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Pixe’s News September, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on September 2, 2009

 I love the month of September! When my son was younger, it was back to school, and peace and quiet for a few hours. Now, as I’m older, I look forward to the cooler fall weather, and the changing leaves! I find so much inspiration in fall…It is truly my favorite season!! Perhaps this fall, I will fill the gas tank, grab my sketchbook, a few pencils, and take a fall foliage drive!

What is it about September that you love?

Caring for your Handmade Jewelry, Part 2

Last month we discussed the general care of your handmade jewelry. This month, the topic is storing your handmade jewelry.

To keep your handcrafted jewelry looking new, storing your pieces properly is important. Always store your jewelry in a dry place. Leaving it in the bathroom will only cause it to tarnish quicker…This is fine if you like that look.

If your jewelry came in a plastic bag, store it there…it prevents tarnishing and will prevent scratching.

Storing is easy…just keep in a clean, dry spot, and your jewelry will look like new for years to come!

 

 

September Sales

This month, Pixe’s sale is going to be a bit different! Since September is my birthday month, I’m having a great big celebration the week of my birthday! See the calendar of events below for the special in person sales! I’ve been working hard to make lots of new pieces for this event!!

Newsletter subscribers can take advantage of an additional discount! Sept. 14-30, 2009, You can receive an additional 10% off your purchase online only at Pixe’s Treasures, or at my Etsy site! You must use the coupon code PIXESNEWS to receive the discount. I will refund the discount via Paypal. Remember, you do not have to be signed up to Paypal to use a credit card with Paypal checkout!

 

 

Calendar of Events for September, 2009

 

Leesport Farmer’s Market: Every Wednesday. I can be found in

Building #1

~~Wed. Sept. 9, 2009: Leesport Farmer’s Market: Everything will be

30% off, except custom orders.

~~Sept. 11, 12, and 13: Hay Creek Festival open until 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everything will be 30% off, except custom jewelry

orders.

~~Sept. 26, 2009: “Harleys for Holly” sponsored by the  Holly Heilman Cancer Fund at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grounds on Route 10.

I won’t be there, however, a bracelet I’ve designed especially for their Chinese Auction will be!

Help support this local organization that assists families of cancer patients!

 

Share the love!! Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family, and coworkers! They too can take advantage of the sale prices!!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful,  and safe month of September!

 

 

Mich

September, 2009

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Pixe’s Newsletter, July 2009

Posted by pixe1 on July 6, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

 

Hello Friends!

I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who visited at the Apple Dumpling Festival and made the week such a great success!  Despite the threat of bad weather, and actual rain,  we kept a positive attitude and had a great time!  We’ve also made  many new friends along the way! 
Congratulations to all the earring winners!  I hope you enjoy your new baubles!

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July Sale!

Necklaces will be on sale for the month of July at 20% off!  Earrings are still on sale at 15% off till the end of June!  Newsletter subscribers get to take advantage of both sales online at

Pixe’s Treasures until June 30, 2009. Please be sure to use the codeword “julynews09” when ordering!
The reduced price for necklaces won’t show up on the website until July 1st.  If you would like to order a necklace, I can either send you an invoice via paypal, or issue a refund via paypal within 24 hours.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.  You can email me at mich@pixestreasures.com

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I decided to tweak an article I previously published about buying handcrafted jewelry, and share it with you this month.

Buying Handcrafted Jewelry:  Pricing

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at. 

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more costly than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.  You don’t know who made, where it was made, or the conditions at the factory where it was made.  When purchasing handcrafted jewelry,    you will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same;  each stone is different, and I cannot seem to bend wire the same way twice!  You can also request a custom piece of jewelry be created for you, which I love to do!!  Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show off your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

 

Cost of supplies.  .  I try  to find bead and metal suppliers with the highest quality product and the best pricing so I can offer fair price to my customers. 

 
Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece.  Then we have to put it together to make sure it works and matches the vision.

Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 

 These are a few factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .  For example, it takes me well over 30 minutes to create one sterling silver bracelet:  I make the links, wire wrap the beads, create the clasp, then put it all together.  My goal is  to present  a high quality, beautiful  piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

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Where to find Pixe in July:

Throughout the month of July, Pixe can be found:
Every Wednesday at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1 from 9a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Virtual Craft Show at Cafe Handmade

You can enter contests there, view the virtual craft show, and vote for best in show!  (Vote for Pixe!)  A really cool place to hang out!

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

 

Be sure to check Pixe’s Treasures for  the most up to date schedule of events, such as craft shows!

 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, so they can take advantage of this sale, too!!

 

If there is something you would like to read about, please send suggestions!

 

Have a wonderful, and peaceful day!

  

Mich  

Pixe’s Treasures  

http://pixestreasures.com

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Buying Handcrafted Jewelry: The Seller’s Reputation

Posted by pixe1 on November 18, 2008

     Buying jewelry handcrafted by artisans is a very rewarding experience;  you get a piece of jewelry that no one else, or very few people are wearing.  This is a fantastic way to express your individuality!!

     Last week pricing was discussed.  This week we will talk about what makes a seller reputable,   you need to feel comfortable with the person you are trading your hard earned money with for jewelry.  So, get a cup of coffee, relax, and join us for a few minutes!!

     There are a few things to consider when deciding if a seller is reputable:  guarantees, feedback, questions.   

Guarantees:  What kind of guarantee does the seller offer?  Do they even have one?  This is usually worded as their “Return Policy”.  Most sellers will make their return policy clear.  Many state a time limit to make returns, and who is responsible for shipping, and how refunds are handled.  Some sellers want to know the reason an item is returned, others ask no questions.  Let’s face it, if you get your item and you just don’t like it, you need to feel comfortable returning it without a hassle.   Pixe’s Treasure Chest has a no questions asked return policy.   However, comments are always appreciated in order for me to design a better product, especially if the reason for return is a design flaw.

     Feedback:   Most online marketplaces use feedback as a means for a customer to gauge how reputable a seller is.  Look for positive feedback.   There should be much more of that than negative feedback.   Keep in mind,  some customers just do not bother to take time to leave feedback, or if they do leave feedback, they leave no comment.   As a seller, I rely on feedback.  I at least want to know that you received your piece of jewelry undamaged, and that you are pleased with your purchase,  or not.  Also consider,  newer sellers may have a lower number of feedback,  don’t let this discourage you buying from that seller, just keep all the other points in mind.   Do they, or have they sold elsewhere?  The seller may just be new that  particular marketplace.

     Questions.   As a seller, when I list an item, I try to describe it as thoroughly as possible.   However, sometimes there is something you want to know about the piece that I haven’t addressed.   Always feel free to ask any seller a question about their product.  There is always a  link to contact the seller.   The only dumb question is the one that wasn’t asked.   Consider how quickly the seller responds to your question.  Are they courteous and professional with  their answer?  Did they answer your question to your satisfaction?

     Buying from a reputable seller applies to both online and physical venues, such as craft shows.  When I do craft shows, I welcome questions.  The more the better.  I want a happy customer, and my return policy applies to craft shows, also. 

    So, don’t be shy, ask questions!   What is the return policy, are customers satisfied with the jewelry purchased?   And ask, ask away!  We jewelry artisans love to talk about our jewelry!!!

     Thanks for visiting, and I hope your day is absolutely wonderful, peaceful, and safe!

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Buying Handcrafted Jewelry: Pricing.

Posted by pixe1 on November 10, 2008

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at.  

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more expensive  than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.    When purchasing handcrafted jewelry, what do you actually get?   You will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same.   Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

  • Cost of supplies.   Beads, precious metal, jumrings, clasps, all cost money.  I try  to find suppliers with the highest quality product  with the best pricing so I can offer fair pricing to you.
  • Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece. 
  • Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 These are the major factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .   I strive to present  a high quality piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

Next week I will talk about buying from a reputable seller.

Hoping you have an absolutely wonderful, peaceful, and safe day!

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