In the short time ive been following this forum, I dont think ive
seen any posts from wholesale jewellery makers.
This indicates to me that just about everyone here is a one man band
Nice and simple if you can get it work for you.
So before you look at the logistics of what amounts to commmercial
shows, you need to ask the question, do you have the production setup
to mass produce your work? And have you been quoted what it costs to
You will be up against some big, well established mass producers. do
you think you will have an edge over these? to make it worth your
Also you need to go and look around such a commercial venue to see
what is on offer, at what prices and terms of business you expected
to offer. You will be expected to quote for a minimum of 10 off any
item, at a trade price.
From what you describe you have only designed, made and sold your
My view is that it is still the best way to make the most of your
time, doing everything means you make the profit on every operation.
Its better to be a big fish in a small pool than a small one in a
Fill us in with some more about such commercial events.
Getting back to the logistics side, Bigger events or art shows are
worth exploring up to say 3 to 400 miles away.
for that tho you will need a proper commercial truck with everything
set up in it, along with, what we call caravans, towed behind to
live in. the longer the event the better use of your time. the average
show I do is 4 to 5 days, the longest is 10 days. thats some 600
miles away in Europe.
I take with me my exhibition unit thats 20 by 10 ft marquee, with a
small version of my normal workshop. so I can make almost anything on
site. As for mass production, yes I do that too. In 1989 at a 5 day
event I minted a commemorative plaque for the event at the event. Made
and sold 1000 over the show duration.