The Gilded Spork
How would you describe your business?
I currently offer crystal/semi-precious stone jewelry like wire wrapped crystals, tree of life pendants, zodiac jewelry, and custom pieces. But I’ve been expanding into upcycled crystal infused candles, upcycled spiritual gear, and upcycled art/travel journals. The Gilded Spork is an extension of my lifestyle, values, and beliefs. Each item I offer has gone through “The Spork Seal of Approval” test. “Do I believe in this item? Would I/Do I wear this? Is it comfortable and practical? Is this currently the “greenest” material I can afford? Will this make the world a more beautiful place?” These are all questions I ask myself before anything I make is even considered for sale. I try to treat each customer like an old friend because without them, nothing I do would matter. Its only through sharing my gifts that they have purpose.
What inspired you to start this business?
I wanted to share all the wonderful things I discovered in this world through artistic expression. For a long time I struggled with how to do that exactly. I floated from job to job, like many of us do, feeling lost and unfulfilled. I still made my crafts on the side, but just for myself and a few close family and friends. I had an Etsy shop but never set it up or did anything with it really.
Then a few years ago, a friend of mine was hosting a spiritual gathering and asked if I would be interested in selling some of my wares. I was still pretty unfocused but I had a random box of creations, two months to prepare, and some crazy drive to finally do something with my skills. I was in. On a whim, about two days before my first vending gig, I picked up some tumbled stones from my local cheese/moccasin shop (I know, weird right.) and tested out a new thing I saw online; wire wrapping crystals. I loved them and it was super fun! Two days later, I sold more of those wire wrapped stones than anything else, had a GREAT time, and met some wonderful friends! And so The Gilded Spork was born, from a few humble pieces of wire and stone
Where can we find your business?
Though The Gilded Spork has a physical “on the back burner,” you can find me on Etsy, my website/blog and many local vending events in WI & MI. Check out these links for more information and vending locations.
Do you offer wholesale, drop shipping, affiliate or other programs?
I do offer wholesaling to individuals & shops; This requires some communication to figure a price based on the materials you want included and the complexity of the pieces. I keep my prices low by being efficient and a thrifty shopper; that savings is passed on to you! I also offer international shipping rates starting at $6.50, based on weight and country.
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