Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm Home

Going away on a fun trip is great for the soul. But coming home is even better.

We were gone for 10 days. The first 4 days were spent in Tucson, buying beads and other jewelry making supplies. The gem shows had a different feel this year, probably because of the economy. Many vendors did not show up, but worse, there were vendors who did not bring any new merchandise. I think that was a poor business decision on their part, because many of us are still buying and want to create pieces with new beads and gems. As a result, I purchased from some sellers who I have never purchased from before. Many of them were smaller businesses, who were happy to have a new customer. This experience will definitely affect my purchase decisions in the future. The lesson I've learned from this for my business, is to KEEP IT FRESH!

Now the not-so-fun part begins. I need to log all of my purchases and update my cost spreadsheets. At least I get to fondle those beautiful beads all over again.

After we left Tucson, we headed north and spent a few days in Phoenix and the surrounding area. We found a fabulous art show in north Scottsdale: Celebrate Art. We spent most of the day there, chatting with the artists and watching them work. What an intriguing concept it was -- a 10 week interactive art show. We met many talented artists in all sorts of mediums, from all over the country. It was a great day.

We did some antiquing and I found some lovely pieces to add to my collection of vintage beaded jewelry. More on that at a later date ....

Must get to work now!


SignatureSterling~Untie the Ribbons! said...

Welcome home - can't wait to see some pics and here more! Celebrate Art sounds like it was awesome :-) Peace, Sue

Deronda designs... said...

Glad you had such a lovely time. You never know what inspirations might hit you as you are fondling and logging.

Cindy said...

I'm so glad you got to go. It is interesting that the businesses choose not to bring new things. That would have helped in sales because it's new. Glad you got to see and art show and antique shop.