Have any of you tried selling retail other than the obvious skin care products within your spa or studio? I rent a suite within a large salon (Sola Studios). I was thinking of starting to retail products such as candles, scarves, little bits and bobs like candle holders, picture frames, jewelry, etc. I don't know if it would be worth the investment, but I have noticed a larger spa in my area is now retailing (and pushing these products on their facebook page) some candles, jewelry, soft blankets/throws, and even a few apparel items like high end sweatshirts...
What do you think?
I never thought I'd consider it.. mostly because I had an experience one time getting my hair done at a very high end salon in my city and the salon owner, after doing my hair, REALLY pushed some items on me that I had no interest in. She was trying to get me to buy some new clothes.. she had a whole little boutique of clothing in her salon filled with hideous, gawdy clothing. It was a total turnoff. I don't like pushing products on people.. so I'm not sure.
I would start with home care things like lipsticks and candles and they make these wonderful candles that are also massage oils and those run out the door. What about body washes? Jewlery is always a big hit, put them by the register! SPA items are great too, aromatherapy, different herbal oils, loofah's, fun socks, etc. I would focus on neat items that not a lot of other sellers have. You might want to hit up a local farmer's market in the summer and see what other people are selling. We have a local honey guy and a local tea lady as well as a chocolatier. :D Chocolate is always a big seller!!! haha!
We tried selling bikinis once and it didn't go over too well. Needless to say :D Scarves did awesome. You don't need to be pushy with these products. Having a fun display and just asking if they need any.... will do fine.
Ok! Even the old ladies LOVED them!!! Yes, they are a huge hit in conservative small town Indiana. The owner that I work through didn't want anything remotely sexual in our shop since she had such a hard time with "massage" in the beginning (wink Wink) But I bought a couple at a hair show and they sold like hotcakes right away! lol I tried to encourage more stuff like that but my owner is a little nervous. I think they need to face facts that sexuality is a part of human life. So, what does it matter if we cater to married couples? Isn't that what Valentine's day is all about? I actually am going to try the tasty body powder ;) this year.
And the vagazzling is also a huge hit! Who'd have thought that?!!! HAHAHA! I wear one on my arm to show everybody. It's hilarious the looks I get from the ladies. They always have tons of questions. :D
Sexuality is fine and all, but vajazzling screams trashy. Just my .02. I wouldn't want that in my spa.
And please stay on topic.
What type of jewelry does your spa sell? Is there a certain brand? My friend makes jewelry, so I was thinking I might ask her if she wants to sell some pieces in my spa on commission. I'm also thinking about doing the same thing with artists who do paintings. It's a win-win because the spa has artwork on the walls and the artist gets to sell their pieces and get exposure.
I can see tea not being a big seller, as so many people just aren't tea drinkers. The trick to making most teas taste good is to add milk and honey, like the brits do it. :) It's a shame because there are some really cute tea accessories.
I'm a forty year old fat lady applying "vagazziling" to other 40 year old fat ladies. We have a hoot. Do a little hip tattoo. It's all in good taste I assure you. ;-)
Our Jewlery was actually made by one of our receptionists. We are also a local artist colony nearby and there is a HUGE amount of tea drinkers in our area. So our Tea stuff flew off the shelves. Love the local Artwork idea! That's just brilliant!
Haha! Okay, you're making me LOL.
I'm from Indiana... I'm trying to think of artist colonies... Brown County?