I'm heading to Tucson this week to shop at the Gem Shows My first stop will be at Casino Del Sol, the location of To Bead True Blue and Colors of the Stone. In the past it's been great, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again. I really missed it last year when everything was cancelled.
I had planned to leave my Etsy shop, Desert Dabbler Jewelry, open. But I've changed my mind. The new emphasis placed on fast, fast shipping by Etsy causes me some concern. I had planned to make it clear through announcements and notices that any purchases would be shipped as soon as I return on February 4. But I'm concerned that this might not satisfy the Etsy protocols. A delay in shipping can cause your shop to be given less visibility. Since there are literally THOUSANDS of jewelry shops on Etsy, any dinging and reduced visibility can really hurt.
So my shop will be closed until Friday 4. I have quite a few new items to list when I return. Plus I'll be selling in person at the Grand Boutique, located in Sun City Grand, on Saturday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year our Boutique will be located in the newly re-opened community square. Lots of artists will be displaying their works and offering them for sale.
If you're in the vicinity of Surprise, Arizona, I hope you'll stop by Sun City Grand on Saturday, February 5 and say hello.