Supporting one's habit

One of my students, who is 80, has said that she needs to sell some
of her work, which is quite good, to support her jewelry making

She’s a wonderful person and I’d love to help her out. What kind of
venues are available to the person who is not aspiring to be a
professional but would like to sell a little?

Elaine Luther
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay

 One of my students, who is 80, has said that she needs to sell
some of her work, which is quite good, to support her jewelry
making habit. 

Considering her age, she might find a senior citizens center that
has a gift/craft shop that would be happy to show her work.


When she makes that leap to selling her wares, she IS a
professional, whether she wants to be or not! To be legal, she needs
a vendor’s license, must collect sales tax, yada yada yada. Good
luck to her, I hope she enjoys her new hobby for a good long time!

Lee Cornelius

I’m not sure about your area, but in our area a couple of senior’s
centers actually teach the classes and then sponsor a jewelry show
where they are allowed to sell their items. I would check with any
seniors programs in the area to see if there are any sort of
similar shows. Made me mad cause they wouldn’t let me in the
classes until I was 50! LOL!


Why not have her ask a friend, daughter, granddaughter to host a
jewelry party? The host gets a piece of jewelry or part of the sales
and everyone has fun.

Espeically if she times these parties around holidays – fourth of
july, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s day, etc., she should have good

She does need to charge tax and would be responsible for paying her
state’s sales tax fees (probablay needs to get a resale license
first – but this is easy)

Good luck to her!
Jocelyn Broyles
Costa Rica ph(011 506) 376.6417
U.S. fax (253) 669.1679

A few years ago, I was invited to give a series of presentations on
gemstones to an adult day care center. Nothing fancy or extremely
involved, just basic properties, countries of origin, physical and
metaphysical properties - basically, something to fill some time. The
people there were often fascinated by the difference between rough
and finished gems and metals.

At the end of each presentation, many of the attendees were more than
happy to purchase a pair of earrings, ring, pendant, for either
themselves or a loved one. I usually sold a couple hundred dollars
worth of simple goods, but after I did a program on opal, the
director of the center bought a $2,500 pendant.

Elaine, perhaps this could be something your student could tackle. If
she isn’t prone to stage fright, it would be easy for her to talk to
the folks at a local center about what it takes to do what she does.
At any rate, it’s a great community service and a chance to not only
socialize, but make a few bucks in the process.

James in SoFl