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Five 'off the wall tips' for selling your art jewelry In selling my resin jewelry at a local art show last weekend, I was reminded of a few of my 'non-traditional' selling methods that have worked well for me. Here are some of the things I like to do when it comes to selling my resin jewelry.1. Never leave business cards out in the open. In the beginning, it was nothing for 500 business cards to disappear in a weekend with no follow up orders to show for it. I now keep my business ...
I'm getting ready this week for my only retail show of the fall. For me at least, it requires an entire change in my mindset. You might think 'selling jewelry is selling jewelry', but there is a big difference between selling your jewelry retail versus selling your jewelry wholesale. For those of you considering making the leap into selling wholesale, here are a few of my random thoughts on what you need to know:1. Don't even consider selling wholesale until you have had at least 3 years of ...
Ten unusual places to sell your handmade jewelry If you're going to venture into selling your handmade jewelry, there are many places for you to consider. While selling online is an easy and inexpensive way to get started, there is a lot of competition. Go to a site like Etsy or Artfire and search for the item you want to sell. Chances are there is a ton of competition! I'm not trying to discourage you from selling on sites like those, but I am going to give you some alternatives ...
Things to consider before selling your jewelry If you love resin jewelry making and resin crafting, at some point, you may have considered whether or not you could (or should) sell your resin jewelry. (Especially when family asks what you're going to do with all this resin stuff!) Deciding whether or not to sell your jewelry is a big step. Here are a few things to consider before deciding to go into the business of selling your jewelry.1. Are you willing to take care of the ...

Art show craft fair checklist

Published on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 by Katherine Swift
"What to Take" printable craft show and art fair checklist I am preparing this week for my one and only art show this spring. I have been doing these for 12 years now and still find I need a week to get ready! The jewelry has been made, but getting everything packed up is always such a chore for me. A couple of years into doing the shows, I found the only way I could get it done -- without forgetting something -- was to ...

How to price your handmade jewelry

Published on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 by Katherine Swift
How to price your jewelry for sale I've been selling handmade jewelry since 2002. In that time, I've made some mistakes and learned a few things when it comes to pricing your jewelry for sale. Here are a few of my tips to make sure you get a fair price for your handmade resin jewelry pieces.When I first got started selling handmade art jewelry, I was making sterling silver jewelry. The formula that worked best for me was to triple my materials cost. Silver was reasonably priced then ...
Thoughts from a buyer on how to photograph your resin jewelry for sale Believe it or not, I buy resin jewelry. Why, might you ask? Because I love collecting resin jewelry and if someone has created a beautiful, perfect piece, why should I try to recreate it? I would much rather reward the artist! That being said, it's amazing how I have come to evaluate jewelry photography when I'm on the other end (buying versus selling). Now, I am in no means and expert photographer. In fact, I'm ...
Apps and computer programs to enhance your jewelry photographs My favorite social website of the moment is Pinterest. I love being able to pin images to a board for inspiration. No more bookmarks in my browser that I only go to later wondering what the heck I wanted to save! In case you're camera challenged like I am, have no fear! There are several programs and applications that can help you get your picture to look like a pro. Here's a list of my favorite photo editing applications:For ...
Looking for inexpensive or free ways to market and advertise your resin jewelry? Here's a few of suggestions: 1. Wear it! No one will wear it with more pride and joy than you will and that will shine through. When people ask you "where did you get those earrings?", you can respond with the best answer possible --I made them! 2. Social media. Of course it's all the rage and this is why: it's free! Pick a platform or two and regularly add to it. You won't see results right away, but ...
Reclaim time for yourself, your resin jewelry, and your resin craft ideas. Ever notice how when time gets tight, the things we love are the first to go? I was recently inspired by the non profit website Cre8time.org, whose mission it is to help people find 8 hours a month to get in the crafting time they need (and deserve)!As a busy mom of 3 and small business owner, finding time to craft is beyond a challenge. I do know, however, that it is good for me and what I need to do to keep my ...

Places to sell your art online

Published on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 by Katherine Swift
Artists, want to expand your selling options? Check out Artsy Shark’s BIG LIST – 125 Places to Sell your Art or Craft Online! It’s been a major project to research and put together this huge list of places where artists and craftspeople can sell their work. There are many ways to sell, so check them out and see which work for you. Let’s get started: 1. 20×200.com – Jen Bekman’s site focuses on art, prints and photos, priced affordably. Juried ...
Things to consider before allowing a store to sell your jewelry on consignment So you think you want to sell your resin jewelry? There are lots of online and offline venues to consider. At some point, you have probably thought about trying to get stores and boutiques to sell your resin jewelry. Have you thought about all the details that go along with it? I started selling my jewelry in stores in 2004 and here the details that I find are very important when consigning your ...
If you're like me, you might have on your New Year's 'to do' list to organize and clean up your resin crafting room and areas. I try to keep everything under wraps as best as I can, but things still have a way of getting away from me. Here's a few of my tips that hopefully can help you too. 1. Group similar items together in larger containers. For example, clear resins stay in one plastic container, colored in another, molds in another, etc. Even more important for me is using clear ...
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25 things to take to your next art show or craft festival I'm getting ready for my one and only art show this fall and broke out my checklist. I decided a few years ago that the only way I was going to remember everything I needed to bring to the show was to have a list. (I had grown tired of always forgetting something!) I now pull this out every time I'm packing my vehicle for a show. Here's my basic list to help you get started with your own:1. Tent. Really important for the outdoor ...
After last week’s posts on 12 lessons learned from selling resin jewelry at art shows and craft fairs, a few of you emailed me about item number 2, signage. You wanted to know what signs I had or suggested. Here’s my list of sign ideas for jewelry shows: 1. A banner hanging from the back or front of your booth (pros and cons both ways) with at least your name and/or business name. Include your logo if you have one or include a photograph of your work. 2. Large ...
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What I've learned doing 10 years of art shows and craft festivals. I started out doing art shows in 2002, and quite frankly, didn’t know what I was doing. I had been making jewelry and thought I would give it a try selling. Alas, ignorance was bliss! I’ve learned a few things over the years and am happy to share them with you. Hopefully, you won’t make the same mistakes I did!1. You will always run out of something. It didn't matter how well I planned, I always ran out ...

Tips for pricing your resin jewelry

Published on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 by Katherine Swift
Pricing your handmade jewelry can be challenging. You need sell it at a price that not only covers your costs and (hopefully) makes you a profit, but it needs to be a price that a customer is willing to pay. Here are a few things to consider when pricing your jewelry: 1. Keep track of your supplies and their costs. When you look at your final piece, you need to know what you have spent on the supplies in the piece (resin, inclusions, findings, etc.) and the supplies used to make the piece ...
A few weeks ago, I asked the Resin Obsession Facebook fans for a few of their favorite tips on selling their resin jewelry in person at art fairs and craft festivals. I've compiled them here and added a few of my favorites at the end. An eye catching display, tall and bright. Keep everything at eye level as much as possible. People don't like to bend over! Offer same design in different colours to match outfits, and ensure you mention this service is available Donate to local auctions and ...