I really do like that piece of jewellery you made there. Say, where'd you get that wonderful [insert appropriate supply here]? I'd like to make something like that myself.
Fellow (lazy) jewellery maker and seller."
I love that cool [insert any KitschenSink item here] you have in your shop. How did you make that?
Another (lazy) jewellery maker and seller."
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple" (photo credit: blog here)
Fact is, I spend an awful lot of time (and I mean a lot) sourcing supplies. I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking for the best prices and best quality. I spend a lot of time and money experimenting to create something unique. I also spend a fair bit of time on forums, Twitter and other channels building a rapport with other crafters/sellers to create a mutual sharing environment, and share what I feel comfortable with. I do run a business, at the end of the day.
I knew it was bad manners to ask someone where they got their supplies from just because I am generally good with etiquette (personal friends - hush, now), but it's also confirmed in "Craft Inc" (book by Meg Mateo Ilasco) "Creative-business owners work hard to find their vendors, so it's not fair to ask them to give away their hard-earned sources". Cheers Meg. I often resist the temptation to ask other makers where they manage to find such cool components. I, however, resist!
So, where do I get my supplies?