Contemplating lots of sales schemes.

I use the word scheme endearingly. Meaning that with the economy being so sluggish and the world of selling online having changed so much since I was fully in the game, I am contemplating different creative ideas to spark interest. When sales slow, the first reaction can be to lower prices. My prices have always been pretty reasonable because I like designers to be able to buy and resell in their creations. However, I have also always considered that there has to be some mark-up from wholesale for the shops that want to buy and resell, without my prices underselling them. I don’t know why I find it so confusing.

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One of the things I’m contemplating again is eBay auction. Ninety-nine cent or $9.99 starting prices. The $.99 thing makes me nervous but also can be fun. Another thing I am contemplating is selling full on wholesale at the Tucson Whole Bead Show in February. If you have a business license, no minimums and full wholesale pricing.

And then, I think, all of that sounds like huge incentives to buy from me but really, maybe the market just isn’t there anymore. Or maybe, Tucson just ain’t happenin’ for glass beads anymore. Not on the scale that it used to be. That is pretty obvious…but I still have fun and still turn a profit so I haven’t gone to total doom and gloom mode.

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That is also causing me to re-think some other things. What do I REALLY need/want to make on a piece? Can I cut back my hourly wage and still be happy with myself? I know that I can because I’m pretty efficient. What is my intention in selling my work? Since I don’t need to sell in order to feed my family at this time, do I want to just make art for me, or do I want to sell it at lower prices just to move it? Do I want to create pieces that take more time to create and sell them for higher prices in shops and galleries?

I just don’t know.  So right now I’m going where my heart leads me. If it tells me to work on a piece that takes a week, that is what I sit down to do that day…hoping that the rest of the week will lead me in that direction so I can finish it! If it tells me to sit down and try something new, that is what I’m doing. If it tells me to clean my office from top to bottom and hang twinkle lights, that’s where you will find me.

I am trying to not think about selling.

4 thoughts on “Contemplating lots of sales schemes.

  1. Terri Carol

    Wow Lori! Have you been reading my mind?!?!? Exactly the thoughts that have been rumbling around in my mind for weeks… no it’s been months. I hope you find the path that takes you into the direction that makes your heart sing. Best wishes in 2013!

  2. Patricia Carberry

    Hi Lori – Your posts this week have resonated with me big time!! What am I doing, and why?
    I have taken 4 classes this year, and barely scratched the surface of what I’ve learned. I hope to spend the next few weeks just playing in my studio. Seeing what happens if I don’t care what happens.
    Although I only sell finished jewelry and not beads, I plan to make beads for the next few weeks with no end product in mind.
    Your musings are very inspiring. I’m sure you will find the sweet spot where you are loving what you are doing, and selling your work. All the best in 2013!

  3. MonaRAEbeads

    Wow, Lori! It it so nice to have company in my brain! Seems there are more than a few of us on the same wavelength. I started a program called The Desire Map, and I’ve decided that I’m just going to “let it go” and think about how I want to feel at any given moment, rather than what I want. Selling my inventory would make me feel worthy and admired as an artist, and responsible as a consumer of materials, and free to make new beads. But that’s how I want to feel right NOW….so I will, whether I sell my inventory or not. I’m also trying new things (zentangle, getting ready to do some polymer, seed bead weaving) and writing more. Thanks for your post; now I don’t feel so alone!

  4. Lori Greenberg

    It’s nice to know I’m not alone! MonaRAE, that is totally my wavelength these days. I just read something yesterday that said if we’re constantly trying to achieve something outside ourselves, it is going to be disappointing. The drive keeps you going but when you achieve it, then what? Much better to focus on the inner and what you’re saying…feeling good in every moment and not putting a condition on it. It may sound hokey but I’m beginning to get it.

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