On Display


Well…the craft festival was in a nice area, and was run by very nice people, but the attendance and sales were disappointing – for me, at least. I barely made enough to cover my fees and travel expenses.  Apparently there were several other events including a larger, more established art show going on in the area so I’m guessing that’s where all the shoppers went. But that’s how it goes!

On the plus side, I posted pictures of my show setup on Flickr and was surprised how many views they’ve gotten! Here are a few of them-

My two tables with Lucy (my mannequin) in the middle.

Vintage kidskin opera glove used as bracelet display.

You would not believe how hard it was to stuff this glove! The hand is impossibly small so I used a long handled paintbrush to stuff tissue into the fingers. The rest I filled with pantyhose.  

Bev, my oldest mannequin, in the morning shadows.

 My favorite pictures were actually the ones I took early in the morning – I love all the dramatic shadows!


 To see more, go to my Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/lilruby!

About lilruby jewelry

My name is Joan Williams and I'm a self taught jewelry designer and mixed media artist. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and I now live in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband, son and jillions of beads - along with lots of ephemera and stuff that my packrat ancestors saved (and I'm so glad they did)! My passion is creating jewelry that bears the patina of time and travel, using a blend of new components and found objects. I'm also crazy about antiques, horses, flowers, rusty hinges and chipped paint, so you never know what I might be inspired to talk about. I hope you'll stop by from time to time to see what I'm up to! Click below to visit my Etsy shop and my Facebook page, and to see additional photos on Flickr.

9 responses »

  1. I remember when this happened to me selling my jewelry (which was selling out in the boutiques they were in for 2x the price I was selling them for at a crafts’ fair). What was really pathetic in my case was that I looked like I had a Charlie Brown sign where I kept crossing out the price and making it lower (will never do that again!) and I made exactly what it cost me to have a spot at this blistering hot outside fair! Also, I know how gorgeous your jewelry is so it may have also been the demographic of the people attending.

    • It’s hard to say what went wrong – the show was well publicized through several different venues and was in what seemed to be an affluent area. One of the Kansas City news stations even sent out a cameraman who stood and talked to me while he filmed some of the spaces, including mine. It’s ok though, I got to do some antique jewelry shopping while we in KC!
      Lol on the Charlie Brown sign! At my first show (outdoors) I had all my earrings carefully hung on an old shutter that the wind sent flying – earrings everywhere!

  2. Sorry things didn’t pan out, Joan. You had a lovely display (great shadows on the photos) and your work is beautiful.

    One of the groups I belong to set their big spring show on the same weekend as a couple of other large events thinking they’d get more traffic and sales. Nope. It backfired. Less traffic and fewer sales. Sometimes you really do want to be the only show in town.

    • I really do think that was the problem here too. It was disappointing but my husband and I still got a weekend away out of it and also found some antique shops we liked – so it’s all good!

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