Monday, June 22, 2009

Raising Awareness

I finally put together one of the pieces of jewelry that I want to sell to raise funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and even had a little time to get it photographed. After we saw my MIL at the hospital for Father's Day of course. Yesterday was day 6 of chemo chemicals being pumped into her and today is day 7. Now the even more difficult part comes. They said around day 14 she'll really start to feel like crud and may develop a fever. We just keep praying that her body works hard to fight the cancer.

Anyway, here is the first piece I have listed in my Etsy shop. It is a simple sterling silver ribbon pendant with Swarovski crystals in Orange/Peach, which are the colors of Leukemia (well, Orange is for sure and I just like the peach color).

I can make the pendant with any color crystal that I have available so it doesn't *have* to be orange, but the proceeds for any color pendant will still go to LLS.

When I find some more time I'll be making the matching bracelet, like the one my MIL is wearing.

Does anyone have any thoughts about the price I put the pendant necklace??? I made it $27...which means $13.50 of every sale will go to LLS. But is $27 too much? It's a very simple and delicate piece, and doesn't take me very long to make. So I'm struggling with that.

I still need to cover the Etsy and Paypal fees, as well as packaging, time, and material costs. But I don't want to price it too high goal isn't a big profit on these. The bracelets will probably cost around $40, but there's more work and more material that goes into them.

Oh, and I'll be selling just the pendant without a chain as well, and I think I will price that at $20. So $10 will go to LLS.

I appreciate any thoughts.

Please let me know what you think. I'm hoping that I can raise at least $250 this year and hopefully more.


Dana said...

I think I got lost somewhere in the pricing. Was it $27 w/chain and $20 w/o? The $27.00 is a good price point if you were going to include a necklace or chain. If not a sterling silver delicate chain how about a leather cord or orange ribbon, would be cheaper to make and still look good.

CastoCreations said...

Yes, $27 with a sterling silver chain ... maybe without a chain it should be $17?

The slight problem I encounter is that I still get charged the fees (Etsy and Paypal) on the full amount even though I'm sending half of the full amount to LLS.

I like the idea of a ribbon. I'll have to look into that too. I could have all sorts of different options.

TiLT said...

I think the price is just fine - many people will pay more than they might otherwise when they know a portion is going to a good cause.
I wouldn't think twice about that price - it's within a normal range.
And simple does not mean cheap :)

the ribbon idea is a nice one too.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

If it is all sterling $27 is a good price, especially if you tell people that first and foremost, money is going to the charity. I tell people how much of the purchase price is going to charity so they understand. Best of luck it is really pretty :)q

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