How to start Home Parties with Alecia Cardell

Jewelry making home parties is fun! I had attended a jewelry making party before when my Mom was still around. We were just starting with our craft store before and learning how to make jewelries when we use to attend home parties with her friends. I was the youngest in the group and I thought it wouldn’t be fun for me since most girls are way over my age but I was totally wrong. After several parties, we had hosted our own. It was one of the best parties I’ve ever experienced. Many have attended and many have bought so I was able to make some pocket money that time. Cool! I’m having fun, making friends and at the same time earning, just like Alecia Cardell of Iaborbeads.

These are just some of the many beautiful and unique creations of Alecia. You’ll find more on here website, Iaborbeads. Alecia shared to me how she started the business of hosting jewelry making home parties and she’s given us some tips on how to start one. Read her article…

My Business with Home Parties

I love making jewelry. There is something so cool about creating a piece that someone will ultimately wear. My mom always liked having three-piece sets; necklace, bracelet and earrings so that everything matched whatever outfit she was wearing. Needless to say, I also make lots of sets.

A friend of mine offered to have a home jewelry party at her home several years ago. I was thrilled to be asked so I immediately said, “Yes!” Now, let me go back a bit. You have to remember that I was a novice with all the creating of the jewelry. I didn’t know anything about having a home jewelry show. Needless to say, my mind began to race. I began to make my plans for this show, so I consulted the Internet, yes, the Internet. As I read, it occurred to me that having a home party was not very tricky at all. Bring your jewelry and sell to whomever attends. It is a bit more involved than that.

My friend and I made up an invitation and we gave those to everyone we knew. Then we decided to have little snacks. That first party was from 11:00-2:00, so we had some brunch items as well coffee, tea, water and soft drinks. Her home is absolutely gorgeous, so setting up my jewelry was the easy part. It was fun using some of her china to highlight some of my pieces and the rest was displayed on my black felt stands. We stood back and thought, “Wow, this really looks like a jewelry store!” Once the show started, I was so busy that I couldn’t keep up with my sales. Many of my customers are co-workers, so they were very patient with me. I ended the show with $1300 in profits and 7 custom orders!

After that show, I decided to make a list of things that I will always remember. You may want to add some others.
• Always take your tools and a kit of findings(earwires, crimps, clasps, etc). You never know when something just decides to fall apart or break.
• Remember to create a custom order form, if you do custom orders. I ended up writing all my custom orders on napkins.
• Make a flyer of your upcoming shows so that your new customers will be able to come and purchase from you again.
• Take an extra pair of comfortable shoes and a change of clothes. You just never know.
• Have plenty of business cards available to pass out, or you can put them inside your customers’ bags.
• This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you don’t accept credit cards, try to get yourself set up to do so. I would have lost half my sales that day if I had not taken credit cards. There are many companies out there that will help you get started with little or no money up front.
• Promote your home-show program to this audience of customers and offer them an incentive to give you a date at this show. It doesn’t always work, but it did for me twice.

I love to do home shows. It gives me a more intimate relationship with people who love my jewelry and only my jewelry, if you get what I mean.

Until next time,
Alecia Cardell

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