July is almost over, and White Linen Night in the Heights is this Saturday! I will be at the First Saturday Arts Market (the street faire), wearing my white linen and keeping cool at the Wind Water Gallery location. I’ve got some new square earrings! Photos coming in the next day or two.
I’m mulling my online options. Etsy is handy, but it’s so hard to find stuff within the site, because it’s so very huge. I simply don’t have the time to do all the community/marketing within the site that I seem to need to. I mainly use it as my online presence, and refer to it from other, outside sources.
I’ve heard good things about Artfire, and they have the distinct advantage of not requiring you to sign up for an account in order to buy. That’s very appealing to li’l anonymous me. But a full account, which would be necessary, is $12/month. I’m sure you get a lot of bang for the buck, but still…
Another I’ve heard of is 1000 Markets. But they require you to set up an account in order to buy. If I accepted that limitation, is it better to be in the higher volume Etsy, with the more recognizable name, or with the relatively unknown 1000 Markets, where I might be the big fish in a small pond? It does look interesting, though.
I only know of one other, which I’m not going to list just out of courtesy. There are people selling computer equipment on there. So much for handmade. Boo.
This is in the July 2009 issue of Envy Magazine, hot off the presses. I was here, at the TFMA Awards and Fashion Show! I met the woman who created the “spike” heel. How exciting! How glossy!
McCord Works Etsy shop
I’m clearing out some styles to make room for new ones! If you’ve had your eye on some of my doily jewelry, this is your chance to pick it up for cheap!
I just cross-referenced my Flickr to my Etsy and found a pair of earrings that weren’t listed. So if you’re into purple, and into stars, have I got some earrings for you!
I kept my promise, finally, and put several doilies under glass for purchase at my Etsy shop. Later this week, I’ll put up more earrings. Coming in July, or even as soon as late June: clearance sale on select jewelry items!
How much fun was this! I put some jewelry in the silent auction/reception for the Texas Museum of Fiber Arts annual exhibit. (No, I’m not in the exhibit part. The theme was Big as Texas, and my stuff is, well, not big.) The reception was terrific. I saw some amazing art in all kinds of fibers, up to and including woven glass. Met some really neat people. And all my jewelry was bid on and went to happy new homes. Had a great, great time!
What a wonderful weekend! In every way. I had a terrific time spending my first full weekend as a vendor. Of course, I was so close to the stage that I didn’t have to miss a note of music, and even kept my usual gig of selling CDs for Clandestine and Teribus.
Thanks especially to my neighbor, Craig Scotland and his lovely bride Deanna of Jiggernaut, for all their help and advice. And also to Ros and Paul Shepherd, who run the whole darn thing. It couldn’t have gone better. Well, okay, I could have remembered to photograph a couple of pairs of earrings that I sold. But if that’s my biggest tragedy, I’ll find a way to carry on!
[Click to embiggen] Here’s what my booth looked like before I rearranged and took down the back wall to see the stage:
And here’s what you do when the rainstorm won’t let you perform with amplification. If you look closely, you can see the world-famous Marybeth McQueen sitting in my booth, as a backdrop for Clandestine’s unexpected acoustic show. Whee!
So I’m about to have my first big weekend show! I set up my booth today, and the Games are on Saturday and Sunday. I’m right at the foot of the main stage, facing away from the stage and toward the center of the arena. So after I set everything up and take some nice pictures, that back wall is coming off! No way am I missing what’s going on the stage.
There are still signs warning about flooding, but the entrance to the Houston Farm & Ranch Club is just off Hwy 6, and it’s high and dry. If for some reason it’s not available (might rain Saturday night), an alternate entrance will be clearly marked.
I worked furiously to create some more earrings before this weekend. I have eight new pairs, but I haven’t had time to photograph them yet! I may only get one shot, modeled by the customer. Okay. I’ll take that.
Come on out for great music, athletics, dancing and shopping!