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Selling Handmade Jewelry

Handmade Jewelry
Selling handmade jewelry has the potential for being a successful cottage business and perhaps even a more lucrative concern. This is a guide about selling handmade jewelry.
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June 5, 2011

I do artificial (costume) jewellery and I don't know how to sell my product. Can anyone give me some ideas?

By docrafts from Chennai

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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

Do flea markets/craft shows in your area, ask different local merchants if they would display and sell some of your things. Also there is etsy.com, where people can post and sell their craft items.

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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

etsy.com, etsy.com, etsy.com.....can't recommend it enough. Have to have a visa card, could get a small secured one from Walgreens or Walmart. They charge very little per posting and many people do well on etsy.

Any craft sales which have inexpensive table charges. Church sales. At your own garage sale. Make sure it's clear your jewelry is new/unworn, and keep your prices as low as possible to sell them if you do it via your own garage sale; it will tell you if people like them [nice design above] and encourage you. But make sure you get your expenses back so you can continue. You might consider trying to consign them to small boutique stores, but I'd suggest getting an enclosed, rotating display case that the store personnel have to open. I am sure there is a high shoplifting rate for jewelry.

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If you can, get a few high school girls you might know to wear your jewelry and on those, make sure the girls quote put the price you want all the time to anyone interested. High school girls can never get enough jewelry. If nearby schools are going to have bazaars, that's a pretty good place to get a table.

Does your town have a market venue for craftspeople? Visit and talk to vendors. You can sell at many markets that are not only for crafts, just try to keep your table costs down. How many do you have to sell to pay for the table, etc.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

What about craft shows. Ask your beauty place if she would put one out if you would give her a percentage. Ebay is another place. Amazon. Good luck, they look like some I bought on Ebay from a foreign country.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

I found this article helpful. I think ebay and etsy are mentioned in the article. You can also sell on overstock.com (they have an online marketplace), Artfire.com, and Rubylane.com. Thats mainly if you want to sell online, I've found that you widen your customer base if you sell online. Not to mention that you can make your own schedule instead of working around the hours of a flea market or marketplace.

http://www.ehow  elry-online.html

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

You could open up a shop on etsy.com , they take a very small fee for each piece you sell. You would have a much larger customer base there.

I have two friends who sell on etsy.com , one has been doing it for years, and I don't think she would have kept doing it that long if it was'nt working out for her.

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My other friend just started about 7 months ago, selling mittens in a shop called "Marvelous Mittens" and it went so well that she opened up a second shop a few months later for things she makes with fabric, it's called "Fabriq". She started with a rubbermaid tub full of wool mittens she made from recycled sweaters she felted, and within a month she was almost sold out and was working almost full time makeing more mittens to add to her shop. Her mittens are fabulous, I own a pair myself, and I love them.

I'm thinking of opening a shop of my own later this year, not sure what to call it yet, or what all I will be selling there. ;D

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

I think your jewelry is beautiful! I think you would sell great on Etsy.com, especially since you're located in a unique place, from the viewpoint of most Americans and Europeans, that is! Etsy is a global marketplace online, with lots of tips and helpful articles. God bless!

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

Its beautiful jewellery.You could come to Bangladesh and bring a suitcase load for selling . Before that you may have to contact a local enterpreneur to help you with the details. This is happening quite often and people are travelling around the region with their crafts and selling them directly.Some of the jewellery may have to be slightly modified to fit the local taste but its very similar to the jewellery worn in all of S. Asia.

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

Host a jewelry party at your home. Invite friends and family, and ask them to bring one or two of three of their friends. Run it similar to a Tupperware party. Then ask all of your guests to host a jewelry party in their home. Be sure to offer a nice incentive for the prospective hostess, to make it worth her time and effort. Hope this helps.

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August 22, 20130 found this helpful

Here is a site for more ideas at etsy.com

https://www.ets  seller-handbook/

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By 0 found this helpful
December 9, 2010

Does anyone have any ideas on how to sell my fashion jewelry via computer? I am not too computer literate. I don't know how to put photos of the jewelry on-line. Any and all answers will be greatly appreciated!

By SandraA from San Jose, CA

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

I'm starting to feel like a "pusher" for this web site :-) but I honestly have no vested interest in such. (Link below) All items must be handmade (your jewelry) vintage, or re-purposed. Individuals set up their own online "stores" and anyone can browse and look for products. From your question, this might be a good place for you to consider.

I can't help with your "how to set up or post pictures" questions, but I'm guessing someone you know personally could help you open your own "store" on this site: http://www.etsy.com/

Hope this info helps you find a starting point to sell your handmade jewelry online. Good Luck!

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December 10, 20100 found this helpful

How do you intend to put the pictures on? Digital camera? You probably need to find someone (in person) who has a digital camera and computer who knows how to save the pictures to your computer and then you can easily put them on etsy or ebay (etsy is your best choice, ebay "might" work, but in my opinion handmade items don't sell all that well on there). (There are of course, numerous selling sites and you could have your own web site, but of course you'd need to be proficient in camera /computer first). You could also explore local options for selling (in person), craft mall, flea markets, shows. Both ebay and etsy. The making of the "ads" is not that difficult, you are guided through step by step. ebay for sure, will even help you with the picture thing (to put on a picture, when you reach the picture section, their picture "box" come up and asks you to browse through your saved pictures, click on the one you want, it pulls it up and push their "download" button and they do the work) (I've sold a good bit on ebay, but not much on etsy, so I can't vouch for their picture helping aspect). Hope this was a little helpful.

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December 10, 20100 found this helpful

Sandra-

As a jewelry designer/artist, I have lots of experience in this area. Weebly.com offers outstanding website hosting for very little money - check out mine at www.uniqueadornmentsjewelry.com and see what you think. You will need a GOOD digital camera in order to get true color and resolution. Save the photos to your computer via the camera's USB cord and upload them to the website. Contact your local high school and see if they have a web design & photography class that can help you initially. Enroll in a beginning computer class through your technical college and get rolling! You can do it!

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December 15, 20100 found this helpful

Agree, etsy.com is the way to go!

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January 19, 2014

I make jewelry and it's in a shop where people can pick it up and handle it, but I lost revenue on a couple of pricey pieces due to ease of theft. When I put them in a locked display case, no one wanted to bother with having the case unlocked for them so my sales went down.

Has anyone found a way to make necklaces shopper friendly without being shoplift friendly? If so, please share your ideas!

By Cassie

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March 9, 20140 found this helpful

This might help, a friend of mine uses wire baskets to secure her jewelry to, that way they can touch the jewelry. Sometimes she uses bread ties to secure her jewelry to the baskets, or maybe just plain wire. When their sold she cuts the wire off. She also secures the baskets so they can't be taken off of her table. With this idea in mind maybe you can come up with something similar, that will work for you. Good Luck!

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December 29, 20140 found this helpful

Where can I sell my beaded jewelry?

By Donna W. from Decatur, MI

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