So now I have to complete that story. I had several earrings remaining from the first batch that I made and decided to take them out to my "high end" shops just before Christmas. I had 11 pairs. I figured that nothing was selling, so why not try something that I would never have thought would fit these shops. The first shop that I went to wanted all eleven and I asked her to give me the pair that she like least so I had something tangible to show to my other shop owners. The other owner that I was able to see, went bonkers...she loved them and wanted lots. I got them to her just before Christmas.
Meanwhile, I am reordering stock like crazy, even did a rush shipment...something I've never done before and I decided to try some necklaces, too. I took the necklaces out last Friday, intending to visit my 5 most active shops and I never got past the first one, the one who went bonkers with the earrings. She not only took 95% of the earrings that I had with me, but she took 19 of 21 necklaces. She kept saying that these are going to sell and sell fast! She has added the necklaces to her website and is now in L.A. on a buying trip and says she is going to find a rep for me for the west coast. I had to come home and reorder again, because I needed necklaces for my other shops.
I am starting my fourth full year as a business, the first 8 months last year were record breaking for me. I envisioned not only a huge leap in sales, but also profits...and then Sept hit. My best shop sold one pair of earrings from mid September til December...not one other piece of jewelry. She had sold exceptionally well during the summer, when nothing sells in Phoenix...but it's hard for a small business to absorb no sales for almost 3 months...needless to say, I am not breaking any records this year...but these resin pieces may resurrect me. I have sold allot of earrings in the last several weeks and now the necklaces are out and ready to go...I'm working harder with this much lower price point, but profits are profits whether you get there with one $250.00 or five $50.00 checks. So I have my fingers crossed that clients will like these as much as my shop owners have. The funny part of this whole thing is - the shop that I orginally made these for - the beads I never would have ordered if this owner hadn't given me a go ahead - she has not sold one pair. Boy, life sure is a crap shot isn't it????
Here are pictures of some of these necklaces and they are available in my shop
Soooooooooooooo - whaddya think - kinda fun aren't they????Have a great day, all...til next time