Thanks for your insight on your show experience. I think we need to
make a distinction between they types of shows we’re discussing. I
think the thread was previously pertaining to art or art/craft shows
appealing to the general public, collectors, everyday consumers. Many
of us jewelry makers use them as a venue to sell our wares, meet the
public, increase visibility, etc.
I believe you were primarily discussing gem shows, gem and jewelry
shows, gem and mineral shows, etc. As an avid fan and consumer at
these shows, I wouldn’t stand a chance of selling at one of them.
Primarily for the reasons you pointed out, too! Lots of mass produced
offshore finished jewelry purchased for resale, cut-throat pricing,
thin margins, etc.
I think the type of shows you do cater more to me, my peers and my
competition than they do to my target market. The shows I do cater
more to people who would have a tough time figuring out which end of
the torch to light, but who marvel at my ability to turn stone and
metal into wearable art. Thankfully, it seems there are at least a
few of those people out there!
Still found your post interesting and valuable… but felt the
distinction was pretty important since the nature of these shows
seems quite different to me.
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)