October 01, 2015

We Welcome Refugees

I have been so heartbroken by the images of the Syrian refugee crisis. I feel helpless, but I know there are small ways in which I can help. Coincidentally, my friend and fellow Nashvillian Kate Whitley of Little Things Studio designed the above graphic and reached out to her network of makers like myself to encourage us to donate a portion of our sales to one of the organizations actively helping the refugees. The quote below is from Kate's response:
I’ve often thought what would I have done if I had lived during WWII and known about the concentration camps in Germany. Would I have sent money? Would I have spoken out and talked to my friends, local church, my city, and my government? Especially when some of the persecuted practiced a faith I did not. Because that’s what I would want to do. I wouldn’t want to live in regret. I don’t want to live in regret now over the refugee crisis. What if this moment is in our history books? What if it gets worse? And what if I did nothing?
I love Kate. So to help, we decided we would donate 10% of our booth sales and our online retail sales during the Renegade Craft Fair held on September 19+20, 2015 to World Relief. We officially donated the money we raised today and it feels so good to help, even if it just a drop in the bucket of what is truly needed to help these people. If you would also like to donate to World Relief, click here to learn more.

I also donated to the Migrant Offshore Aid Station - click to read about it if you haven't heard of the amazing rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

To read more about the crisis and what you can do to help, read "5 Ways To Stand Up" and visit We Welcome Refugees. You can read Kate's entire blog post that really resonated with me about why we should take action in this crisis.

Thank YOU friends and customers, for supporting Freshie & Zero (for 9 years!) and allowing me to not only support my family, but also to donate to causes where my heart is called. Something my pastor said to us in church a few weeks ago really struck me. I'm paraphrasing, but he said something like "You may not be called to help in this crisis in Syria. But if you are a Christian, you are called to help the poor." I would also like to believe that if you are just a human, you are called to help the poor. 

On a mostly unrelated note, if you haven't heard the Death Sex & Money podcasts about Hurricane Katrina, go listen now. SO eye opening to what people in New Orleans actually went through - I had no idea. My favorites were Big Freedia and Terri Coleman.

August 18, 2015

Want to Be a Campus Rep?

Thank you for everyone's interest in the program! Applications are now closed.

Freshie & Zero is excited to announce our brand-new Campus Rep Brand Ambassador Program! We are looking for outgoing, fun-loving college students to build brand awareness of Freshie & Zero at college campuses. We are starting at a limited number of schools in the Southeast. Our rep program is a fantastic way to get some marketing and sales experience for your resume and earn spending money, too! 

As a campus rep, you will: 
• Get to wear [FREE!] handmade Freshie & Zero jewelry and share your love for the line with friends and other students across campus. 
• Utilize your own social media sites to post about Freshie & Zero’s awesomeness and what it means to you to wear the jewelry! 
• Talk to anyone and everyone about Freshie & Zero. 
• Encourage friends and classmates to visit www.freshieandzero.com to shop our expansive selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. You’ll also get an exclusive coupon code to share with your friends. 
• Have other fun opportunities to work with Freshie & Zero to represent the brand including but not limited to trunk shows and craft shows. 

• Your own Freshie & Zero mini-stash 
• Commission! Whenever anyone uses your discount code, you will earn a commission. Plus, the more your code is used, the more incentives you will earn! 
• Discounts on Freshie & Zero jewelry 
• Marketing, sales, social media and brand ambassadorship experience 

To spread good vibes and love for Freshie & Zero handmade jewelry across college campuses. 

Are you excited about engaging with your campus community over fun handmade jewelry? Fill out the form here to apply. Applications must be received by Sept. 15. Once we select our campus reps we will contact you with more information on how to get started.

Questions about the program? Email us at julie[at]freshieandzero.com and we'll be happy to answer!

Thank you for everyone's interest in the program! Applications are now closed.

June 23, 2015

We're hiring!

*UPDATE We filled this position and are no longer actively looking for applicants. THANK YOU!*

We are seeking a Sales, Marketing, and All-Around Assistant for our small handmade jewelry studio in Nashville, TN! This is a fun and creative position that will keep you on your toes! Our 9-year old company is both retail + wholesale and is vested in the indie craft and professional trade show industries.

* please read instructions to apply - do NOT just submit your resume! *

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us grow our brand, keep all of our sales channels organized, and help assist the owner in the daily running of our business. We are seeking an entrepreneurial-spirited person who can write well, speak confidently, and sell and market our products both in person and online. This is a part Operations Assistant part Sales Support position.

If you are someone who...
  • Is highly motivated and organized with a strong work ethic
  • Is passionate about the entrepreneurial, creative, indie, and handmade communities both in Nashville and beyond
  • Enjoys learning new skills and strategies for marketing and generating sales
  • Has a strong knowledge of magazines, blogs, shops, and the professional handmade community 
  • Likes to have fun at work with a creative crew
  • Enjoys interacting with people in sales situations, including our trade show booths and craft show booths
  • Is a self-starter, a go-getter, and a task completer with a can-do, positive attitude
  • Has a "no task is too small or too big" attitude
  • Is very adaptable and eager to help out wherever there is a need
  • Has their own transportation and is able to drive to Atlanta at least twice a year for the Atlanta Gift Market
...Then you are the someone for this position! 

  • Use strong verbal and written communication skills to assist with customer service both on the phone and via email. Yes, we have a land line you will have to use! :)
  • Help manage and provide assistance to our growing base of sales representatives & retailers
  • TRAVEL occasionally with the company to trade shows including Atlanta and New York, including set up, tear down, and selling our line to potential clients. Our upcoming travel dates are July 9-13, so it is imperative you are available those dates.
  • Update our content on various online platforms including Etsy and Shopify 
  • Network with other small creative businesses for possible collaborations
  • Create social media content and reach out to influencers in the press 
  • Be ready to anticipate and jump in to help in whatever is needed (filling orders, filing, sending/answering emails, etc)
  • Run errands to bank, FedEx, etc (in your own vehicle)

It is part time to start (15-20 hours/week) but hours will vary based on our company schedule. Hours are flexible but will be between M-F 9:30 - 5:30. We are willing to work out a set schedule that fits your needs! Weekends are only required when traveling to trade shows a few times a year. Compensation is based on experience ($12-$15/hr) with regular raises and perks based on performance! (Christmas Spa Party, anyone?)

  • Some college and relevant experience is required 
  • Must be computer savvy (we are Mac people and use Excel, Quickbooks, Google Apps, Blogger, & Shopify)
  • Must be a legal citizen and sign a non-disclosure agreement. Qualified applicants must be willing to work a test day to see if you are a good fit with our team.

Please send your resume in pdf format AND include a cover letter* introducing yourself - remember writing well is a large part of this job! Tell us why you are perfect for this position, including sales and office experience, and any other relevant experience in the handmade/creative realm you would like to tell us about. Have fun with it! { email it to beth[at]freshieandzero.com }

*if you do not attach this cover letter, you will not be considered for this position

*UPDATE We filled this position and are no longer actively looking for applicants. THANK YOU!*

May 11, 2015

Freshie & Zero Returns to the National Stationery Show!

It's been a busy spring! We've been filling more orders than ever before, but I have found time to design 26 new styles! I'm so excited to debut them this Sunday, but I'm also extra thrilled to just  be in New York for the gorgeous and inspiring National Stationery Show! If you are a retailer planning to come to the show, please come see us! We'll be in the #fresh section in booth #1459