Pearls, pearls, pearls,

Pearls, pearls, pearls

The birthstone for June is Pearls!  A pearl necklace is just the right gift for your June birthday lady. You’ll find a nice selection in my Etsy shop at http://mizmlu.etsy.com.

The pearl necklaces for your viewing are large and small, white and pastel, all vintage, restrung, to add to the occasion.  Take a look.  Shipping is free in the US and I ship promptly in an organza pouch.

Say Happy Birthday with a vintage pearl necklace.

Top 10 reasons to buy my handmade jewelry

Top 10 reasons why you should buy a piece of jewelry from Mizmlu’s shops:

 
1: You don’t have to leave your home. The shops come to you.
2: All items are handmade.
3: Jewelry is unusual and colorful.
4: Each piece is an original, unique design.
5: I never make the same item twice.
6: A large variety to choose from, including earrings and bracelets at my Etsy shop.
7: Vintage items are available.
8: Many different styles including double or triple strands, extra long pieces, chokers, casual, evening wear, everything under the sun.
9: Shipping is fast.
10: Most items are shipped free in the US. International shipping is at USPS charge. No handling charges, ever. Easy purchases through PayPal.

 

So, please take a look at my Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/mizmlu for my latest creations and jewelryalamode.com for a wider variety of styles, colors and bargain prices.
If you have a comment on either shop I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at mizmlu@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.

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
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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.

Visit my other online site

I have an online site, directed to California readers, to sell jewelry and other items that I use for extra viewing and for items that are not handmade by me There are some different and unusual items there that might interest you. Prices on all items include California sales tax and shipping. Although the listing states no International shipping I will ship anywhere from this site. However you must contact me for cost as countries have different charges depending on the weight of the item. If you live in the US in a state other than California you may deduct the tax. It’s listed in the description. International buyers also may deduct the tax. Payment is by PayPal. No checks or money orders.

http://www.classifiedads.com/account.php

Take a look. You might find something different, unusual and interesting. The jewelry that I make is one-of-a-kind, not found anywhere else. It’s colorful and attractive. If you don’t find what you are looking for on that site try mizmlu’s store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu. There’s lots of different stuff there. I add new items frequently. Hope to see you soon.

Must Have Book

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Must have book if you are thinking about opening a shop on Etsy, the world wide million $ site, to sell your creations or vintage items. This 51 page book, “Be An Etsy Seller” was written by two Etsy sellers who have experienced all the things you need to know when joining the Etsy community and have described them in detail. They hold your hand as you are walked step by step through the process. Joining Etsy is free. Putting your creations up for sale costs 20 cents per item and is listed for 4 months. Then if it hasn’t sold it can be re-listed for an additional 20 cents. All aspects of selling are covered, such as shipping, processing time, charging tax if necessary, how you want to be paid and many more subjects that other instruction books don’t cover. They are even in the process of creating a Spanish language version, coming soon.  To obtain this remarkable book go to

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ

Visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

Sell those vintage items

Do you have any of those old vintage items hanging around your house just taking up valuable space? Have you considered selling them? Did you try Ebay unsuccessfully? I did. Then I found Etsy. Etsy is a world wide marketplace for new handmade pieces and Vintage jewelry, household items, and many other treasures. You can get cash for these items through Etsy. It’s easy to open a shop, post pictures of your pieces, set a price and Voila! You’re an Etsy shop owner. And you’ve cleared out your home so that you can buy more.

There is a new 51 page book created by 2 Etsy shop owners telling you exactly how to do just that. It’s called, “Be an Etsy Store Owner” and it’s available now on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ for only $9.99.

This amazing document takes you through each step of creating your very own shop with detailed instructions and explanations. No other publication is as complete as this one.
It costs nothing to open a new shop and only pennies to list an item for sale. Your item is on sale for 4 months and if it doesn’t sell you can renew it for another $.20 and 4 more months.

Try it. You might be surprised at the results.

How much is that thing worth?

Did you see the recent story about a little white bowl purchased for a minimal amount and discovered to be worth a couple of hundred thousand dollars?  Makes you want to scope out garage sales and your attic or that crammed closet, right?

Well, I have been doing just that.  I’m going through my belongings to eliminate the things I no longer want or need.  In the process I found a Zippo lighter that had belonged to my late husband.  He had it when we met and carried it his whole life.  I happened to see an article about collectors interested in Zippo lighters.  The article stated that some could be worth from $2000-$5000.  Others just a few dollars.  That got my attention.

I found a site online which listed all the Zippo lighters beginning with the first produced in 1933 and going to the present.  So I contacted them and asked about my Zippo which had a design of Reddy Kilowatt on the front.  I had the date of its production, 1949-1955 and the patent # and clearly described it.  The response came back rather quickly, $175, if it was in mint condition and in the original box.  That wasn’t true of my husband’s Zippo.  He used it.

So I am not going to sell his treasured possession.  It will go to one of my children, none of whom smoke, but love the memories of their father.  And I’ll keep looking for my “little white bowl”.

Why I like my etsy store

My Etsy store is my source for some extra income as well as the satisfaction I get from the responses  from the people who purchase my items.  My handcrafted jewelry is diverse as well as colorful and unique.  When I make a piece of jewelry I imagine who will wear it and where, at her job, a party, or just for fun.  My jewelry covers all sorts of possibilities.  Some are dramatic, some simple, most are brilliantly colorful, some for evening wear, some for casual wear, but all are original designs.  I tend to like the dramatic items best.

Most of my time is spent on the design, putting the beads together to best show off their beauty. I am fortunate to have a variety of sources for unusual beads and materials to make them into a piece of jewelry.  I get most of  my  ideas from the beads themselves.   I have also  helped friends to get started making their own jewelry. This occupation is my pleasure.

Although sales have been slow these past few months it doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas, new beads, and new ways to promote my Etsy shop.  I list almost all my creations on Pinterest and some of my  creations are also available in Classifiedads.com http://bit.ly/Oh2WzL   and I have an Ebay site for a few.

In a few weeks I will be promoting a new category on Etsy, Baby Booties.  I have crocheted 5 sets and am just waiting for them to be photographed.   I have no camera so I have to wait for my daughter to take the pictures for me.   I hope they will be well received.  I will announce their promotion here.

Please take a look at my Etsy shop.   The items for sale are not just jewelry.  I have vintage items that belonged to older members of my family and decided to pass them on to someone who will appreciate them as much as I did.   In addition I have included some other types of creations, such as a beaded purse, a knitted baby afghan, a hand painted blouse, a vintage hat, a macrame belt and much more.

Have fun with my shop!

Vintage Shop found

In my search for Etsy help and information I came across this lovely shop, AnnsWhimsey.  This lady has collected a HUGE variety of vintage items as seen in the paragraph below.  Right now she has a large collection of Halloween items, but if you are into vintage pieces this is THE PLACE!  She has two shops.  The first is AnnsWhimsey and has the most items.  The second is AnnsPaperWhimsey.  Check out both of them for great items.

“Vintage and retired rubber stamps! Digital Collage Sheets! Ephemera, antiques, books galore! Vintage purses, vintage jewelry, linens, hankies, pillows, digital tags, scrapbooking supplies, gift bags, sports items. And I also have a second shop full of paper (you’ll find some here to). Please visit me at the following links: “

http://www.etsy.com/shop/annswhimsey

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnsPaperWhimsey

While you’re on Etsy check out my shop for Vintage items and handcrafted jewelry.  It’s at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.  Thanks.