Craft fairs and outdoor festivals -- generally in the summer time. You can usually get a table at these events for $20-$50 for the day. You will want to have a good selection of inventory; if you do you can usually gross anywhere between $150-$400 (based on my experience). If you have. Your sales will be directly related to your quantity of inventory. Winter bazaars, church sales, holiday festivals -- Oct-December. Check the local paper. Many churches have these annual events and tables are pretty inexpensive. These events are nice because people come to spend $ on gifts.
Home-based jewelry parties. You can host an event yourself, or have a friend host it and give her some free stuff as compensation. I like to have a good friend or relative host - that way I am pretty sure they will follow through. Ask your friend to invite her friends, relatives, etc. for the party. You provide some light snacks and bring all your stuff. Again, people come to buy and you have no competition! If you get people to one of these you will make out pretty well, and you don't need to have as large a selection. I have made up to $1500 in an hour and half! Typically, I'd gross $300-$500 in a pretty short time.
Flea markets-- usually in summer and holiday season. These can be boom or bust. It depends on whether, traffic, etc. Generally people at these want to spend very little, so the low-end stuff sells best. Good place to experiment since the tables are usually only $20 or so. I know people that go to the same flea markets every week and do very well with lots of repeat customers.
Store/ mall-cart. This is a much bigger leap since the overhead is so high compared to the above venues. I have done neither so cannot offer any good advice in except to plan really well and consider all the costs involved.
3. Where will you get your inventory? This is the place you will need the best research. Unless you are selling in large volume, you will probably want to get a markup of about 2.5 to 3 times (what you paid for inventory). The lower the price you pay for your goods, the lower the price you can offer your customers/ the more profit you will make. You will always save more when you buy in bulk, so look for a supplier you can form a long-term relationship with who can give you good deals, service and selection. Buying a large quantity now may seem like a big expense now, but the result is you make more profit on every single item you sell.
The more you spend the more you save. Find a few good suppliers and see what sells well and who is willing to work with you. Find suppliers who provide good service and are committed to your success.
Buy off ebay- many people buy stuff at good prices then just re-sell Search the web for other silver jewelry wholesalers.
Buy from me! I have a wholesale silver jewelry website with very good deals and always have closeout lots. Once in a while someone calls wanting to 'haggle'. Well, call me old-fashioned, but I like to be straight-up and help everyone, especially the little guy. I offer the same low price for a $75 order as I do for a $1000 order. Check around and you will see that our prices are very low, value is very high and there are few wholesalers who offer no-hassle pricing and ordering as this site does. Our best sellers are our Amber Silver Jewelry and Wholesale Silver Earrings Search the web for manufacturers. Most are in Asia. And you will get the best deals this way - but you are going to have to spend $3000+ to get the best prices and give yourself 6 months to find the right vendors, get your inventory and develop a relationship. It seems simple, but trust me, the cultural differences alone will add 3 months to the process! Unless you need 20+ designs of each design you order, or actually want to get a mixed batch of random left-over that you will not see in advance, this is not a great option for most small businesses.