Sunday, June 05, 2011

Bead and Button and Bedlum

Trying to figure out my 8 ft bead display in my 12 ft living room. (little dog not included)

OMG! I only have 3 days before I leave for Bead and Button. Of course I am nowhere near ready.
I lived with my husband for 13 years before we ever got married because I am so bad at planning things. I was lucky enough to have friends that were would-be wedding planners and they asked us if they could please plan a wedding for us, and all we had to do is show up. Well that worked for me. Unfortunately, I don't have friends that are would-be bead show planners. I have to figure all this out myself. It could take me 13 years to plan for this, but I have a deadline and I have to show up if I am in order or not.
First there is display.You want to look good, have a nice set-up and differentiate yourself from the other 9,367 vendors so that when zombie eyed bead junkies decide to go back and find your booth they can have something to remember you by. Yes people do go around asking things like "do you know where the person is that has those beads, you know the round ones that are sort of squarish with dots?'' After an afternoon of looking at bead after bead people do become disoriented and dislocated. (This is your mind on beads. Any questions?)
Then there is your stock. What to make, how many of each and in what colors and assortments.
These are big decisions along with what to wear, what to pack and what kind of wine to bring.

My house has been turned upside down as I scramble to finish everything. It looks like an episode of hoarders, but with real cool beads everywhere. I can imagine them sending in a team with shovels and masks asking me, is this bead worth keeping? Luckily I know where my 3 dogs and my daughter are and they have not been buried in the rubble, but its a good thing I have to pack up soon before they can be mummified in the wreckage.

By the way, I'll be in booth 1228, If you are at the show place stop by and say hello. I'll be the disheveled woman with the cool beads.

1 comment:

  1. your beads are fabulous.
    someone on FB commented on a simple color set up..i agree, with perhaps a pop of other color here and there..let customers focus on your beads.
    i've found it helpful to go online and check out photos of booth/show displays to provide a tangible? visual in order to see what looks interesting or not so much..also having a couple of your larger peices in the background could be very eye catching.
    uh not that you asked or anything ;-)