Here is my situation so you all can advise me better.....
I am a small operation. I do have one part time employee and I wish
she was full time and she probably could be in the future. I do
repairs, sizing and some custom design for two local brick and mortar
jewelry stores - I have a few galleries I already sell in but they
are in very seasonal locations (summer time), I sell online and at
art shows myself at a retail price the same as my galleries, I teach
some classes. I can do mass production work and have several
pendants, rings, earrings and necklaces that are production pieces.
One necklace I only have a dozen of at one time, the others I keep
100 each of them in stock and as soon as I get 3/4 of them gone I re
stock them which is usually summer they are all gone and christmas
they are gone again... Winter here is slow - jan, feb, march is time
to make, make, make. I feel like I am caught in the middle of 'go big
or go home.' - Making 1000 pieces at oneshow and selling them all is
a thought my mind cannot even imagine. That's a wesome. I don't think
I've ever even attended a show that large. But you're right I need to
attend some big wholesale shows as a spectator first.
When I go to an art show I have a small enclosed trailer packed to
the top. My car is a Honda pilot and I usually try to keep
everything out of it except myself, my clothes, a small cooler and
my jewelry. When I go home I park the trailer and put the jewelry in
the safe and I'm done. I have a young family. Being gone on the road
doing shows as my main source of selling is not an option. Being
home and working is wonderful! And I am making a living but Idon't
turn anything down. I say yes to work... Fixed a maple syrup still?
The other day, funny repair!
I would love to have more galleries/stores... I guess is all I'm
saying? How do I get there? Patience and Persistence? I'm ready.
Thanks for any and all comments in advance... I will take your
experience and wisdom to heart so be honest and tell me how you do
it or how you would doit now? Sincerely, :) joy kruse