In this post, I'm going to share with you the entire timeline of my very first handmade jewelry business, Tiny Hands Jewelry, where I've made over $1,000,000 in sales cumulatively over the last 14 years that I've been running this business. You’ll want to read to the very end where I’ll share with you the top 3 takeaways from all of this. Hi, my name is Mei, and I help makers, artists and designers make a consistent living from selling their handmade products online.
I had never done anything truly creative or made anything with my hands until I turned 15 years old. I was born and raised in Malaysia, where doing anything artistic or creative is not valued as much as other fields like science, math, or economics. What really started all of this, was when my mom and I decided to sign up for a jewelry making class for the first time together. You're probably familiar with the story, where we got so into making jewelry that we ended up making so many pieces that we didn't know what to do with it so we decided to sell them online! It goes without saying, that the things that we were making at the time, weren't made with the intention to sell and we weren’t thinking about our customers. We made them because we just enjoyed the process of shopping for supplies and, honestly, we didn’t know any better. Our first few products were definitely what I like to call a “garage sale” product line. I'll share with you a few pictures that I could find from my old deviantART account, which is a site where I liked to share pictures of the products that I made.