Hello Bling Lovers!
The holidays are over. It is time to sell jewels. And, I ask, just how can I sell my collectibles, especially vintage jewelry. I must say this endeavor is daunting. There is so much to learn about jewels. Today, let’s try to sort out the selling aspect. My fellow Jewel Collect members are discussing the benefits of various web-sites. eBay has the most traffic but the cost and some new procedures make it unappealing to some members. One member who was a long time eBay seller who no longer uses that web-site. She believes eBay has made changes which make it more difficult to find jewelry. My experience is a little different. I can find jewelry with an eBay search. I would love to hear from you. What are your experiences?
Many Jewel Collect (JC) members use Ruby Lane. As a shopper, I LOVE Ruby Lane. I also use this site as method to educate myself about designers and to price some of my jewelry. When you shop on Ruby Lane you are able to look at shop profiles and I note many of the shops have been active for a year or more and have sold less than 1000 items. This is also a relatively expensive site to use to host your shop. In addition, if anyone believes the item who listed is not exactly what you think, they can complain and the item is immediately taken down. You have to find a published picture or other proof of authenticity to get the piece re-posted.
Etsy is new to me. This web-site is popular with JC members. I may open a web-store there because it is inexpensive. In additon, as you can see here, there is a marketing tool, Wall of Jewels, I currently link to. The coordinator from Wall of Jewels produces some advertising for the group.
I am concerned about spending money when I am not making sells. I am dedicated to using free tools first. I have signed up and appear on “Top Hundred Vintage Jewelry Sites.” It is free. I am applying to be a store on Jewelry Ring”s Mall. I opened Bernie’s Vintage Facebook page. I must learn to use this new tool. And I did pay $25.00 to join Lincoln County’s Buy Local. It is a web-site dedicated to attract our county residents to buy from local merchants. I joined it to support other local merchants as much as to promote my store.
Whew, I will be back with pictures and new information about the world of Vintage Jewelry Collecting and Selling. Bernie berniesvintage.com.