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latsyrc_17
« on: July 11, 2008 01:38:36 PM »

I just started making jewelry a few days ago so I'm extremely new at this.
I bought the basic materials and have made a few things now. I'd like to sell my jewelry to my friends and their friends and get the word out that way.
But since I'm so new and I feel like my stuff is still very amateur, I have no idea how to price it!
Could you seasoned jewelry makers give me some advice on how much I should sell this stuff for?

Here's a link to the things I've made so far:



Thanks in advance!  Cheesy
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iamsonotcool
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2008 07:16:14 AM »

this may not be helpful at all but...
when im making something new and im not sure how it will go over or how i can improve on quality control and comfort, i usually give it away to my closest and most verbal friends.  you know the friend who always tells you when you have a booger in your nose.  that way, if it has a crappy clasp problem or what not she will be the one to tell you how to make it better.  and also when she wears it people will ask where she got it and then up goes your sales Smiley  hope that helps Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2008 10:44:30 AM »

I would suggest first taking your stuff to an expert on jewelry, like a jeweler or something, just to make sure they're suitable for sale.
I say this because the first time I wanted to sell my jewelry, I took the stuff to a local store who had expressed interest in selling them on consignment, and the lady (quite rudely, actually) said that my jewelry was "unsafe and easily breakable," and to prove her point, she picked up one of my earrings and broke it. It was an unpleasant experience, but I learned from it, and worked on making my jewelry more sturdy.
anyway, just thought you might want to check that out before you sell.
good luck!
by the way, your jewelry looks awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2008 04:57:55 AM »

Those pics are really hard to see, but as far as I can tell they look OK; very simple in form, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you're wearing it and you know they won't fall apart (that's quite a story above!) after buying and you like them yourself, chances are someone else will like them, too.

The simplicity issue will come into play here, along with the fierce jewelry competition out there; basically when you have very simple stuff, it can't be priced very high; maybe $8 for the earrings and $12-15 for the necklaces, depending on the number of beads.

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latsyrc_17
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008 01:39:39 AM »

Thanks for the great advice CraftyChef! That's kind of the price range I was thinking too because yes, my stuff is very simple but I like it.  Smiley

I'm glad you like it Hltrskltr! I stopped by a bead store yesterday and the lady that was helping me gave me some generous compliments on my necklace (the first one show in the pictures). She has been selling jewelry for 5 years now, so I think my pieces will be okay. But I wear them when I go out just to make sure they don't fall apart and that they're comfortable!  Wink

iamsonotcool, I know exactly what you mean about that one friend that's always completely honest! I'm going over to my friend's house tomorrow to show her some of my stuff and see what she thinks. Great idea! Thanks!
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