OCTOBER craft shows

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OCTOBER 18, 2009 (Sunday)
“South End Open Market”
10am – 5pm
540 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA

I’ll be at Boston’s outdoor handmade market in the South End with my lovely fellow Boston Handmade artisans!

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***And in case you’re planning ahead, here are some of my other upcoming shows for the remainder of 2009 ***


NOVEMBER 1, 2009 (Sunday)
“Design Hive Market”
10am – 5pm
Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St. (off Mass Ave.)
Cambridge, MA

DECEMBER 6, 2009 (Sunday)
“Bizarre Bazaar”
12-7pm
BCA Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA
$1 admission


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Summer Sales!

The summer months are great because of the warmer weather, no school, etc. but it is also known in the retail world to be some of the slowest months of the year in terms of sales … however what I’ve noticed is that some shops will offer great discounts and promotions in order to help stir up the lazy hazy days of summer and try to generate more sales, which definitely drew me in to take advantage of some of these great offers!

Here are some of my latest finds!  I cant wait for them to arrive in the mail soon!  🙂

One way to offer a sale is to “Discount” your items. . .  For those who’ve visited Boston’s Quincy Market, you’re likely to find one of those outdoor vendors selling these cool pieces of fabric that can be worn in a bunch of different ways! I’ve been wanting one for a long time, and then I found this fun dress by MyBaju that can be worn in  4 different ways!    These were originally $50, but now are $38!

Another way to have a sale is to have a “Clearance” section in your shop. . . I’ve been looking for  a handy simple bag to store all my knickknacks that I always need to transfer from purse to purse.  This little pouch by OregonMaid seems like the perfect item to hold my mints, pens, keys, eye drops, pocket mirror, purse hook, etc. as I switch from using last night’s evening purse to my work purse the next morning!

Another great promotion I like to offer is to have “Free Shipping” for your items!   I’d love to offer a special deal just for my blog followers!  After shopping at MaJenta Designs, during Checkout, simply type “Blog special – Free shipping” in the “message to seller”, then complete your payment as normal.  Afterwards, I will contact you directly to refund the shipping charges.  Offer is good through Labor Day (September 7, 2009)

Reminder of Boston Handmade’s show in Somerville on July 11th!

July Handmade Marketplace in Somerville, MA

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Boston Handmade Marketplace in Union Square Somerville

Union Square, Somerville, MA: July 11, 3-7pm

More than 25 artists, artisans, and craftspeople will be showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, art, photography, toys, and sculpture in Union Square (at the intersection of Washington, Prospect & Somerville Ave.) on July 11, 2009, 3-7pm, as part of the Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion series.

BH_Marketplace_300x300The Boston HandmadeMarketplace is an outdoor art and craft exhibition featuring work by Massachusetts area artists, craftspeople and artisans associated with the arts group Boston Handmade and Etsy.com: helping people make a living making things. This exhibition promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories. In addition to the individual exhibitors at the 2009 Boston Handmade marketplace musicians will be performing throughout the day. Performers include Boston bands The Grownup Noise and One Happy Island. There will be also be handcraft demonstrations with Faculty and Staff of The Eliot School of Jamaica Plain, and Members of the Common Cod Fiber Guild of Somerville. Another highlight of the afternoon will be martial arts demonstrations from the Shobu Aikido of Boston.

About BOSTON HANDMADE: A group of Massachusetts artists and craftspeople actively engaged in selling their handmade work on Etsy.com, a web site dedicated to the handmade life.  Visit BostonHandmade.org for more info.

About MAJENTA DESIGNS: Your one-stop shop for handcrafted Asian-inspired jewelry, housewares, party favors, and knick knacks all for under $15! Come find gifts for everybody: your mother, girlfriend, coworker, bridesmaids, even your husbands too!  We make pendant jewelry, magnets, cufflinks, portable purse hanger hooks, pocket mirrors, keychain bottle openers, and more!  Some of the items that will be available at the marketplace can be found in our Etsy Shop, plus even more items not currently listed!  such as night lights, tea canisters, and more!

Come find our booth at the BOSTON HANDMADE MARKETPLACE in Union Square, Somerville, MA on July 11th!

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Interview with Boston Handmade

I was interviewed by the Boston Handmade team, a juried team of local artists and crafters in the Greater Boston area. Here is the link. And the article is below:

INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER TANG OF MAJENTA DESIGNS:

Boston Handmade: Tell us a little bit about yourself
MaJenta Designs: My name is Jennifer, and I was born and raised in Western Mass but since graduating undergrad I have been living in the Boston area. I am currently a graduate student at Northeastern University studying Counseling Psychology with a focus on helping underserved populations and emphasis on multicultural prospective. However, I always had a passion for arts & crafts too, and so I recently started up my jewelry business to fulfill that other passion as well as any profits helps towards paying off a lifetime of loans! 😉

Boston Handmade: What first made you want to become an artist?
MaJenta Designs: I have always loved arts & crafts ever since I was little and probably making Christmas ornaments in elementary school or some time as early as that. However, I never thought about getting into the business as I never thought I’d be able to figure out all the details of what it takes to sell things at the professional level. I’d have to give props to Etsy for that, I have learned so much valuable information about how to run a business from Etsy, and I think that being a part of a group like Boston Handmade and having a support network to turn to for advice and help is definitely invaluable as well.

Boston Handmade: What are your favorite materials?
MaJenta Designs: I love working with chiyogami, which is traditional handmade Japanese paper (literally meaning thousand generation paper), because the patterns are so intricate and gorgeous, and I love making jewelry and housewares with it encased in glass as the glass really helps to illuminate the paper designs and give it an added depth.

Boston Handmade: What inspires you?
MaJenta Designs
: I love making pieces that have a symbolic meaning to it, as I think it makes the piece more significant, especially if someone buys it to give as a gift, it adds a special message behind the piece. For example, plum blossoms are symbolic in Asian cultures for perseverance and new beginnings as they are usually the first signs of spring that burst forth after the bitterness of winter.

Boston Handmade: What do you love most about what you make?
MaJenta Designs: I love that the chiyogami paper is so versatile so I can make so many different creations with them. I know my Etsy shop is dominated by my pendant necklaces and magnets, but these papers have been great at making decorative nightlights, photo albums and journals, and I actually just bought a button/badge maker, so it’ll soon be great to make these into collectible pins and cute pocket mirrors too!

Boston Handmade: Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
MaJenta Designs:
you have to be persistent, I’ve seen many great artists quit after a few weeks, but success doesn’t come just by opening a shop. You have to keep promoting yourself, keep your items fresh, have great and friendly customer service, and keep creating new items all the time. I also found that it really helps if you develop your own niche and your have a theme throughout your shop, as your store seems more uniform and professional if you have a consistent theme.

Boston Handmade: What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
MaJenta Designs: This advice overlaps a bit with my previous response with being persistent and not giving up, as there are literally hundreds of thousands of sellers on Etsy so you need to make yourself stand out. I also think you need to have a thorough shop policies section and some interesting info about yourself in your bio. I also think it’s a great idea to start off as a buyer, as not only does that help build your feedback but also can be good karma hopefully too. With detailed info about yourself and your policies in your shop and some positive feedback about you already in place, it helps customers see you as a professional business, and can feel more comfortable when buying from you.

Boston Handmade: What else do you like to do when you’re not studying or crafting?
MaJenta Designs: I love to travel and explore new countries and learn about new cultures. So far I’ve been to about 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America, but my goal is to hit up every continent in my lifetime! I love doing outdoors activities and having unique experiences there, such as scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, riding in elephant in Thailand, or biking around Dingle in Ireland.


Boston Handmade: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MaJenta Designs: I’ll hopefully be done with all my schooling by then! Ideally I’d love to have a job as a part-time professor teaching psychology, have a small private practice of my own, and hopefully own a house where I can have my own crafting studio! One of my goals for my business is for it to grow, I want to be able to do more craft shows as well as have my items carried in a few boutiques, that would be ideal!