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Show Etiquette

Post by Jamie Dobiesz Respect your fellow vendors.  Everyone is stressed out during setup.  Remember that and don’t get your feelings hurt.  Most people left the house late, got little sleep the night before because they were making products and probably forgot to eat breakfast.  Expect short tempers and impatience.  Think about how or what you are doing and how it impacts your neighbors.  Did you park in front of the door?  Did you take up two spaces?  Did you cut in front of the line?  When you are done unloading, move your car before you start to set up. ...

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It's Time For Your First Show!

By Jamie Dobiesz Plan ahead!  Make sure you have everything you need for the show.  Tables, displays, tablecloths, tape, a money box, signs, trash bag, a comfortable chair, jacket or sweater, and drinks.  Have at least $75 worth of one-dollar bills and 5-dollar bills for change.  Larger shows consider doubling that.  You would hate to turn a customer away because you don’t have change.  Consider signing up for a credit card service like Square.   If you sell items over $20 it usually helps with sales enough to pay for itself.  Bring a small cooler.  Food and drinks are expensive...

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Advice from a Seasoned Business Owner

Changing from a hobby to a business.  It is overwhelming, terrifying, exhausting but rewarding.  Preparation is the key to enjoying the experience.

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How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

If you wear jewelry at all (and which lady doesn't), I bet you have a few pieces of sterling silver in your stash. Today, I'll get all technical on you and explain what sterling silver is, why it tarnishes, and how to keep said tarnish at bay. 

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