Thursday, February 27, 2014

South Hill Designs

Back in November, I went to a South Hill Designs social at my friend R's house. She sells it and was launching her business, so I went to her party. She had posted something online and said the first person who said they wanted a free locket would get one. I immediately commented on the post and said I wanted it, and so she said, "It's yours!"

I honestly wasn't going to buy anything. The jewelry that I wear is very specific and I only wanted to keep wearing the necklace that I was given for Mother's Day. But when I saw all the great things that I could put into the free locket that I won, I was blown away and inspired. I now have a new favorite necklace.

My friend Kathryn and I decided that we'd host a combo party at my house and invite a bunch of our MOMS Club friends over. The party was scheduled for January.

I ended up buying a G for Gus, an H for Hugh, a diamond ring for Steve, a running shoe for me, and a mustache for Hugh. I couldn't wait for my order to arrive. (I now also have a popcorn bucket for Gus inside my locket.)

I decided that I wanted to get a necklace for Claire for Christmas and I wanted to put Gus's name inside and a charm to represent him. So I went onto R's website and bought Clarie's Christmas gift from me and Steve.

When school started back up in January, Gus's bus driver, Serge, noticed my necklace and told me that he wanted the exact same thing for his wife. 

The next week he said he wanted four of them. One for his wife and three daughters and wanted to make them something great and give it to them for Valentine's Day. I told him about our social and invited him to come over and check everything out, but he wasn't able to come. 

Around this same time, several other people said that they wanted to buy from me, but couldn't make the party. It made me think about selling the jewelry myself. So after talking it over with Steve and creating a business plan, we decided to go for it. 

I haven't looked back since and have been doing okay for my first month selling the stuff. I'm having a REALLY hard time finding people to host a party. I can't blame people for not wanting to do it, as I didn't really want to do it myself. But I've got to keep at it. The thing that I really like is that there's no minimum that I have to sell each month, and I can stop at any time and everything that I've bought is mine to keep. 

I really like the company and the business model and principles that it has. I also really love the jewelry and think it's really pretty. It's affordable ($22 gets you a mini locket and chain). So for under $40 you could get a mini locket with chain and three charms. Not too shabby!

Anyway, I've been really excited to see the support that my friends are giving me. Two have thrown online parties and hopefully I'll be able to get others to also do a party. If you're reading this and you're interested in either selling SHD or having an online social, let me know!! And if you're curious to see what it's all about, you can check out my site!! Feel free to buy something while you're there!!


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