This past year has been a whirlwind for me, traveling to nearly 30 cities in the past 23 months. I’ve brought Stella & Dot on the road with me as I travel, doing 15 out-of-state trunk shows. Below are my tips on packing and transporting your jewelry when traveling to do a trunk show or an opportunity event.
Keep your jewelry displays simple. This is what I usually pack:
* 2 neck forms
* 1 t-bar for long necklaces (14″ from nilecorp.com)
* 1 Stella & Dot 2-tier display for short necklaces, earrings and bracelets
* 1 Stella & Dot ring display
* 1 small display frame for earrings
* optional: medium display frame and another 2-tier display
I generally don’t bring display trays as they are very bulky and heavy to pack in a carry-on suitcase. You can always pack the tray inserts (from nilecorp.com) and use them to display the jewelry – a good trick to save space and they aren’t too heavy. You can always ask your out-of-state hostess if you can use her housewares to display jewelry at her trunk show. White serving platters and plates are great to showcase necklaces and bracelets; drape pearl and bead necklaces in a wine glass or martini glass; hook earrings on the side of a wine glass or tea cup; put rings and small earrings in a saucer, sugar bowl or sushi plate. Just be creative, improvise and have fun! And don’t forget: You can always lay jewelry straight on the table — there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!
When traveling with your jewelry, you want it to arrive at your destination unscathed and untangled. And to do that, I swear by Ziploc baggies. Put nearly ALL your jewelry in a bag inside your large jewelry tote. Trust me – the last thing you want is your delicate Arrow Necklace to get tangled with the Chelsea Necklace and you have to operate on it an hour before your trunk show. Items that don’t really get tangled – wood & beaded necklaces, ribbon tie necklace, leather wrap bracelets, the soiree bracelets, la coco chains, etc. can be placed in the jewelry roll. And choose two large statement necklaces — ask your hostess which is her favorite — to bring to the trunk show. You can display them on the two neck forms that you bring. You can certainly bring more statement necklaces, but do you really need to be traveling with 5 necklaces, all worth $200 a piece? It’s not worth the risk of losing, breaking or someone taking it.
Other travel tips:
* Bring along the Charm Book to help you showcase the charm collection – sometimes it’s too much work to set up a huge charm display when doing a trunk show on the go.
* Bring your laptop! Play the ‘Style Inspiration’ DVD during the trunk show and input orders on-the-spot. This way, you won’t need to carry around a huge stack of order forms when you travel, and it saves paper.
* Before the trunk show, mail your hostess EVERYTHING you both will need in a flat rate box. The large box is $14.95 to ship and fits about 20 catalogs, hostess planners, invitations, order forms, and more. This way, you won’t need to break your back carrying Look Books through the terminal. Also, your hostess will have catalogs and invites to pass out before the show.
* Don’t pack everything. You don’t need all your jewelry and you certainly don’t need all your display items. Ask your hostess what pieces she thinks will be a hit at her trunk show, follow your instincts, and plan accordingly.
* Be sure to tell trunk show guests that you are traveling to do the trunk show. Mention that you are growing a team or growing the area and ask if they know anyone who is interested. Also, if you plan to come back to that area at a later date, tell them. You can book a trunk show for the next time you’re in town.