Be patient with me, I think this is going to be a long post. But it's really worth reading to the end.
After much cajoling by friends, family and blog followers I got off my butt and put together a nice list of things that I could sell wholesale and still make a profit on. (More on that in a minute.) I called the woman on Monday and she didn't call back until Thursday, when she told me that she thought they might have enough jewelry right now. WHAT??? They're working towards a Grand Opening in a couple of weeks and she said that once they get the store set up if they had extra space she would get back with me. And, that they might place an order in September for October Leaf-Peeper customers and for the holidays. My behavior was much nicer than my true feelings were, and I told her I'd send her some print information - contact sheets with photos and order forms. So, now I'm back to wishing and hoping that they'll buy something, and wishing and hoping doesn't pay the bills.
Even though the logical thing to do was to come up with a line of jewelry just for them, (so I don't compete with the work I have in other galleries) there just wasn't time for that. What I decided was that there was one earring style that could go for almost half price and that my knotted necklaces on silk thread would work, too. Like this one:
Many of you are familiar with these. They were very popular when I first started making them about 8 or 9 years ago and I got carried away coming up with new colors and sizes. Now I make them in 8 colors, (purple, red, lime green, steel, amber, light blue, black and aqua) three sizes (16, 18, and 20 inches), on either black or white thread. That's 48 different possibilities. I bet I've made thousands of these things and I can almost make them with my eyes closed. Earlier this year I had thought about not making them any more because they didn't seem to be moving as well as they used to. I thought I'd sell out what I had in inventory and that would be it. I even took them off my Etsy Shop. Can you imagine making the exact same thing over and over for years on end? I'm reeeeally tired of them. Well, as the Universe would have it, they've been moving quite well this season so now I'm back at it. They're my little cash cow. The good thing is that they're portable and I can take the materials with me to work on when I'm at the co-op galleries and I can make them in the evenings while watching TV. My brainstorm (could you hear the thunder?) was that I could sell these to the gallery in question and maybe, just maybe, I could eventually phase them out of other shops.
So, here's the give away part: In order to jump start the cosmos into sending me some money, I'm going to give away one of these knotted necklaces to one of you lovely readers for putting up with my moaning and whining. The winner gets to choose the bead color, thread color and size. All you have to do is leave a comment to this blog post. If your comments are usually anonymous, please be sure I have your name somewhere. I'll pick a random winner next Tuesday, August 10th. Leave a comment now!