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Daily Wire Tip Feb. 23: Starting to Sell Jewelry
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
February 23, 2011
I am just getting started with trying to sell my wire wrapped jewelry, and have never exhibited at a fair or outdoor show. I have several local shows in mind, but I need help with what to expect. For instance, what supplies do I need to purchase for this purpose: tent, table, signs, give-aways, displays, etc.? What should I be prepared for that I might not be aware of?
-Mary Lee in Clifton, Virginia
When you are ready to begin selling your handcrafted jewelry at shows, there are a lot of questions! To help, on the left side of this blog, under Jewelry Topics, look at Sales & Marketing, under Articles. You will find several free articles I wrote to help with these challenges, Mary Lee.
For example, How to Price Your Wire Jewelry gives suggestions on pricing formulas to use; in Where to Sell Your Wire Jewelry. I share not only common locations but also some tips on selling at places you may not have thought of! To answer a lot of folks’ questions about shows, I wrote Wire Jewelry Display & Booth Ideas, all of these articles are based on my real-life experiences, and are meant to help you avoid some costly mistakes that I made when I started out.
Of course, the ultimate advice would be to invest in The Definitive Guide to Selling Handcrafted Jewelry. I can’t go into all of the detailed information about what is included in this guide here (all you have to do is follow the highlighted link). Really, if you think about all of the time and energy you have invested in designing and making your jewelry, and all of the money you have invested in the tools, supplies and education aids to do so, why wouldn’t someone invest in the one final tool that will help you price, display, and sell your work, recouping your investment and expanding your marketing potential? I wish you all the best with your upcoming shows!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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