To build your jewelry inventory, you need to start thinking in terms of volume. You'll need larger quantities of beads and findings, and that will lead you to shop at wholesale suppliers where you can get more beads for your buck (see the preceding section). Buying a dozen ear hooks means you can make six pairs of earrings, but stocking up on a gross of ear hooks means you can make 72 pairs of earrings. If you plan to sell your jewelry at a craft show, for example, six pairs of earrings obviously aren't going to be enough.
Instead of buying small amounts of supplies every week or two weeks, wait and start a list of what you need. Then purchase supplies in volume but less often, such as quarterly. Some vendor sites, like Fire Mountain Gems & Beads (www.firemountaingems. com), allow you to keep items in your cart for a long period of time, so this is one way to start your list.
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