Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Best Day Ever...


It has been an eventful few weeks! Most exciting of all is that I received my FIRST Etsy Wholesale order!  (for those of you that haven't been with me a while; I received my "actual" first order in February of this year, and after making all the items, waiting for payment, and contacting the buyer numerous times, she then cancelled with no I consider this to be my first completed wholesale order)

I have been sending follow up emails to all of the boutiques I had mailed postcards to and emailed this summer, Thursday September 15th was one of those days, then that evening I heard my gmail notification on my phone (thinking it was just another marketing email, I wasn't all that excited to check it) that's when I looked down and saw "Etsy Wholesale Transaction..."  I think I stared at it for a few seconds before it sunk in...I was so excited, my husband was so excited for me, and I quickly opened the email to see what the order was for and who it was from!

It was from a lovely boutique in Alexandria, Virginia called Reunions!  The owner sounded interested this summer (she was one of the few who responded to my emails) and I had just sent another follow up email earlier that day, so she most definitely was interested and placed her order for Petal Hoop Earrings and Gemstone Chip Silk Crocheted Necklaces!  That's when the tears started...I was so thankful and happy and felt so blessed that she chose my jewelry to have in her boutique, and it gave me validation that I am going to make it in this new wholesale venture.

Don't get me wrong, I am very driven, very determined, but after months of reaching out and no orders it was a bit discouraging.

I was so excited to get on my computer and go through all the steps of calculating shipping costs and updating then sending her the invoice I could hardly contain myself!

Now I was excited...but a little, well, I guess my first experience left me a bit down, but I hoped it would be different, and it was! Payment was submitted the very next day and I spent most of the afternoon, polishing and packing up the order, very carefully as to make sure I didn't forget anything like printing out her invoice, a thank you note and having everything fit nice and snug in the box so there would not be any damage during shipping.

So, it was like the BEST DAY EVER!!!

Seriously, I so enjoyed myself, and when it was done, I was sad that it was finished! Ok, now I'm ready for orders #2-1000!!!

Here are a few photos of her order and I'm sorry they are not the best photos I've taken but I just wanted to quickly document the moment:
Etsy Wholesale order for Reunions
Etsy Wholesale order for Reunions
 So, I will continue to follow up with the boutiques I contacted this summer and I am actually thinking of giving them a call this week, of course there are close to 100 so I'm not sure how many of them I will get to during business hours, but I will let you know how it goes!

As well I will be continuing to reach out to new boutiques, as I mentioned earlier; I am very driven. I know this dream of mine is possible and I will continue to do whatever I am able to make it a reality!

If you are on Instagram I would love to have you follow along as I am posting more often (both for my Etsy retail shop and for Etsy Wholesale) and have enjoyed using the new "stories" to show close ups of my pieces and what I am working on that specific day (as they are only posted for 24 hours) as well I am happy to report that I am consistently posting on Facebook so if that happens to be easier for you, pop over and like LITVA'S Jewelry to catch all the eye candy I will be posting...after all...Christmas isn't really that far away... ;)

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