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Yes, so I realize that I’ve been mentioning this from time to time for several months now, but never formally introduced the big news!
ETA: Actually, I just read back through my posts and it looks like I never really did mention this, even though it’s been consuming my life.

I will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the end of February through the end of July. It’s an interruption from my regular course of study, but I’m going to take the opportunity to complete some credits towards a Spanish minor, as all of my courses will be taught in Spanish while I’m there. This is a wonderful (albeit terrifying) opportunity for me and I have to admit I’m freaked out. This is definitely bigger than anything I have ever done in my life!

Because I’m going to be away during the festival season, I am having a sale right now in order to give people a chance to do any shopping they might have wanted to do over the summer. From now until February 15th I will take 20% off of any order of two items or more, and shipping is free for all purchases! 11:59 on February 15th I will close my shop in order to prepare for my departure on 2/20.

This is a sneak peak, before I completely finish my uploads, and send out an e-mail to my mailing list, so if you see something you like you may want to snap it up now, because I won’t be making more until next fall, and when I run out I run out!

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20/20


Cosmos – OOAK, originally uploaded by Soasa Designs.

In two weeks I’ll be 20 which is a lame age because you get the responsibility of not being a teen anymore, but no new privileges. I’ve decided that this isn’t fair, and if I can’t be rewarded for my age, at least someone should be!

So! Since I owe it to all my customers that I’m able to buy groceries, and thus live to be 20, you are the ones who will be rewarded! For every $20* you spend between now and March 4th I’ll give you 20% off! Now, if you were on my mailing list I would also be telling you the secret code for free shipping. E-mail me at RobinMarie at SoasaDesigns dot com if you’d like to be added!

Valentine’s Day is passed, but Mother’s Day is coming, though really, do you need an excuse to buy jewelry?

* This offer does not apply to Team NOLA purchases, of which 50% are donated to Habitat for Humanity SUNY New Paltz.

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Ah, the booth. The single most nerve wracking experience a tiny business like mine can experience. It’s hard enough to wrangle a space, but that’s only the beginning. Is it going to be worth my time? My money? Will people notice me? Will I make back what I’ve spent on this space? Will I leave feeling completely unoriginal? Anxiety asks many questions.

The flip side of that is when a day goes really well, and you realize you’ve got nothing left. The sites need to be stocked, but there’s nothing to stock them with, and of course, no time to make more! Because internet selling isn’t just a matter of making the jewelry, there are still photos to be taken, touched up, and uploaded. Measurements to be taken, descriptions to be written. Not to mention the promotion that goes into it. Selling online takes a whole different kind of creativity, and patience I never knew I had.

My experience so far has been that offline my work sells quickly, online take more waiting. Whether it’s the face to face conversations, the ability to pick up and try on one’s purchase, or simply a higher exposure, the real world seems to work better for me. This isn’t enough to make me abandon my post online, and I will never stop selling offline, so it looks like I’ll be anxious forever!

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