Daily Wire Tip Nov. 12: Packing Finished Pieces for a Show

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
November 12, 2009


I really liked Sherrie’s video of packing your supplies for travel, but what about packing your finished pieces to take to a show?


Actually, I am answering this while at a show myself! There are many ways to transport your jewelry pieces to and from a show safely. I am just going to share how I manage.

I like full sized, stackable, plastic jewelry trays in sizes 1-inch to 2 ½-inches deep, into which I have a variety of flocked inserts that contain from 8 to 48 sections, as well as velvet boards. The sectioned trays are where small items go, (and yes each section has a tarnish paper on the bottom, and many of my pieces are also in individual plastic bags). My larger and specialty pieces go in the trays on the velvet boards. The plastic trays all stack together and can be labeled on their ends, then they go into a jewelry carry case, with end zippers. My taller items like crowns and tiaras go into a small cardboard box (that goes in with my tablecloths) rings are all sized, tagged and ready to sell in a velvet ring insert in a display tray with a clear top and snap side. Earrings priced $35 and under are all on cards and hung on a rotating, acrylic earring stand, wrapped in a sheet and rides on the passenger seat of my truck. To see some of these examples CLICK HERE.

I also have several tall storage units with handled drawers that use the same inserts as above and have a place to add your own label on the front. Sometimes I just pack these units into their original shipping cartons (yes I save boxes) and take my entire inventory with me. In this way, I never leave anyone at home by mistake.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    November 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I have a small jewelry business and only do small craft shows for now. My mother made me jewelry cases out of fabric (quilted). The are rectangular with flaps on each end and two rows of velcro srips with velcro loops every couple of inches. I use them to transport my necklaces and bracelets – just hang an item from each loop, cover them with the flaps so the pieces don’t rub against each other and get scratched, roll it up loosley and tie it with the attached tie strings. I pack everything in a large suitcase on wheels which make is easy to transport into the venue.

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    Edward D. Rice

    November 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I package my bracelets with 1 or 2 prs. of matching earrings in individual sandwich baggies. Individual pairs of earrings(those with no partiular matching piece) are on cards already loaded on earring displays. All necklaces are layered in one plastic carrying case with a baggie in between each other. I load all of this in one of the large Plastic storage boxes(30x18x24) along with my table cloth, cash box and any other necessary item needed for the sale. My bead buddy, tool box and extra beading supplies are hauled separately. I love your e-mails and tips. Thank You. Buddy Rice

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    November 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I would love to see your display and packed items.

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    November 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I use a rolling, soft sided cooler to transport my beauties to/from shows. It has a zip off lid on 3 sides, two side pockets, 3 front pockets large enough for almost anything, and is deep enough to hold many boxed pieces. After removing the lid, I display them in their individual boxes. It saves me a lot of time. Customers love it when I give them the box for each item they purchase. I found the boxes for practically nothing on a website.

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