by Irene. I just launched my jewelry business a couple of months ago. I was approached by my yoga studio to sell my malas and spiritual bracelets, earrings on consignment. I said yes and suggested a 60/40 split. In three weeks, 1 mala, 1 set of earrings, and 2 bracelets sold. I am wondering if this is a good sign or slow sales. I don’t really like doing … [Read more...] about Consigning Jewelry – Are My Sales Good or Slow?
Wholesaling / Consigning
Tips for selling jewelry wholesale and on consignment through shops and galleries. Strategies for production, marketing, pricing, and record-keeping in the jewelry business-to-business world.
by DeeAnn Elizabeth Pavlick. (Pennsylvania) Hello, my name is DeeAnn Elizabeth. I have been a designer since I was 24 and I am now 56. I have been selling on my own all these years and very wrapped up now in being an author and hospice nurse. I am looking for a sales rep to help me get my designs into boutiques, galleries and stores. Can you lead me the way of … [Read more...] about How to Find Jewelry Sales Reps?
by Dan. (Pueblo) I've recently become interested in a career in jewelry after attending a course at my local community college. I've also just recently graduated high school, so I'm looking to start making and selling pieces to get more experience. Currently I only have the capacity to make wire wrap rings and the like. I know a few shops downtown that buy jewelry, … [Read more...] about Help – Starting a Jewelry Business Right Out of High School
by Darlene. (Anchorage, Alaska) I came across something new today after pitching wholesale to a gallery who had expressed interest in carrying my handmade jewelry. She asked if I do a "pick box" which I assume means that I send her a box of jewelry that she can choose from. She is located several hours away so we would do this by mail. But after googling I really … [Read more...] about Gallery Requested a “Pick Box” – What Is It, and How Should I Handle It?
by Amanda. (Akron, New York USA) I don't know how to go about talking to the owner of the consignment shop where I have my jewelry about my display. I hate it. It's messy and cluttered with other sellers jewelry. She is a really friendly and helpful owner but I don't want to insult her. I have tried hinting that I would like to change it and did change some things. I … [Read more...] about I Hate How Consignment Shop Displays My Jewelry
by Crissey. I just found out that my supplier no longer carries the beads I need for wholesale line that I'm working on. They have similar products, but they may be a shade or two different than what I have been using. However, the alternatives are more appropriate for the look I'm going for. How do I handle this with my client? Crissey … [Read more...] about Supplier Doesn’t Sell the Beads I Need
by Amy. (Jackson, Tennessee USA) I am thinking of making the leap into selling my jewelry wholesale to boutiques. I have only been making jewelry for a little over a year and have great reviews from clients, from the boutiques I work with (but they are consignment & I don't want to do that any longer), and I have been featured on Elle-France website. I have … [Read more...] about Questions on Purchasing for Wholesale Sales
by Kate. A new consignment shop is opening up and I've been offered pretty generous rental terms. Just got the contract today, which clearly specifies that the shop assumes no liability in the event of a break-in, damage, and so forth, and goes on to state, in writing, that the shop contents (any jewelry I place there) will NOT be insured. I am attempting to chalk some … [Read more...] about Can I Insure Consigned Items Myself?
by Shawn McVey. (Sacramento, California USA) Thanks so much for your insight on consignment. I've been making jewelry for at least 20 years. I sell in boutiques myself (no rep involved). What I've noticed is store owners will only do consignment with local artisans like myself vs. buying the jewelry wholesale. However, they will buy wholesale from brand names … [Read more...] about I Want to Stop Consignments
by Rhianne Newlahnd. (Sedona Arizona, USA) I recently saw an article here about consignment. I was asked to show my jewelry in a gallery. When I went to talk about the deal, I was told that they would triple the price of my goods , which means a $300 piece to me would sell for $900 dollars there and they would take $600! I felt crushed as these are friends of … [Read more...] about What’s the Truth About Gallery Consignment?
by Nancy Bailey. (United States) We have our jewelry in a local gallery, and each month we showcase an artist in the gallery. We have a corner set up where we display their work. The gallery owner wants to showcase our work in April, but we are having a tough time trying to come up with an interesting display, but still keeping our jewelry secure from possible … [Read more...] about Displaying Jewelry in a Gallery: How Do We Avoid Theft?
by Gretchen Shea I’m getting ready to approach a few local stores. Is there a time of year that is best? Is Jan. or Feb. a good time? Or are they catching their breath from the Christmas rush? Gretchen Shea … [Read more...] about When is a Good Time to Approach Stores and Boutiques?