Novica Live {Giveaway}

Before we had children, when I had “nothing” ;) but a  husband, a full-time teaching job, and a home to care for, the scrapbooking bug bit  and I spent about 5 years in direct sales funding my habit.  Fast forward a child or two and a move to Tiny Town, where our lifestyle became very community and school centered (read:  we are gone a lot in the evenings!) and something had to give.  For our sanity, it was the scrapbooking.

While my direct sales stint didn’t last all that long, I do know several women who are very successful with various sales opportunities.  One I hadn’t heard of until recently, though, was NOVICA Live.

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. We work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. We have thousands of top fair trade corporate gifts and home decor items on our website.

When I was contacted by NOVICA, I honestly had never heard of the business.  Now?  I’m in love.  Not only am I impressed with their desire to promote fair trade buying, but the products that I ordered were over the top beautiful!

I went with the turquoise dangly earrings from Turkey and this glass earring/necklace set from Mexico.

I can’t say enough about how gorgeous and well-made these pieces are.  Not only that, but the packaging is incredible.  I truly felt as if I was opening a rare and precious gift.  My daughter asked if she could keep the box the earrings came in!

I know that some of you are looking for a way to supplement the family income as a stay at home momNOVICA Live may or may not be for you, but I wanted you to know about it since it’s so unique.  I know people who sell candles, wickless candles, food, scrapbooking supplies, jewelry, makeup, kitchen tools and such.  I don’t know anyone anywhere who is a distributor for this new business.  Sometimes being the first is a great advantage!

For our consultants, getting in early is a big opportunity in direct sales.  They’ll be able to make some good money and support artisans worldwide.  We’re expanding across the country right now and signing up new consultants every week.

The starter kits are only $199 and have over $400 worth of samples and $150 in business materials.  We have a lot of promotions going on for our early consultants, including anyone that becomes a Director this year will go to Bali next year.

Again, just something to think about and pray about.  Don’t do anything rash, but NOVICA Live might be a great fit for some of you!  (If it is, will you please let them know that I sent you?)

Is anyone interested in a little NOVICA shopping money? Trust me.  The answer is Yes, you are!  I’ve got a $75 shopping credit for one of my readers!

To enter, simply leave a comment: Do you have any experience in direct sales?  If so, what did you sell?  If not, do you buy when invited to parties?  Have you ever heard of NOVICA Live or been to one of their home parties?

As always, feel free to earn an extra entry or two by sharing this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook.  Just be sure to leave a comment to let me know you did!

Giveaway ends Sunday, July 10, at 8pm CST.  A winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have never heard of them before. Direct sales scare me, I’m too shy:)

  2. I don’t have any experience with direct sales, and I don’t think it’s really probably a great fit for me. This seems like a really neat company, though. :)

  3. I have sold through direct sales through Mary Kay and Shaklee. Right now I still sell a small amount through Shaklee because I am commiting my time elsewhere….to my 3 small children!

    Beautiful jewelry!!!

  4. I’m not a huge fan of direct sales in general…but this sounds interesting!

  5. Direct sales are not my thing…too much pressure to buy while you are attending a “party” with all your friends who are also buying. I would much rather shop from a direct sales catalog if it is a product I actually want and skip the “party” altogether. While I have never heard of the company you are talking about, the pictures you included did encourage me to click to their site.

  6. I have never heard of Novica- but it sounds unique- I like the fair trade component!

    I usually go to parties when invited, but usually do not enjoy them.

  7. Deanna E. says:

    I have never heard of Novia, but think it sounds great. I don’t like direct sales because I am shy and HATE selling things. I do, however, usually go to parties and often buy something.

  8. Your earrings are very pretty! I’ve come across Novica before on other blogs and it seems like a fantastic company. I really like their products, but I think I’d rather buy them online or from a little store than through direct sales parties (and no, I wouldn’t have the parties myself.) But if someone I knew invited me to a Novica Live party, I think there’s actually the chance I’d like what I ordered instead of using it as a gift in the future.

  9. I have sold children’s books through Usborne and I thorougly enjoyed it. I earned enough to support activities and materials for homeschooling, and met many very interesting families. The concept of Novica is appealing.

  10. Robyn Stewart says:

    I hadn’t heard of this company. Have attended a few direct sale jewlery parties before. Usually a good time!

  11. I like fair trade but never done this before

  12. Michelle says:

    I haven’t done direct sales…not for my personality. I am always conflicted about buying from the parties. I try to find something that I can use, but don’t feel too bad if I don’t.

  13. I used to attend sales parties for kitchen products, books, jewelry, make-up, and toys but now none of my friends sell anything but wickless candles or scrapbooking supplies, 2 things I’m not interested in. I enjoyed the parties, it was a way to get away from home for a few hours, visit with friends, and see the latest products. Most times I purchased something under $10 but occasionally, if I needed it, I would buy a more costly item. I love all of my Pampered Chef stuff and most of it is 15 years old!

    Molly

  14. I know of Novica because of National Geographic. I get the catalog in mail but didn’t know home parties were available. I’ve sold stuff before but it’s been years since.

  15. I typically buy something when invited to parties, as the budget allows. There are a lot of neat companies out there.

  16. I had a *very* short lived career selling Lia Sophia jewelry; we have a daughter who requires vision therapy that our insurance doesn’t cover, so I was looking for ways to pay for that. I’m not a pushy person, (unless you ask my kids!) and that was just not a good fit for me.
    I like the concept of Novica though, and may actually pass the info along to some of my friends who are more suited for this line of work.
    In the meantime, I’ll continue to cut corners in other ways to pay for therapy!

  17. I have done sales with mannatech. Love their products and still use some myself. But like some of the other ladies were saying, I found that I was not the direct sales kind of person. Wish I was, would be a great way of working from home.

  18. Colette says:

    I’m contemplating starting up in direct sales for some extra income. I have never heard of Novica, but I would love to look into it! Being a salesperson doesn’t seem like a fit for me, but if I believe in the mission and products, perhaps it will come naturally?

  19. I have not done direct sales. When I’m invited to parties or book parties, I try to at least buy something as long as I will use it.

  20. Colleen says:

    Wow! What a great concept and the products look great!

    Let’s see, do I have any experience in direct sales….here are the companies that I have represented…Beauty Control, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Southern Living at Home, Willow House. I always fall in love with the products and it always seems like a great idea to become a consultant, but somehow it never turns out as planned. I still haven’t quite figured out why.

    I love attending the parties and always buy something. My husband has added a caveat to my party plans – I have been put on permanent hiatus from signing up as a direct sales consultant for any company. Sigh….I’m sure it’s for the best. I do have a whole lot of great items from my consultant starter kits.

    • “My husband has added a caveat to my party plans – I have been put on permanent hiatus from signing up as a direct sales consultant for any company.” :) That made me giggle.

  21. Yes, I buy at parties, but am very picky. I never heard of Novica Live. Interested, though.

  22. I have never done direct sales. I do attend and have had a few parties though. I have never heard of Novice Live.

  23. I have never heard of them, but am now glad I have! Beautiful!

  24. I sold Tupperware for a couple of years (actually, I was a terrible salesperson… I mostly just stocked my own kitchen)!

  25. I’ve never done the party type sales you are talking about, but did to serious direct selling when I was in college. I sold educational books with Southwestern for many years and paid my way through school doing it. Hard work (80+ hours/week) and lots of rejection going door to door, but amazing experience and some of my best friends are from SW. Glad I did it, glad I’m done, and really glad I had no debt coming out of Marquette and lots saved to buy a house too!

    These are beautiful and I’d love to do some shopping from home :)

    Heather

  26. I’ve sold Avon before and do get invited to parties for different companies quite often through Church. This is the first I have heard of Novica though.

  27. I used to sale Avon and when I got to parties, I do try to buy atleast something. I have never heard of Novica, but I was looking through what they sale, and I wish I had heard of them sooner!

  28. I haven’t ever done anything like this, but I do love unique jewelery!

  29. Aubreylaine says:

    I just recently heard about Novica Live, though I don’t know too much about it.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  30. Suzanne says:

    No direct sales experience but definitely buy at any parties invited to if it’s something I know I’ll use. I’m not into the fancy, expensive purses, for example, but definitely like the jewelry and household products. I’ve purchase from Fair Trade organizations in the past and agree with your assessment, Amy.

  31. I sold Pampered Chef for awhile, but was never a very good salesman. Love the turquiose earings.

  32. I’ve never sold anything. I don’t mind buying things I will use (Pampered Chef!), but so many direct sales products are things that I have no interest in. However, it’s been literally years since I was invited to a sales party. The earrings are so pretty!

  33. Susan Salerno says:

    I have years of direct sales experience. It allowed me to work part time as a single parent, along with my direct sales business, so that I could be actively involved in my daughter’s school.

  34. Andrea Watts says:

    I shared this giveaway on Twitter

  35. I have never heard of Novica but I love the earrings you showed. I have done several sales before from Southern Living at Home to Biometics International which I still do because the nutritional products are superior to anything else.

  36. I’ve never heard of them, but their products are beautiful!

  37. Shay Brewer says:

    I sell Pampered Chef (mostly because I want to earn free products cause I love there stuff) and to help supplement our income. But I am not a pusher I lack that quality in a salesperson.

    However Novica seems pretty awesome!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Momma to 3
    Shay B

  38. kathleen says:

    ihave never heard of them nor have i ever been in direct sales. but i love shopping and would to give them a try.

  39. i always buy when going to these parties, like Pampered Chef, though I’ve never sold anything myself.. Novica has such quality items so I’d buy from this too if I was invited!

  40. I’ve never heard of Novica before, but I agree the jewelry is pretty. Direct sales isn’t for me, but I love going to the parties. If I agree to go, I usually try to buy a little something at least.

  41. Paula K says:

    I was going to sell for Bamboo Pink and then chickened out at the last minute. I like jewelry that is more artsy, and couldn’t see myself selling the BP stuff. Novica looks like an interesting company. I think I would go to one if invited.

  42. Heather Brower says:

    I’ve never done direct sales or purchased from direct sales (unless school fundraisers count)!

  43. I have not had any experience doing direct sales myself…but if I go to a party I usually buy something. I just feel bad if I don’t! Guess that’s the ‘people pleaser’ in me coming out. :)

  44. I’ve never heard of this company and I’ve never been in direct sales. I’ve had several opportunities to host parties after my friends did but its just not something I’m interested in. I’m a little shy but more than that I don’t want people to think that they *have* to buy something just because I invited them, know what I mean?

  45. I used to sell AVON. But it became too costly in the end. When invited to parties, I do usually buy at least 1 thing. I have never heard of this company before, but their merchandise looks awesome!

  46. I used to sell Pampered Chef. Since I love their products & love to cook, my husband thought it would be a great fit for me. However I’m not a salesperson, not out going enough & didn’t know enough people who know other people to keep it going!
    I’ve never heard of this company, but the earrings are beautiful!

  47. Laura DeLuca says:

    I sold insurance before I had my kids-LOL Sometimes I buy things at parties. It depends on what they are selling and if I need it. I have not been to a NOvica party but they are one of my favorite online stores. My husband is collecting all their instruments

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  50. Theresa says:

    I don’t have any direct sales experience and Novica is new to me, but I really like the products!

  51. I’ve stopped going to direct sales parties because I always feel like I have to buy something and that something is always more expensive than what I was already using. I suppose if someone had a party with just-the-right thing I would go, but I don’t know what that thing would be.

  52. I have never heard of this company, but is sounds interesting.

    I have sold Princess HOuse & Close to My Heart. I try & go to parties I don’t buy at all of them.

  53. I have not heard of Novica. I have had some good and not so good experience with direct sale companies. The same as any company. Some are better than others.
    I tried selling Avon for a while, but without much luck.

  54. I’ve thought about it, but I’m not a terribly outgoing person, so I think that having a business that required lots of interaction to make sales would probably not be for me. My mom sold Avon for a long time at her work, but I rarely helped with that. We also sold candles for a while (not very successfully). I’ve been to very few parties. Mostly, I probably wouldn’t buy anything at a home party. We just don’t have that much money to spend.

  55. I’ve never done direct sales before, mostly because it sounds daunting. However, I’m a new wife and don’t yet have kids, so this kind of business might be a fun thing for me to try my hand at!

  56. Carol Ann Beaton says:

    Amy,

    Love the post about Novica Live — what a great concept! Thanks for all your inspiring posts — great blog!

    :)Carol Ann

  57. I have no experience in direct sales, never been to a novica live party and rarely if at all buy from parties
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  58. I’ve never heard of their parties but I have been to Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Lia Sophia, and Premiere parties (and even hosted some). I don’t buy much but I like to help out my friends.

  59. Jodi Dawson says:

    I actually sell Thirty One gifts…love the company and love the products! They are affordable and useful unlike many other direct sale companies.

    jodidawson at hotmail dot com

    • Jodi Dawson says:

      I guess I shouldn’t say useful…but sometimes I would buy a necklace becuase I felt like I had to and it would just sit in my jewelry box and never get worn!

  60. 1955nurse says:

    I tried Avon yrs ago, and the “Partylite” home parties direct sales as well – I don’t do well w/these, because I ALWAYS spend more than I make!!! (I thought about trying to sell Scentsy… but realized I would end up my own best customer, so abandoned the idea!!!) Love the Novica “STUFF” – pls enter me!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) TY!

  61. domestic diva says:

    I have no experience with direct sales, but their products look amazing.

  62. I have heard of Novica, have not heard of Novica Live. My grandma was in direct sales, she even got a car! I have never tried it, but I might have to think seriously about it! I do buy at parties when I see something I want!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I have my eye on a few handbags at Novica and I’d put this win toward one of them!

  63. I’ve never been in direct sales and never heard of NOVICA until today!

  64. I don’t have any experience in direct sales but had to ‘upsell’ products when I worked for a major catalog company.

  65. I shared on twitter-shmilgah

  66. I haven’t tried doing direct sales, but it really seems to work for people!

  67. I used to be in sales but that was very long ago. I did not novica had home parties

  68. Ooh they have some pretty jewelry, and I like that it’s all handmade. I’d love to go to a Novica Live party, I like going to house parties and usually do buy at least one thing. Thanks!

  69. I’ve never heard of Novia. Nice jewelry. Thanks!

  70. I don’t do direct sales…I have a hard time having someone come to my house for parties. Gives me a stomach ache…..

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