…and now available in Flux on Bernard St, Leith. Marvellous.
A quick follow up to my last post on Rubine Red Presents… Taking the plunge, I’m absolutely delighted* to say that Flux, the top-of-my-wishlist-local-independent-gift-shop, has taken six Maison Vee’s pieces! My first success! Hurrah!
*This is an understatement – when I left the shop, a little cartoon bluebird landed on my shoulder and whistled a happy tune in my ear as I skipped merrily down the street, whilst texting lots of exclamation marks to the Rubine Red ladies.
And what a timeous introduction to their shop – this week Flux are celebrating their 15th year in business! Isn’t that impressive? They’re running an excellent giveaway to celebrate – check their Facebook page for all the details and fingers crossed you could win a gift token to put towards your next Flux Maison Vee’s purchase!
I met Julie in Flux and she was a wonderful source of advice for a newbie like me. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far:
- Be confident. In yourself, your work, your prices. As those awful adverts say – you’re worth it!
- Know the minimum price you are willing to accept for your work and go prepared – this is very important. Remember to take into account cost of materials, cost of your time and taxes.
- The shop will need to consider if their customers are likely to purchase your items with their mark up on your price – if you can, find out what their mark up is beforehand, so you can take pieces in their price range.
- Do your research first – if they already sell teacup jewellery, they aren’t likely to want more (which ruled out my best seller on Etsy!)
- Consider exclusivity – if one shop stocks your work, will they mind if you sell in other local shops and/or online? Again, go prepared knowing what terms you would be willing to accept.
Onwards and upwards. And get to Flux people!