Keeping with my 2013 theme of TRYing new things, the Duct Tape and Denim staff went to our first market this weekend. The San Francisco International Gift Fair. Wow… it was overwhelming, amazing, fun, confusing, and more… We weren’t allowed to take photos in the convention center but Jo did take a few of herself, us, & our lunch.
We went with several goals in mind: 1) look for items to sell that fit in with the look of our jewelry. We were thinking scarves, Christmas ornaments, and maybe some other jewelry; 2) trends for fall; 3) display ideas; 4) to see if I’d someday like to have a booth and sell at a market like this.
Goal number 1 was very easily met. We found LOTS to buy. I’ll be better prepared for the next show now that I know what’s available there.
Goal number 2? I didn’t really see anything new. Lots of the same jewelry styles & colors that I’ve been seeing all year. Lots of booths had very similar things. I still think that my jewelry is more unique than anything I saw there. My favorite booths were in the vintage section. Those were more my style. But still not anything new.
Goal number 3 — we got lots of display ideas. Now to just put them into practice at Antique Alley & Room With a Past.
Goal number 4 — I don’t know if I ever want to have a booth and be a seller. I had too much fun buying!
I’ll share some photos tomorrow of some of the jewelry we found.