Just got back last night from Houston, Texas, which is about 5 hours from my home in Baton Rouge. It was my first time showing my jewelry at this festival which was pretty exciting for me. I have been doing shows in Louisiana and Mississippi for several years but really wanted to reach out to other states to expand my customer base. I was pleasantly surprised to be accepted into this festival after hearing about it for awhile. I was not sure how my handmade jewelry would be received but I should not have worried. In spite of dreadful heat and humidity (I did say Houston, right??), the shoppers were out in force. Did I mention that my booth was under an interstate?? Yes, indeed. When I first realized that I would be under the interstate, I was a bit bothered, worried about traffic noise, for one. Would I even be able to talk to my customers over the noise of the road above me?? In fact, this was really not a problem at all. The road noise was just sort of a dull roar - no problem at all speaking to people who were in my tent. As as added bonus, I had no problem with the rains came - didn't even know it was raining until I saw people with umbrellas! In addition, when the sun came out I was sheltered from that as well, which was a definite plus. I made some good sales and met some wonderful people who appreciated my handmade jewelry and made me feel welcome in their city - I even connected with an old friend or two who I didn't know lived in Texas! I plan to apply again to this show in 2015 and hope to be invited back. Thank you, Houston!
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.