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Old 07-04-2009, 05:04 AM
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I have designed semi prescious jewelry over 15 yrs. Have had lines in small boutiques, have won awards. All I hear is how gorgeous, how talented, OMG, how long did it take to do that? I had a web site 2 years, sold 3 items, was on Etsy 1 year sold 5 items, been on Picturetrail. 3 years just so there is a place where all my work can bee seen, and have sold nothing off there ever. Tried e-bay several times, never 1 sale. Go to juried shows only usually do (depending on area) between $150-$600. I use only grade A stones-Turquoise, Onyx, Malachite, Pearls,sterling /Bali silver.Every piece is one of a kind. Have done commissioned work-so why can't I sell? I realize competition is fierce, with all the China imports it is killing the artists, but this is rediculous! I am disabled & this is my main source of income, I tried to get a disabled womans grant, but that cost $ to have a small store at flea market. take a peak at site, maybe u can give me some help Anna
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:09 AM
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People who go to juried art shows or on ebay aren't interested in spending a lot of money on art or jewelry, for the most part. They're looking for "cheap" good art. Your work sounds like it should be in a high-fashion boutique or high-end jewelry store. I realize you are disabled, but have you considered going in to some exclusive gift boutiques or unusual jewelry stores and selling them some of your pieces either wholesale or on consignment? You need to reach your target market and that sounds like people willing to spend some money to have something unusual. If you can't go out and sell, can you hire someone who has a certain degree of "presence" who can represent you for a commission? You may have to raise your prices but it might be worth considering.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:14 AM
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Try to build your reputation on Ebay with at least 50 feedback with smaller items. IF you have more than 50 feedback and you have 100% positive feedback. Than, you should be getting sales. Is your shipping reasonable, do you try listing in different catagories?Experiment with Ebay. Try starting a single item at a lower opening bid with a reserve and see what people are willing to pay on Ebay. Some merchandise catagories on Ebay are buyer's markets.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:19 AM
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whats the web site?
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:24 AM
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What I would do is... Get a group of friends together, get all dressed up, get the media in on it, get the newspapers, and have a small little show somewhere (probably at the park or something). I wouldn't spend too much money on it. But... I think you could do something like this. Get your friends all dressed up. Give them the best of your jewelry to wear down the ramp. Get about 200-300 plastic chairs. Make a makeshift ramp. Inform the media about it. Advertise in newspapers. Put fliers up. Pass our brochures. Spread the word through whatever means possible. Try to get a live DJ or a live band (remember something small to start out with). Go and strut your stuff at the show. Do it in the evening sometime. Also have some small businesses sponsor your show and set up vending booths. Set up your own booth and have your most beautiful works on display. Get a raffle going. Get some dancers (ask around at high schools for dance companies and ask them to help out). Make it a cool event. You could even sell tickets to people who aren't media. I hope this helps. I know this is just a rough draft, but if you need more information on what to do and how to do it, just ask. =] GOOD LUCK! I hope things work out.
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