The Business Chat – 3 ways of selling

No matter how beautiful your work is, if you don’t sell it, your business will fail. In a crafty business money is sometimes not the main reason we’re in business. We do this because we love it, because we want a creative outlet, because we want to share our talents. Regardless of why you are in business, if you lose money it’s a failure. The bottom line is you need to sell your work. There are 3 ways you can sell your work. retail your products directly to the public wholesale to stores/galleries in stores on consignment There are advantages …

The Business Chat – How to Sell Your Work

Boy is my inbox full lately! Too bad they aren’t the “You’ve received a new order” emails, but hey, it is January so no one is really expecting those. No, most of the emails are “gee, it’s a new year and this year I really want to sell my sweaters/earrings/soap/pottery. I saw you at a show and thought you might be able to help me.” The answer is yes, I can try to help. I can tell you about how I got to where I am, and I can outline some steps that you must take. What I can’t do …

Jewellery News

The front page of the Toronto Star this morning was splashed with an article re: recalled toys and children’s jewellery – Made in China, loaded with lead. Some of it even tragically labeled lead-free. Mostly sold through dollar stores – these items continue to slip past testing (and realistically – how much testing could be done?) and make it onto the shelves here. It’s sad – and an argument for sure for sitting down with your granddaughters and nieces (and grandsons and nephews) and teaching them to make jewellery from components that you know and trust! There’s a moral in …

Craft Show Season!

Well, June has finally arrived and with the warm weather and sunny days comes craft show season! Almost every weekend there seems to be another show or sale on. So why not get in on the action?! Have you always wondered what it takes to get started in the craft show circuit? How much you should make and how on earth to price it all? Not to worry, Catherine Winter aka Sailorgirl is back from sailing the Caribbean to answer all your questions! Catherine successfully makes and sells two jewelry lines using commercial beads for one and her own handcrafted …