Handling Buyer’s Rejection

Handing Buyer's Rejection

Handling Buyer’s Rejection

Whoa!  This is a hard pill to swallow if you’re experiencing this for the first time.

You’ve awaken early excited to get to your very first craft fair, coffee in hand, looking over your table with pride, ready to conquer the world.

Your items are displayed nicely, prices are reasonable, your banner hangs nicely and your tablemate knows exactly what she/he needs to do in case you have to step away from your booth for a minute of two.

And then she arrives…

Her hands are behind her back, like a teacher looking over your shoulder during a test. You smile and greet her with a warm hello. She responds with a stern look over her glasses, cracks a half-ass smile, and goes back to scanning your table.

You then respond by stating that if she has any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. And what happens next almost floors you.

She says, “These look like everything I’ve seen already. I can go to Kohl’s and find these same pieces.”

You stand there like a deer in headlights, your heart dropped two notches and you force the mask of a smile on your face.  What…Just…Happened?!!! Of if you’re like me, your first thought was…WTF!!!!

Did this buyer just reject me?!

So now.  Let’s talk about what’s really going on here.  I mean before you snap because there are a few things we need to understand.

1. What just happened had NOTHING to do with you or your art.

2. We are NOT taking this personal.

3. Honestly, the opinions of others are just that. Opinions.  They’re not factual and everyone’s entitled to one.


As an artist we feel our art are like our babies, we nurture them, we take care of them, and we feel like they are the best in the world.  We love them and feel that everyone else should too. The reality is not everyone does or will and that’s okay.

One thing we MUST do as artists is to learn to separate ourselves from our pieces.  In other words, this customer wasn’t judging you, just your pieces.

She wasn’t saying that you were not talented or that your pieces hold no value.

As a matter of fact, she kind of just gave you a compliment wrapped in insult (if you took it that way) because what she sort of said was that your pieces were so good that she could find them in a department store.  

See how I just turned that negative into a positive?  Yep it’s a thing and you can do it too.


Now I have to share something with you. That was a true story of an incident that actually happened at my very first craft fair.


So my question to you is, how would you have handled that situation?


What were some of your first thoughts while reading that scenario? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Pssstt…..Grab the workbook for this article here.

Fall Is Coming…Let The Savings Begin!

Leather Drop Earrings

Ahhh….I love the smell of fall!

You know the season is changing when Starbucks releases their delicious fall themed drinks such as ANYTHING pumpkin.  Oh. My. Gosh. I’m like in heaven right now!  Seriously I have no control.  My friend know I love pumpkin so much that he bought me the Taste of Home Pumpkin themed cookbook.  Wait….Is he expecting tasty treats?  Was that a setup? Lol.

Seriously though, I mean not that I wasn’t serious before, this is one of my favorite seasons.  I love change.  I love the colors of fall.  I love the comforts of fall.  It actually inspired me to create a fall themed collection and because of this celebration of fall, I’m having a sort of welcome to fall sale.

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Check out the fall inspired jewelry!

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Frosted Doughnut Leather Earrings

Metallic Gold Mother of Pearl Ring (Colors of Fall)

Wire Wrapped Ear Cuff
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What’s your favorite thing about the fall season?  Share in the comments.

Nothing To Defend Lisa Nichols

Nothing To Prove: The Quote That Inspired a Woman and Her Bracelet

Nothing to Prove Lisa Nichols

I’ll never forget the day I was introduced to Lisa Nichols.

My mother was actually the one who instructed me to watch her YouTube videos and I instantly became attracted to her words.  Later I learned of Lisa’s association with The Secret, and began digging through the vaults to learn more about this powerful woman with whom I now had a connection with, even though she didn’t know it.

One day while at work I ran across this quote:

Nothing To Defend Lisa Nichols

 

 

Nothing To Prove

It became my screensaver, my mantra, my affirmation of the day, my life.  Every time I was faced with a situation, I whispered to myself…..I have nothing to defend.

When approached by opposition, I would boldly say…..I have nothing to prove, and stand on those words.  It was more than liberating, it was freeing.  Finally I found the freedom in the strength of my voice that I had been searching for, the strength that during a time I thought I had lost.

It was THAT day that I realized the power of my words.  Lisa Nichols had shown me how to use my words to move the mountains that were confining me.

This ONE quote inspired me to create a piece that would remind me EVERY DAY how powerful I am.  How I can move through obstacles and liberate the voice that I had once quieted in order to make others around me feel comfortable, all the while, compromising my own comfort.

Never again.

Nothing to Prove Lisa Nichols quote

Diva With Nothing To Prove Bracelet

 

This bracelet was created for all Divas who need that subtle reminder that your voice is important.  It’s a reminder that it is your right to proceed with boldness, class, intent.

The Diva With Nothing To Prove Bracelet is a representation of me expressing my voice through my art.  I invite you to join me in this revolution!  You too can be bold and make your version of this bracelet here.

What quote has inspired you to become a better version of you?  Share and enlighten us.  I’d love to high five and celebrate you.  We ALL deserve that.