So as I mentioned in my other journal
, this is the week of Things Falling Apart. My phone's okay (thank fuck), but I may be looking at some dental work and major car work in the upcoming while. Bah, humbug.
This means that I want to sell some goddamn jewelry.
Etsy is just not
a good venue for me. It's extremely high-maintenance, and requires a ton of work in photographing and writing up listings for what has been, to me, a very small return. (I probably put at least
a half hour of uncharged work into each of those listings. And in years, maybe a quarter of them have sold. Maybe I'm just being overly optimistic, but I do not like those returns. And this market is fucking flooded on Etsy.)
With the exception of one small zombie craft show (it was beyond dead and into zombie, I am not kidding), I've had my happiest times with selling in person. I can let people handle things and try them on, knock down prices because I don't have to deal with online fees, and chat and stuff.
I've heard of other jewelry people having trunk sale parties at people's houses. Now, admittedly, those are Real Jewelry People like kyth-what's-her-name, and I am peanuts, but I am vaguely optimistic that it might go somewhere. So here's what I'm thinking:
Some weekend day, I'll have all my finished pieces out on display (and discount; I want to move some goddamn stock), snacks and drinks, comfy couches, my housemate's cute dog to serve as mascot, etcetera. I'll have my worktable ready for on-the-spot commissions. (I price custom work the same, btw. Materials estimate + labor + itty bitty
profit margin.) I will basically treat it as A Hanging Out Party With All My Geeky Friends, except with shinies.
This would probably be happening early-to-mid June, either Saturday or Sunday. Date poll may follow. This is more of a general interest-sounding-out would-this-work post.
So, um, yeah. Interest? Would this work?