Today we have a double feature from the ETTeam! I am featuring Juneshin here and she is featuring me on her blog, so make sure you check that out at: http://www.juneshindesigns.blogspot.com/
What’s the story behind your store, where did it all start?
A few years ago, I wanted to take a jewelry/metalsmithing class, because I wanted something to do in my spare time and thought it would be fun. I signed up for classes at the 92nd St. Y in NYC with a friend. I had no idea how labor intensive it would be, but I enjoyed it. When I moved to Atlanta, I taught myself how to make jewelry using bead and wire and thought that I could make a little money on the side selling my designs. I received compliments, so that encouraged me to start selling my pieces.
What can we find in your store?
I personally prefer delicate, classic pieces of jewelry, so I think that's what you'll find in my store. When silver and gold prices were rising astronomically, I began experimenting with less expensive materials such as brass and copper, which has developed into it's own collection of bolder pieces.
Do you have any favorite items?
My Golden Circles earrings are my favorite. I wear the large version with Green Amethyst and peridot, but also love the Garnet version. I also really like the Silver Disc earrings. They go with everything and are very affordable.
Where do you get ideas for your products?
Mainly from my supplies. It's almost like a puzzle. How can I put together these pieces so they look beautiful? I've always been analytical, so it makes sense that I approach art in this way.
What has been your biggest store challenge?
I would say promoting and selling. I much prefer to create and do the back end part of the business, and would love to have someone promote, market and sell for me.
Do you have any advice to other store owners, especially newbies?
I'm no expert and am still trying to figure stuff out, but here are some that I think are important. If you're going to sell online, take awesome pictures. I'm constantly working on improving mine. Provide excellent customer service and you'll have customers that come back.
So make sure you check out both her blog and store, both are fantastic. Thanks for the interview!!