I'm absolutely over the moon to report my first sale on Folksy! It was this little beauty:
which 5 people had favourited and now it's been sold! When I read the email from Folksy telling me of the sale, I was all of a dither & had to go out for a brisk walk to calm myself down. If you saw me on my walk, yes that's why I had a stupid grin on my face. I know it's only £10, well less than that actually by the time Folksy and Paypal have had their slice, but it's so good to know that someone other than me likes it enough to part with their hard earned cash.
As per the advice here, I gingerly entered the Folksy forums and introduced myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find the other traders friendly, welcoming and full of sound advice. With my first jewellery stall at a fair this Sunday, it was interesting to read about others' experience and learn from their successes and sticky points. My friend Felted House had done a mock up of her stall and this was widely supported by the Folksy crew. Someone suggested timing how long it taked to set up so you have time for a quich cup of tea before the fair starts. As my stuff was secreted away in various corners of the house, I didn't time myself, but did a rough mock up of displays and what should go where:
These are my dyed cotton bags diplayed on a fab piece of driftwood (I'll try and take better pics at the fair)- the branch stubs make perfect hooks.
My pendants 'artfully'(he, he) displayed on a bit of a tree which was destined for the fire but has been promoted to a higher purpose:
And my driftwood shelves that I made a while back for my bathroom now pressed into service displaying earrings and rings, with driftwood twigs holding further rings:
My fossil, silver and copper studs all displayed in their boxes with greeting cards along the front, and my linocuts and portfolio to the left with the small cotton bags.
It was a worthwhile exercise as I managed to price it all up, then put everything in a box ready to take on Sunday morning. I realised I had sold out of linocut cards, so spent an hour this morning printing up some more:
I also realised I could do with some more dangly earrings so made a couple more sea glass one and some lovely silver spiral ones.
Buoyed by my sale today, I'm cautiously hoping for more.