by Linda Harrison. (United States) Signing my items has sometimes been a challenge. I don't care for those string tags because they hang from merchandise and sometimes look tacky. I used to make just a folding cardboard sign from cardstock, but they don't last long. I also used to make signs and laminate, but if I needed to change the price I had to throw … [Read more...] about New, Improved Signing for Jewelry Prices
Pricing tips for turning an honest profit from your handcrafted jewelry creations.
by Pamela Dudrow. Recently I had an experience that I’d like to share. I create jewelry and sell at a price I think is a good retail price; taking into consideration how much time I’ve put into each piece, and addressing the current popularity of the technique I use. Okay, it’s pricey! I recently attended a show where the audience was looking for a bargain. I … [Read more...] about Selling Pricey Jewelry vs. Bargain Jewelry
by Horatia Henderson. I would like to sell jewellery I have made with seed beads, but am wondering how best to cost an item? Do I go by weight of seed beads used? Or is it better to count the seed beads used? Obviously counting will take a lot of time but my weighing scales don't have the accuracy of less than 10-20 beads. Thanks. Horatia Henderson … [Read more...] about How to Cost Jewelry Made with Seed Beads?
by Angelique Joseph. (Connecticut) I have been making jewelry on and off for a few years now. I got back into it recently to supplement my income and grow it into a business. A friend of mine saw one of my pieces and became interested in selling some of it in her store. Recently, a customer came into the store and saw two pieces of jewelry (not mine) that she liked. … [Read more...] about How Do I Price a Custom Piece Request from a Jewelry Store?
by Jane Petersen. (Madison, WI) I'm in my third year of selling jewelry, and all of a sudden I am questioning how I price jewelry to sell. Usually, I base my price on my costs of supplies and follow the pricing formula I have learned here. Then I wondered if I should continue to base my price on the wholesale costs of beads and supplies. Or should I base my … [Read more...] about Am I Pricing Jewelry Right or Wrong?
by Virginia Vivier. (Tucson, Arizona USA) “I recently received an unusual "custom" request to enlarge one of my pendants to 4 inches in diameter! Whoa Nellie! At first, my instinct was to say "no" since the customer could return it if she didn't like it. Then, I would be out $$$ for expensive materials, plus my time. But, I decided to tell her I WOULD do it. Next, … [Read more...] about Pricing Challenge for a Custom Pendant
by Rosanna Ferrazzi. (United Kingdom) This might sound a bit nuts, but I have never put prices on my jewellery. I sell a lot of eclectically chosen pieces. Some I have made and some not, some vintage, secondhand, etc. A mixed bag and I have found that people always manage to find something in their price range that they are happy with. I found that the hanging tags … [Read more...] about To Price or Not to Price…?
by Stacey Danevicz. (Michigan USA) I have been making jewelry for about nine years now, and was completely shocked to find I was not only interested in it, but that I could sell my pieces quite easily to friends and family, and even the general public. After a lot of initial encouragement, I quickly entered into local craft shows, and had moderate success. However, … [Read more...] about My Jewelry Pricing Confidence Conundrum
by Amanda. (Ontario Canada) I've just started the idea of selling my macrame jewelry, the problem is the time it takes! I'm as fast as I'm going to get, and I try to be as time-effective as possible. The problem is with my speed, even something simple like a pendant takes about 3 hours. I'm thinking of only charging minimum wage for my time in order to keep the … [Read more...] about How Do You See the Value in Your Work?
by Autumn Boutcher. (United States) Hi everyone! I did a show this weekend and having another one coming up. I’ve been brushing up on my JMJ posts, and have a story to tell. Two women walked over during the show. I greeted them before leaving them alone to browse. One of the women played with a necklace letting it go and making a face. I’m sure you’ve seen that … [Read more...] about A Story of Pricing Validation
by Laura Mwangi. (Thika Kenya) I love stone jewellery...my customers also love them unfortuately, I haven't figured a way of making my cost cheaper or making my customers willing to pay their value. My lighting is not good at all but I hope you can help me. I am Laura from Kenya. Laura Mwangi Afrogenesis … [Read more...] about How Do I Get My Customers to Pay What My Work is Worth?
by Betty Holland. (Charleston, South Carolina USA) I have been designing jewelry for 12 years and have previously sold on consignment in Art Galleries. My focus now is working with Fashion Designers for Runway Shows & Photo Shoots. Currently I’m collaborating in this arena. How are Jewelry Designers compensated by the Fashion Designer for designing? … [Read more...] about Ever Worked with a Fashion Designer?