I'm sorry if I haven't gotten to everyone's blog posts this weekend. Please forgive me. I ask that you all keep my family in your thoughts, prayers, send hugs...whatever it is that you do. It was an extremely traumatic weekend, and I will never be the same.
I went out with my mil and daughter today for a day out, trying to carry on and forcing myself to not sit and think. It was a good day for the most part. Samantha, who hardly ever goes out with us, went and she got pretty spoiled. A new haircut, some clothes, a flat iron, body wash, and a smoothie to top it off. Oh! And a Buzz Lightyear bubble wand from Michael's! lol. We were standing there and the display was in front of us while we were waiting for my mil. I jokingly asked her if she wanted one. She said yes! Even 15 year olds need bubbles in their lives, right? I bought the bubbles and a little package of fimo clay. I had my 25% off purchase coupon in my hand and the man behind me said he would buy my coupon off me. I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn't. At first he said he would split his savings difference with me (his order before the coupon was almost $80), but I felt guilty about that. My things only came to $5.98, so I said I'd be more than happy with a fiver. He was so happy and willing to do that! lol. It worked out for both of us...He saved a bunch and I got mine for 98 cents!
On to my new opportunity. We have an art district here in my town with lots of artsy fartsy things, jewelry, clothing, southwest stuff, a few souvenir shops, lots of paintings, pottery and other artwork. My mil yesterday went into two of the shops and while she was there asked the people if they use work from local artists in their shops. She said her dil does really wonderful jewelry and beadwork. (Thank you, Linda) They said to bring it in. We went into one shop, and the shop owner (Nooshie) was a very sweet, outgoing woman. She looked at my things I had packed up. She is putting 3 of my things in her jewelry case with my business cards (no rent for shelf space) and showing them on consignment. We really had a hard time discussing prices, though. I got the short end of the stick. On one hand she's stressing to me how she wants everything to be sterling silver and then she's talking about how other artists sell her things dirt cheap. Sterling silver and dirt cheap don't go well together. I gave her my pieces well below what I feel they are worth and lower than what they are listed for in my shops (barely even over my costs), but if I sell them then I get to buy more beads. I don't know how to buy good quality beads cheaply. What's wrong with silver plated components anyways?
We ended up not going to the 2nd shop because they were closed and not going to be back for a couple hours.
I would really love to have conversation on this, so please leave your comments and tell me your thoughts/experiences.
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