Due to the economic recession business is not the same anymore. Designing upholstery handbags and jewelry is very expensive because the prices of upholstery fabric and jewelry materials are increasing and customers are less willing to purchase your jewelry.
Selling your own unique merchandise is becoming increasingly difficult. Now there are so many cheap retail jewelry and accessories in the market. Some people prefer to spend $1.00 to $10.00 on their jewelry, which are poorly made and break easily, instead of spending more on the unique handmade jewelry. Whenever I tell some customers prices, they often try to negotiate the prices down to ridiculous lows. It seems as if they don’t appreciate handmade crafts anymore. Even though I know some don’t mind spending their money on unique handmade jewelry and accessories the majority now are really looking for great deals, substituting quality for afford ability. This is taking away business from the artists who design their own products for a living.
I enjoy making accessories and jewelry, but now I’m wondering if it really worth taking my time to do this.
I don’t think some people really understand how much time it takes to make quality bags and jewelry. Cutting the fabric, lining, sewing each piece separately, then putting the lining into the separate sewn fabric, putting on the straps, pockets, and closure is a very time staking process. For jewelry you have to decide what design to make. Some designs could take you between 5mins - 8 hrs, or even longer, depending on the design and the type of material used. Especially when it comes to making fine jewelry, it is a very meticulous process.
I understand that a lot of people are unemployed and have to be more conscious about how they spend their money. That’s why sometimes I try to offer discounts on my merchandise, but not every time I can do this. We all have to make a living. That’s why I can’t wait for the economy to pick up so that people will be more willing to pay for the better quality merchandise. When this happens, everyone will be happy. The customer will have one of a kind, beautiful, artistic, long-lasting jewelry and accessories and business will be better for us artisans.
Handmade Jewelry & Accessories