Studio Notes: My Love For a Shipping Supply Catalog Transcends Into My Jewelry-Making Business

A few years ago, my jewelry-making girlfriend, Rita, introduced me to ULINE, a shipping supply catalogue. Although there are other suppliers online, ULINE was her favorite. Rita sells a lot of her work on Etsy and has a high rating because of the quality of her service and her gift-style packaging.

Back then, she and I split an order of small shipping boxes. These days, I now order 4x4x5 inch boxes that are flat packed and cost $32 per hundred. They are easy to store and an inexpensive way to get finished jewelry to customers. ULINE also has cleaning supplies, tables, task chairs, and other items you might find handy as a jewelry maker or in your jewelry-making studio, especially if you sell your work. But beware — these companies sell in bulk. If you have a couple friends or belong to a group, you can go in together to make a buy.

Here are some examples I found in their recent 727-page catalog:

  • Small colorful “cub” sized shopping bags, 250 for $71 to $80
  • White gloss cardboard earring boxes, 100 for $38
  • Small organza bags, 100 for $22-$31
  • Non-tarnishing white tissue paper 10 x 15 inches, 960 sheets for $20
  • Wrap around safety glasses 12 pairs for $30
  • Dust mask with valve, which helps prevent fogging while making jewelry, 10 for $15
  • 4-wheeled 19×29 inch hand cart that folds to fit your car. Great for shows $85

But wait. I received their retail gift-packaging catalog recently and discovered more handy items for holiday sales:

  • Black velvet neck bust jewelry stands $13 each
  • Black velvet jewelry boxes for rings, earrings and pendants, 12 for $21
  • Glossy red wrapping paper in dispenser box, 100 feet for $26
  • Silver organza ribbon, 100 yards for $16

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. Her story on Colorado diamonds appears in the September-October issue and she will be writing about her experience in Kate Wolf’s class in 2018, along with her grant-writing adventures as a silversmith. You can reach her at betsylehndorff@gmail.com.

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