Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quirky Thrift Core Jewelry: Making Small Ticket Merchandise


I'm often asked if Handmade Merchandise does well in Antique Malls like the ones I sell in. Absolutely! In the eclectic environment that is an Antique Mall, a booth full of handmades does even better than many vintage ones. My "minis" obsession has me hoarding all kinds of tiny toys, miniature foods, and more- upcycling them into jewelery was long overdue!

I'll have a full line of upcycled jewelry and accessories available on a Thrift Core Etsy shop I'm developing as soon as I can. Until then, if you're local, you can find the accessories at my Treasure House and Southern Crossing Antique Mall booths.

I'll also be at Jacksonville's Downtown Art Walk tonight from 5PM to 9PM, hanging out at the Old Skool Junk booth in Hemming Plaza selling my wares. Next month I'll have a booth at Hemming Plaza of my own, selling upcycled wares and indie comics with my cartoonist pal Birdie! (By the way,  each stud pictured is only $3.00 each. e-mail me if you'd like one!)


Small Ticket merch can be your bread and butter! They really help sales. Do you upcycle your thrift finds into smalls? Does the eclectic mess of the thrifts inspire you to create?
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18 comments:

  1. Fun! That's a great idea. I've been thinking of making things with the fabric and yarn that I find, like wallets/purses/etc, but there are already a lot of those on Etsy so I need to find a way to make them my own.

    Small, inexpensive items are definitely my bread and butter. This is a great tip for anyone in the reselling biz!

    Take care, Van :)

    -Dani

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    1. You should definitely do it. There may be a lot of it already, but I find that producing a consistent line- and a big volume of it- really helps!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to make time to take individual pictures and list them on Etsy!

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  3. Thank you for posting this. I love making cute inexpensive accessories. I've wanted to sell for a while, but was unsure if there was a market. It's good to know that there are people who would be interested.

    Love's Modesty

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    1. There's a HUGE market for it- accessories sell well at antique stores, art markets, online...

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  4. I have to dig on this stuff, never crossed my mind...

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    1. Get it, lady! I bet you'd do really well selling cute handmade accessories in PR!

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  5. It is interesting that these also do so well. Good to know. They are so cute too!

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    1. Thank you. I see people go crazy for the small ticket accessories. It really adds up at the end of the day, too!

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  6. You do a very nice job packaging...also like that you are consistent with your branding!

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    1. Thank you! That was one big goal for the year: uniting everything I do under a consistent brand. Everything sold under the Thrift Core umbrella is kitsch, colorful, and playful!

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  7. Van, I for one cannot wait for your Etsy shop to open!

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    1. Yay! I'm working hard behind-the-scenes to launch it!

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  8. Accessories are usually easier to sell because they are typically affordable and shipping costs are low( if you sell online) Van does a great job branding - it makes her unique and memorable =)

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    1. Thank you, I'm working hard at it ;) Accessories are good in stores, online, across the board. I'll be making many more.

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  9. Do you think my crochet items will do well in antique malls or consignment shops? I have idea to make crochet baby booties,bibs, afghans. Since spring is coming my hats and scarves are gonna have to wait for fall and winter again. I have pattern for I pad crochet covers. I wonder if that will sell well at art walk?

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    1. Make a large volume of merch for your customers to select from and you should do fine! It's all about branding.

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