Friday, March 16, 2007

Simmonette Tan Collection

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by the approach of a fellow Sibu-ian Etsy seller. Simmy is a freelance jewelry designer, and has been in the field for a few years. She convo-ed my through Etsy, after seeing my endless self-promoting efforts on the forum. She was curious to know if I'm really from Sibu, as I put my 'Location' on Etsy as 'Sibu'. We got to know more about each other. I was really very surprised to find out that there actually are other local crafty people who do these things (selling online and all). :) I'm not saying our local community has 0% creativity, but it's extremely good to get to know a local jewelry designer. :P

Check out her Etsy shop, and her online selling website. She makes the most gorgeous jewelry! And her prices are a whole lot more reasonable and affordable if compared to those of other Etsy sellers, whose works portray a similar style. :)

And the best thing is, she has asked me if I want to do a consignment with her! She's going to set up a new selling website, and would have a few other local crafters's works featured. And she wants to include me. :) Yay! I'm still thinking about it because this will be a HUGE challenge if I really do agree to it. I'm not sure my crafts are up to the expectations of the local community. Mostly, if you want to sell something marketable, you have to make sure it looks professional, sort-of commerciallised and presentable. I'm very much in doubt if people would be inclined to buy something hand-sewn or handmade, even if it is well-made. Probably I should get rid of this prejudice....

Another thing - I'm torn between studying for my class tests and EOS (End of Semester Exams), and polishing my craftyness. If I agree to the consignment, of course I'll have the benefit of getting local recognition (sounds so snobbish! :P), but then, I'll be jeopardising my studies. And flushing my parent's money down the drain. :( Yalah, because I wouldn't be able to focus and give 100% of my time for my revisions and all.

Yeah... have to think about this...

4 comments:

lynnx01 said...

Well, it's such a tempting offer, I must say. Right now, I must say that studies should be our main priority.. But if you can handle it, maybe you can give it a try.

I think it's such a creative thing of her to make jeweleries. It's one thing to make beautiful products, another to make long-lasting ones. When I home-stayed in NZ last time, my cousins and I were interested in making.. but they don't last.

Sing Yee said...

Yeah, you're right. I should put my studies first. I asked and she replied saying around 5 to 10 items would suffice, and they should be ready by June. I've agreed to her offer because I think I can finish making them by then. :)

Jewelry designers normally have the proper tools for making their jewelry. So I guess that's why they make lasting ones. :)

lynnx01 said...

Eh.. makin see her site makin I love... feel like buying la... tempted tempted!

Sing Yee said...

Haha... :P You should! All the better to support local jewelry makers! I'm thinking of buying one of her bracelets too, when I have the $$. :D