Friday, January 2, 2009
Sometimes It's Hard to Let Pieces Go!
I've sold some of my favorite pieces in the past couple of weeks, and when I look at them on my website, I am struck by the struggle I feel sometimes letting go. It's almost like I want to sell what I don't like too much and keep the rest so that I can continue to look at them. It's funny - in a previous life I was an antique dealer. I would go to swap meets, garage sales, auctions to buy merchandise. Very often I would find something and think "I need to keep that for me!" So home it would go and I would keep it for a bit of time, but I always reached a point where I could let it go and then it would go to my shop. It doesn't work the same with jewelry - for one, I don't keep pieces out so I don't regularly see them. Also, I tend not to wear jewelry that I've made to sell and I don't live much of a life outside of my studio so I rarely wear much jewelry anyway. I don't know if others struggle with this also - doesn't seem to talked about much on the email lists I am on that are beading related but I can't imagine I'm the only one? I have some stores that take jewelry on consignment. I actually caught myself once or twice sending off pieces I wasn't attached to and keeping the others here. It's funny when I catch myself doing that because the bottom line is that this is a business and I need to sell in order to survive. Once I realized what I was doing I would push myself to send some of my favorites. Of course just because I love a piece doesn't mean others will. I've learned over time that folks have different tastes than me and often like or want pieces that I am not that drawn to. That's what keeps it all interesting. So I've posted a few of my more recent favorite pieces that have sold.