11 April Retailer Spotlight: The Golden Feather April 11, 2018 By News & Spotlights, Retailer Spotlight retailer spotlight, the golden feather 2 Terri Sliwecki, Hammonton, NJ The Golden Feather, a gem of a gift shop, is nestled in the quaint southern NJ farming community of Hammonton, The vision began in 2007, when Terri Sliwecki asked her sister if she wanted to open a gift shop. Together they searched and gathered unique merchandise from local and national artists to fill their 3,000 sq ft shop. Hand-thrown pottery selections, delicate glass ornaments, sparkling jewelry, scarves, soaps, and seasonal home decor pieces find their home placed among gently-aged antiques, and many creative displays, all designed to create the most peaceful and inviting shopping experience for their customers. Describe your gallery. The Golden Feather is a 3,000 sq ft gift shop located in Hammonton, NJ. The building itself was custom built by the owners, tailored to their vision of a truly unique retail space. It includes a working stone fireplace with sitting area, warm wooden pillars, several crystal chandeliers, and large framed bay windows. Upon entering, customers are soothed into a shopping experience, first, by the scent of a burning vanilla soy candle, and then by the sights of endless displays of unique merchandise. A common first response is "Wow!" Year Founded: Nov. 2008 Square Feet of Retail Space: 3,000 sq ft Why did you decide to open a gallery? We were inspired to open The Golden Feather after another local gift store in a neighboring town had closed. The great experiences we had had at this other store, led us, years later, to realize our dream. How many artists do you represent? We represent approximately 45-50 different artists. How do you promote your artists/gallery? We use Facebook, and monthly emails using Constant Contact. We pride ourselves with providing exceptional customer service including free gift wrapping. Seasonal events, coupon mailings, and special sales promotions are held monthly. What percentage of merchandise is made in the U.S.? Canada? Imported? US 60% Imports 40% What trade shows do you attend? We attend ACRE shows. What attracts you to new merchandise? The three things we look for are (1) Uniqueness, (2) Quality, and (3) Price Point. Do you consign? No. Do you sell online? We currently do not sell online. You can view our website here: www.thegoldenfeather.com. What is your shopping routine on IndieMe? We check the website weekly for any new artists or new work from currently used artists. Who generates the biggest sales for you? Tourists? Locals? Repeat Customers? Collectors? Repeat customers definitely generate the most sales for us. These customers, and all who enter The Golden Feather, are treated like family. What retail price point sells best? $25-$35 How is business? Any thoughts for the future of craft galleries? Business is good overall, but fluctuates with the seasons. Future galleries need to stand out with unique, ever-changing merchandise, displays and promotional events. Above all, they must provide topnotch customer service! What advice do you have for new craft galleries? New craft galleries need to stand out amongst other retail outlets. What advice do you have for new craft artists? New craft artists must: (1) Offer a wide variety of affordable items, (2) Keep in mind that customers equate size with value, and (3) Provide high quality craft items. Showing 2 Comments Sue Hintz Hi Terri, We are a new pottery with Indeme. Have been in business for 21 years. Hope you will take a look at what we offer and if you see something you like contact us about an order. We do functional work and have sold well here in the Asheville NC area. With the building of a new facility, we are expanding our business. Thank you for your consideration. Sue Salvaterra Hintz, Salvaterra Pottery, llc 6 months ago Sue Hintz Hi Terri, We are a new pottery with Indeme. Have been in business for 21 years. Hope you will take a look at what we offer and if you see something you like contact us about an order. We do functional work and have sold well here in the Asheville NC area. With the building of a new facility, we are expanding our business. Thank you for your consideration. Sue Salvaterra Hintz, Salvaterra Pottery, llc 6 months ago Comments are closed.