I've been pretty busy of late. One daughter graduated and into a full time job, one off on a study abroad (lucky!) and one just needing some mommy time (the youngest not used to being alone).
I've been doing some thinking about my shop. I've had a wholesale request from a person in a foreign country. I've researched and feel that this individual is authentic and has a genuine offer. They have offered to purchase a large number of my pieces and also some that have already sold. They would like me to duplicate them as closely as possible.
The problem I am having is twofold. One, this is a new venture for them with no guarantees that there will be any subsequent orders. The items they want are somewhat one of a kind items, not easily duplicated. Filling this order will take ALL of my time which leaves no time for creativity, trying the new techniques I want to try and working with the huge load of turquoise I am expecting any day (yay!)
Two..since it is such a big order it would require a special bank account..proforma forms...letters of credit, escrow accounts..etc. Basically it would require me to get into "exporting". *sigh* If this were an order within the U.S. you would see me doing cartwheels down the street, but all of this extra stuff is just not what I want to do.
And third (yes, I know I said twofold) since this is a wholesale offer it is for half off. And as I said before these aren't pieces that are easily made, they have my most awesome stones, etc. I keep my pricing competitive on etsy but I just don't want to take 50% off of these pieces.
This reminds me of the old saying (and I'm paraphrasing) "the best way to ruin something you love is to try to make a living at it".
I, honestly, don't want to do it. Mostly because of the "export" requirements. I feel bad because this sounds like a great opportunity. I mean, it isn't Sundance or anything (my dream!) but still, it just seems all consuming and having to expell energy and time on something I really don't want to get into.
So I'm torn. It will take a few more days of deliberation I think.
I've also been wanting to redo my photos, again. I've taken a few to compare side to side:
I'd love to know what you think. This?
I think the second would be good for a look book..but maybe not for etsy? The first set is much better I think, but it isn't consistent. I don't know. Maybe I'll just go sleep on it all.