Thursday, March 5, 2009

Buyers Market of American Craft : the results...FINALLY

I started this post 2 weeks, but got side tracked....
Buyers Market of American Craft show floor

I didn't have high expectations for this year's Buyers Market of American Craft. Considering the horrible conditions of the global economy, I knew it was not going to be a very profitable show. I spoke to many (jewelry) artists during and after the show, and their sales were anywhere from 40% to 90% down from last year...or worse! This was my 13th BMAC show in 11 years and it definitely was my worst show. It's hard to keep a positive attitude about my designs...but I'm trying. I'm hoping the economic tides will turn and stores will need more stock soon!
My booth

On the brighter side, I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends in Philadelphia and seeing my artist friends at the show. I also had some great networking opportunities while I was at the show. I attended an invitational dinner party hosted by the Contemporary Design Group and the Jeweler's Resource Bureau. I was also invited to serve on the Buyers Market Advisory Council, a selected group of exhibitors and retailers who provide feedback and input about how to improve the show. This is such an honor! I found it invigorating to see the "other side" of the Buyers Market and to have a voice in very some important discussions. I look forward to future meetings!
Show breakdown - always looks like a tornado hit

A quick thanks to Valerie Heck for allowing me to use her photos of the show floor! For several years, Valerie has been the Jewelry Manager for the Buyers Market but now she is embarking on a new adventure...marriage and her own jewelry career! Thank You and Good Luck, Valerie!

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