My mom and sister have a tradition. For as long as I remember, they have been going to craft shows. Every year, they invite me and I politely (and sometimes not so politely) decline their invitation to the crapshow. (I know…. super harsh, isn’t it?) Who would have thought that I would actually go searching out these amazing events now? Let me tell you about my reformation.
As a teacher, I am always looking for new, fun ways to earn some spending money for my family and my classroom. I also work in a school with a dress code. That means I can’t wear yoga pants and sweatshirts everyday (but boy would I love to)! One day as I was browsing through Facebook (a guilty pleasure), I noticed an ad asking if anyone was interested in selling $5 jewelry. Well, I LOVE jewelry and as you know, I LOVE good deals, so naturally, this caught my attention. I contacted the person that wrote the ad and after many, MANY questions and concerns, I decided to take the plunge! I became an independent consultant for Paparazzi Accessories and a year later, I realize that it was a match made in heaven!
As an independent consultant (who worked her way up to director…. yeah me!), I am now considered a “direct sale” company. A lot of direct sales companies take up things that teacher’s don’t have: time, space and more time. Well, with Paparazzi Accessories, I have found my niche and I spend about 2 hours a week on my business! Everyone has 2 hours a week!
Here is the jist: I buy the jewelry from the company, I then turn around and sell it for $5. Every piece I sell, I earn 45% commission. What I do with my jewelry is my business. I can have home parties, basket parties, (my fave!) online parties, and wait for it…. craft shows. Yup, you read that correct! I am now someone that seeks out craft/vendor shows to show off my awesome jewelry! I just did one this weekend and I made about $150 MORE than I was even anticipating on making! That is a LOT of $5 pieces of jewelry!
Another way to earn extra money from Paparazzi Accessories is by having a “downline”. I have consultants that work under me and I earn commission on what they purchase. Interested in checking things out? Feel free to browse my site: www.paparazziaccessories.com/22926 and leave any feedback or questions below!
Paparazzi Accessories have inexpensive pieces of jewelry that can spice up any look. What specifically do other teacher’s like about it? The lanyards! I literally can’t walk down the hallway with my lanyards without teachers snapping them up as fast as they can. I can’t even order them fast enough. I have to stock up for Christmas time (they make AWESOME gifts for your kid’s teachers!)
What about all those female co-worker birthdays (or your mom or sister or grandma or you son’s new girlfriend)? The ones that you forgot to write their birthdays down in your calendar because you already had a PLC, RTI and an IEP meeting that day. You really can’t go wrong with some cool, funky costume jewelry.
Moral of the story: don’t automatically shut out the possibility of selling something. You can put in as many hours or as few hours as you want. On another blog, I will give you more examples of all the amazing vendors and crafters out there and maybe you will discover a talent you never knew you had! Who knew what $5 jewelry would do for me (and my bank account!)
Kristi Reinke, 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher in Minot, North Dakota