Behind the Market Table: Part One

I’m part of a few crafting groups on Facebook, and I’ve been seeing a number of posts from crafters heading to their first markets. They’re looking for tips.

There’s lots of people offering tips on how to set up your displays. You can check Google or Pinterest or whatever tickles your fancy.

But people tend to forget about what you’ll need behind your table. Some things are obvious. Bags, or some other packaging so customers can carry your products. A cash float (tip: if you don’t have to charge sales tax, make your prices all whole dollar amounts, so you don’t need to bother with small change.) But let’s go over a few other things you might want to bring that no one seems to think of. These are general things that any crafter will find useful, for indoor or outdoor markets.

Scissors: Yes, the humble scissors. They don’t have to be large shears. I actually have dog grooming scissors in my box, because they were handy. But most markets I go to, someone asks to borrow scissors at least once, but no one else has any. Don’t be the person scrambling for scissors.

Tape: I pack four kinds of tape in my box. Yes, four. Scotch tape, double-sided tape, packing tape, and dry-erase duct tape (it’s really cool, y’all.) I bring so many because there isn’t one tape that’s good for everything. I’m actually considering packing masking tape and regular duct tape, to make sure ALL my bases are covered. Anyway, again, people ask for tape all day. And I wind up using it pretty often, too.

Sharpies: Bring at least a black one. This isn’t as commonly asked for as tape and scissors, but it does happen.

Notepad: Someone may ask for some paper. But more likely, this will be something you’ll use. One of the things I do at markets is take notes. What people are looking at but not buying, what is selling best, what people are asking for, what took too long to set up, what displays are unstable. Any ideas you come up with while you’re sitting at your table.

Portable Battery and Charging Cords: These are a must if you use your phone to process transactions. The last thing you need is to lose sales at the end of the day because your phone’s battery died. Make sure the battery is charged a night or two before (I don’t recommend charging it overnight, in case you forget to pack it.)

These are things you’ll need at any kind of market. Other things I pack are an assortment of pens, some dry erase markers, paper clips, binder clips, sticky tack, and post-it notes. I use the calculator on my phone if necessary (another reason to keep that battery charged.)

Of course, you should also pack necessary personal-use items. I keep a bottle of Aleve in my box, because my joints and tendons are crap. I also make sure I have lip balm and my Fiddlestick. I always forget to pack a hair elastic. So make sure you pack anything you need to get through a long day standing and lifting.

I keep all these things in my market bag at all times, so I don’t have to think to pack them (the exception being the battery. I cart that around in my purse.) It makes the night-before prep a little easier.

New Listing: Pyrite Skull Jewelry

Pyrite Skull Jewelry

This charming jewelry set features carved pyrite skulls. I have them available as a set or just as earrings or necklace, depending on what you prefer.

Pyrite is an iron-based crystal most popularly known as fool’s gold, since it mimics the appearance of the precious metal. It’s known as a lucky stone. It’s said to increase the user’s creativity and drive to pursue their dreams.

The necklace has a skull that measures 16mm by 13mm hung from a stainless steel bail.It includes an 18″ silver-plated steel chain with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp and a 2″ extender chain.

The earrings feature an adorable pair of skulls that measure 9mm by 6mm. The ear wires are stainless steel, and come with clear rubber ear nuts. The entire earring from top to bottom measures approximately 2″.

I currently have one each (one set) ready-made, but I have more skulls. If you’d like more than one, please feel free to send me a message through the shop or over Facebook, and we can chat.

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New Listing: Agate and Crystal Beaded Pendant

Another of my earlier works. This one is a rectangular piece of agate, dyed blue, and finished with sparkling clear AB crystal beads and tiny silver glass beads.

The pendant is 22mm wide and 51mm long. It comes with a 28″ black satin cord with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, but it can be hung on your favourite cord or chain.

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New Listing: Amethyst and Glass Beaded Pendant

This beautiful, one of a kind piece is one of my early works. It’s a 35mm flat, two-tone glass bead with silver foil inside. Down the front, I’ve wrapped wire with amethyst chips and dark purple crystal beads.

It’s a striking, unique piece.

It comes with a 25″ black satin cord with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, but it can be strung on whatever cord or chain you prefer.

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New Listing: Crystal Scarab Necklace with Scarab Charm

This sparkly addition to the Mythos line features a stunning Swarovski crystal scarab in Silver Night. One side of the scarab is metallic silver, while other other side is clear with black on the far side. The necklace is finished with a silver-plated pewter ankh.

The ancient Egyptians linked scarabs with the god Khepri, a solar god who represented the sunrise. It was believed that he rolled the sun into the sky each morning. This makes the scarab a symbol of sunrise and rebirth.

The necklace chain is silver-plated steel and is approximately 27″ long. It closes with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, and has a 2″ extender chain.

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New Listing: Crystal Scarab Necklace with Ankh Charm

This sparkly addition to the Mythos line features a stunning Swarovski crystal scarab in Scarabeus Green. The scarab is primarily green, but it shimmers with gold, blue, and deep purple when it catches the light. The necklace is finished with a silver-plated pewter ankh.

The ancient Egyptians linked scarabs with the god Khepri, a solar god who represented the sunrise. It was believed that he rolled the sun into the sky each morning. This makes the scarab a symbol of sunrise and rebirth.

The ankh is an Egyptian symbol meaning “life” and is also used in reference to fertility.

The necklace chain is silver-plated steel and is approximately 27″ long. It closes with a silver-plated pewter lobster clasp, and has a 2″ extender chain.

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New Listing: Giza from the Mythos Collection

Introducing the Mythos Collection: jewelry inspired by mythology from around the world!

Giza is a lovely little bracelet featuring a trio of gorgeous, dark gold coloured glass pyramids and tiny, sandy glass beads to evoke the feel of the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

The Great Pyramids were built by the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. They are not the only pyramids in Egypt, but they are easily the most well-known. These architectural marvels were built as tombs (but the prominent nature of such tombs led to grave robbing, so later generations of Pharaohs built their tombs underground.) They are the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Giza is lightweight and features a strong magnetic clasp, so it does up easily and doesn’t just pop off!

The beads are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so the bracelet will flex but not fray. Because the small beads are rather delicate, please do not wear Giza while participating in sports activities or any other strenuous activity that could break the beads. Please also remove the bracelet before bathing or swimming to prevent water damage.

The bracelet is 7.5″ from end to end.

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New Listing: Air from the Shaman’s Trinkets Element Line

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Air includes seven stones associated with the element. Air is associated with the intellect and other pursuits of knowledge. It also rules over memory and reason. It encourages optimism and independence, but it can also bolster the urge to gossip.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Air includes:
Clear quartz
White fluorite
Opal
Blue chalcedony
Aventurine
Turquoise
Tiger’s eye

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

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New Listing: Earth from the Shaman’s Trinkets Element Collection

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Earth includes seven stones associated with the element. Earth is the element of grounding, strength, and prosperity. It’s the source of plant life, and in turn animal life. It’s most commonly linked to feminine energies, and several female goddesses from various mythologies. Earth is nurturing and steady.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Earth includes:
Peridot
Moss agate
Green jade
Chrome diopside
Emerald
Obsidian
Hematite

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

Buy here.

New Listing: Fire from the Shaman’s Trinkets Elements Collection

 

Shaman’s Trinkets is a line of crystal energy jewelry. It’s a similar concept to carrying pocket stones, but less bulky. The entire line is inspired by a shaman character of mine who carries a box of tumbled stones with her while she works.

The Four Elements line is a limited collection featuring one bracelet for each of the four main elements, according to the ancient Greeks: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These bracelets can be used to connect with your favourite element, or to help you balance each element in your life, or can be worn during meditation or ritual.

Fire includes seven stones associated with the element. Fire is an active element. If you can manage its fuel, it can provide determination and creativity. But if you cannot, the fire can burn out or it can grow wild and consume. It is believed to have form both on earth and in the spiritual plane.

The bracelets feature smaller collections of stones. They are small and subtle, and can be worn discreetly for those not open about their beliefs.

Fire includes:
Citrine
Sunstone
Rhodochrosite
Amber
Carnelian
Red jasper
Garnet

The stones are strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire, so they’re flexible like cord but sturdy. The bracelets are finished with delicate silver-plated steel chain, and they close with a lobster clasp. I typically make them 7.5″ long, but I can make them shorter or longer to fit you. Please leave me a message on check-out if you would like a different length. (If you’d like an anklet or choker length, please message me first, so we can discuss the cost of the extra chain.)

The image shown is just an example of one bracelet. Due to the nature of cut stones, each chip is a slightly different size and shape. But each bracelet will include the same stones in the same order.

Buy here.