After months of thinking about it, today I decided to open a supply shop. There are so many unknown variables and choices and dynamics to consider that I felt not opening a supply shop to separate my beads and supplies from my jewelry was just as much as a course of action as opening one, so here we are.
Another thing I considered was switching the name of my fairly inert vintage shop to make it the supply shop, but then I've already got the vintage items with paid-for listings, so I wouldn't want to deactivate them, an the whole point of making a supply shop is to have JUST supplies.
I also wasn't sure if using "shipwreck dandy" was a good idea to use in the name of the supply store, but I figure I should keep whatever 'branding' I can and then just hope the notices will direct people to my jewelry shop appropriately.
It's funny--the second I relist the faceted beads in my regular shop, I get a ton of views. So far, there are only three views for them in the new shop. I suppose because they've got so many favorites and whatnot and are in a lot of treasuries? No way to compensate for those views, except to build it all back up in the new shop, I suppose. I also started using the purchasing options drop down selection thing for the made-to-order beads. The only thing I didn't foresee is not having the colored ones as the first/thumbnail photo. I guess I should offer different quantities of the beads and use one of the colored bead photos.
So far, I've just got the three sets of beads listed and some dyed hemp.
I'll be listing all my beads, findings, and destash stuff in the supply shop from now on. The beads I've got in my jewelry store will stay put until they're sold. I've got a ton to photograph, and I've even got some handmade ear wire sets, and wire chandelier earring connectors to get photographed and listed. Soon! The emptiness of the supply shop annoys me more than the overflowness of my jewelry shop. Hopefully 'balance' will be happening soon.