I started working to put my work out there "in the real world" via consignment shops last January. I've blogged about it once or twice since then, and I thought it was time for an update again, because I've put in a lot of work on them this week! The shots in this post were taken quickly last night, so they aren't all as high quality as I usually shoot for.
Last week I was able to check in on both my consignment stores. I knew that at least one of them needed restocking and I already had a small supply made up. The owner of that shop was having a rough day though, so instead of restocking and getting paid then, we arrainged for me to come back this week.
The Stock I Already Had Made Up
The good thing about that was that it gave me time to make up even more bracelets! It was needed, because I had sold quite a few things, which I'm not going to complain about! So over the last few days I made up 2 more strand bracelets and 3 memory wire bracelets for that shop.
2 Strand Bracelets
I'm also going to need to make up a bunch of earrings to go in that shop! This is what I currently consider my "main shop." It's a bead store and its where I've made the most sales so far. A few months afterI put my work in her shop they moved locations, and now they are right next to a clothing store, so people often buy clothes, and then go over and buy jewelry at the bead store. Works out perfectly!
3 Memory Wire
The second place I currently sell my work is a hair salon that is owned by a friend of my mother-in-law. I haven't had anywhere near as many sales there as I have at the bead store, but my last payment from them was much better, so I'm feeling hopeful. It was a large enough payment that I can afford to buy a new display to put in that store, one that will look more professional, and that I can put more inventory on. I'm hoping that the combination of a more professional looking display and more inventory will help increase sales at that location. I'm headed out there tomorrow with a couple bracelets I made yesterday to increase my stock.
For the Hair Salon
Going forward - I'd like to expand and put my work out there in more places. Between the fact that I live in a fairly large city, and I do a wide range of work, I should be able to put my work in multiple shops with out competing with myself. I want to take a few high end pieces in and see if I can get them on display and consignment in a bridal store. I also would like to find a venue for my hemp work. I have a few ideas for that. Those are my first two goals and we'll see where it goes from there! I'll keep you updated!