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Ten Tips for a Terrific Trunk Show: SF Etsy Style

Jul 13, 2010

by mamasmagicstudio

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Jen Johnson is the mama in Mama’s Magic Studio, as well as team leader for the SF Etsy Street Team. Jen has been selling jewelry, handcrafted knitting needles and other “handmade magic” on Etsy since 2006.

Shopping and selling on Etsy rocks, but I think a good trunk show is even better. When the SF Etsy Street Team decided to hold its first team trunk show, I was delighted. The trunk show model of showing select wares to select customers fits beautifully with the artisan and handmade approach. Etsy Teams, especially those with a local focus, are ideal to present team members’ work to the surrounding community. While online trunk shows are possible, traditional trunk shows are held in the “real world” and require significant planning. We learned a lot as we organized the SF Etsy Sampler, and we’d like to share ten tips to help you plan your own terrific trunk shows.

1. What to Show

You can have a great show with one artist or with many. For both individual and group shows, think about how various items will work together. Perhaps you want to focus on jewelry and only include jewelry designers. A vintage trunk show could be great fun. If custom options are available, be sure to have an order process in place. Like us, you could embrace all handcrafted work. What you show has an impact on your marketing and planning, so choose thoughtfully.

Setting up for the SF Etsy Sampler. From right to left, work by Mama’s Magic Studio, CraftyGirl05 and Monkey and Seal. Rick and Eve of Monkey and Seal smile in the background. Photo by Sarah Beth Goncarova, a.k.a. goncarova.

In our case, we knew we wanted to include as many SF Etsians as possible. We decided to squeeze in 20 vendors. This was pretty tight in our space, and next time we will make it less crowded. Whether or not you want an official application process for group shows depends on your situation. In our case, the gallery owner juried our applicants.

2. When to Show

Time your show carefully. Work with your venue and participants to schedule something that works well for everyone. Consider the time of day and weekdays versus weekends, since you’ll have different traffic accordingly. Be sure you don’t conflict with other important local events that might interest your guest list. Give yourself ample time for planning, marketing, and creating work for the show. I’d suggest at least two months to plan a group show. Consider seasons and shopping habits as well. A holiday trunk show will have different results from one held in the middle of the summer. Ours was timed well for Father’s Day and graduation gifts.

3. Theme It

As you decide what and when to show, consider a themed event. Themes are a great tool for marketing and sparking creativity. Since we would offer a sampling of the talent in the SF Etsy team, we worked with the theme of “The Sampler” (like a chocolate sampler) and played with that idea in our advertising.

Poster design by Akiyo of My Dear Darling

We carried that through to the show itself by offering a variety of chocolates at the refreshment table. Have fun with your theme and choose something memorable.

4. Location, Location, Location

Where you hold your trunk show can make or break it. For us, the location prompted the entire event.

SF Etsian Kendra Renee, a.k.a. KendraRenee, sells her beautiful jewelry at the Artist Xchange Gallery, and gallery owner Scott Mitchell was looking to hold more events at the space. He asked Kendra if she could help, she mentioned SF Etsy, and a trunk show was born! Consider galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, or even private homes for your show. Ideally, you can find a place with good foot traffic, easy parking and/or public transportation. It’s also important to have a friendly atmosphere, adequate room for vendors, their wares, and their customers.

San Francisco Map by GBPress


Keep cost in mind, of course. Some places might require a fee, others might be happy with increased business. You can approach locally-owned independent businesses to inquire about their interest in hosting an event or ask other local artists where they have held shows in the past.

5. Chalk It Up to Creative Marketing

Marketing doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and Etsy shop announcements can be quite effective. If you have a specific guest list, send postcards or invite people electronically via Facebook, Evite or email.

If you’re not limited to an exclusive guest list, post on Craigslist and at relevant calendars. Guerrilla chalk art makes for cheap, fun signage.

Consider traditional marketing tools like newspaper advertisements. Our ad was prominently placed in the centerfold of the Arts section, reaching a circulation of 125,000 people and leading to our recognition as one of the Fashionable Events of the Week by The San Francisco Examiner.

We didn’t pull in the guy with the bike, but our chalk sign got lots of other folks to come in and look around!
Photo by Mama’sMagicStudio.


6. Feed ‘Em!

A refreshments table is a nice touch for any trunk show and the perfect place for promotional materials. Don’t forget a sign-up for your mailing list.

7. Get Help

Don’t be shy about asking for help. Etsy Teams can apply for an Etsy Team Grant. Etsy generously supported The Sampler with funds for advertising and supplies. Charge a table fee if you need financial help to achieve your goals for a group show. Get team members or show participants to pitch in. Recruit family and friends. Always communicate clearly and kindly about what help you need and be sure to…

8. Say Thanks

Send thank you notes to everybody who helped – email is great, but even better is a handwritten note. Bonus points for using handmade cards!

Embroidered thank you card by CrookedSister of the SF Etsy team.

9. Get Feedback

While you’re thanking folks, ask them for some feedback about the show. What worked? What didn’t? Google forms is a free online tool for obtaining and organizing such information.

10. Beyond the Single Show

Promoting the event itself is hugely important, but don’t forget that a single show presents a great marketing opportunity in larger terms. We knew that The Sampler would be getting good press, and we wanted to capitalize on that to benefit SF Etsy as a whole. All online marketing linked to our team blog, where I set up a static page for The Sampler. I hoped that once people were there they’d want to see more, so I also set up another static page – a shopping guide for SF Etsy (an easy and ingenious idea borrowed from other team blogs). After the event, team member Akiyo, a.k.a. MyDearDarling, posted a podcast in which she interviewed all the Sampler participants. Long after the show is done, this podcast will be a fantastic resource for learning more about SF Etsy artists and getting unique insights into the SF Etsy community.

We know trunk shows are popular events for Etsians, so we’re sure other folks have suggestions as well. We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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139 comments

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 6 years ago

    Great article. A trunk show is a fabulous idea!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • cherryshop

    cherryshop said 6 years ago

    Great idea! And thanks for useful info on how to organize a trunk show!

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Wish there was one close to me :)

  • TStyles

    TStyles said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the great ideas

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    A trunk show sounds like so much fun for both the seller and the shopper! Thanks for explaining how it works. :)

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    great tips, I will read this carefully... I will be at the Renegade show in LA... Really need some display tips! thanks!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 6 years ago

    this is such a great layout for us crafters to use. thanks for sharing such details and inspiration!

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 6 years ago

    I am totally inspired by this, im definately going to give this a go when i move back to the city!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    I've never heard of anything being called a "trunk" show before..?? This all sounds great; thank you so much for the handy information! I'm sure many of these tips will apply and help me out when vending at other craft shows. :)

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 6 years ago

    My housing community has one every early December before the Holidays...such a joyful experience. Great tips in this article.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 6 years ago

    This is really helpful information! Just one more reason that I LOVE Etsy! So much guidance and support from fellow etsians. Thank you, Jen! And thank you Etsy! I am feelin' the love!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • taniacavenecia

    taniacavenecia said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks for the information. I love the jewelry display photo at top, beautiful job!

  • Parsimony

    Parsimony said 6 years ago

    I love this post - what a fabulous idea - and those photos are brilliant!

  • mayasideas

    mayasideas said 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting this article! It was very helpful :^)

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 6 years ago

    I live right around the corner from Artist Xchange Gallery! I love that place!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 6 years ago

    Great article. I organized a trunk show style event here in Toronto last year which was a fun way to get to know local Etsy shop owners and spread the word about our businesses :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    oh trunk shows are the best. great tips!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 6 years ago

    terrific article. Thanks for the tips. I know my local team will be excited about this.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    Oh Yeah! Great post!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...great tips. Looks like fun!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Great ideas & sounds like a fun time! Congrats on your successful show!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing :)

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Terrific tips. Thank you!!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 6 years ago

    Jen from Mama's Magic Studio is a wonderful team leader! I'm so glad you interviewed her about the sfetsy team's trunk show. Thank you!

  • PenelopeAndAnastasia

    PenelopeAndAnastasia said 6 years ago

    Ooooh ~ so excited to read this article! I just had my very first trunk show last week...and might I say...it was uber~successful! I'll see how I compare to these suggestions :)

  • PurpleDeerVintage

    PurpleDeerVintage said 6 years ago

    Darn so bummed I missed this!

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 6 years ago

    What an awesome idea! Love the "chalk it up" signing!!!! You know, they say a picture is worth 1,000 words but at the same time to be able to see and touch in-person is a can't be beat shopping experience. Plus, as a seller, you have the opportuity to get face time with your customers and other sellers (double win!)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    great idea!

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much! Very helpful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    great tips, I like the idea of a trunk show love the flyer too its really cute!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and great suggestions! Thank you so much for sharing...

  • OrangeistheSun

    OrangeistheSun said 6 years ago

    Lots of great ideas!

  • EvelynX

    EvelynX said 6 years ago

    Great article Jen, way to go SF Etsy teammates!!

  • scdesign

    scdesign said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, Thanks!

  • tumblebumbletots

    tumblebumbletots said 6 years ago

    Great advice and something I am thinking of doing - you read my mind. Thanks!

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 6 years ago

    Some really great tips in this post! I especially like the one about knowing what is going on in the community that day. Certain events could actually bring more foot traffic in, while others could drive it away.

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 6 years ago

    Great tips!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Awesome idea!! Great tips!

  • LIDOSkincare

    LIDOSkincare said 6 years ago

    awsome advice! thnx

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    I love the chalk sign! The next time our art co-op has a show, I am going to use that one for certain. Painting across the window is another inexpensive way to attract attention. We have found that a show announcement can get into the local papers for free, much cheaper than spending $150.00 on an add.

  • LoriAnnEnchanted

    LoriAnnEnchanted said 6 years ago

    Really great article, I'd love to start doing some Trunk shows so this advice will definitely come in handy.

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 6 years ago

    Such great tips! Thank you for sharing!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    i have found trunk shows to not only bring great exposure the day of the show, but an increase in sales for months after! great tips!!

  • SilverSol

    SilverSol said 6 years ago

    I had been thinking of doing something like this, actually am planning an "open house" in my home but would love to do this on a larger scale. Thanks for sharing, great tips, ideas and information.

  • glintgear

    glintgear said 6 years ago

    GREAT information! Thanks for sharing your valuable experience.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thank you.

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

    Mmm, great idea! I'll maybe do a trunk show this fall.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing!

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 6 years ago

    Love these ideas! A fresh look at doing a show.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Great tips!!

  • LeafAndTendril

    LeafAndTendril said 6 years ago

    Great write up Jen! You've done us proud.

  • blackbirdcreative

    blackbirdcreative said 6 years ago

    love the marketing tips! Especially the guerrilla chalk art!

  • MamaLisasCottage

    MamaLisasCottage said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • MamaLisasCottage

    MamaLisasCottage said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 6 years ago

    Hooray for Frisco Trunk shows! Great tips esp. the feed me tip!

  • SundayTreasures

    SundayTreasures said 6 years ago

    Loved the article...great tips and even great photos.

  • KendraRenee

    KendraRenee said 6 years ago

    Amazing article, Jen! Many congrats to you!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    I've done a couple of trunk shows at my home and they were fabulous! I called it a chocolate party since I knew my friends (and their friends) would love to at least come for some chocolate. Plus, my main colors are pink and chocolate brown. I served my homemade spicy fudge and some other treats, including yummy red wine (goes well w/ chocolate). We had a blast and I sold more than I have at any other venue. Plus, the bonus was socializing with friends!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Really great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing these with all of us!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Really good information. Your team sounds very organized and hard working. Congrats!

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 6 years ago

    Very cool! I love the sidewalk chalk advertisement - so in keeping with the hand made theme!

  • seafoamSAFARI

    seafoamSAFARI said 6 years ago

    how wonderful...makes me want to live in SF!

  • GBPress

    GBPress said 6 years ago

    Great article (and fab trunk show) Jen! Thanks for adding in my SF map :)

  • crookedsister

    crookedsister said 6 years ago

    The trunk show was great! Despite the heat, the team had a blast and it was just a great chance to meet fellow team members as well as introduce yourself to your community. :)

  • DaphneDays

    DaphneDays said 6 years ago

    What a great article and a well-done event. Congratulations!!

  • EstyloJewelry

    EstyloJewelry said 6 years ago

    It was a great event :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    shows are so much fun. i usually do antique and collectible shows, but art and craft would be great too.

  • TotallyCaffeinated

    TotallyCaffeinated said 6 years ago

    I have to ask, from a business (money making) point of view, how successful would you say the trunk show was? I've spent every Friday and most Saturdays at various markets, art venues and I get such a mix of sales success. Any tips for leveling out the sales roller coaster?

  • sewblessedstitches

    sewblessedstitches said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful idea! I am on it! We are planning a show. Thanks for the wonderful information. Sew Blessed Stitches :)

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! :)

  • KristinVictoria

    KristinVictoria said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for your great ideas!

  • FoxyGknits

    FoxyGknits said 6 years ago

    This article comes at a great time - I just started contacting people to do trunk shows in the fall. Has anyone had experience doing smaller shows (1-2 vendors) in people's homes? If so, I'd love to hear from you. Please convo me. Thanks, Lois

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • orangeavocado

    orangeavocado said 6 years ago

    I hold my own trunk show by renting a room in a recreational facility, and advertising through my stores. I actually hold it on a weekday and get all of the stay home moms and grandmas! People are so busy on the weekends that I found that holding a show on the weekday has served me amazingly well.

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 6 years ago

    Great Ideas!! Thank You For Sharing!!

  • oatkacreekstudio

    oatkacreekstudio said 6 years ago

    Great tips, thank you!!

  • BlushEnvy

    BlushEnvy said 6 years ago

    This is something I've wanted to do for a long time! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Heathered

    Heathered said 6 years ago

    Great article, Jen and SF Etsy Team! TotallyCaffeinated, I was a vendor at this trunk show and it was my most successful show yet. I talked to everyone that even glanced at my table and told them stories behind every piece. It was very widely marketed before, and after and I think that was a big key to sales at the show and in my Etsy shop afterward.

  • bungelowjame

    bungelowjame said 6 years ago

    Hi Jen! Great write up and wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing all this fantastic info!

  • paperpeacock

    paperpeacock said 6 years ago

    Great info, I'm looking forward to using your tips here in West Michigan. Thanks Jen!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas!! I think it's finally time for a Halifax Team!

  • megmcd423

    megmcd423 said 6 years ago

    great tips for my small trunk show this week! thanks!

  • SandraDesigns

    SandraDesigns said 6 years ago

    Would love to do something like this in San Diego.... calling all San Diego Etsians. Who has some great ideas?

  • MeMakeStuff

    MeMakeStuff said 6 years ago

    woo hoo!!!! SF Etsy rocks!!!! Great article!

  • Ivalaine

    Ivalaine said 6 years ago

    Wow! What an excellent idea!

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 6 years ago

    Trunk shows Rock! Thanks for the awesome tips. Love the chalk advertising BTW!

  • ettaandbillie

    ettaandbillie said 6 years ago

    Nice article Jen!! You and Kendra really did some amazing planning. The show was a bunch of fun and a great way to meet fellow etsians.

  • rumblefox

    rumblefox said 6 years ago

    Free treats are definitely key. And I've found making myself talk to everyone that shows any interest at all at your table is also key! Thanks for a great article!

  • vroberts1017

    vroberts1017 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful idea and great article. Thanks for sharing your tips and experience.

  • foodpainter

    foodpainter said 6 years ago

    Congrats to the SF Etsy Team on a great show!

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! This info couldn't come at a more perfect time. One of the shops that carry my apparel and accessories just approached to do a trunk show:) I will be using your tips in Hawaii! Aloha~

  • lemonadehandmade

    lemonadehandmade said 6 years ago

    Jen and Kendra did such a tremendous job putting together this event- it was great fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    So proud to be on the team! SFetsy does rock!!!!

  • loscrignodililly

    loscrignodililly said 6 years ago

    Wooooow I absolutely love this article!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 6 years ago

    omg i miss the Mission... sounds like fun was had by all & in the end ALL benefitted...the gallery, sf team & the BIG ETSY in general. fantastic tips & inspiration for us all...thank you!

  • copabananas

    copabananas said 6 years ago

    Awesome information! Can't wait to implement the ideas with our new Etsy Montclair, NJ Street Team! Thanks!

  • artglory

    artglory said 6 years ago

    great ideas! thank you.

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 6 years ago

    Great tips! Love the displays.

  • silkenvoice

    silkenvoice said 6 years ago

    Thanks for such great info. Love being a part of Etsy!!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • pieintheskyjewelry

    pieintheskyjewelry said 6 years ago

    loved your article!! I do a show every year and I want to spice it up...I loved the theme ides...how did you do the static page? thx Pamela

  • citizenrosebud

    citizenrosebud said 6 years ago

    lots of good ideas and tips. i think i need to start an Etsy Sacramento

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! Love the sidewalk chalk sign!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great advice and ideas!! Love the birds nest pendant!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 6 years ago

    Very cool tips! Thanks guys!

  • theresahutnick

    theresahutnick said 6 years ago

    Great tips! I'm sorry I missed the show! Sounds very interesting! Thanks for the tips!

  • MeadowbelleMarket

    MeadowbelleMarket said 6 years ago

    All right! Thanks for the tips. We just participated in a local artist's 'trunk' show. Sometimes a 'real life' show takes lots of preparation in the form of displays & having enough items for viewing & filling space, but now we're excited to have some great new items, one-of-a-kinds, and samples for our online shop. Good luck to anyone planning a trunk show & have fun!!

  • ckpoodles

    ckpoodles said 6 years ago

    Great tips!!

  • aHeartsTale

    aHeartsTale said 6 years ago

    my group and i were just talking about sharing a booth... all this information is pertinent to that too! Thanks so much for the inspiration and talking points for the next planning meeting!

  • mamasmagicstudio

    mamasmagicstudio said 6 years ago

    Yay for trunk shows! I'm very glad that folks have found this to be a helpful article. Putting together the SF Etsy Sampler was indeed a lot of work, but it was tons of fun and I look forward to our next team trunk show very much. We really appreciated all the help and support we received from SF Etsy team members and from the Etsy grant. I've been away from email/internet for a few days and it was nice to come back and see this article in print! Thanks for all the kind words and comments, everybody!

  • ladybugquiltshop

    ladybugquiltshop said 6 years ago

    So cool Jen Great Job!!!!!

  • LindattiDesigns

    LindattiDesigns said 6 years ago

    great article and tips! I am very motivated to do a trunk show as well....thank you thank you for the inspiration!

  • aistheta

    aistheta said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips. Its very inspirational.

  • rhealeanne

    rhealeanne said 6 years ago

    Great Article Jen, wish I could have been there.

  • Nushkie

    Nushkie said 6 years ago

    Fun article. I wish I lived in SF to drop by. Looked like a great event! Congrats.

  • ilovefiberart

    ilovefiberart said 6 years ago

    Great & Inspirational! Thank You SF Team!

  • wiredorchid

    wiredorchid said 6 years ago

    I've often wondered how a trunk show would work. Great tips! This blog's a keeper.

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 6 years ago

    great show...and I love the chalk sign on the sidewalk...so simple yet brillant!!!!

  • MissusDPaperie

    MissusDPaperie said 6 years ago

    Great info! Thanks! We are looking to do some in Munich too!

  • SimplyStatedJewelry

    SimplyStatedJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love the idea of a trunk show or open house but I don't understand how to do this with personalized jewelry without making up a lot of samples that won't be useful to anybody. any suggestions?

  • MKDesignsCo

    MKDesignsCo said 6 years ago

    What a great article. I'll have to keep this in mind as a marketing idea for our local Etsians. Thanks!!

  • trinketsandbeaus

    trinketsandbeaus said 6 years ago

    I am grateful for your excellent article. Having an open house has been suggested by a few people and I am planning one for the fall. Your helpful comments will guide me as I make all the necessary decisions and arrangements. Thank you kindly!!!

  • dirtyrice

    dirtyrice said 6 years ago

    so helpful and great ideas, thank you!

  • shutterblue

    shutterblue said 6 years ago

    Great show! I want to do one near me in New Jersey!! Any one else?

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. I am inspired.

  • ElementalSpirit2

    ElementalSpirit2 said 6 years ago

    shutterblue, I am in South Jersey. I'm a beginner but have a nice line of ploymer jewelry that I want to show in the fall.

  • pinkadotdesigns

    pinkadotdesigns said 6 years ago

    Loooove the chalk idea! If & when I ever open a store front I'm soo gonna give it a whirl =)

  • farmwifemccoy

    farmwifemccoy said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, thanks so much. I have not yet sold any hand made jewelry yet on etsy... but with the advise of other sellers, I may be on my way!

  • MerlotMoon

    MerlotMoon said 6 years ago

    What a good idea.

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 6 years ago

    Great info! Every November we host an open house for our jewelry. Last year we included my daughter's soap. What a hit! It's great to meet people and help them find what they're looking for in person. Interaction makes it all worthwhile, especially the feedback.

  • preciousmonkeys

    preciousmonkeys said 5 years ago

    Great ideas and tips. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • pishposhgirls

    pishposhgirls said 5 years ago

    I was just reading over these great tips for holding a trunk show and other things started popping my head to ask. I design and create girl's dresses. What would you suggest that I take orders with (ex: carbon copy order form?) and what forms of payment would you suggest that I take? Just personal checks or cash seeing as I wouldn't have access a credit card machine? Any more tips would be GREATLY appreciated! I LOVE ETSY!

  • jewelswihmeaning

    jewelswihmeaning said 4 years ago

    Thanks...I was just browsing the internet for some Trunk Show ideas, and I happened upon Etsy! Gave me some great ideas... I'm counting on a BIG turnout!

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    Lisa Muilenburg from CountedQuilts said 4 years ago

    Great info! I have had a couple of quilt shops tell me I should do one and now I know how.

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