I am generally amazed to see what capable jewelry crafters can create. Not long ago, on a visit to Texas Incline Country, I found quite a few fashion artisans that worked from other homes. Many were Indigène Americans, but the same number of people ended up artists and enjoyed developing beautiful western jewelry. The common thread I heard in their conversations was locating markets beyond their speedy area to sell their beautiful works of art. You must first understand anyone with mass-producing items and so are not trying to compete with the manufacturers or their significant network of retailers.
You don’t have to live west to love western types or create beautiful fashion. Many people all over the country are carrying out this hot fashion. High-quality designers have caught the love of “all thing’s cowgirl.” That being said, where do you sell those baubles after you work from home? First, you must know about the value of your work. It takes a long time of work to purchase not only the findings [chains, clasps, bales, conchos and so on] but for actual design and creation. The effort is time-consuming and sophisticated so put a fair valuation on that time. Once you have come up with one of a kind piece and decided on a fair price, where do you go?
Of course, the obvious is just about the auction sites, but I see this as an exercise with futility. The auction searcher is also a bargain hunter, all of which will gravitate towards a ridiculously affordable. It is the bargain basement’s last resort to get real craftsmen.
Many test crafts fairs, but I realize this is another bargain sportsman paradise, not a showcase. Just what exactly is the answer? The good news and the bad news is you have a unique work of art in most cases, and the American jewelry market is on fire. You need to be able to touch it and strike even though the iron is hot.
The particular Native Americans have done a fantastic job branding their particular wares; however, if you don’t have the particular congressional act protecting your current brand and you don’t have a tribal name to capitalize on, you have to discover aggressive marketing. A website of your showcase your work? You must first develop a name or company to get much development there. You have to make people desire what you have.
This is tough for the stay-at-home mom, a great designer. I know several and have obtained their items for my business. But it is a minimal market. We need to get you responsible from home to market your current items.
How do you do it? First, there are tourists, who can and do spend a lot involved. You may not be able to rent an outlet in a tourist area or even a gallery in an art neighborhood. But you can still use the two. How? First, find, get into an internet search for western places that are popular with the traveler trade. Then search with jewelry stores, art famille and gift shops inside the same area. Call to have an email address, and send them a new thoughtful, positive cover letter, in addition, to sending them a file of images of what you create. You should contact them a few days later with a personal call. Inquire further if they will commission gross sales in partnership with you. The key is “Partnerships” until you develop a demand for your personal “brand” Make sure you have various pieces completed before you go even more.
Most businesses charge a new 20-35% commission… offer them considerably more for a limited time [like the first 25 sales]. You have to decide how a great deal more in order not to lose money. Tell them your bottom line with their cost. They understand that real sterling silver and genuine gemstones, including turquoise, are expensive; even if you work with other mediums for your job, they understand the creative time frame it takes. If they can get a more significant cut from you rather than obtain an established source or have the “exclusive,” they may be happy to make extra cash. They also do not have to reveal money in inventory to get expensive items.
An even more worthwhile and surprising market is usually anywhere BUT the west! Ny, for example, has a vast sector potential because people who visit all over the world want everything North American, and what is a more Us take-home gift than genuine Western jewelry and skill? Right now, I know about several boutiques asking for “real” western precious jewelry, not the mass-produced variations. All you have to do is see them. That is way easier than you think. The same rules are utilized above for an internet search, email photos to shops you have investigated online.
As an aside, ensure you brand your packaging. This could be done inexpensively, obtaining craft bags online for less than fifty cents every. Get a label from any inexpensive address brand companies, and add a little American touch like hemp lace. Instead of a full address, in other words, a name like “Creations by ” and enter your name and both your phone or a contact address.
Another excellent marketing thought is to donate a piece to get a rodeo or a Western equine show as a trophy-winning prize. Build [or acquire a used one online from your auction site]] an inexpensive showcase and have the part on display during the function. Award it in person if you can. You get your name on the market; It is cheap advertising. We are personally not creative; however, one should utilize this method to market their business to a suitable audience. Understanding these occasions draw thousands of people using the same taste in jewelry.
Another tried and true method to obtain sales is to lend items to friends and significant people, provide them with a gift handbag and make sure you enclose a sound business card with getting in touch with info. People who like you would like you to succeed. They usually proceed the extra mile to get you sales.
Finally, utilize social media. It is straightforward to get an account in your company name. No one knows whether you choose the jewelry on your craft desk in the basement or whether or not you have a huge studio. Obtain a page, change the pictures
Be sure to keep your content fresh frequently. BEG usually does not ask friends to use their social media accounts to promote appointments to yours. These things bloom exponentially; they tell a buddy, then they tell a friend, and so forth, and so on. Before you know it, they understand you.
Happy Sales! Deborah G Flynn.