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Annette Piper
  • Female
  • Coolah, NSW
  • Australia
  • Jewellery
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Huffington Post Article: Why the Art World is in Trouble

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Grimord Jan 24, 2015. 5 Replies

This was a few days ago but worthwhile reading.  I'd be interested in hearing your views!  Copied below.…Continue

Tags: Art

Pricing Strategy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert LeHay Jun 12, 2013. 20 Replies

I follow (on facebook) a rude(!) but successful Australian business/marketing guru who charges $8-10K for a 4 day residential, immersing you in strategies to succeed and it appears her students do…Continue

Tags: prices, pricing

Ostentation out, value in for affluent customers - an article worth reading

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karole Bowlds Feb 25, 2012. 1 Reply

I came across this article on National Jeweler (although its not just for jewellery but all luxury goods) -  …Continue

Tags: confidence, customer, luxury, spending

New header for AFI

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Dec 12, 2011. 8 Replies

Like the new header for AFI Connie :)  Very retro!Continue

Tags: look, new, AFI

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Profile Information

Your Medium
Jewellery
Years in the Art Fair Business
8
First show ever
Jazz in the Tops Festival
What is your website?
http://www.annettepiper.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting potential clients and being able to show my wares and having them appreciated. Meeting and chatting with other exhibitors.
Best show ever and why
Merriwa Show - it had been by third year of exhibiting at this show. I had built a good clientele and there was an energy of people wanting to see my work and to own a piece of my jewellery. There had been rain (important in my rural area and predmoninately rural client) and people were looking forward to "a good year". I was busy from open to close for the whole show.
Worst show ever and why
Leadville Christmas Market - wrong demographic, wrong 'message' being sent out to attendees. I knew it, I just couldn't say no (but I've got better at that now!)
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I saw it on a blog some time ago and have been subscribed to the newsletter for a while. Possibly Luan Udell?

Latest Activity

Annette Piper replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion What to charge for jewelry repairs?
"I offer an unlimited warranty and in the 17 years I've been making jewellery I would probably get 1-2 warranty repairs a year.  A couple have been frustrating to do.  I think that the peace of mind that the not 100% sure customer gets…"
Saturday
Annette Piper replied to Brandi Powell's discussion Sales Techniques or Conversation Starters
"I love the audio CDs by Bruce Baker.  I do feel they are a little dated now as people seem to want to just look rather than buy, so I don't talk, talk, talk as he suggests - I think too many people do that now and people just want to…"
Jun 18, 2016
Annette Piper commented on Jill McGannon's blog post Fair weather and sales at the Telfair Art Fair, Savannah, GA
"Glad to hear you did so well!"
Dec 19, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? 4th Annual Secret Santa Comes to AFI!
"Hi Connie, I think I missed out - I was out and about the last couple of days and the link I was sent in the email now says the object does not exist.  Oh well.   Will have to do it next year and pay more attention!!"
Dec 15, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? 4th Annual Secret Santa Comes to AFI!
"Its been a few years for me, I think I need to do it again <3"
Dec 12, 2015
Annette Piper commented on Jacquelyn Zajac's blog post New website to sell from ?
"My website was hacked so thoroughly a few months ago it was unrecoverable.  I had been going through a web designer and so she created a new one for me using WordPress and WooCommerce (for the cart).   You can buy 'skins'…"
Nov 14, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Brenda Flynn's discussion Changing Financial Climate
"That's really interesting (and g'day back!).   Due to location, I think I'm surrounded by mostly traditionals - they don't worry much about the price, but definitely status and features have a part to play in their…"
Nov 7, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Brenda Flynn's discussion Changing Financial Climate
"LOL love it Richard!    Ive heard the same with aeroplanes!"
Nov 7, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Brenda Flynn's discussion Changing Financial Climate
"It is a common conversation here in Aus Brenda, the people just aren't spending like they used to - it has been a slow decline but its in a lot of areas, not just jewellery.     People seem to be happy to pay for tech…"
Nov 5, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Brenda Flynn's discussion Changing Financial Climate
"Horse people here in Australia will spend huge amount on anything that has to do with their horses Richard!   You are well respected and they know they're getting a value product so you have a name they are more than happy to pay for…"
Nov 5, 2015
Annette Piper commented on margaret luttrell's blog post A little serendipity never hurt......
"Restores your faith in humanity <3"
Nov 5, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Brenda Flynn's discussion Changing Financial Climate
"The AUD has been so appalling against the USD this year that I've had no option but to raise my prices as many gem dealers throughout the world use USD and I buy my silver from the US as well.  I'm yet to do a tally for this year but…"
Nov 5, 2015
Annette Piper commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Saint James Court (Louisville)--Afraid the love affair is over at SJC--Sadly I must say,"Adeiu" to it
":)"
Oct 8, 2015
Annette Piper commented on John Leben's blog post Kicked Out of the Louisville Court Show
"That just sounds so unfair!"
Oct 8, 2015
Annette Piper commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Saint James Court (Louisville)--Afraid the love affair is over at SJC--Sadly I must say,"Adeiu" to it
"How sad but you gave it a darn good shot for 22 years!  At least you won your biggest prize there - Ellen!  Move onward and upward!!"
Oct 8, 2015
Annette Piper replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Bayou City???
"That would be so disheartening!"
Apr 2, 2015

Comment Wall (36 comments)

At 8:41am on March 16, 2011, Cyreathia Reyer said…
Like your work - beautiful pieces of jewelry
At 5:54pm on March 16, 2011, Cyreathia Reyer said…
Annette,wire wrapping for me doesn't take patience, I call it my therapy.  It is really easy to do.  if you are ever interested in learning,  let me know and I can connect you with some sites for tutorials.
At 8:41pm on March 16, 2011, Cyreathia Reyer said…

As you are getting started in wire the best place to purchase practice wire is from parawire.com.  They offer square and 1/2 round wire - it is a coated copper wire and you can get 25 ft for $6.60 - they do require a $25 minim order. It is a deadsoft wire and is easy to work with.  You can go to www.jewelrylessons.com and obtain some free  or low cost tutorials.   The ring you referenced is one I found in a magazine that is out of print now, but you can purchase most of the back issues and the ring tutorial from http://wire-jewelry-lessons.com/ and www.theamulet.com  both of these sites are ran by the individuals that original put out the Wire Artist Jeweller Magazine.  You will pirated copies of a lot of the tutorials in these magazines.  I would recommend buying them from Helen or Susan. 

 

Also, another tool that will aid you in wrapping cabs is a gem bead board.  A friend (that I have met online) who lives in San Diego, makes this awesome board with guides to help you shape the bundles around oval, square,  bracelets, etc.   You can see them at http://www.customgembeadboardsandmore.com/  She has  a graph that will hep you get the bindings equally placed for the different sizes of cabs. I bought one of her prototypes and love it.  It really helped me when I started out with wire.

 

Hopefully I haven't overwhelmed you with information.  You can e-mail me at reyerware@wamego.net with any questions and I get back with you with more information.

Have fun - but beware, wire is addictive.   

 

btw  another place to check out is Coiffure's Community at:  http://affiliate.kickapps.com/home?as=87598 

Pam has set up a great place with a bunch of warm and friendly  people to give advice and help out. 

 

Glad to help - talk to you soon.

At 8:45pm on March 16, 2011, Cyreathia Reyer said…

I forgot to mention that you have a wonderful wire artist in Australia - not sure if she is close to you or not, but her name is Suzi Campbell  her Facebook contact is:

 

-http://www.facebook.com/SuziCampbellCreations

At 11:03am on March 20, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Annette.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us.  We all look forward to your participation here.  Also, visit the "member map" and add your location.  We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.  Let's make this a dynamic site!

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct.  You will find it at http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct.   There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.


Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

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At 9:24pm on March 21, 2011, Linda A Shields said…
I just sent you an email. What a lovely way to find a friend. Take care, my Down Under pal!
At 12:40pm on April 4, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Many thanks for joining us Annette. I truly appreciate your welcoming emails to new members. The sense of hospitality is so important to make these networks work. I was going to send you a Red Dot for your vehicle, but see you are in Australia...don't imagine it would impress too many people there!
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Many thanks, Annette, for your hospitable wishes to new members on the site. It is truly appreciated.
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Many thanks for your support, Annette!

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Annette Piper's Blog

An Aussie show with an organiser who MUST have read AFI

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 7:27pm 8 Comments

Hi all, been busy, busy, busy here downunder with my autumn shows - as a rule they've been nothing spectacular either in organisation or sales... but last weekend a regular annual one day show had a new co-ordinator and I'm sure she had been reading AFI ... it was just so.... ORGANISED!

The event was a one day show run by a private school about 2 hours drive from me.   It has been slowly dropping off in sales over the years - last year there was an explosion in the number of…

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Happy Holidays from Downunder!

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 9:00pm 16 Comments

Hello everyone!  Token Aussie reporting in to wish you all Happy Holidays!  

I know I haven't been around much the last 6 months, far too much on and happening both with making jewellery, shows and the farm ... its upset my online routine!!   I do try and keep a vague notion of what's been going on here though :)    

I haven't even posted that I met the gorgeous Kathleen Clausen and her entertaining hubby, Mark, on their recent visit to Australia!   We spent the day together in…

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Are you a secret weapon in your customer's aim to be better than their friends?

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 3:26am 11 Comments

I know it sounds odd, but for many of my customers I seem to have become their “secret weapon” in 'keeping up with the Jones’ ' scenarios.   I’m  specifically referring to well to do, more mature ladies (i.e more grown up children) who “do lunch” with their friends, attend fundraisers, love to shop and so on.

They have usually found me online (by chance!) or at a show and live at least a couple of hours drive away (my local customers are more than happy to spread the word).    They…

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Wrap up on my last two shows for Autumn (Fall), Downunder

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

I just completed another 2 shows which wraps up my autumn (fall) season.   I usually go into winter hiatus now working and start shows again in spring.   My first was a private school annual fair.  The area is semi rural to rural, lots of horsey people (as in, into horses), horse studs and coal mines nearby where the workers gets paid extremely well so generally a well to do area.  The women are traditional with a little fashion thrown in.…

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