Funky, Fun and unique
How did you become interested in making jewellery/accessories?I became interested in making jewellery and accessories when I stumbled upon Etsy.com. It was during the summer holidays, and you get bored with having nothing to do. I had around 2-3months before starting my first year at university. A friend told me about how great Etsy was and that you could purchase many unusual things that you cannot find on the high street. I looked through for hours finding many wonderful things. So then I decided I would like to try. I have always struggled to find jewellery I like in the high street shops. Its rather difficult to find anything of a kitsch/kawaii style in shops at the moment. So this is where my interest sprung from. Its not just to make money, its certainly a hobby that I love to do.
Why did you decide to set Clotique up and how did you do it?The name Clotique came from a business project I did in college just before leaving. It was for a different business idea but I loved the name so I stuck to it. The initial thought on setting up Clotique was to hopefully bring potential customers from the UK something a bit different. I started on Facebook with very little. Luckily I had some savings and help from family to get my supplies up and buy all those essential tools. Facebook was a bit of a struggle, but at the time I could not afford to make many pieces or afford the fees on Etsy even though that is only $0.20 per item. Also not having paypal was an issue, since it is essential to have for the use of Etsy. Getting fans on Facebook took a lot of time and effort, and did not really pay off. As soon as I had more of an inventory I decided it was time to move over to Etsy. This was the best choice I made. I have been selling on Etsy now for just under three months and am nearly at the 100 sales mark. Which I think is fantastic since I started with basically nothing. Once I started Etsy, I realised a lot of my potential customers where international, so I started selling everywhere and not just the UK. Id say about 80% of my sales have been international. A lot of people are afraid to do this due to costs and losing packages. To date I have not had any lost in the post, and to be honest it is not really that expensive.
Where do you see Clotique going in the next 5 years/ what plans do you have for the future?I have started to participate in local craft fairs. My area had none at all until recently. This was great and got Clotique a lot of new fans. I have one on the 3rd of March too, I am certainly hoping for this one to be an even bigger success! I am hoping in the future to become a part of larger fairs and travel across the UK to be in some. I love the feeling you get of people admiring your work and bringing them something unique in return. I have also started on household items. I have a few jewellery boxes and photo frames coming up in the near future, they are all very unique and I am very glad to be introducing them to the market. I am also hoping to move into sterling silver jewellery and metal stamping. These are quite expensive to get into so I best start saving!