Jewelry Home Parties & Sapphire for September
This month is how to make money from jewelry home parties and September's gem, sapphire Scroll down, or click a link on the html version.
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How to Profit from Jewelry Home Parties
Sapphire: September's Gemstone
How to Make a Killing Selling Bead Jewelry
Parties are very efficient. In just three hours, you can make hundreds of dollars. And it’s not always necessary to pay any fees or commission - just give your hostess some free jewelry and a discount based on the takings.
Party guests feel comfortable buying from you, because your presence in the hostess’s home implies they can trust you and your work is good.
You’re a friend, not an outside sales person. Trust is the most important factor in selling and developing repeat business. And customers enjoy shopping in a relaxed, personalized environment, rather than a mall.
Around 3-hours at someone’s home work best. Although you can estimate how long you need for the party, add 50% more time, and tell this to the host in advance.
Work the party like a craft show - greeting customers browsing and encourage trying on jewelry. Answer questions, make suggestions, and advice on custom orders. Create a fun atmosphere of a girls’ night out shopping.
The best invitations are color postcards with an enticing photo of your finest jewelry – this will encourage people to attend the party. To prevent guests from assuming everything will be too expensive for them, add “Prices Start at $3” (or whatever your least expensive item is) on the invitation. Other tips are:
Take lots of mirrors so customers can see how good they look when they try your jewelry. With their friends' opinions, this is what makes the party fun for guests. You may also want to bring scarves, hats and other props too.
Bright lighting is crucial for good jewelry sales. Tell your hostess you need a well-lit room and bring extra lights with an extension cable.
Right away is always best
Try selling as much jewelry as possible at the actual party - instead of showing samples and taking orders. Impulse sales come easy when people are excited and guests like to take something home. Emphasize that your custom jewelry is unique and impossible to duplicate. If they don’t buy now, they could miss the chance to own the piece later. top of page
“Fear of loss” is a powerful seller!
Display a nice photo album of your work at every party. This triggers custom orders and makes it easier for you to give suggestions. Expect questions about how and when you became a jewelry artist, places you sell, materials used, how it’s made, and where you met the hostess. Interesting comments said about your art makes it more appealing.
Look your guests in the face when you talk, with breath eye contact. Smile and chat to show you’re sincere. Emphasize the BENEFITS of owning one of your pieces. Say something like “you’ll look fantastic in this pearl necklace, all the guys will fancy you - and they never go out of style!”
Bring two calculators, order and receipt forms, and some nice pens. For custom orders, ensure both you and the customer have a written and signed copy of the agreement. Specify delivery date with their phone number and e-mail address. Make the date slightly later than when you expect to finish the order. Then you’re covered if it’s late - and they’ll be impressed if it’s early.
Take payment in full at the party, otherwise some will cancel later. Accept credit cards, Paypal, or post-dated checks for larger amounts. Also take a float of change and a money box for cash.
If someone feels she couldn’t host a party, suggest doubling up with another hostess to hold a group party - where each person invites her own guests and gets credit for their purchases. Negotiate whose house to use, and give them extra.
Apart from discounts, you can entice potential hostesses with a special gift, like a unique design that everyone wants, but only they can buy.
If these conditions are met, then a few ideas of what the hostess could receive are:
Sapphires are extremely durable, only diamonds are harder. Sapphires are generally cut into cushions, rounded rectangle or oval shapes. However, fancy sapphires may be triangles, squares, marquises, pear shapes, cabochon cut, or smooth domes. Sapphire is the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th years of marriage.
Dark blue and lilac sapphire is said to enhance ones creativity while guarding against distraction. It is also good for sexual relationships because it tends create deep bonding between people and brings loyalty.
Light blue sapphire is the inspiration stone. It helps to bring new thoughts and makes one feel excited and full.
Green sapphire brings a lucky sense to ones life for it allows things to run smoothly.
Orange works on a totally different level by not allowing you to deceive yourself. It makes you look at things in their basic form without distorting it to conform to what you want it to be. Brings true knowledge - a good stone for students, teachers, writers and researchers.
Pink sapphire allows one to surrender to another for the good of the all.
White sapphire helps you take care of yourself and to tend to your personal needs. Yellow sapphire connects you to the total you with all of your inner knowledge. It also helps you to see what you do not know so you can look for an answer, rather than believing you already know the answer.
Blue chalcedony can look similar to sapphire at a fraction of the cost. Although a very fine-grained variety of quartz. It has a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure. Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be color enhanced to light blue. It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe. Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.
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