Surprise Grab Bags are Back!

November 7th, 2012

We received so many requests to bring the Surprise Grab Bags back, we knew it was time!  For those of you who missed our Grab Bag specials over the summer, we hand-picked beads and other elements to create a goody bag that is perfect for jump-starting your creations.

It works out great for everyone — you get a fun new beads to create with at a great price, and we get to clear some space in our overflowing warehouse!  It’s a win-win.

Each one is slightly different from the other — different colors, different beads, but all are thoughtfully color-coordinated to give you beautiful results.

The latest edition of Grab Bags will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday November 8, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.  Each will contain strand after strand of Czech glass beads, wood beads, metal shape blanks, and a coordinated color of mesh ribbon.

If purchased individually, they have a retail value of at least $60.  Our price on this special edition Grab Bags are $30, a 50% savings!

Look in the Special Offers category of the website at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow to get yours before they are gone.

More Beautiful Bead Soup Results

November 5th, 2012

We have heard back from two more recipients of the Bead Soup Giveaway from Kalmach Books!  Here are their beautiful results.

From Heather Otto, here is what she started with:  a sterling silver clasp, lampwork focal bead and beads to match:

And with her amazing wire wrapping, here are the beautiful results:

Thanks Heather for participating!

From Rubyjule, here is what she started with:

And with some incredible creativity, she created this gorgeous piece!  She named it “The Infinity of Pink Pears.”

 

 

Bead Soup

October 12th, 2012

Kalmbach Books puts together a fun event called “Bead Soup” on their Facebook page, which we were happy to participate in this year.

 

Here’s the premise: different bead stores send in a mix of beads, which Facebook followers of Kalmbach Books enter to win and make a piece of jewelry.  Fun, right?

Our bead soup was won by Stephanie Weiss.  Look at this beautiful wire wrapped necklace she created!  She added some copper wire and smoky quartz to the mix.

Thanks Stephanie for participating!  We love what you created with our bead soup.

Come see us at BeadFest Texas!

September 30th, 2012

One month to go, and we can’t wait.  For the third year, Wired Up Beads will be at BeadFest Texas October 26, 27 & 28!

We will be emailing free passes in October — a $12 savings! — so be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

 

Everything is bigger in Texas, and our booth is no exception.  We will be taking up four booths to have room for all the incredible tools and supplies we are going to bring.

We are bringing all of our popular Wubbers Pliers for you to hold and feel the difference.  Patti Bullard, inventor of Wubbers and owner of Wired Up Beads, will be there demonstrating all you can do with Wubbers Designer Pliers, including the Squares, Jumbo Round Mandrels, and Looping Pliers.

Part of our booth is reserved for Ginnovations, our resident lampwork teacher’s creations.  Ginny Hampton-Schmidt does incredible work — stop by and get some beautiful glass beads for your designs.

We will have some giveaways and prizes each day, so be sure to stop by to join in the fun!

BeadFest is held at the Arlington Convention Center, next to the Texas Rangers Ballpark, at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington Texas, 76011.  Parking is $5 per day.

  • Friday, October 26: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 28: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Top Seven Tips for Selling Jewelry during the Holidays

September 24th, 2012

It’s getting cooler…  Well, at least here in North Texas we wish it were, and if you haven’t already, it is time to start thinking about the holiday selling season.  If you make jewelry and plan to sell it online or at craft shows (the window has already closed for securing wholesale orders – that was summertime!), this is prime time to start getting ready.

Here is our step-by-step guide to getting ready for the holiday season.

Get new products online NOW.

  • The more you have, the more you sell.  Really!
  • If you already have jewelry made, consider taking all the pictures now while things are quiet, then add new items to your online store every week over the next few months.  This will keep holiday shoppers coming back to see what is new.

Stock up on supplies.

  • For making jewelry
  • For packaging and gift wrapping
  • Business cards
  • Mailers/boxes for shipping

Plan your sales and promotions. 

  • Cyber Monday and Black Friday are popular shopping days – take advantage and consider offering a special to attract shoppers eager to buy.
  • Special offers ideas:  Free shipping, flat rate shipping, BOGO (buy one get one free), free gift with purchase, percentage off total, etc.
Anticipate your customers’ needs.
  • Offer free gift wrap at craft shows.  Wrap an empty box for display and set it on your table at shows.
  • Make gifting easy for online customers – offer to mail packages directly to the gift recipient, wrap in pretty packaging, and offer to include a card on their behalf.
Research shipping times.
  • We guarantee it: online (and some craft show) customers are going to wait until the last minute, and will need to know how long it takes to ship something.  Some may need Priority or Express shipping.  Get familiar with USPS.com, UPS.com and FedEx.com well.  Make yourself an expert so you can best take care of your customers.  And not lose a sale when time is an issue!
  • Have packing supplies on hand, including forms, so you will be ready to ship at a moment’s notice.

Make new holiday banners/graphics.

  • Pay a professional (there are many talented graphic designers on Etsy.com) or if you are comfortable with graphics, create special graphics just for the holidays.
  • It can take some time to get graphics just right, so do it now so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute.
  • If you have your sales and promotions planned out, include it in one of your banners so it can catch your customer’s eye.
  • If you are offering gift wrap, buy the supplies now and take pictures of it to show shoppers.
Sign up for craft shows and schedule house parties
  • The big shows might have had deadlines during the summer, but you will be able to find a multitude of school, church, and festival craft shows during the fall and winter.
  • If a friend has offered to host a jewelry party, take them up on it!  It is as simple as your friend emailing an invitation, making some appetizers, and setting out your jewelry.

 

You will be well on your way to making this a successful holiday selling season.  Let us know what you do to prepare for selling your jewelry during the holidays!  Please leave us a comment, we’d love to hear.