Well, our first 3 craft/artisan shows for this season have now taken place, and a flurry of creative effort expended on these events can now slow down a bit as we enter a respite before our next local outing. Interesting to note the things that sold well, the things we have had for a while that sold, the things we re-worked that then sold, and the items we were sure would go that we still have. Now comes the clean-up and reset before gearing up for that future foray into the next show.
The things that have to take place are already in full swing. All the remaining jewelry items have been carefully stored in special protective sleeves that keep them from damage and tarnish. They have then been placed in different storage boxes. The necklaces, bracelets, and jewelry sets currently listed on Etsy are in one box, centrally located for easy access in order to fill orders in a timely manner, and the listed earrings are in their own separate box as well. All the jewelry that is finished and not yet photographed is in its own box and will be taken out piece by piece, set up for photos, measured etc for listing information, and then stored in a sturdy "new listing" box. I also have a few pieces that I have decided I will rework to update them. I rarely tear down a creation, but on occasion if a piece has been around on Etsy and on my sales table at the local shows for longer than I like, I will take it apart and either rework the design, add to the design, or totally break it down into components that will be distributed into totally new things.
The flurry of creating things left a path of random components on the beading tray that were then put in little storage bags just to clear the area to work on other things, and I have several of these mixed bags that have findings, beads, needles etc thrown in together. They all must be sorted out. Things in stock, such as clasps, head pins, ear wires, crimps, beads, crystals, stringing materials, and anything else that is used to create jewelry, must be placed with like items so that it is easy to inventory what we have and what we need to order so that we are not caught up short when we need it.
When we vend at a show, we need to update the ledger afterwards to enter what we sold and how much sales tax we collected. Being organized at this keeps us from scrambling at tax time to find and compile this information, and doing it soon after the event helps in the accuracy, while things are still fresh in the mind and we are less likely to forget anything important. Also, we take a lot of things with us to shows, in order to display our jewelry attractively. We transport these displays in tubs, or covered to protect them from damage. The tubs need to be gone through and reset for the next show. Different displays are used, depending on the show we are participating in. Also, bags and tissue to package purchases in have to be looked at, to see if we need to replenish our supply of those. We have 2 mannequins (Ursula and Utopia!), that we keep protected and covered when they are not at a show or modelling jewely for photo shoots. We make sure that the garb they are wearing is clean and looks good, and remove it for washing if necessary.
So much to do, and non of this list mentions making new items, because we need to take proper care of what we already have first, and make the items that are not yet listed available for purchase on the internet. We also need to get the mess cleaned up all around us! That is why we are reorganizing!