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    Default Can You Make a decent Living Making Jewellery?

    Seems a bit of a dumb question- but seriously - I wonder.
    Almost everyone I know who is a creative jeweller has another job or career.

    I am a Realtor and thinking of retiring and focusing on my jewellery. I am pretty good at marketing and pricing and I know it is really hard to make enough money to live on by jewellery alone.

    Here in Manitoba most stores that sell what I make carry various artists jewellery. Most are in the same ballpark price wise. ($75- $180 retail per piece). The stores say they sell an average of 4 pieces of jewellery per artist per month. That means having an awful lot of venues to sell at. Where I live there just aren't that many stores!
    I guess the thing to do is get accounts outside of your own cachment area.

    Any comments on this? I'm sure many of you sell your jewellery successfully and make a living at it.
    Can you share any secrets

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    I've been wondering this Cathy
    Jane,
    (although I quite like Sunny!)

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    Yes you can.

    The potential from your local traders sounds a bit limited so, go global! Learn as much as you can about internet marketing and seo and get your website on page 1 of google - it really isn't difficult, just time consuming. Also whilst your sales are low, try to keep your overheads low as well - search out jewellery websites that offer a yearly membership subscription and has tie ins with manufacturers and suppliers offering a discount to the members, a guild site for example.

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    That sounds like a cunning plan Geti - any suggestions?
    Di x

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    I'm all ears .........................
    Jane,
    (although I quite like Sunny!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Cottage View Post
    That sounds like a cunning plan Geti - any suggestions?
    I have heard of a guild site, but I can't remember the details. I'll have to have a search around and see if I can find the details somewhere - sounded quite good though. Something about supplier discounts, sharing exhibition space at craft fairs etc. I only had a glance at the flyer.

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    Maybe you could post us a link.
    Jane,
    (although I quite like Sunny!)

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    Sorry Sunny - I may have thrown it away. I'll keep looking though :-)

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    I'd be really interested to know more, Alan, so get searching
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    I'm not lucky enough to make a living from just selling yet (yet!!), but my business as a whole does help to pay the household bills - I teach jewelley making privately and at a local college and write magazine articles, and these avenues are wonderful at bringing in a steady income, even in the quieter sales times of the year.
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