My brand new bag

My journey into art fairs started with greeting cards that were easy to pack. When I discovered wire jewelry my initial inventory fit nicely into vintage cookie tins I owned, and all my pendants fit nicely on one tray.

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A few years later my inventory is up to more than 200 in stock (and 445 creations), and the tissues and boxes approach doesn’t work as well anymore.

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I had started packing up at Creative Coworking’s Art & Wine night when someone picked up earrings that had a matching pendant, which of course was at the bottom of one of my boxes. After digging through I found it, but it wasn’t convenient.

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So I started looking into a different way to transport and store my inventory. As I searched for jewelry transport bags I found an online shop, Gems on Display, that has just the right supplies!

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I found a bag that allows you to stack jewelry trays inside of it, and then online customer service directed me to one that had a shoulder strap. Then I checked out the trays and the liners, and took notes on the variety of options.

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I measured out my pendants one by one to see what would fit in what compartment. At the Custer Fair I also scoped out how the jewelry trays were set up in the booths there.

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On Monday I made the calculations for the depth of the trays, and opted for a few 2 inch trays and mostly 1 inch trays. 1.5 inches was an option but I was afraid I would get the measurements wrong so I went with even numbers.

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The shipment arrived on Wednesday and all of it fits perfectly together.

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Unfortunately two trays broke in transit, but replacement parts were shipped immediately, so I could try out my brand new bag for Swedish Days. Look at all these lovely compartments.

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Big sigh of relief that online measurements met offline estimates.

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How well it all fits!

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It was fun lining everything up.

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The earring liner is so helpful.

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Boxes that fit into two bags before are now contained into one.

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I still set up my booth the way I usually do, but when I packed up I purposely didn’t stack the trays so people could still browse, which garnered a last-minute sale.

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Not only is it easy to carry my new bag, but it is also an instant at-a-glance storage solution.

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I’ll never have to dig for a particular jewelry piece again!

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They’re all easily accessible and viewable.

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It’s so exciting when an online purchase works out the right way!

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