Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Five Senses (and Selling)

A few weekends ago, a friend invited me to bring my wares to a Mother's Day home show. I had a lovely time and learned a lot, especially seeing my purses in action. I watched as ladies stroked, scrutinized and swung my purses over their shoulders. Being primarily an on-line seller, I rarely get to see people interact with my products. The home show gave me a much better idea of which fabrics work (and which don't!). While selling on-line appeals to my shy and retiring nature, I miss sharing with customers the tactile joy I get from textiles. (I often stop friends on the street and ask them if I can feel their clothes...I've learned to do this tactfully through much trial and error.) It would be great if selling on-line could appeal to all five senses instead of just one. Smell-o-vision for everybody!

Another highlight of the evening was an order for a handbag/wallet set from my most excellent hostess. Here's a photo of the complete set:

I'm especially pleased with the button decoration - my embroidery skills are usually rather dull.

Note to self: ask Bill Gates about Smell-o-vision and the interweb at next neighborhood bbq.


Steph said...

I am such a wimp about home parties.

I need to hire a sales consultant!

It would be interesting to watch what people pick up though.

The set is really terrific looking!

Jenn Maruska said...

Beautiful set! I love the colors : )

maia (glassbeach) said...

Steph-I'm much better at selling other people's items at home shows than my own.

Thanks, Steph and Jenn for your kind words about my new set!

Sandra Eileen said...

I agree you just can't beat that personal interaction with the oject of interest.

Akhila said...

Beautiful, beautiful set. Just found and been browsing you blog, Etsy Shop, Flickr....

Everything just fantastic. I will come back often. So inspirational you are...