Friday, July 20, 2007

Goodbye To My Avatar Set!

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Of all the sales I have had, the sale I made today on Etsy is one of the most meaningful I have had yet. Today a customer bought the set I use as my avatars for both Etsy and Flickr.

I have loved this set since the minute I made it. It's so dainty and feminine, and in my opinion quite elegant and lovely. I made it over a year ago and I have always just loved it. It was my first pearl piece. It was my first briolette wrapped piece. It was my first set. Today I got to say goodbye to it and sent it to live in Texas. I am understandably excited and happy about it moving.

When I made this I had "bridal" in mind. I don't know if it will be for a bride or not, but it doesn't matter. Whatever occasion it is worn for, they will be wearing a little piece of me each time they put it on, and that's how I feel about all the other jewelry I have made and sold. Knowing that always makes me smile, but this one was a little bit special.

I don't know about anyone else out there who sells on Etsy or elsewhere, but when I make a sale I feel so proud yet humbled at the same time. It's a very special feeling knowing that someone likes what you have made. And getting the package ready for when the buyer pulls it out is always fun for me. Whether inside a bubble mailer or a Priority box, I want the customer to feel special when they receive their jewelry. I haven't yet gotten my packaging exactly the way I want it. I have in mind what I want but haven't quite found where to get it. I'm going to be working on that in the near future. When I get what I want I'll post a picture.

So I finally say goodbye to my avatar set. I truly hope my customer wears it in good health and treasures it for a very long time to come. It meant a lot to me while it lived here in North Carolina. I hope it means a lot to them in Texas. Thank you.

10 comments:

ebbandflo said...

congratulations! what a landmark occasion.
i haven't sold my old avatar piece as it's all mine, made from sea glass from the beach where i played as little girl back in scotland http://www.flickr.com/photos/pomomama/126790673/ but i was very pleased to fill a custom order for a bracelet in white seaglass and sterling (how i have moved on from plated these days!!) for a customer recently. it felt very special

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beakee said...

Congrats! This is fabulous :) Are you gonna change your avatar then? And yes, I feel the same about feeling proud and humbled that people like something enough to buy it :)

msbelle said...

Thanks guys.
I thought about that today, changing my avatar, but I'm not really sure. I guess everyone has come to know the avatar I have now so I don't really know. If I did change it, I'd still want it to be a piece of my jewelry. What would you all do? Leave it? Change it? I'm just not sure.

SilverMonk Design said...

congratulations msbelle, what a fantastic sale!

SilverMonk Design said...

well done and congratulations msbelle! It is indeed very special.

Beadiful Things said...

Aw, yay! Being in Texas myself, I'm sure they went to a good home. :-)

I know what you mean about the packaging. I often put my sold item in the box and in the envelope (with whatever goodie I enclose) and then sort of "re-open" it to see what the buyer's going to find when it gets to her. Yeah. I'm a goof.

Beadiful Things said...

Oh, and I think you should change your avatar. Let one of your gorgeous new pieces become associated with you the way that set was.

msbelle said...

Thank you Ann. I was thinking I should too but now to decide which one!

Steph said...

I love your avatar. I would be sad to see it go, but I can see the argument for changing it. It still represents things you have in your shop though. I don't know. I am wishy-washy about this with my shop, too.

Congrats on selling it! I know what you mean about feeling humbled. It is so affirming when people are excited to own something you have made from your own hands.