There was a little issue on the fact that I resell replica jewellery. Which isn’t as handmade by a artisan as I want it to be. There was someone spitting on it (digitally), because he is an artisan. I can completely understand that. I don’t feel love and butterflies on factory made Viking dresses, but spitting on them (or making a public remark and killing someone’s sales) is not my game. I just don’t buy it and leave it be.
I stand by my own products and understand why there is batch made items that is cheaper. I don’t change my pricing for that. I keep doing what I do. This is my strength. I also like to make complete outfits and since I can’t forge iron or sculpt bronze, I look elsewhere for fibula’s (like leather work is something I outsource to Barbwire and Roses).
So why did I settle for a little less than absolutely handmade and non batchy fibula’s?
I have asked around in the Dutch, German and British Re-enactment community who would like to supply me (for almost 3 years now). The reactions on making for resell are not that enthusiastic. Most do it for fun and don’t want the pressure of a deadline (which are very stretchable in my case) or they don’t deliver at all (this happened). Then there is the scepticism on holding on to your stuff for it might get copied (funny if it’s a replica). These people never really took the time to see what I do.
Pera Peris delivers. They are German and make pretty good quality items. Their pricing is clear and their delivery time is fast. My mark up is the same as them (and almost any other store selling it). At least it isn’t cheap Ali stuff. If you were going for absolutely cheap and destroying the market, go Ali.
I welcome artisans that make fibula’s. Please, contact me. Tell me what you make and what’s your price. Don’t let the pricing of Pera scare you away, ask what you need to ask. Tell me what you can deliver in what time frame. It is hard enough to get by on your own in this period, but I might have the clients that you were looking for.