Sep 27, 2013 Animal Jewelry, handcrafted jewelry, Handmade Jewelry, wholesale jewelry
Well, first of all we would like to say it has been a long time since the last blog post and thank you for your patience. We have been going crazy with our new colorful jewelry and we will be posting all our new designs to our website as quickly as we can.
Handmade Colorful Bracelets
Seriously it has been an incredibly busy summer. Our son is in the last year of high school this year so we have been visiting possible universities whenever we are not creating designs for our handcrafted jewelry. We went to Germany for two weeks again this summer. The kids took a course to learn German and we went around to the gift stores with samples of our work. Their German went up two levels and we have some new accounts in Germany so it is a win, win situation. It never hurts to take samples with you whenever you travel, smile.
Fortunately school has started again and our routines are falling back into place. The piano and guitar lessons are scheduled and the university preparation courses are arranged. Once things settle down a bit we will be taking photos of all our new items and posting them to the website.
Heart Shape Hummingbird Earrings
The response to our colorful jewelry line has been nothing less than wonderful. We are working 7 days a week to get all the orders out the door for the Christmas gift season. The summer shows have been great and the summer season has been one of the best for many of our wholesale jewelry customers. The economy seems to be turning around and we are all looking forward to a super holiday season.
Please drop us an inquiry on our website to see the sneak preview design sheets for all our newest designs. We can ship in time for you to make the most of the holiday selling season. Cheers!
May 7, 2013 handcrafted jewelry, Handmade Jewelry, small business, unique jewelry
Probably you started making handcrafted jewelry just for fun as an outlet for your creative energy. At some point you realized you could make some extra money from your hobby and began selling your handmade bracelets and earrings. After that point, you also need to think like a business person and create designs that fit into a niche market in order to have a successful handmade jewelry business.
Lightening Horse Jewelry Bracelets Design by Lynn Bean
The most important factor in running a successful handcrafted jewelry business is innovation. Creating your own niche market within the niche is going to be your key to success. Everyone can put beads on an ear wire and say they make handmade earrings, but without your own creative touches you will not be able to build a successful business.
Retail stores are filled with mass produced jewelry so you have to make your jewelry unique, something that appeals to everybody and at a reasonable price. You need to create a demand for your designs with different techniques that you will become known for and that will set you apart from the competition. Creating your own niche within the handmade jewelry market is that something special whether you incorporate historical motifs or brilliantly colored gemstones it is up to your creativity and individuality.
Colorful Cat Earrings
Even if you just go to local craft shows you have probably noticed several other people trying to sell handmade jewelry. It is a very competitive marketplace whether it is craft shows or on the internet. You need that extra something that sets you apart from the rest. Once you find your special something you have to constantly be updating and showing your personality in each piece. Making matching sets of handmade earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces will increase sales dramatically.
We have been making handcrafted jewelry for almost 30 years and still find that we are constantly thinking of new designs, techniques and styles. Every business needs to evolve with the marketplace and fashion trends. Listen to your customers and get their ideas because it can lead you in new directions that you never thought of before. Do not think of it as criticism of your work but encouragement to try something different. You do not have to have just one style; you can have many unique jewelry styles incorporating your creativity that could open new marketing opportunities. If you are hesitating consider it a custom order just to see if it works or not. Experimenting has never been a bad idea and you can get some surprising results or it can lead you in another direction entirely.
Apr 6, 2013 handcrafted jewelry, Handmade Jewelry, unique jewelry, wholesale jewelry
First of all, let me just say that we have been making handmade jewelry for over 25 years. We have had a store, sold at craft shows, mall shows, wholesale gift shows and have a website. We have sold at retail, on consignment, wholesale direct to stores, orders taken by sales reps, jobbers and distributors as well as online. We have started with nothing and built our handcrafted jewelry business one step at a time. Honestly speaking, to those people who think they are able to jump right to the top of the ladder, you need to crawl before you run the marathon.
Colorful Monarch Butterfly Earrings
Every business needs a solid foundation and must be gradually built to achieve success. There are very few who have the financial means to start at the wholesale jewelry level. Wholesale gift shows are expensive, requiring a great selection of unique jewelry and needing professional looking displays so it is not something for those just starting out.
This being said it is my humble opinion that craft shows are the best way to build an enduring handmade jewelry business. Local shows tend to be less expensive and are a good way to get those first sales. You will perfect your booth display and learn what customers actually want. You will get the experience that will enable you to move onto the next step on the ladder.
Eventually you will need to travel to juried arts and crafts shows. The best shows attract tens of thousands of customers and are difficult to get into especially for handmade jewelry artisans but are well worth the effort once you are ready. Displays need to draw the attention to your booth and you should have something for everyone. Different price ranges and styles so that no matter where you are your sales will be strong.
Along the way you will likely run into some store owners who would like to buy your work to sell in their stores. Have a wholesale price in mind when you are pricing for your retail sales. Also whenever you are traveling have samples ready to show to stores and galleries on the way. Sometimes it is difficult to get up the courage to go into a shop and sell your work, but it will become second nature. If the manager or owner is not there be sure to get contact information and you can call them later.
Wild Horse Bracelets Design by Lynn Bean
Once you have a good cash flow established and have a great selection of unique jewelry designs you will be able to venture into wholesale jewelry and gift shows with confidence. Wholesale shows that focus on handmade gifts are the best but most shows have a handmade section as well. Wholesale gift shows are the mainstay of our business. Major shows attract qualified buyers from across the country and internationally.
Internet sales whether your own website or an online marketplace are easily set-up with little expense but success online requires a great deal of time dedicated to social networking. We consider our website as an online catalog to make our customers ordering easier and as such it is wonderful. Everyday we get inquiries from all over the world that would never have been possible before the internet. It takes time to get noticed with so much competition but once established it can be very successful.
Be positive and don’t get discouraged or frustrated, the handmade jewelry business can be demanding at times but it can also make all your dreams come true. It is a great creative outlet as well as bringing in some extra money when you are first starting out. Over time you will be able to expand your business according to your own needs.