Boynton Beach, FL

Your Medium

Jewelry: silver fabrication, bead weaving

Years in the Art Fair Business

About 3 years, 1 year in Juried shows

First show ever

local greenmarket

What are the best things about art fairs

Meeting other artists and sharing my work with show attendees

Best show ever and why

Haven't really had a good show yet. I have been doing this very part time, but have just retired from my long term career and expect to devote much more time to my art.

Worst show ever and why

July 4th 2010 in Lake Worth Florida. Got rained out shortly after setting up, didn't sell anything; Someone stole my Blackberry and I lost my car keys....an overall miserable experience.

Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.

bumped into it surfing the internet...I don't recall which site I saw it on.

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  • Deborah, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
  • Hi !   It is 'kosher' to sell manufactured chains provided they are sold with a pendant you have made.   We display all our mid priced pendants on manufactured chains. I view it as providing a convenience for my customer. Much the same as a painter selling his work framed, ready to hang.  Selling them separately is considered a ' buy / sell action, however and is not kosher.

    I get an occasional request for a chain only, when the customer finds out it only comes with the pendant, it sometimes results in a nice sale!

    The rule of thumb on manufactured findings, ie: ear wires, pin backs, etc.  is that if used, they must be secondary to the design and composition of your work. In other words, not noticeable in the overall appearance of the work.  We use sterling french loops and post style ear wires that are manufactured and In 30 years of juried art fairs, we have never been questioned about it.

    As for the polishing cloths, I purchase sunshine cloths in bulk, cut them into four pieces and send one off with every piece.  Selling them is getting into touchy area, re buy/sell I think.

    I will say that if your goal is to attract judges interest, keep the manufactured chains off the table as much as possible.

    I don't think there is a jeweler on the art fair circuit at any level that doesn't have manufactured chains available for their customers convenience.

    Hope this helps, good luck !

  • Chains, etc., are usually not a problem. As long as you are not offering to sell it by itself. I have chains, but don’t have them out for display. That would make people want to buy them (alone) on the spot. I have a sign out, “Chains are available with the purchase of a pendant.” If people want one, they ask. Painters are allowed to sell frames on their pieces, are they not? But not just the frame. It’s analogous. The rare high end show might not allow commercial chains, or earwires, but that is very unusual.

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  • Hi Debby

    I saw your message but couldn't figure out how to reply. Instead, I'm sending my reply directly to you.

    I often see hand made pendants on purchased chains. However, you are never allowed 
    to sell the chain by itself. The "upgrade" may be OK. For my earrings, I usually make
    the wires. Many people purchase wires and that is usually fine. I sometimes "throw in"
    a small polishing cloth for big spenders. Selling polishing cloths by themselves is not
    usually allowed. Whenever you are in doubt, you can always contact the show director.
    They are there to help you.

    Good luck and lots of sales!

    Robin Ragsdale
  • Hi Debbie,

    Welcome to Jewelry Genies!  I've never had an issue with the things you mentioned in your email message. (ie chains, earwires, etc.)  However if a show wanted to get picky, I suppose that they could.  Usually when the members talk about buy/sell, they mean that the whole piece is made somewhere like China or India, and the "artist" is just unpacking and selling the pieces, passing them off as their own.  You see a lot of this kind of jewelry at street fairs and flea market type venues.  We learned by experience not the apply to those kinds of shows because it's tough to sell handmade when the nextdoor neighbor has something made in Taiwan that costs less than 1/4 of the cost of handmade.  I have one exception:  The first show I ever did was a street fair and I got a customer who bought, the next show brought a friend, who brought her sisters and mother, who told their friends and neighbors!  We still do that show!

    Best of luck!

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