It takes quite a bit of money to start just about any amount of inventory, especially if that inventory is made of pure sterling silver. My original costs were for sterling silver beads, wire, clasps, crimps, and chain (the most expensive part). I already had the pliers I needed for bending the wire and I had the business cards I knew I would use to display the earrings and necklaces printed last year. After my first trip to Nawbin (a local bead store), I had spent $120. The next trip, I spent $40. Then, I sold two necklaces for $40 apiece, lowering my debt to $80. However, two more trips to Nawbin and 25 pairs of earrings later and I was $175 in debt. Luckily for me, I have great customers and in this week alone, I've sold $190 of inventory, releasing me from my debt, making me my first profit of $15. :)
This is a sampling of the earrings I am making. Every one an original piece and made entirely of sterling silver.
These are some of the pendants I have hand-crafted with a sterling silver meditation bead that rotates. Each is sold with its own 18" sterling silver chain. I have also started a new line that features glass beads instead of sterling silver.
This is a picture of my display and arrangement of jewelry sold exclusively at Salon West in Traverse City. Thanks for all the support, Salon West (and for the great haircut)!!!
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