1. Display in Levels - It's really nice for some things to be displayed on a higher level so everything is not on one flat surface. I used a few priority mail boxes with a secondary table cloth to create height and dimension. I also practiced setting up my display the day before. This gave me a chance to see how things look on my easel stands and my jewelry trees. It also gives you a good idea how long it will take you to set up.
2. Promo Materials - Make sure you have plenty of business cards or fliers that have your contact information on so people can get in touch with you after the open house is over.
3. Payment - decide what forms of payment you will accept. Create a tent card that says: "Payment Accepted: Cash, Check, Charge" or whichever you decide. If you're at a house party where you know the hostess well like I was this time, I chose to accept personal checks. But if I was at a craft show or art fair where I received a large amount of unknown traffic I would not have accepted personal checks. Whichever you choose is a personal choice.
4. Receipts - have some form of receipt to give your paying customers. It makes you look more professional and helps you later with your inventory updating. I purchased a simple carbon copy receipt book at our local office supply store and it worked perfect!
5. Custom Orders & Referrals - One of the areas I specialize in is jewelry for bridesmaids and other custom orders. Obviously, if someone is ordering something custom, it's probably been shipped. I happened to have a few custom orders that were waiting to be shipped (I had asked the buyers permission if I could hang onto them to display at my open house) and I displayed them with a SOLD sign. It also said custom orders welcome and I listed several points where custom orders would be perfect: weddings, prom, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.
6. Partner with a Complimentary Distributor - the open house I was at was hosted by a very good friend that is a distributor for the Miche Bag purse system. She was displaying her new styles for fall and the holidays. Purses & jewelry are complimentary products for women so it worked out really well. Plus when you're partnering with someone, introductions are easier, and your turn out will be bigger because you both will promote the event and your guest list will be larger.
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