I am running into some superbly sticky situations with “friends” and
In the beginning, I sold much of my things at low prices to attract
attention and get my feet wet. All kinds of new friends and
acquaintances appeared on the scene. Everywhere I went, I was so
interesting all of a sudden. As time went by and I brought my prices
up to market (still a little low) the phone calls and invites tapered
off. Don’t get me wrong, I have real friends as well…but I was a
little hurt still.
Family members are a different thing as well. They want things for
nothing, and I mean nothing. I can’t keep giving everything away
There’s Christmas and birthdays sure, but it’s getting out of hand.
Over the weekend, my mother-in-law stopped by my booth. She
eventually pointed out a piece and informed me that “that’s the one”.
I went back to my father-in-law and said “should I put it aside for
you to get her for Christmas?” and he totally waffled when I told him
it was 125 (it’s normally 175). He said something about a discount
and then mumbled incoherently for a long time. I told him it was 50
off. This stuff is getting really yucky. When I start making things
from more precious material, this is going to get really tough. I
want to make a living, not be some kind of thrift store for jewelry
Some of the other stories are truly odd. Does anyone have a canned
response to these kinds of things? Last week, I sent my new
sister-in-law things she had ordered and she left me a message
informing me that she would not be paying for her necklace. Can you
believe that? She just “informed” me, like it was a done deal.
This is crazy
Sorry for the rant