If you’ve been through my shop at all, you’ll have noticed a few items are marked **SENSATIONAL SECONDS**.
Now, we all know what ‘seconds’ are, but maybe we don’t all call them the same thing, so I thought I’d explain what this is.
Sensational Seconds is what I call my seconds shelf. It’s a bit like when you’re in an artisan pottery, and you find the shelf that’s waaaaaayyyy cheaper and full of what look like perfect pieces of tableware.
For a potter, you might expect that the bowl wasn’t quite as perfect as the others, or that it didn’t throw perfectly straight.
For Practically Perfect’s jewellery, it’s either if there’s a design flaw (like the colours don’t quite work together or if some of the beads are heavier than they want to be) or if it just didn’t work out as perfectly as I’d wanted. I want perfection damnit.
Take the Butterfly Bracelet as an example:
When I created the coils, I made them too tightly packed together, which made it hard to work the wire that holds the beads. So the beads are tighter than I would have liked them to be. They can be moved back to where they’re supposed to be, but they don’t stay put.
It’s a lovely bracelet. It’s comfy to wear, and it’s striking. Not only that, but because it’s designed for your wrist, it’s unlikely to be still long enough to be under scrutiny for anyone else. And it took me hours to make.
So I calculated my hourly rate at £3.50 to keep the costs right down and it’s posted at just over £9. I don’t wear bracelets myself – they catch on everything – so it’s totally available to be loved by someone else.
My home is full of wibbly wonky pottery bowls and one-of-a-kind items that have a charm all of their own. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
But I’m sure that the right person will come along and fall in love with the Butterfly Bracelet, and all its little, extremely wearable friends.