17 Years Old and Starting My New Jewelry Business!

by Mckenzie Hartwell.
(New Hampshire)

Mckenzie starting a jewelry business  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My first event ever!

Hi, my name is Mckenzie.

I am a new artist who originally started jewelry making for a class project and grew a passion for it.

Mckenzie starting a jewelry business  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

A matching earring bracelet combo, that were handmade by me.

At the age of 17, it is very hard for me to enter my work into any online sites for selling.

So currently I am attending craft fairs and such.

Mckenzie starting a jewelry business  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Butterfly earrings

This past weekend I attended a fair and was surprised by my turn out, but there is always room for improvement.

Mckenzie starting a jewelry business  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My booth

Mckenzie Hartwell
Covered Bridge Beading on Facebook

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  • Great job! Anyone have any ideas to help McKenzie sell online?

  • Congratulations on your new jewelry business, McKenzie! You have a good idea of what teens like, and that may be helpful in deciding what direction you want to go. Also helpful for you is that you’ve already got a good start on your social media. And your jewelry looks well made. Your booth is inviting, and I like your unique tree-stump jewelry risers. It looks like you’re off to fantastic start!

    Here are some ideas for selling your jewelry while you wait to be eligible for online selling venues:
    Success Tips for a Teenage Jewelry Artist.

    Jewelry Home Party – would your Mom, Aunt, or other ladies be interested in hosting a jewelry sales party for you? Or how about a jewelry selling party for people of your age group? Here’s how teenager Annalea did just that: Annalea Sloan, Young Jewelry Business Entrepreneur.

    Good luck and keep up the great work! And please keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

  • Joanne says:

    Lovely work, McKenzie! As you’ve already seen, Rena’s site is a wealth of information and inspiration… you’re off to a wonderful start!

  • Joan says:

    It makes my heart happy to see how proud you are of your creations/setup. I wish you much fun and experiences with your new business. I would like to help you by sending you my excess beads. It will be beads, etc. that don’t fit in with my style, etc. and perhaps you can use all or some. my bus. email is Tillersgold@aol.com. I have no website, and i strictly sell at local craft shows. I’ve never done this before and i would like to help you. Good luck McKenzie.

  • Jean BH says:

    McKenzie, great work. Congratulations on your new beginnings. Research as much as you can to improve your marketing skills and jeweling making skills. This is one of my favorite sites and it hold a wealth of information. Good luck.

  • Joan says:

    After looking again at your pic. of your booth setup where you’re sitting on the chair. I have a few recommendations: raise your tables up at least 5″ and keep everything neat. no wires hanging. Later when you’re ready to buy any display/accessories be sure to coordinate the colors. Go to thrift shops and you will find alot of ways to reuse. Use what you have around the house or the woods 🙂 (tree limbs, etc. pcs.) always take pictures and print them of ea. setup and study it. You will notice a lot and it helps to see how to improve and what the buyers see. I always take a pic. after i’m setup and it’s amazing what i notice…..crooked table cloth, wrinkles, too crowded, storage under the table showing, wires, etc. and it could go on and on. I’ve only been selling for 3+ yrs. at our local craft events, and have learned so much. sooooo take those pics., open your mind, and enjoy your jewelry. Good luck and enjoy.

  • Way to go McKenzie, I wish you every success! Lovely beading, keep it up.

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