Consignment didn't get my name out there nearly as much as putting up fliers did, and that cost me nothing. ;) I am consigning at only one store right now, because the commission rates are low and because I sell jewelry, and it's an art and frame store, so there's no direct competition IN the store...plus they've got my stuff displayed right in the window.
The rule of consignment, as a veteran of the jewelry business told me, is that if you have pieces in a store on consignment and nothing has sold within a month, take them out.
Though I suppose paying the listing fees on ebay adds up to just as much as a high commission rate would.
To each her own. :) I am glad consignment is helping you.
Alexis M. Greer, Designer
Lex's Creations - Handmade Jewelry