the freshie & zero wire

The First Show January 31 2013, 0 Comments

It's 2013, which means its been 7 years since I registered Freshie & Zero as a business and started dragging my then boyfriend (now husband) to craft shows to sell my jewelry. I would like to share a little story about how it all began...I remember my first craft show well. I was so excited! My glorious tent was so shiny & new. I had practiced setting up my clean, non-scratched display tables in...

Chicago here we come! September 02 2012, 0 Comments

We're baaa-aaack!!! It's that time of the year for our favorite show, the Renegade Craft Fair - the original Chicago indie craft fair! It's this weekend, September 8 + 9 on Saturday and Sunday in Wicker Park. We're in booth #92, right next to our friends from Rinse Bath & Body. It will be our 6th year participating, and we just thank our lucky stars that they let us come back year after year....

Trunk Show at Bella Vita February 22 2012, 0 Comments

I recently participated in a trunk show in Collierville, TN (it's right next to Memphis) at one of my favorite retailers, Bella Vita! The owner, Stephanie, is so creative and crafty, plus she really has an eye for interesting products and then works wonders displaying them all together! She and her lovely sales associates were so sweet and fun to spend a Saturday with. You can also tell their...

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2010 September 13 2010, 0 Comments

We just got back from the Renegade Craft Fair this afternoon.  It was our fourth year doing it, and what can I say? It was awesome!  Fabuloso!  Best ever!  I love Chicago.We went up on the Skydeck on a clear day.  We don't usually do the tourist thing, but Greg suggested it and it seemed silly not to! It's so real that it looks fake!We used a new earring display made from louver blinds that the...

Why I stopped listing my craft shows on my website August 21 2010, 0 Comments

I received a book called 500 Tips for Marketing Your Crafts for Christmas one year and every now and then I pick it up and flip through its pages. It's a bit pricey for a ten year old paperback, especially one that isn't even that thick, but it is full of information ranging from taking photographs of your work to prepping your car for craft shows. Most of it I already knew, but some tips are new to me, like this one... Don't list your craft shows on your website.

American Artisan and Atlanta Gift Show prepping July 13 2010, 0 Comments

Greg and I successfully made it through the heat of the American Artisan Festival, and we even sold some jewelry, too!  I also successfully survived the first craft show after baby - a mere 6 weeks after she was born.Was I crazy to attempt it?Yes.But it was my third year of applying (and getting rejected) and I was so happy to actually get accepted! But Lordy Lordy it was HOT (heat index was over...

Bad Form December 15 2009, 0 Comments

In the four years I have been doing craft shows, I have only received one bad check... until last month. The first bad check was no big deal - it was for about $35 and even though the check writer wouldn't return my phone calls, the bank said to just check her balance every day and when she makes a deposit, run to the bank and cash it. Which I did. Crisis averted.Then last month, a guy wrote me...

Back from my last craft show of 2009 December 06 2009, 0 Comments

We hit the road this morning after a pretty disappointing show in Decatur, GA. It was my third time doing this particular show, and definitely the slowest sales-wise out of the three. I have decided to play the blame game:I partly blame my lack of time to send out an email to the Freshie fans in Decatur that I was going to be there. I partly blame something called "football" - I'm not too sure...

Just wrapped up Tis the Season! November 29 2009, 0 Comments

We just participated in a holiday-themed show in Franklin, TN, and it was so fun to make our booth festive for Christmas! Now I can't wait to decorate my house, too!We played with some new displays and rolled out some special necklaces that were only available at the show. If I get any free time (not likely), I'll try to post them up on etsy after my show in Decatur this weekend (if there are any...

Shows 2009 - looking back November 01 2009, 0 Comments

The saga continues from a previous post here. I thought I would update my shows of 2009....:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':..:':.Shows I have attended... ONB Magic City - Birmingham, AL - April~ awesome show, great sales, great weather, fabulous!Spring Bada-Bing - Richmond, VA - April~ great show put on by great people, but Richmond is a...