Sunday, June 29, 2008

Trying to Keep My Chin Up...

Sooooo, I attended Comfest this weekend - and to be quite honest, I was quite disappointed yet again. This is only the 2nd show that I have done to date - and the first one I sold nothing. This one was a tad better - but for 2 days that I attended this show I still made less than $50 - which was a huge disappointment for me. The event was well attended - but sales were slow - all the way around. But most of the other vendors still did much better than I did (thankfully for them).

I know the economy is slow right now. But I am really discouraged right now and I am trying to figure out how not to be so down on myself. I can't help but wonder if this business venture of mine is worth the time and effort that goes into it. It also makes me wonder whether anyone really likes my jewelery - or if they are just being nice to me. A vast majority of my sales are to my friends and family - and so it is now making me second guess myself.

So - now the question is this: How do I get around this slump? And how do I start to feel better about my jewelery? Is it worth the time and effort? What can I do to make things better? Is my jewelery worth it?

Any feedback would be nice....thanks for letting me vent...

8 comments:

PinkPoochDesigns said...

I think your jewelry is really pretty and your prices are good also.

Just start thinking positive and it will happen. Positive thinking returns positive results!

Marlaine said...

Like you, most of my sales have been to friends and family. With the exception of a shop where I live that carries my jewelry. I've only been at it since October so I tell myself that it takes time. I'm going to keep on keeping on and looking for new ways to get exposure. Hang in there!

Kerrie said...

Hey Julie - keep that chin held high! There's nothing wrong with you or your jewelry - things are just slow right now. Keep on plugging away and I'm sure things will pick up eventually.

(((((hugs)))))

:)

GrandmaMarilyns said...

I think you make some beautiful jewelry. Remember this is a business but it is something you love to do too.

I have my pretties on display in a shop and no sales there either.

Like was said before, keep thinking positively.

thebeadedlily said...

Jules, if you love making jewelry, make jewelry. If you don't, find something that you do love.
All of us start at that place where most of our sales are to friends and family.
Maybe it's a matter of finding the right venue, too.
But no matter what, don't get down on yourself, because then things start going really wrong!

Julie said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments - and the boost to the spirit. I needed to hear that as I am having a crisis of confidence right now. I love making jewelery. I have tons of ideas right now - and not enough hours in the day to get them out of my head.

Aroma Fields said...

Your jewelry is very nice. Don't give up! The economy is in a pretty bad slump and it's not getting any better any time soon. Sales are slow for everyone. People are getting layed off from jobs right and left. Huge corporations are downsizing staff. I'm not making anything new right now because I don't want to add to my stock while things are slow. But it WILL pick up again :-) So, smile! Have fun with your craft! It's a lovey craft!

adornables said...

Hey Jules,

Don't be discouraged. Your jewelry is beautiful! Do what you love! But TAKE NOTES ALONG THE WAY. In essence you are building a business from one e-brick at a time. Apply what you learn along the way and keep adding e-bricks........that's how you build.