Armfuls of bracelets.

In the next few weeks I have several coffee morning or school shopping night events booked. These events are really good fun and I always say yes if I am free to attend. They are excellent sources of cake and personal shopping (I will hope to stock the dreaded Christmas List from such events and in the process help and support other crafters.) I like meeting and networking with other small businesses in my local area and there is also normally a charity to raise funds for, the great good that we are all gathered together.


However, these are not events at which I expect to sell my reasonably expensive sterling silver jewellery. This is not always the case – one memorable summer I sold £250 of necklaces and earrings in a few hours, from an event that I hoped to make my pitch back from and have a nice sociable afternoon far removed from my children.

I learned a while back that coffee morning events are more successful in hard cash terms if I arrive with lots of pretty (read cheap) sparkly pieces. So I take a large basket of bracelets priced under £8 which can be more easily explained to grumpy husbands at evening time.

Reasoning that my stock of said bracelets and key charms was depleted I have spent today on this project. It is always rather good fun as I look at my box of odd beads, the leftover groups of 3 or 5 beads from a completed project, or the rejected beads from a selection that were somehow too large or too small for the necklace they were bought for. I’m rather pleased with lots of these. I’m hoping that my coffee morning ladies are too. I’m off to Handmade Harbour. to see what the other crafters have been doing this week. I’ll let you all know how the cakes at the coffee morning rate. I may even have to take some photos and blog all about it! Joanna x



15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendy
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 18:42:13

    I always loved doing the shopping evening and coffee morning events – always a lot of fun and a lovely atmosphere. I do miss them. The bracelets are really pretty – a little treat, and no surprise they sell well as impulse buys x


  2. Fiddly fingers
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 18:58:57

    I’m sure the run up to Christmas will be an ideal time for all the coffee morning visitors to stock up on pretty sparkly pressies and a perfect way for you to sell your pretty bracelets and hopefully lots of other goodies too!


  3. knitnrun4sanity
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 19:01:13

    Oh do please take some photos. I know that I am always more likely to spend my money on something less expensive at these things as it is impulse. I would definitely buy one of your bracelets!


  4. fatmonica
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 20:25:33

    I love the bracelets and these are definitely the sort of thing I’d make a dash for at a coffee morning/school event.


  5. CatkinJane
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 08:12:00

    Lovely bracelets.
    I’ve not had much chance to try the coffee morning type events (always craft fairs so far) but have my first coming up soonish for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Thank you for confirming my thoughts that a selection of small items will be a good idea 🙂


  6. Alison
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:19:25

    Everything looks so pretty, I just couldn’t pick a favourite. Your designs and beads are lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x


  7. Bits and Bobs Crafts
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:02:49

    Really lovely bracelets and a great idea for the school and coffee type events x


  8. Stephen @ Soy of the North
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 22:03:18

    Lovely braclets. The one with the green half circles looks very interesting.


  9. Handbagsbyhelen
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 05:29:33

    Wow! £250 in a couple of hours – that’s very impressive!


  10. Martha
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 09:08:03

    I do hear a lot about coffee mornings but I’ve never had a chance to participate in any. Perhaps I should as I love my coffee 🙂
    wow your blogs is very turquoise-y 🙂
    i like the turquoise bracelets set 🙂


  11. little harriet
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 18:03:23

    Lovely bracelets, great idea for impulse buys.


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