If you want your handmade jewelry business to succeed then first of all your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets have to be exceptional. The quality of work has to be better than other handmade jewelry artisans and the components have to be unusual and high quality also. Your designs have to be unique and creative but most of all the colors and textures have to be balanced and complimentary. Your handmade jewelry has to stand out from the crowd and be extraordinary. People are not going to buy handmade earrings and handmade bracelets if they could make it themselves.
Once you have established a unique line of handmade jewelry that sells well with a variety of designs and items you may want to begin to sell at wholesale jewelry prices to retail stores. Most importantly for the wholesale jewelry business you must be able to make your unique handcrafted jewelry quickly, with high quality and sell at a reasonable price.
There are a number of ways to begin selling your handmade jewelry wholesale. Many times you will find that retail gift store owners attend local art and craft shows looking for new handmade jewelry lines. Wholesale gift shows are a great way of meeting buyers from regional markets but tend to be quite expensive when starting out. Selling your handmade jewelry on consignment is a good way to become established.
When you sell on consignment you leave your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets on display in a store, the store collects the money, then pays you after the handcrafted jewelry pieces are sold. It is an advantage to the store because they do not have to invest in buying stock nor are they stuck with anything that does not sell. You have the advantage of all their customers looking at and buying your handmade jewelry! Consignment is a good way to get your foot in the door. Once they see that your handcrafted jewelry is selling well hopefully they will buy outright at wholesale jewelry prices.
It is best to do some investigating before you approach anyone about buying your handmade jewelry. Actually go to a store and look around to see what they sell. If it is the kind of store that your jewelry would stand out, ask the sale clerk when the owner or manager is available. Be confident and show some samples of your best selling handmade earrings and handmade bracelets. If the manager is not available ask for a business card, then later call to set up an appointment with the owner or manager. Slowly travel to around the area and sell to all the best stores in the area.
When consigning jewelry it is your responsibility to keep the display full and dusted. Perhaps you could make a routine of checking on the stores and their stock every two weeks. You will want to take away items that are not selling well and make sure there is extra stock of the best selling designs. It is important to keep records of what jewelry you leave at the store and what jewelry has sold since the last time you were in. Carry extra stock with you at all times so the display is always full. Most stores will keep track of your account and are often quite surprised at how well your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets have sold.
Needless to say every jewelry artisan would prefer that store owners buy their jewelry outright. Consignment ties up a lot of stock with no money in your pocket until after the sale. It might help to offer incentives like free jewelry or bigger discounts if they buy outright.
Sometimes there are accounting problems where your records and the records of the store do not match. When this happens you could run into trouble getting the store to pay what they owe. Usually it is due to shop lifting, they did not sell it and it is not there. Many store owners will only pay what is in their records. You must be careful of the type of store and where the display is located so that shop lifting does not occur.
Although you have to be careful when putting your handmade jewelry into a store on consignment, we have had these stores become very good wholesale jewelry customers. It is hard for a gift shop owner to buy handcrafted jewelry outright without any knowledge of your product. Once they have the experience of how well your handmade earrings and handmade bracelets sell they are more willing to purchase the best selling designs as wholesale jewelry.
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