Some thoughts on how to turn your
jewelry making hobby into a business.
Designs that Sell
($8 - $10)
($8 to $12)
($19 to $29)
($19 to $39)
($11 to $16)
($14 to $22)
($18 to $26)
($15 to $29)
Find the sales venue that works for you. Consider E-Bay,
craft shows, selling on consignment, home parties and flea markets. (There is a lot of competition
on the Internet so this is probably not the easiest place to start selling
Make jewelry to sell in a wide variety of prices. Make
some earrings to sell in the $10 to $14 price range, as well as
some bracelet/necklace/ earring sets to sell in the over $60 price
Make bracelet and earring sets and necklace and earring sets
with matching beads and styles. Most people prefer matching
jewelry but it is hard to find. This differentiates your
jewelry from commercial jewelry.
"Selling" is an active verb. When at craft shows or flea
markets talk to as many people as you can. Any conversation
to have them view you as a person and stop long enough to view
your jewelry is helpful.
Everyone has an opinion about pricing the jewelry you make.
The only opinion that carries any weight is the customers.
Price your jewelry to sell at a price that makes you comfortable
with the return on your time. Don't expect to get $20 per
hour for your time at the beginning. Adjust these prices as you
learn what people are willing to pay in your area. Some people use a rule
of thumb for initial pricing as three time the costs of the
materials. Remember that prices that work in New York City
won't work in rural Wisconsin. In general, your prices
will need to be lower than the same item would sell for in a
Begin your jewelry selling business with pieces that are easy
to make. In general, people will not pay for the time
involved in making complex and artistic jewelry. They like
to look at it, but they will probably purchase less expensive
Select any picture above to view
our step-by-step instructions for that jewelry making project.
Our experience in selling jewelry that
we have made is limited to the times that we demonstrate our WigJig
tools at shows. In general, we don't sell the jewelry that we
make, but we do talk to many people who do. If you would like to
share your experiences in making and selling jewelry, please
send us an e-mail. We will post all inputs on
jewelry making as a business here.