copper but I think white has sold out)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/REVOLVING-EARRING-JEWELLERY-STAND-ROUND-NEW-3B-BLACK-/310360164824?pt=UK_Jewellery_Watches_JewelleryBoxes_Supplies_CA&hash=item4842e849d8

I also wanted a jewellery tree and I found this one that I loved;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WHITE-JEWELLERY-TREE-DISPLAY-STORAGE-STAND-NEW-MAYTREE-/180750756562?pt=UK_Jewellery_Watches_JewelleryBoxes_Supplies_CA&hash=item2a1595aad2
But when it arrived it was quite small and not very sturdy, so I used it for earrings too.

The next thing I wanted to do was card my earring so they look more presentable. All I did was cut out white cardstock into rectangles, then used a pin to make 2 holes and pushed the earring hooks through the holes. I also wrote 'LoppyLoves' and the price on the cards.
I used these pegs to attach the carded earrings onto the carousel and jewellery tree.
http://www.paperchase.co.uk/invt/00483684/

I wanted to make a patchwork table cover using Cath Kidston style fabric but I didn't have time, I will do this in the next few weeks and post a tutorial on it.

I also wanted to get a cup and saucer with pink roses on to put my paper flower hair grips in but I didn't find one in time (and it wouldn't match the table cover I currently have, which is black). So instead I used my mom's cup of destiny, it looked great with the black fabric.
http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/products/cup-of-destiny

I spent the most time carding my hair grips because they were the cheapest item on my stall (£1 a pair) and most likely to sell (they were my bestseller yesterday!).
I carded them, wrote 'LoppyLoves' and the price on them, and stuck a pink heart-shaped rhinestone between the grips. I would post a picture but my nan has stolen all of my stock for a jewellery party she's having.



And because of all of the extra effort I put in, yesterday was the most successful craft fair I've ever done!

Loppy x

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