It's a horrible feeling to realize that one of your pieces of handmade jewelry has been stolen. It's like someone kidnapped your baby! Okay, maybe not as dramatic as that but close! Anyway, it's always important to think about how to prevent theft of your jewelry while you're selling at craft shows, flea markets or wherever.
How To Prevent Theft While Selling Jewelry
The easiest way to prevent theft is to have help! I've had the experience of selling at a craft show. There were hundreds of people there and it was overwhelming to say the least. There is no way that I could have managed my table on my own when there were multiple people looking at my table at the same time.
Paying attention to each customer is another way to deter thieves. I made it a point to say hello to every person who stopped by my table. This has a dual purpose. Not only does it make people feel welcomed, it also chases away people who may be thinking about stealing. Shoplifters don't like to feel that they've been noticed or may be recognized so they may be more likely to move on.
Watch The Blind Spots
You should make your table attractive by creating different levels in your display. However, these varying levels can create blind spots on your table. Don't make your displays so tall that you have a hard time seeing over them. The use of strategically placed mirrors or mirrored decorations can help you to keep an eye on those hard to see places on your table.
Secure Your Stuff
Utilize see-through grids and use pins/ clips to fasten your pieces. If a person realizes they can't easily remove an item and slip it into their pocket/ purse, they'll be less inclined to try.
A glass case is probably the best security method that you can use. However, it does not allow your customers to touch or look closely at your work without asking. I personally don't like this approach as it can impart a "stuffy" feeling which is the opposite of the atmosphere that I like to create at my booth. I leave glass cases to the salespeople selling gemstones and precious metals.
You can use one or several of these methods. They are very effective in reducing theft. Let me know what works for you!
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