About Kitsy Lane

By HighYa Staff

Based in Boston, MA, Kitsy Lane (www.kitsylane.com) is an online jewelry retailer that allows you to curate and sell products through a personal “e-boutique,” while earning up to 25% commission on every sale. The company claims that people from all walks of life operate their own boutiques—from busy professionals, to stay at home moms, and even some celebrities. In addition to individual boutiques, Kitsy Lane is also a traditional online storefront, where you can shop for jewelry-related merchandise just as you would through any other site.

Kitsy Lane carries a wide variety of jewelry, from big names to smaller names, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and much more. In addition, you can also become a vendor if you have your own jewelry line, which must be pre-approved by the company. Kitsy Lane claims to differentiate themselves from their competition by offering significantly discounted items.

How Kitsy Lane Works

Kitsy Lane makes it relatively easy for you to sign up and get started with your own jewelry boutique, and since this service is free, you won’t need to provide any billing information or undergo a preapproval process. You simply need to complete a standard signup form and decide on your boutique’s name; everything else is handled for you.

After signing up, Kitsy Lane instantly provides you with a ready-made storefront and a personalized web address (e.g. YourStoreName.KitsyLane.com), which can be thought of as your very own affiliate page. You will then be given the chance to customize your page, with a wide variety of color, texture, background, logo, footer, and welcome message options from which to choose. In addition, you can pick what items you want to include in your boutique, which items you want displayed on your home page, your weekly flash sale products, and much more.

Kitsy Lane claims to provide you with all the essential resources to help you market your online jewelry boutique, which really just consist of social sharing tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), the ability to invite friends to your store, and the option to sign up for exclusive webinars. In addition, you can also create e-coupons to send out to friends and family.

After you’ve effectively marketed your boutique, Kitsy Lane will handle all payment processing and shipping; very similar to a drop ship. As such, the company doesn’t appear to be a pyramid scheme, since they don’t require any money upfront, and you’re actually selling tangible goods. Instead, Kitsy Lane is more focused on creating additional marketing channels through “middlemen” like you.

The Kitsy Lane Payment Plan

Curiously, despite Kitsy Lane’s claim that users can earn up to 25% commission per sale, their website does not expressly state how this can occur. However, the site does explain that you can earn up to an additional 15% of each sale made from other boutiques referred by you. With this in mind, we can only assume that your commission will be based on the total amount of sales you make. The breakdown on their site provides the following:

  • If you make 5 orders per week, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $3,500 per year.
  • If you make 5 orders per day, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $25,000 per year.
  • If you make 20 orders per day, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $100,000 per year.

If you have your calculator handy, you’ll notice the above numbers are based on an 18% commission rate, so it’s important that you call the company directly to find out exactly how commission is accrued prior to opening your boutique. As an added bonus though, you can earn commissions off of your own purchases through the site.

Once your boutique is up and running, your previous month’s commission payments will be issued to you on or around the 15th of each month in the form of a check. A third-party vendor (www.bill.com) disburses these payments, and charges a $1 processing fee for each check issued. Keep in mind that Kitsy Lane will need to have your social security number on file in order to issue your 1099 for tax purposes.

Pros:

  • Easy to sign up and start your own online jewelry boutique, while earning up to 25% commission on each sale.
  • All basic marketing tools, including exclusive webinars, are included.
  • No pyramid scheme – you’re selling real products.
  • Earn commissions from your own purchases through Kitsy Lane.

Cons:

  • Contributing factors to qualify for 25% commission are not specifically outlined on the site.
  • Some customers complained of not getting paid on time and/or wrong amount.

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.0
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Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Impossible To Sell

    • Austin, AA,
    • Sep 15, 2015

    I had a Kitsy Lane boutique for about a year. I advertised through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. No matter how many coupons I sent people or how hard I tried, the jewelry is just too expensive for costume jewelry and no one could afford it. It's a waste of time.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Really aweful

    • Baltimore, MD,
    • Aug 15, 2015

    I did all I could do to sell Kitsy Lane jewelry. For one year I never sold anything or made anything. They never even sent me my free earrings. What a rip off. So disappointed!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Not a scam

    • Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
    • Jul 13, 2015

    I've been a Kitsy Lane boutique owner for two years. I have earned a commission check twice, which was on my own personal purchases. What I noticed is that it is not hard for people to sign up to the boutique, it is very hard to get sales. Out of those two years, I've made one sale but it was a direct one. What I wish is that they lower their prices to help boutique owners make sales. But overall, it is not a scam. I received my jewelry in the mail in great condition and shipped on time and my commission checks has always been on time. I would recommend to a friend, definitely.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 27 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Every year it just gets worse.

    • Baltimore, MD,
    • Jul 10, 2015

    I singed up for Kitsy Lane about three years ago. No matter how much marketing I do, no matter how much of their cheap over priced jewelry I buy to put on display, it doesn't sell. I have not made one single dime from this site. I spent more money on this site, and I have nothing to show for it, but a few pieces of cheap jewelry that looks nothing like the photos. I tried so many different marketing paths and nothing you do can sell this stuff.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 18 people found this review helpful

    What a joke!

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jul 7, 2015

    I had a Kitsy Lane boutique for over a year, did everything I could and invested money into this and never made a sale! I think the prices are too high. I bought jewelry from them and it was junk for the high price I paid. I now sell Avon and Soyl Scents.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Concierge is very helpful

    • Burlington, VT,
    • Jul 2, 2015

    I would definitely recommend Kitsy Lane to a friend. It's fun and easy to setup your own Boutique. Great concierge, always there to help when you need it. Online meetings so you can see how to do things. Definitely recommend it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Good Tech Support

    • Hilton Head, SC,
    • Jul 2, 2015

    It is fun and enjoyable to own a jewelry boutique online. I enjoy the fact that there is help with the technical problems and Kitsy Lane is very good at fixing the issues. It is a great way to make a little extra cash. If someone has a lot of relatives and friends, they will enjoy selling these pieces that are so pretty and affordable.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jun 26, 2015

    I owned a Kitsy Lane boutique for 8 months. I have over 40 people under me. No sales at all! I put money into this too, business cards, etc. Posted everywhere. It makes me wonder. You would think someone under me would have made a purchase to check out the jewelry. At least it's not showing in my account.

    I now just joined Jewelry In Candles. There is a rep start up kit fee that is required, but its only one time. No sale quotas or monthly fees. Right now it's on sale for $29.95 till 3/31/14. Regular price is $49.95. I think it's worth it because you can show people at home the products and scents and sell online with your free store.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Big Mistake. Do not join this company.

    • Michigan,
    • Jun 24, 2015

    I had a customer place a substantially huge order and returned part of it. Kitsy Lane only refunded part of the money owed. Can't get ahold of anyone to get money owed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 20 people found this review helpful

    No one has ever earned more than $600 or more. Ever.

    • Boston, MA,
    • Jun 24, 2015

    I work at Kitsy Lane, for now. They have OSHA complaints filed against them- no hot (or warm) water in their offices, they don't pay their employees on time. They don't even have a EEO poster on site. Oh, I am a boutique owner.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Big Disappointment

    • WV,
    • Jun 24, 2015

    If you go into this thinking you are going to make money, forget it. The plus side is it's free so you are not out any money. The jewelry is expensive and the quality is equivalent to what you can buy at Claire's or Francesca's for 1/2-1/3 price. I ordered a few pieces for myself so I could make the call after reading all of the horrible reviews.

    I am very disappointed as it is not what I expected, very cheaply made. I got customers very quick, I have a lot of Facebook friends but not one order in 30 days. A scarf that is being sold at a sale price of $72.00 is also at my local mall in a hallmark store for $29.99. I guess you could say that did it for me. Knowing what I know, I couldn't feel comfortable selling this to my friends. Good luck or better luck than I had if you do this.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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