I have just started to sell beads at craft shows this year Laura, and you
are absolutely right about the customers. I like to think I make high end
"classy beads". There are also some observations I have made too. I have
also been doing demos of canes at the shows. I have a helper too. We have
found that if I make a cane that matches the beads for sale, those beads
will sell. We have also found that loose beads in a pile on a dark (navy
blue) table cloth attract a ton of attention. People love to sort through
them and spread them around etc. I leave a pile of natassa beads out like
this (they don't roll) on my demo table and people mess with them while
I'm showing how to make a cane.
We package up beads in a tiny zip-loc with a folded label made on my
computer and put these on consignment at a local bead store too. To date,
we have consigned a little over 200 pkgs of beads there since mid April.
We have sold over 150 pkgs and they are wanting more. Each pkg retails for
less than 5.00.
To keep track of all this I use my scanner to take pictures and keep a
notebook with all the beads pic's in there. I pile the beads on my scanner
in related groups, or by pkg, assign an item # and then check them off as
they sell right there on the picture. Just a quick scan to keep a record.
This works great because we have so many beads that are one-of-a-kind or
all different. I thought this would show us a trend as to what beads sold
and what size or color. It would also tell us what beads to make again.
Problem is, they ALL sell! There is no trend or preference!