My husband and I joke that even the neighbors who do not buy my jewelry like to look at it.
We have neighborhood ladies luncheons. Every time I go, they make me pass around the jewelry I wore.
At my Home Jewelry Parties, they oogle and they ooh and they ahh. They try on necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Sometimes they buy, sometimes they just drink the beverages at hand and snack on the nibblers and sweets. I love that they come and socialize. If they buy, that is wonderful too.
When I go sit on my neighbor’s porch with some of the older husbands, they ask how is the jewelry business going. And they listen patiently as I gush on about some new material I am using.
And now apparently I have the only Homosassa Florida beaded jewelry repair business. I did not even know I had that business.
At one party, one of the neighbors from the next street over said she did not want to buy anything but she “has this string of garnet that broke”. Would I repair it?
Of course I did. I charged her for the materials and labor accordingly. But I still did not realize I had a jewelry repair side to my business.
The next week, another neighbor brought over a beaded bookmark that had snapped in half. Would I fix it? Of course I would. It ended up being a 30 second fix. I charged her for the parts required. At this point I was beginning to wonder if I had a line line of business.
A month later, a third neighbor stopped by to if I could repair a key chain that had been a gift. It was a purple stone that had chipped. She wanted me to smooth out the edge and fill it in. This I could not fix and I honestly relayed that information. She offered to pay me for my time. I declined payment. I had not repaired anything.
Two weeks after that non-repair, our dear friend Caroline asked me to fix a pair of earrings her daughter had given her. I did so happily. The 10 second project was barely labor at all so I charged her for the parts only.
At that point I added the word “Repair” to my business card behind Creation and Design.
Five more local repairs later I admitted I really did have another line of business.
Small as it may be the repair side of my business is making a difference. People who are happy with the jewelry they already have are asking me to fix those pieces.
I am more than happy to help.
Jewelry Creation, Design, and REPAIR!