Saturday, July 31, 2010

Itching to Promote... but too Busy Makin' Stuff

Things have been good lately. I love having a lot of time to work on making jewelry. I've been making A LOT of stuff, but I want to get my craft table fully stocked before I start listing new things in my shop again.

I finally finished my tray of rings for shows.

My stock now includes: 36 rings, 19 pairs of earrings, 11 hair clips (my cat got one and ripped it apart. lolz... bad kitty), 7 bracelets, and 1 necklace. I've been trying to get my necklace count up, but every time I make one, someone I know wants to buy it. Guess I shouldn't complain. :)

I've been getting sucked into little marketing strategies. I'm really anxious to start promoting again. Can't wait to try out some ideas once I have my shop stocked up. I'm considering doing the "relist every day" thing that people seem to think works so well on Etsy. I figure if it doesn't work, I can just stop before I spend too much money on relisting.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Preparing for a Show

So much stuff has happened since I last posted here. My goal of becoming an ultimate jewelry blogger has kind of been pushed to the side. I quit my job a couple of weeks ago, and now I'm really trying to focus on my tiny jewelry business until I find something more... profitable.

My jewelry is now for sale at "Master's Pieces" on Main Street St. Charles. I went to see it and was surprised to find that it was not all grouped together, but spread throughout the store. It was still nice, but it's a little hard to find. If any of my friends/family want to go check it out, I'd suggest asking the store owner to help point my stuff out. :)

I gave all of my stock to the jewelry shop, and I'm signed up for a craft show at the end of August. I bought my own table that I'll need to fill up. I'm really going to have to scramble to get everything done. So far I've made 7 bracelets, 10 pairs of earrings, 6 rings, 12 hair clips, and 1 necklace. Not too shabby for a week and a half. I found this awesome tutorial for making my own necklace busts. I also designed and assembled my own earring display. I'm planning on putting up my own tutorial, but that will probably have to wait until after I'm done preparing for the show.

I made these little hair clips to take up space on my table. I think they're super cute, and it'll be nice to be able to sell something at such a low price ($4 for one, $6 for two). Not sure how safe they are for children, though. I might need to put out a little warning sign next to them.