Hello Dave Sebaste,
I've heard about "trunk shows" and am curious about how they work.
What can anyone tell me about them? How do you go about arranging
one, how do you actually show/display your work, how does the
financial arrangement work, etc.?
Trunk show translates into "Tupperware party" for all practical
purposes. (Those who sell clothing at home parties call them trunk
shows.) The hostess invites the guests, provides the location and
refreshments, and usually “earns” points for each xx$ spent by her
guests in orders. The hostess can redeem her points for prizes or
use them toward buying from the dealer. The dealer puts on the
event (including entertainment and games with prizes), takes orders,
keeps the books, fills the orders, and “pays” points to the hostess.
Many times each show booked by a guest at the party earns the
hostess additional prizes/points. Not a bad way to go - especially
if you have contacts who want to be a hostess. It’s good to spread
the party appointments out with one/community initially, so that
subsequent bookings face little competition. There are a couple
women in the Kansas City area who have gotten into this and are
apparently quite successful. I believe that they purchase jewelry
for resale. Women who buy a certain quantity of jewelry, can
qualify to be representatives. Their jewelry is then displayed as
samples (to illustrate the very glossy catalog) at the parties that
the reps set up. If you want more info, contact me offline. Judy in
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
237 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506