The world of Arts and Crafts is super-saturated with jewelry designers/makers. I've known this for years but it never became more apparent than after I lost my one and only source of selling.
Years ago I used to do the art shows and fairs, granted it was a lot of work to haul everything from my vehicle over to my assigned booth location and then hassle with getting the tent set up, the tables in place and then arranging an assortment of displays and all the various pieces of my work. It was easy to envy those who didn't have all those little bits and pieces to fuss over, seemed as though they were able to get in at the last moment, set up and were ready for business in a matter of minutes; likewise they packed up at the end of the event and were long gone whereas I was still packing up boxes of jewelry and displays and still had to face hauling tables to my car and taking my tent down.
Having my jewelry in a shop or gallery was a lot less work, a lot less hassle, but not totally hassle-free. Occasionally a jewelry tag went missing and the jewelry was sold with the wrong ID number. Then it required detective work to figure out what piece was actually sold and at what price. That's when I decided I did not wish to have my jewelry spread out all over the county. Yes I know that having all my eggs in the one proverbial basket was not a good idea but the thought of trying to keep tabs on a number of items placed in several different shops overwhelmed me.
When my one and only resource had to relocate her shop and decided to discontinue having an Artisans Gallery, I was forced to look around for other venues. That's when I was truly struck by how saturated the market was with handmade jewelry. Shop after shop, boutique after boutique, gallery after gallery met with me and shook their heads saying they already had far too much inventory from local jewelry makers and just could not take on any more.
To be continued ....