Hi Beth, I handle it pretty much in the same manner. I pick out my
"best and brightest" for slides, knowing that the competition --
especially for jewelry of course -- will be tough, but if I was
displaying / trying to sell only the level of work in my slides,
I'd probably not be profitable at most shows!
I take comfort in the fact that I do handcraft all the work, with
the exception of the stones / beads, so even the simpler items have
my touch, my style...but it is, of course, the simpler items that
are my "booth fee makers" and account for a larger portion of my
sales. My retail pricing ranges from $19 to $350, and while $19, or
$30, are impulse purchase prices for most customers, $350 is not.
After all, shows are business, not art museums...though work at some
of the finer shows can take my breath away, just as art in a fine
museum does. So we have to consider what is best for us from a
business perspective, without straying from the show's dictum of
"all work must be handcrafted by the artist (at least that's printed
on every show app I put in the mail...).