I’ve just finished unpacking from my pop up shop at Hat Therapy last weekend. Chrissie let me add a sign and my banner outside the shop, and let me take over a nice corner in one of the bay windows.
Thanks to everyone that popped by, and the lovely customers that bought some of my wares. I really enjoyed it, and got lots of great feedback about my work, which apparently fitted right in with the shop.
It’s strange sometimes, working alone and away from the people who will buy my jewellery, interacting mostly by email and social media. Although quite a lot of orders do come from people who find me locally from the internet, I don’t think there can be any substitute for being face to face. I was really chuffed that quite a few people came because they found out about my pop up from my Facebook page, from reading this blog, or because they recognised me as they went past from seeing me at the Town Hall fair I did in May so decided to come in (if you remember, my first direct selling event in Hebden Bridge – after 9 years of being a jewellery designer! And an aside to that, I just found a I got a little mention on our local Hebden Bridge website Hebweb about the event!).
I love to support ‘shop local’, but as an online business, I don’t really have a ‘local’ area as such, although I have sold through shops in town such as Heart Gallery previously, and have some pieces in Hat Therapy now. I suppose in that case ‘shop independent’ would be more appropriate, as there are a wealth of independent designers and brands who like me, sell online. People I like seek out to shop with, myself.
Who knows where I might ‘pop up’ next!