Monday, March 30, 2009

Approaching Shops About Wholesale & Consignment

Wholesale Packaging

Oh how I love wholesale orders! They are a lot of work, but there's something so satisfying about seeing all the finished items together, in their nice packaging, ready to be displayed in a shop. Plus it's always nice to make a whole bunch of money at once of course ;)

Wholesale Packaging

Those of you who create & sell: Do you sell wholesale? And what about consignment? Are the shops that sell your goodies near where you live? Most of the shops that sell Tizzalicious goodies are in other countries, so I don't bump into my goods very often. I have been thinking about visiting some shops around here and asking if they would like to sell my products, but the thought of doing that really scares me! Any tips on how to stay cool when approaching shops?

28 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for all the great advice! :) I don't think I'll have the courage to just walk into a shop, but if I do, I will definitely bring some samples :)

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  2. looks very cool !!! I hope I'll get power to make my first step to some lockal shops :!)

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  3. Oh yes, you have a very good point there! Calling might be a better idea indeed (I hate talking on the phone though!). Thanks for the tip!

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  4. It's definitely a lot of work, but it pays off! :)

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  5. Oh, and I will write a post about international selling some time! :)

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  6. Also, when I approach a store I usually bring a few samples with me and gage the situation: If they seem really excited about my work then I will show them the samples otherwise I'd try to make an appt. and find out what kind of stuff they'd like me to bring in.

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  7. I did a wholesale order last year and it almost killed me!! I do sell on consignment though in my local Gallery shop and it's nice to see my products there. I don't think you'd have any problem selling locally - your packaging and products look lovely : )

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  8. Maybe you could contact them before you print? Or print small samples and send those out?

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  9. I am afraid I didn't get it! :( Could you send it again?

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  10. Thanks so much for all the great tips!

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  11. Yeah, I think I will go for e-mailing too. I'm definitely not a phone person!

    Good luck with your consignment/wholesale plans!

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  12. such a stunning blog and lovely lovely super lovely items darling!

    great job..will come here more often!

    Silvia

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  13. I have no insight to give you really since I only do a consignment with Hey Pretty Cupcake. I've been afraid of doing wholesale orders because I never have supplies on hand to do a big order. I'm open to it if the conditions make sense to me.

    Plus, I don't have nice display cards for my items. I love yours though, did you print these yourself or did you go through someone?

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  14. I sent you an email about being featured, I never heard back , I am wondering if I sent it to the right place or not? Did you get it? - Thanks Beth

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  15. Hi Tizz. I only consign in shops near me and I'll wholesale anywhere since it's a done deal unlike consignment. Currently the majority of my work is sold consignment and wholesale in my city, Philadelphia. I've walked right into shops and asked or if they have info on their website about selling inquiries then I will send them an email with samples of my work. Some shops have been borderline rude when I walk in and ask, some never respond to your emails but some are absolutely wonderful and receptive and if they love your stuff (and I'm sure they will) then it'll be the beginning of a beautiful relationship :) I am still terrified when I walk into a shop to talk about my work but you just have to do it and hope for the best. And never set foot in the mean shops again ;)

    P.s. I'd love to hear your tips for selling outside of your country/town.

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  16. Oh congratulations on all the wholesale orders! That's amazing! Your stuff looks so cute all packaged and ready to go!

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  17. You really shouldn't worry about the supplies! I often don't have all of them either, but most shops I have worked with didn't mind waiting at all :) And with some I sent the shipment in 2 parts, first the items I can make right away, and then when the other supplies came in I make the rest.

    I printed these myself (made it photoshop so they are the exact right size, a high resolution, and some cardstock :)), I do the same with bagtoppers, and for necklaces I usually use tags (made with a tag punch thingie and a stamp with my logo I got at Vistaprint).

    You should give it a try :)

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  18. Ah, that's a shame about the shop near you! Maybe you could send them something (like a sample) by regular mail?

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  19. Aww, thank you for the super sweet comment! I am glad you like the necklace!

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  20. Your stuff is sooo cute! I want so much of it! The barrettes, the sweet little earrings....my list goes on and on! I have my little cherries necklace on today that my Hubby bought for me for Christmas from you. Love it, Love it, Love it!!!!

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  21. Oh how I love wholesale orders! They are a lot of work, but there's something so satisfying about seeing all the finished items together, in their nice packaging, ready to be displayed in a shop.

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  22. I don't think it's a great idea to ask whilst you are in the shop because the owner might not want to be put on the spot. I'd go in, see if it was suitable and remember some facts about the shop (what they sell, brands etc). I would then ring the shop later, say I had been in and loved what they sold and I thought my work would be suitable too. I would ask if they minded me sending them some info (link by email for example). In the email I would say that I would follow it up in a week or so's time to let them have a look and see what they think.

    I just have my work in one shop currently... but it's one of my goals for this year to up that considerably!

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  23. I've thought about getting lots of prints made and then approaching shops around here, but the costs of getting them printed is insane. And stores around here seem to sell landscapes and abstract art prints and originals which I don't generally draw.

    Phoning the shop is a good idea. Gives the owner/manager more time to be prepared instead of you just coming out and asking. If they have signs in the shop saying they will sell whole sale or on commission then i would just ask in the store.

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  24. I've been selling my jewelry by consignment in some local stores for a few years now. It has gotten a little easier to approach new stores, but I think there is something about the creative psyche that does not do well with cold calling sales :)

    My two best bits of advice are - gauge how you are feeling before you call ahead to set up an appointment. You come across as much more self assured and confident if you are not feeling on the timid at the time. I know there are some days of the month when my hormones are working just right and I can conquer anything. Those are the days to call the store for an appointment to show them your items.

    Second ... keep this in mind at all times....you are providing the store with a valuable service. You are making a gorgeous hand crafted work of art. They need artists. They need your work. You are doing them a favor by calling them up, especially in this economy where the stores all want new items but they are afraid to spend money not knowing if the item will sell. Consignment allows them to freshen up their shop with no money down.

    Search online - there have been many blogs and articles written about how to do consignment. Read as many as you can and figure out what will work best for you. Good luck!

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  25. I'm in the process of dealing with a local shop about consignment/wholesale. I feel so clueless when it comes to price. That's the tricky part.
    I think the best way to approach is to email/write and see if the shop is interested. Unless you're braver and call to speak to the manager and arrange a time to stop by with some samples. I love email though, so I tend to go that route first and if they're interested, I set up a time to come by with a few items.
    Good luck! Sounds like you're already doing really well with wholesale! :o)

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  26. I do wholesale orders, hard, but definately worth it! I just stumbled across my buyer the day after I opened my shop and just sent them a quick email asking if they would be interested, and they were! Now they are my best customer. I've had a few boutiques find me and order things as well.
    I'd love to sell my things locally, but I am way too terrified to even know where to begin! And the one shop in my area that I think might like my items, doesn't have a website or email, so I can't contact them that way. >.<

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