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Linnea Lahlum
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry/metals
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anti-theft ring displays?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Jan 13. 3 Replies

Selling on Etsy: how to start?

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What to charge for jewelry repairs?

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Linnea Lahlum replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"I agree with the others, so I won't reiterate all those good suggestions.   I have seen friends forced to quit because they were priced out of the market, and would not make a few lower priced pieces.   I am thrilled when I sell a…"
Jan 13
Linnea Lahlum replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion anti-theft ring displays?
"Thanks. I'll send him some pictures. I'm still looking for something homemade, though. "
Jan 13
Julie K Koleszar replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion anti-theft ring displays?
"It’s the same sort of technology used in stores for cameras, cell phones, tablets, etc.. allows the customer to look, hold, & touch- just not take."
Jan 13
Julie K Koleszar replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion anti-theft ring displays?
"Check out retractable pull boxes."
Jan 13
Linnea Lahlum posted a discussion

anti-theft ring displays?

I am asking for a friend who needs one. I know Rio used to have one, but they don't carry it anymore. I don't sell rings anymore, because - surprise! Too many were stolen. I was trying to explain the concept to him, but it wasn't getting across. Something inexpensive or that he can make himself would be a plus. He sells only a few at a time, space is limited, and they are on consignment, so he is not there to watch them. So not the kind that runs a dowel through the display from front to back…See More
Jan 12
Linnea Lahlum replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"No, it's not similar at all. In your example, photography is still all 2D wall art (though many shows frown on cards or disallow them). But if the photographer started putting their images on mugs and dishes, then they are infringing on the…"
Jan 10
Linnea Lahlum replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"Peter, in the bad old days it was common for artists in many mediums to have a rack or 2 or jewelry in addition to their main product. So the potters would have some ceramic earrings, the wood people a tray of wooden earrings, etc. Often priced very…"
Jan 9
Linnea Lahlum replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"From my perspective with 30 years experience: Price it.  Many, many people will not ask. I know I don't. I agree with the other reasons previously mentioned.   Another reason not covered so far: Asking the price can be construed as…"
Dec 15, 2017

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At 3:19pm on January 08, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Excellent post of the day, Linnea! Thank you. I hope everyone who feels beaten down by the jury system reads it.
At 2:19pm on March 09, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Congratulations, Linnea. You have chosen you as an "art star" for your continuous generosity in sharing your expertise, personal experience, and friendly support to the members of this community.
At 6:15pm on February 12, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
And the trophy goes to Linnea! Once again cutting through the words and explaining so clearly what everyone needs to hear. Good job on your recent comment at "Crafter Police".
At 11:29am on March 25, 2011, Amy Furgiuele said…

Hi, Linnea!  Connie suggested I leave a comment for you... Coming from the Chicagoland area, what do you know of the Deerfield Festival of Arts in Deerfield, and the Naperville Women's Guild's Art Show?  Both of these are on the weekend of June 4-5... Have you done either of these or heard good/bad info on them?  Coming from Central Illinois, I know both areas are good areas, but I'm having a hard time finding any reviews on either show.  Any thoughts or comments would be most appreciated!  Many thanks in advance, then, for your time and efforts!


Warmest regards!

At 12:14pm on April 8, 2012, Deborah Kashdan said…

Thank you for your response. I have realized from perusing this site that there are just so many issues that I have never considered. I appreciate the advice from all of you who have been in the business.

At 2:49pm on March 17, 2015, Lisa Marie Crisman said…
Hi Linnea! I was looking for information about Artfest Midwest, and saw your post about booth recommendations. Since you did the show last year, do you have any booth location recommendations?
Lisa Crisman
At 12:53pm on January 13, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Thanks Lin for weighing in on A-RTS. These shows pay me, of course, to have their information shared and to have this one get such reviews from you is great! I appreciate it.
At 10:27pm on May 17, 2016, Christina Ruth Smith said…
Hi Linnea...I'm exhausted tonight. I will call the hotel and see if they will accept your name instead of mine. It's a Country Inn and Suites which are nice. I'll get it done by 10:30 central time. Call me! 770 843 4604
At 12:59pm on July 4, 2016, carolyn washow said…

Hi Linnea, not sure if you got my other messages, I seem to have a hard time manuvering around this site. I'm sure you're busy with shows right now.

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