Monthly Archives: December 2010

Crafty Christmas Wish List

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Dear Santa,

I have tried very hard to be good this year. I do think that I have had at least some success with this… No need to check in with my husband, I’m sure he would just agree with you and then you would have wasted some valuable toy making time. Speaking of toy making, I believe we may be kindred spirits. I love to make things to! It must be nice to have such a spacious workshop and all that cheap labor to help you out. I do my create my labors of love at the dining room table. I am a bit cramped for space. I suppose it would be a bit much to ask for an addition to the house for Christmas but maybe you could see it in your heart to bring some sort of organizational storage unit for me. This would be nice —->

My guess is that you can whip one of these up at a fraction of the cost.

 

 

Once I have the storage I will want to do so much creating I will need a guide book.  I have found one that I think might work:

Of course a subscription to Somerset Studio Magazine would also be a lot of fun to have.

It’s full of a ton of fun things and great inspirations.

I would also appreciate if you could magically create some free time in my day as well. Just an hour or so with no one needing me for anything. No dinner to cook, no toys to make ‘talk’, no fights to break up…

I really don’t think I’m asking for much. I have more but those can wait for the Easter Bunny. I better get this off to you so you have time to fill your sleigh. Hope you and the Mrs. are doing well. And thanks in advance!

Sincerely,

Cheryl

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Crafters vs. Vendors

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I was wondering how you feel about going to or being a part of craft shows/ fairs that include both crafters AND vendors. You may be asking ‘If you’re at a show selling things aren’t you considered a vendor?’. Yes, but I am referring to people who sell commercially made items such as Tupperware or Avon. Are you more or less likely to go to a show if you know that there will be people selling things that THEY didn’t make? Does it matter?

I’ve been a part of discussions about this topic before. On one hand people are familiar with the brands and products and that may bring them through the door. On the other hand some feel that people spend less on ‘Handmade’ when the big vendors are there.

I have quite a few friends that are representatives for bigger, nationally recognized companies. I appreciate what they have to offer and will even host parties and such. It can be a nice source of income for a stay-at-home mom. I have even thought about selling Silpada jewelry because I love the stuff and think it’s a great quality. As a crafter, however, I understand that I may not ever be able to price competitively with these companies.

If you can mass produce your items they tend to cost less per piece to make. Making one item, by hand, can cost more not only in supplies BUT in labor. I guess that’s why it’s really important to love what you do.

I hadn’t really thought of this as an issue in the past. I love doing shows with my ‘name brand’ buddies. UNTIL I spent the summer selling things at a Farmer’s Market in Bloomington, IL. It was a great experience! I shared a booth with one of my BFFs. She did REALLY well selling kid’s clothes that she created out of adult clothes… Too cute. DOn’t believe me? Check it out by clicking HERE. I did pretty OK to. I sold items every week I was there. I made a small profit. I loved it. There were a few people put off by some of the prices but for the most part they were there to purchase unique, handmade or home grown items. They seemed to understand that the pricing would be a little higher.

I do know that I will continue to do shows that feature national vendors as well as handmade. It’s been my experience that those booth spaces tend to be more in my price range plus I have a good time. I want to see those people succeed as well.

Fill me in… What do you think?