All About Mizmlu’s Jewelry Shops

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I’m continually aware of how much competition there is out there for jewelry. I am banging my head against a wall of talented artisans doing the same thing as I do. I would like to think that I have a little bit of an edge. I have 2 shops. Etsy and Jewelry ala Mode.

My jewelry is hand made with a large variety of colors and styles and prices. I create all the jewelry, all are original, one of a kind designs and especially in my jewelry ala mode shop the prices are affordable. I do not charge for US shipping in my Etsy shop. Each necklace and bracelet is packaged in an organza pouch. Shipping is free in Jewelry ala Mode for all sales in the US over $10. Sales of less than $10 are charged at USPS rates. International sales are at USPS rates. I do not charge for handling, ever.
There are lots of choices in my 2 shops. Etsy has the latest pieces I have just created and has about 40 items, not all jewelry. My other shop, jewelryalamode, is a much larger shop, with over 100 items, in every color and style under the sun. If you are looking for a special color, just find one of that color, and click on the color in the tags list. You will see all the pieces of that color pop up for your choice.
Jewelry ala mode pieces are bargain priced, marked down from the Etsy price. They range from a low of $5 to a high of about $20. Most are about $10-15. One special vintage piece is genuine topaz gems set in gold and includes earrings. My late husband purchased this for me more than 40 years ago, but I no longer wear it. I feel someone else should enjoy the beauty. It comes in the original box and will cost more than the others. But it’s special.
I would love to know how you feel about the jewelry I love to create. Can I help you in any way? A gift perhaps? A special color to go with that new outfit? Just something to perk you up? A unique color or style not found anywhere else? You can reach me at mizmlu@gmail.com. Talk to me.
I list new Etsy items about twice a month at http://mizmlu.etsy.com and at jewelryalamode.com as they become available. I just listed 9 new items yesterday on jewelry ala mode and I will be listing new items on Etsy soon. Maybe today. Come visit one or both shops. Perhaps you’ll find just what you’ve been looking for.

Results from the Vintage Fair

vintage fair photo1I promised you a report on our experience with the Topanga Vintage Fair. So here it is.
Bottom line- we didn’t do as well as we hoped. Circe sold the most at $60, JP sold about $46 and I only made $15.

We crawled out of our warm bed/couches at 4AM, dressed and left with high hopes, in our 2 cars, both packed to the top with tables, chairs, canopies, paintings, jewelry and other vintage items selling for from $.50 to $150. It took the 3 of us several minutes to get the first canopy set up. Then we put out our treasures. Jennifer had the most items. She was still adding to her display several hours after the Fair opened at 8am.

As the day progressed the weather got hotter and the sunlight covered part of our display, so Jen and Circe set up the 2nd smaller canopy we had which helped immensely. Although it did not prevent the smoke to drift into our space from the man who had a booth next to ours and began smoking his huge cigar. He did this in a smoke free event. The smoke caused Jennifer to feel sick. So after a polite request to him which he not only ignored, but became quite angry, Jen went to the officials who told him he had to stop.

Circe had mostly vintage camera items which were quite popular. She also had a lot of little vintage items and 1 large musical instrument like a dulcimer which she had priced at $80. Unfortunately it did not sell, but had a lot of lookers.

Jennifer had many paintings, jewelry, shoes, lots of shoes, hand painted T-shirts, which I thought would go like hotcakes, but didn’t, and other vintage items. She didn’t get the interest in them that she hoped for and didn’t sell any of the paintings or T-shirts.

My table was filled with vintage items of all sorts and handcrafted bracelets and necklaces. I sold 1 little bracelet, 1 small necklace and 2 containers of vintage keys.
I had 1 lady very interested in my hand painted blouse, but said she couldn’t afford it. She didn’t even ask for a discount which I probably would have given her.

All in all, it was a lot of work and not worth the time and effort. We will not be repeating in a couple of months with Christmas items. Maybe the lack of buyers was a result of it being on a holiday weekend. There just didn’t seem to be the large number of visitors that I had seen at my visits to the earlier Fairs.

Getting Ready for a Big Day!

Jennifer (JP)

Jennifer (JP)

My two daughters and I are going to be participating in an outdoor Vintage Fair later this month, on May 25. I have never done this before and am discovering how much work it is. Maybe it gets easier the next
Circe

Circe

time, but I am overwhelmed by the details. We will have a booth, 16×20, so we need at least 3 tables, one for each of us and our individual items.

My oldest daughter has framed photographs, and some vintage items. My youngest daughter has decorated T-shirts, creative things she has made and I have vintage items. All 3 of us have lots of jewelry as well.

I have been clearing out my old possessions in the last year and disposing of them, but when I signed up for this Fair I began to realize I could try to sell them there. Might as well. So now I have to price them. How do you price a vintage piece of jewelry that cost me nothing? Or a kitchen utensil in great condition that belonged to my grandmother? This is not easy.

Then we have to prepare for a full day of managing our booth, talking to customers, hopefully selling things and satisfying the normal needs of an ordinary day, like lunch, for instance, or potty breaks. We must be there at 5AM (!) to set up our booth and cannot take it down until 3PM. We have 2 canopies to set up, 3 tables for our merchandise and multiple boxes of goodies. In addition we have no idea what the weather will be like that day. It could rain, or the wind could blow our beautiful items off the tables. We can only hope for tranquil weather and lots of visitors.

At this writing I am already exhausted. I am worried that I will forget something. I wonder if I will sell enough to make it worth my effort. YIKES!!!

If you live near the San Fernando Valley, Calif. the Vintage Fair is at Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave. Our booth is #141E. Come by if you can. I’d love to meet you. I will definitely report back to you when it is over and I have recovered.

Protect your Jewelry with a pouch

I just received a package of beautiful organza jewelry pouches from China.  From this day on every necklace and bracelet I sell on my Etsy site will be placed in one of these pouches at no extra charge.  They come in 6 different colors and will be suitable for gift giving or just as a little protection in your jewelry box.  These pouches are transparent so the jewelry can be identified without opening the pouch.

I am very pleased to be able to add this feature to my Etsy shop and hope that my customers enjoy the extra care and thought I give to them.  Come see my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.

I just listed the jewelry associated with the Astrological sign of Taurus.  You’ll find the jewelry for that sign in the Sections portion of my shop. Maybe you’ll see the perfect piece for Spring.

 

Why do I Make Jewelry?

 Good question.  I make jewelry because it satisfies my creative urges.  I would love to draw pictures, but I have no talent for this.  I have produced all sorts of needlework such as sewing, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, making afghans for each of my offspring, even grandkids and babies as they come along.  But I don’t do much of any of those things anymore. Cooking doesn’t appeal to me, nor gardening.  I don’t have the energy to tend to a yard and I don’t have nuch of a yard where I now live, but I have pots of greenery on the porch. I have to remember to water them.

 However,  I can excel in making jewelry.  I search the various sources for beads that have character, color, design and a different style.  I am completely addicted to making necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I haven’t counted but I may have almost 200 jewelry pieces.

 I recently disposed of the bed in my guest room and turned it into a studio so I can spread out and not have to clear the table when guests come for dinner.  When I wander into my “studio” I am immediately struck by the need to work on the current project.  I lose myself in it.

 The fact that I have not sold a piece of jewelry in more than 4 months depresses me, but doesn’t deter me from making something new, or finishing a project started a while ago, or, making a trip to the bead shop. 

 I only wish that the love I have for my designs would translate into an equal monetary appreciation for my work.  Casual friends have all commented on the various pieces, but they are not buyers.   

My Etsy store is at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

Some of my jewelry is on Ebay as well as Pinterest, classifiedads and a  few other places.

I’d like to hear your comment.  I’ll reward you with a piece of my jewelry in the color you prefer.

Save on Jewelry with my Etsy shop 10% discount

As my October birthday approaches I would like you to help me celebrate it on Etsy.  For the balance of September and all of October I am offering a 10% discount on almost everything in my shop. The coupon code is LIBRA.  When you choose a payment option you will see a small note in blue below saying “Apply shop coupon code”.  Click on that and enter LIBRA there.  You will automatically receive a 10% discount on your purchase.  If you don’t receive a discount please let me know and I will refund it.  I hope all my fellow Libras take advantage of this offer.  Other astrological signs are welcome as well.

Handy necklace length guide picture

This picture shows exactly where each necklace length will drape on you.  It is very helpful in determining which necklace is right for your appearance.  It was shown in the latest copy of Fire Mountain Beads magazine and I pinned it on my Pinterest site under the necklace pin board.  http://bit.ly/HjSpzx

SHOULD YOU CHARGE SALES TAX FOR ONLINE SALES??

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SHOULD YOU CHARGE SALES TAX FOR ONLINE SALES IN CALIFORNIA?

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Guess what? Yes, you should!

 

Every sale of goods from an online store in California should have sales tax collected if the buyer is also in the state of California. This is the law.

 

Online companies, similar to Etsy, for example, provide a form to charge the customer for the price of the item, the shipping cost and the TAX.  You must provide the State in which the tax is applied, California, and the amount.  I can find the amount for the County, but since I do not know where the customer lives until the purchase has been made and paid for through PayPal, I set a rate of 8.25% for each California State purchase made.  Etsy computes the amount and adds it to the purchase price.

 

If you sell directly to the customer, or go through some other site, such as Classifiedads.com, you can choose the price, add the sales tax for a sale in California and the shipping cost.  This then becomes the total charge for your item.  I post a statement that if the customer lives outside of California they can deduct the amount of the sales tax from their payment.

Avoid future problems by following California State Law.

All of the above information just applies to California, but other States may have similar conditions.   So check it out and be sure you are within the law.

Information provided by the California State Board of Equalization www.boe.ca.gov.   See Publication 101, “Sales Delivered Outside California”, and Publication 71, “Tax Rates for California Cities and Counties”. Also, review “FAQ forTax Rates for Sales and Use”.

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