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    One of my outlets emailed and asked when would be a good time for me to collect remaining stock and payment. I only sold 3 pieces with them. Any ideas on how to collect with at least a modicum of dignity in tact?
    http://www.goblinalchemy.co.uk

    http://makeitglasgow.co.uk

    http://goblinalchemy.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Just be normal, firendly and positive and polite.
    It's all part of being in business.
    Act as if it's totally normal and hold your head high. Just because your products aren't right in that place doesn't mean anything negative at all.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      The retailer has failed to sell your work it os obviously good enough for them to have in stock but they are the ones who should be 'cringing' not you.

      Pete
      "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art" ... Leonardo Da Vinci
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      • #4
        Don't think of it as 'only' 3 items. They sold 3 items for you; that's three sales you may not otherwise have had. Just be your normal self, thank them for taking your items, and say you hope to do business with them again in the future. Leave a good impression.
        Heather
        Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

        Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


        Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

        New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          I totally agree, leave a good impression...the following probably won't be much help to you but does make you think:

          An outlet stocking my jewellery has only sold one or two items...and then yesterday I was informed it sold 14 in one go!

          Mick
          Preserving your items and memories in Handmade custom jewellery Keepsake Gifts

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          • #6
            IMO there really is no need to feel embarrassed, the more thankful, friendly and gracious you are the easier they will feel too as I am sure the email is because they feel awkward. I don't see a cringe factor but always leave a good impression. You never know someone may come in and ask where your stuff is and, if you left on good terms, they will point them in your direction.

            You may as well ask their opinion as to why your stock doesn't suit/sell. Just like in an interview it is good to get feedback to help you move forward and either correct any negatives or focus elsewhere, it's all good experience.

            Lastly even if you feel like cringing, put on your confident face. People only see the outside not how we are feeling and they don't need to know you feel uncomfortable. That will leave the impression that although things didn't work out you are very professional, didn't take it personally and if things change they may invite you back?!
            Terry xxx
            You can't have everything. Where would you put it all?" - Steven Wright
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            • #7
              Thanks y'all for making me feel a bit braver about it. I'll put my brave face on and leave the catapult at home

              They already told me to make another appointment if I had anything new to show them but to be honest I don't know I want to. If my other stuff didn't sell well there what's to say my new stuff would? Is that too defeatist? There are other places I can try....
              http://www.goblinalchemy.co.uk

              http://makeitglasgow.co.uk

              http://goblinalchemy.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Luna-Loco View Post
                Thanks y'all for making me feel a bit braver about it. I'll put my brave face on and leave the catapult at home

                They already told me to make another appointment if I had anything new to show them but to be honest I don't know I want to. If my other stuff didn't sell well there what's to say my new stuff would? Is that too defeatist? There are other places I can try....
                It's perfect, not defeatist! Simply ask why they think anything else would sell given this stuff didn't and you may well find out what they, or their customers, are looking for! They certainly don't seem to be writing you off so don't cut off that opportunity if you don't need to.
                Terry xxx
                You can't have everything. Where would you put it all?" - Steven Wright
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                • #9
                  When you go in to collect the old stuff, ask them what sort of thing they are looking for this time - and see if some of your designs can be tailored to fit in with what they want. This gives you some market research for free, and could grow into a very useful relationship. And they want to see your stuff again, so they must think it is worth stocking it. Yay for you!
                  Dagna
                  The living embodiment of the phrase 'not a morning person'
                  Examples of my jewellery and photography are on my home page: http://www.seshat.com
                  Folksy shop: http://www.folksy.com/shops/Dagna

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Luna-Loco View Post
                    Thanks y'all for making me feel a bit braver about it. I'll put my brave face on and leave the catapult at home

                    They already told me to make another appointment if I had anything new to show them but to be honest I don't know I want to. If my other stuff didn't sell well there what's to say my new stuff would? Is that too defeatist? There are other places I can try....
                    This is really, really good! They like your work and they want to see more. They're in business, they need to attract customers and the way to do that is by changing and updating stock. In you, they have a way to do that without outlay on their part, they don't need to commit themselves to buying in stock they may not shift, so it works to their advantage, and you get a regular outlet for your work and a retail outlet without committing yourself to major outlays or long contracts. This could be a great deal for you. Go for it!
                    Heather
                    Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

                    Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


                    Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

                    New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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