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.

Arizona Midday – Lori Greenberg TV Debut

Here are a few pictures from the Arizona Midday experience yesterday…

First, my husband has rubbed off on me. Whenever we shoot video of the kids or anything else we do, he makes sure to get a picture of the place/name/sign/logo of where we are. You know…for atmosphere and to set the tone. The Arizona News Building Sign:

Next, me on the big day…showing the scale of the dishes that it takes to put the show out there to the Phoenix Valley. I was surprised that they were on the ground.

Here’s a little peek at the studio. What an illusion TV puts on! The wall behind where I was standing was painted to look like a screen, I think and it actually sloped towards the floor. This was such a small room and they had three segments set up at the same time that they switched between for the show.

Last, a couple pictures that my husband took while I was on, from the ‘green room’…that was not green and it sure wasn’t glamorous. It almost felt like a holding tank. With mirrors everywhere and a couple flat panel tvs.

Here’s me holding up a glass rod and mandrel. I didn’t have much time to explain how lampwork works but they did cut to the video of my studio and the torch in action.


The one below is me demoing just how to simple wire wrap an art bead. My hands were shaking like crazy and I couldn’t stop it and I forgot to explain what I was doing. Nice demo. My husband said it looked great…but he has to say that.

So, there you have it. At least you can see these images. I’ll be ordering a video of the segment today and hope to get it on here soon. Thanks for following along. It was fun.

Oh, and thanks to Interweave Press, who asked me to do this spot to promote the Phoenix BeadExpo this coming weekend!