So, here is Carol's Jewelry Orchard's Shop Snapshot for February 2011.
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Total of 8 sales for the month. 2- Necklaces, and 6- Pairs of earrings.
One of these sales was from a customer who bought a pair of earrings, came back upon receiving them and bought another, yet different, pair! I love that I'm developing a following!
Custom Orders from Local Customers:
2- Horse Necklaces
1- Cancer Support Bracelet
2- Pair Holmen Mascot Lady Viking Earrings
2- Pair Green and Gold Football Earrings (this is Wisconsin, after all)!
I had two queries from international customers that are worth mentioning. One from a lovely woman in the UK who likes my peace sign necklace;
She and I discussed shipping to the UK, although I don't normally offer this! I did a little investigation at the post office and found that, in fact, it isn't really much more than shipping to Canada (which I do offer). Unfortunately, this customer found herself short of cash this month, but may return in the future for that piece of peace!
The other query, I have to say bothered me. A customer convo'd me to state that he/she liked a certain bracelet in my shop and would I consider shipping elsewhere? They didn't mention where in their query and no place was listed on their profile! When I returned the convo and simply asked where they wanted me to ship to, I never got a reply! I don't understand that.
Similarly, I was all excited last Friday, the 25th, when I received a query about my Romantic Wedding earring listing;
The person wanted to know if I could make 7 similar pairs for her wedding party! I responded immediately, offering both a 10% Bridal discount and FREE priority mail shipping; along with completing the order in two weeks for a 50% deposit on the work. I never heard back. A no thank you would have been fine. I felt not responding was rude! I can't afford, nor should I feel like I have to, give my work away (especially when it is already fairly priced). I am disappointed that I still have not heard from this potential customer and realize now, I probably won't.
Back to the brighter side of my shop snapshot; I joined facebook this past month. I am still very much a newbie when using the site. I am not sure it will help my sales (this is why I joined). If you want to "friend" my shop page it would be appreciated and can be found at;
Also, I am working on my new website at;
Please visit me there, as well. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Finally, I am launching a new line of custom made jewelry featuring childhood/teen memories that include pictures of children, grandchildren, friends, nieces, nephews and charms of their favorite activities. This will make great Mother's Day presents or Graduation presents (both for the graduate and their mom). Take a minute and stop by to look at those!
So, there you have it! Carol's Jewelry Orchard's Shop Snap Shot for February 2011. In between all this, I've continued to create some fabulous spring pieces! Keep my shop in mind when you are looking for some handcrafted jewelry accessories that will set your style apart!
If you are interested in the Blue Flowered Swarovski Crystal Watch, pictured above as my Select Item Sale Feature today, click the link below; it was $35.00. Today, only it is $25.00.
Thanks for stopping by,