Spring Air and Craft Fairs

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Before I started on Etsy, I participated in a holiday fair at my work where I sold my handmade clay ornaments. I had a great time and made many sales. Sadly, the organizers got busy, people lost interest and the fair did not happen for the next few years. I then took it upon myself to start it back up again. In 2012, I organized the first official Employee Holiday Craft Fair at my work. I reached out to my coworkers who were also crafters and artists as well as their friends and family. We had a variety of items ranging from jewelry to crocheted octopi! This past year was the second annual Holiday Fair, where we had about 10 different vendors, half employees and half friends and family. Everyone did very well considering there was no cost to us and we held it for only 3 hours.

Before the 2013 holiday fair, I participated in several public craft fairs in my area. These were my first experiences at more professional, open-to-the-public, vendor shows, although many were the first ever. I learned a lot and would like to share what I leaned from each experience.

Destash Bash (first one)

How I found it: Etsy team

What it was all about: selling crafts and “destashing” excess materials and supplies

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: $25 for 10 x 10 space

The good and the bad: For my first public fair, this was pretty successful. I sold a lot of my jewelry but not much of my supplies. I found it helpful to have someone there for part of it so that I could take breaks, use the bathroom, etc. This fair was indoors and possibly not as advertised as it could have been so there were a lot of lulls where there were no shoppers.

My personal seller rating: B+

 

Todd Farm Flea Market (has been around for many, many years)

How I found it: Been going for years!

What it was all about: mostly antiques, some handmade

Duration: ~8 hours (first come first serve for spaces, so have to get there early)

Cost: $35 for 20 x 30 space

The good and the bad: I took a chance trying to sell my small, handmade items at a place known for its furniture and antique decor. I brought my Dad along who was selling some of his antiques and other items, so we split the cost and shared the space. The hardest part was getting there as early as we had to just to barely get a spot. The market is outside, so you’re exposed to all the elements and it was a hot day! In the end, my Dad sold more items than I did and I even put many things out for free near the end to get rid of stuff. I still love Todd Farm, but will probably just go as a shopper from now on!

My personal seller rating: D

 

Essex Shop and Stroll Event (first one)

How I found it: Invited through Etsy

What it was all about: Bringing together Artisans and shop owners in Essex, MA

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: FREE!

The good and the bad: This event was spread along the main street in downtown Essex, MA. Each participating shop was paired with two local artisans who were set up along the road out front. Myself and a local sculptor were paired with an antique shop very far from any other vendors. We were near the end of the route, so shoppers who were walking had to go quite a distance to find us. My Dad and Grandmother came down and almost didn’t find me! Since we were so spread out our potential customers came very sporadically throughout this long day. I would love to participate in this event again and hope that it will be planned a bit differently so that we can get more visitors.

My personal seller rating: C

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Tara White Studio, closeup of vendor table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Fest 2013 (first one)

How I found it: Friend

What it was all about: Local vendors from Cape Ann area ~ food, drinks, music, fun for the family

Duration: 7 hours

Cost: FREE!

The good and the bad: This was one of the longer events I did, but it did not feel that way because of all the festivities happening around me. I also did very well, selling many of my items and making more than any other fair. I met a lot of great people too! I guess I don’t have anything bad to report here!  Thanks to The Bridge for having me! If there is another next year, I hope to be part of it and encourage you to come!

My personal seller rating: A

Tara White Studio, Fall Fest Gloucester, MA

Holiday Craft Market (4th annual)

How I found it: Last year’s advertisement

What it was all about: Craft fair at local elementary school

Duration: 6 hours

Cost: $60 for 8 ft space, plus donation item for raffle (all proceeds went to the school)

The good and the bad: This was the most expensive fair that I was part of, but the money went to the school that I went to as a child, so the cost was easily rationalized and I didn’t mind donating a raffle item because I had an overflow of merchandise. While the fair was only 5 hours, with setup and breakdown it was more like 6 or 7 hours for the vendors. The organizers were definitely not noobs though, and had the whole process under control, everything from unloading and parking vehicles, getting vendors to their spaces, having adorable kids bring around lunch orders and surveys. I was impressed. But, the turnout was not as impressive. I didn’t even make back what I had paid, which was very disappointing. I did have a chance to walk around and there were so many amazing vendors there. This was the largest fair I had been part of, so that may have been why I didn’t make as much, too much competition! I would probably not sell there again, but would definitely like to do my Holiday shopping there!

My personal seller rating: B+

2013 Holiday Craft Market

Tara White Studio, 2013 Holiday Craft Market

After the last one, I did a fair at our sister company in Ipswich, MA. This one was free as well, I sold several items and met some more awesome people. There was another vendor who we had at the fair that I organized and I was proud to say that both of us did better at my show! All of these experiences have taught me a lot about what people like, how to display my items, how to network and so much more. If you have any questions about other aspects of selling at craft fairs, I am certainly not a pro, but I’d love to share more of my perspective with you!

 

Tara White Studio, last craft fair of the season : (

 

Jackson says, “Hello and happy Spring!”

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American Made Nomination

Hi there!

For the second year in a row, I’ve entered myself into the Martha Stewart American Made contest, which spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade.

Check out my profile and vote for me if you can on August 26th: Vote for Tara White Studio!!

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Here’s a sneak preview of my profile:

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I would really appreciate your vote on August 26th!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

~Tara ; )

Hello Summer!

I can’t believe this is my first post in nearly two months! Since the weather is so beautiful here in New England right now, the theme of this post is nature. I’ll be sharing some woodland animal-inspired jewelry, photos of my first kayaking trip of the season and some random photos taken on walks with my dog.

I’ve mentioned my Etsy shop and team participation a few times. I recently joined some new teams, one called Animal Totems (check us out here: Animal Totems Team). Inspired by the other amazing shops run by members of this team, I created a series of animal spirit jewelry. A while back I had made some bear paw prints out of clay and wasn’t sure what to do with them at the time. So I made some more paw/claw prints as well as some clay claws, teeth, antlers and a feather:

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Initially I planned to use an animal track and a claw or tooth together as part of a more eclectic necklace, like this one for the cat:

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While I do love how this one turned out, it seemed it may be too much for some people to handle, plus if I separated them out, I could make way more necklaces!

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Each of the necklaces shown above and more are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Animal Spirit Jewelry

Since today was too hot to not be near the water, I took old Nemo (yeah, that’s my kayak) out for the first paddle this summer. Our street is on a river, Little River, which feeds into the Annisquam River in Gloucester, MA. Here’s a map showing my route with the red line:

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I paddled down Little River and passed under the Andrew Piatt Bridge…

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I paddled further and in the middle of where marshes are at low tide I saw a tiny little island, with rocks and small trees on it…

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I had to pull up here and check it out. This was a pretty cool spot that I came across and definitely beat the beach since I was the only person there!

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This certainly was a great weekend and I am looking forward to many more kayaking adventures. Here are some cool pics I’ve taken around the yard and neighborhood to keep with the nature theme!

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Bachelorette Party Crafts, what?!

Last night was my friend’s bachelorette party in Boston.

I really wanted some flashy earrings to wear, so I created these…

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I went 80’s and only wore one of them because my hair was asymmetrical and it would have been hidden on the other side anyways!

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We began the night at a hotel in Boston, where we drank lots of bubbly and played a “guess who bought you this thong” game. For mine, I purchased a basic white lace thong, but completely dazzled it up with as many pink embellishments as I could find:

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I may have gone a little too wild on the front and actually think the back looks like something you could potentially buy in a more risque boutique!! I will consider taking special orders for these!!!

We then enjoyed an amazing sushi dinner at Red Lantern, which has an amazing fun atmosphere.

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The highlight of the night was the Drag show at Jaques Cabaret, which was so hilarious and entertaining and the pictures do not do it justice, so I recommend going!

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Now that I’ve shared, I think it’s time for bed  ; )

Social Media Compilation

Social Media Compilation

I feel really guilty about not being able to focus on my blog lately ~ I have a big work trip next weekend that I’ve been preparing for, it’s in D.C. though so I am sure I’ll have plenty to share when I get back. My next post may not be for a couple of weeks, so I felt the need to post something, anything, today!

I thought a fun way to share would be to do a social media update with the goings on of Etsy, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. So here goes…

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Faved items…

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Recent treasury I made…

‘Fresh fashion for Spring’ by Claytastic77

Inspired by Project Runway!

8x8 Thread Canvas. 2 Prints. - BlueGiraffeImages
Mini chevron pattern stud earrings bright bubblegum pink acrylic plastic wood - HelloPlasticSun
PETIT JARDIN - SAGE Mint green dress with white lace neckline // retro // vintage inspired // pleated skirt // bridesmaid dress // garden - FleetCollection
5 yards measuring tape cotton ribbon - trim - party favor - scrapbooking - gift wrap - cardmaking - emmyandsoph
Cottage Decor, Sewing Machine Art Print, Shabby French Country, Teal and Grey, 12 x 12 inch print - loriamckee
Plastic Canvas Clear "Tribal Triangle" Necklace - OmareBanksInc
Vintage J.R. Bauman Mannequin Dress Form Collaps-A-Form 1965 - size 10 - US Shipping - PlumandSage
20% OFF The Sewing Box - Sewing room decor, craft room art, gift for her, pastel colours, neutral decor, 8x8 still life print - LolasRoom
Shoes Ballet Flats Spectator Deadstock Leather Taupe and White Skimmer 80s Vintage Size 9 Euro 40 - thriftage
Tim Gunn Makes It Work  - Cheeky Hand Embroidery Kit - laceandsparrow
Double Triangle Earrings Statement rustic tribal aztec Gold with antiqued dark brass chain and earwire - wildandarrow
Vintage Sewing Machine Ear Studs in Peach Green , Small Ear Posts Earrings, Retro - Jugosa
Adult Headband - Sage Green Double Flower Headband for Women and Girls - RufflesAndFringe
Very cute and tiny button and scissor stud earrings for arts and craft lovers and sewing - AprilLilies
Pan Am (high fashion haute couture photography 12x18 art print color fashion photography fashion magazine editorial - StarForeman

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Recent Treasury I was featured in…

‘Weekend In The Country’ by sarahwilsonking

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cappuccino cup latte mugs in grape purple and mint - set of two - claylicious Romantic floral print- lavender, purple, mint, shabby chic, valentines day, carnations, for her, fine art photo, 8x10 print - dullbluelight Flowered Artisan Lampwork Bracelet - vee41dmb Knitted Bikini Top - Purple Sparkle Mint, Size Medium - WendysKiss
Green and Pink Succulent - Nature Photography -  San Francisco - Fine Art Photography - WorldPhotosByPaola round ear studs . berry geometric earring jewellery . dipped . rustic cottage chic . mini small . magenta fuchsia purple red maroon - FreshfromtheKiln Breathable, Understated Nursing Canopy in Violet Purple & Mint Green. Private, Comfortable, Unique Breastfeeding Cover - MamaWraps Vintage Purple Grapes - TheGlassLily
Black Kitty Rolling Over: Original Pastel Painting - ArtByJulene Handmade ceramic soup mugs Set of 2 stoneware pottery Over-sized Coffee Mugs Mint Green Brown Purple - Rustic Earthy Pottery - CropCircleClay Feather necklace - lavender purple and mint green - handmade clay - tribal unique - TaraWhiteStudio Delicate Handcrafted Dangle Earrings - Amazonite, Glass, Brass, & Wood - Purple Mint - NataDulce
Adjustable antiqued ring with natural pressed real deep purple and mint pink flowers over beige leather - MissMayoShop Bridesmaid Earrings Set of 2 in Purple and Mint Enamel - marmarModern luella / pink, purple and mint antlers earrings - krislington still life photography, mother's day, flower photography, purple, mint green, vintage bottle, office art - 8x8 photograph - SeptemberWren

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

~*FaCeBooK*~

My sister posted this awesome DIY project from Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored  on their wall. It’s a bunch of wood pallets put together to form a bench, stained and covered with outdoor cushions. An awesome, environmentally-friendly and inexpensive alternative to high end patio furniture.

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I just thought this was all to true to how I feel most of the time. Normal is so overrated.

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<<–Twitter–>>

I’ll admit I was a little behind on the Twitter front this week. One thing I discovered was the beautiful patchwork chairs by Kelly Swallow @patchworkchairs.

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I came across a wonderful, home remedy hand treatment on A Thrifty Mrs., which consists of only sugar, lemon juice and some water. I made up a bunch nearly a week ago and put it in a jar and it still works!

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In an effort to stay healthy, I’ve been trying to make smoothies more often and I recently found a recipe for a banana-avocado smoothie on Martha’s site.

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Hope you found some inspiration from some of these posts, I know I did! See you when I get back from D.C.!

~Tara 🙂

Treasury Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!

I know I’ve only been posting once a week, but today I experienced something pretty cool on Etsy, so I really wanted to share!

Today, some of my items were featured in fifteen different treasuries!!! Fifteen!?! That’s crazy! I was at work all day and saw a couple of messages about some of them but did not realize the extent of it until I got home! After favoriting, commenting, following and tweeting about each one all night, I wanted to find an easier way to share them. What I discovered was a pretty sweet tool called the Etsy Treasury Posting Tool on a website called Stylish Home, which I will have to explore more of soon. The tool lets you create an HTML code of the treasury, either with prices and descriptions, or without them. In the style I use below, you can hover over an item to see the details or click on it to go to its webpage, pretty cool, huh? I thought so!

Using the Etsy Treasury Posting Tool, I’ll share my favorite five treasuries from the day below! I am having so much fun with this new tool, I think Treasury Thursday may have to become a regular post! Enjoy!

‘Lovely items:) ‘ by rasyte – featuring my clay birch bark ornament

Leaps of Fire - Tribal Ladder Necklace, Red Coral & Brass Beads - peisyting
Avocado Vegetable Magnet, Food, Refridgerator, cute - Seriouslysillygirls
Neon Rainbow Hand Painted Rhinestone Necklace, Rainbow Necklace, Tom Binns Necklace, Rainbow Jewelry, FREE earrings - susansbeadhappy
copper leaf necklace woodland jewelry long chain - EclecticBead
Vintage Parrot . Wall Hanging .Cast iron - CabArtVintage
Our Journey Starts Now... DIY Printable Wedding Invitation - HowieandIce
Large Green Spider Buster B - SpiderwoodHollow
One RED Bear With Berries - PolaLab
Feather Love / Blue / Azul / Teal / Aqua / Pink / Magenta / Yellow / Watercolor Print - kellybermudez
Birch Bark nature lover ornament - hand sculpted - TaraWhiteStudio
Beaded Bracelet Tutorial/Pattern Pearly - CrownofStones
White Synthetic Turquoise Bracelet - AmaritaProject
Green Earrings.  Vintage Beads. - TheBeadedCottage
Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
Deep Red Garnet Glass Lariat With Gold Wirework - Leeladoo
Honeycomb Orange Necklace - tsubasafan

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘day o the day:) ‘ by rasyte – featuring my red & silver clay feather necklace

Mandarin Headband - PolaLab
Onyx Druzy Geode Agate Pendant, Lilac Pendant, Valentine Day, Gift For Her Under 25 - kskalozubova
Frosted Dragonfly - Unique felted pin - PolaLab
Feather necklace - bright red turquoise silver - handmade clay - tribal unique - TaraWhiteStudio
Earrings red blue clay. - LindaVJewelry
Custom Boutique Halloween RAGGEDY ANDY Boys Size Costume Set - magicalattic
Peacock Hand Painted Rhinestone Earrings - Long Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Tom Binns, Teal, Blue, Green, Purple, Peacock - susansbeadhappy
Print of Watercolour Fashion Illustration 18" x 12" .  Titled - Blondie - silverridgestudio
PINK FLOWER French Coffee Press Coffee Cozy - DenizasDecor
Blue and gold glass beads 8mm 8 pieces - LoveJunkies
Fuchsia Octopus Puppet Kit - Full Color DIY Paper Bag Wonder - Teal Illustrated Toy - MariahScee
Ceiling light. Pastel color bubbles. - Flowersinlight
Ready to ship - PURPLE JELLYFISH' HAT - Burlesque fantasy purple ribbon violet mermaid mini top hat victorian steampunk renaissance seaside - ChimericalDragonfly
Vintage Pink Tuscan Teacup Bone China Footed Floral Design Made in England Gold Trim - LeVintageGalleria
Throw Pillow Retro 1970s Floral Decorative Pillow. Vintage Fabric. Pink Purple Cushion - Retro68
Girls jewelry, necklace and bracelet, set of 2, crochet childrens jewelry, wooden beads, kids photo prop jewelry, Ready for shipping - NatkaLV

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Enjoy some ORANGE juice’ by leeliadesigns – featuring my mixed media book cover collage

Minimal orange square ring- adjustable- organic form- Polymer clay - zdrop
Orange wall clock large tangerine tango mosaic mixed media - SirliMosaic
Book cover art - mixed media collage - Writer - Poet - Librarian - TaraWhiteStudio
No. 1 Fruit of the Spirit / Grapefruit / Red / Pink / Yellow / orange / Watercolor - kellybermudez
Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
Sleep Mask - Cherry Blossom - Dantell
Retro Cocktail Ring - Bullseye, Mulitcolored, Chunky, Red, Yellow, Orange - PurpleSmoothie
Bead earrings, Golden wire wrapped earrings, seed bead earrings, ceramic golden earrings, spring earrings, circle earrings, summer earrings, - RasaVilJewelry
Gift packing tags 6 gold flowers - OksanaPiven
Woven Glass Bead Tube 6mm/o 2mm/i (S) - BeadsWovenToOrder
Elfica - 4x6" - 1st Edition - EliteWorldCreations
Red Coral Earrings Brass Wire - AmaritaProject
Basketball Earrings Orange and Black Enamel Silver - sherrollsdesigns
Hand  knitting gloves, orange fingerless gloves with bow cream, women accessories. 2013 trends, handmade gifts, Valentines day gifts. - BloomedFlower
Cheerful Buttons Necklace// Upcycled Geometric in Spring Colors - Karakoncolos
Decorative watering can with flower, fluffy, brown, decor, Flower Arrangement - JoyfulLadyBug

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Shades I love!’ by Saturnmoon – featuring my purple clay feather necklace

Handmade Necklace with Colorful Agates Pastel Style - AmaritaProject
Tug Me Bright Pink Panties - M/L - Dantell
Bright Pink Mum Pendant Necklace Jewelry Fuschia Flower - sherrollsdesigns
Felt bracelet,  fuchsia felted bangles, warm cuff, modern fiber bracelet, Set of two - ArtiKats
Violet wire wrapped earrings in handmade, purple seed bead wire earrings, jewelry earrings with cabochon, bead earrings seed, cabochon - RasaVilJewelry
Feather necklace - neon purple plum - handmade clay - tribal fantasy unique - TaraWhiteStudio
women accsesories, women scarf, beaded lace, pink and purple triangle scarf,stylish accessory,thin scarf, women fashion - BloomedFlower
Framed Counted Cross Stitch Picture, Cat with green eyes, fluffy,  rose, pink, large, big, flower, girl present, gift - JoyfulLadyBug
Pastel Bullseye Rings  - Pink, Blue, Green, Spiral, Statement, Paper Beads - PurpleSmoothie
Orange square adjustable ring- everyday jewelry- shabby chic- organic- abstract- under 25 - zdrop
Woven Glass Bead Ring 20mm/o 17mm/i (A) - BeadsWovenToOrder
Red black fruit bowl mosaic inside and outside with pieces of mirror salmon pink - SirliMosaic
Aquila - 1st Edition - 4x6" - EliteWorldCreations
Tropical Waters// Neon Colored Fish Necklace - Karakoncolos
Orchid violet necklace - Botanical necklace - Flowers jewelry - OksanaPiven
Air Plant / Coral Sea Urchin / watercolor print / sea / ocean life/ Archival Print - kellybermudez

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘In the house of sun’ by karakoncolos – featuring my Frida Kahlo statement necklace

Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
ON SALE-50% off-Red-Yellow Pulp Necklace- Ready to ship - zdrop
Yellow Birch Tree Love No. 3 / Love Birds / Romance / watercolor print / grey / black and white and yellow / Archival - kellybermudez
Retro Cocktail Ring - Bullseye, Mulitcolored, Chunky, Red, Yellow, Orange - PurpleSmoothie
Yellow mosaic wall clock sunny golden honey sun large home decor mirror pieces - SirliMosaic
Red and yellow soutache brooch and earrings, soutache set, mothers day set,, embroidered brooch, red embroidery set, - RasaVilJewelry
Sleep Mask - Cherry Blossom - Dantell
Heart Shape Studs Earring - red with gold ornament heart - OksanaPiven
Woven Glass Dread Bead Tube 12mm/o 9mm/i (E) - BeadsWovenToOrder
beach shoes, bridal sandals, crochet sandals, wedding bridal, barefoot sandles, crochet barefoot sandals, wedding shoes, summer wear. - BloomedFlower
Frida Kahlo Victorian gothic polymer clay necklace - TaraWhiteStudio
Handmade Bangle Cuff Bracelet with Off White Turquoise and Red Corals - AmaritaProject
Portrait - 4x6" - 1st Edition - EliteWorldCreations
Yellow Rose of Texas Pendant Necklace Pendant - sherrollsdesigns
black wrinkled jersey ribbon with faux pearls necklace - Mikasian
Embellished frame, trinket - jewelry box, pencil holder, decorated cup, mug, ladybug, red and black polka dots, present - JoyfulLadyBug

Treasury tool by StylishHome.