Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Sale or Return

Today I was delighted that my Orange and Grey treasury made it to the Etsy Front Page!

Hope it brings everyone featured lots of views and sales.

When I started selling my jewellery and before I discovered online selling, I gathered my courage and approached a local garden centre with a with a large gift shop. They agreed to sell my jewellery on a sale or return basis. Using the craftsforum as a guide, I spoke to the manageress, agreed terms etc and left my jewellery with them.

I've made a few sales from the garden centre but went today for the first time since I left new items in before Christmas and have decided to remove all my items. Not one piece was on the displays, all the necklaces were still in the boxes which were piled on top of each other on the bottom shelf of the cabinet. The boxes were thick with dust, one of the lids was missing and one box was broken!

I took my payment for the 2 pieces sold and politely said I would no longer be taking my pieces in and left.

So what I have learned is -
1. Draw up a contract with the selling venue to cover things like lost or stolen goods and who is liable
2. Check what price items are being sold for and agree how often you will collect payment for items sold
3. If possible check the venue regularly to ensure your work is being displayed well and being looked after
4. If it's not the place to sell your work, learn from it and move on!


  1. Congratulations on front page, that's a beautiful Treasury!

    I don't do sale and return either after a couple of similar experiences :(

  2. Thank you :) Yes, a definate learning process

  3. I just wanted to let you know that you are one of the winners for the Pay It Forward Giveaway on my blog. Please leave your email address so I can contact you about shipping out your item!


  4. nice treasury, congrat on the front page. ;D