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well, I tend to go to the stores after Christmas and buy kraft, or plain red or green, handle paper bags on clearance. for people who are buying cards to carry them away in, I tie my contact cards to the handles with a ribbon.
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I don't usually provide bags. If someone buys more items than they can easily carry, I will offer them a grocery bag, but craft fair shoppers in my area tend to bring their own bags if they intend to buy rather than browse. I used to provide handled paper bags which I stamped on to make them more festive, but I decided that wasn't worth the added expense.
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Regarding bags, I have plastic shopping bags which I 'recycle', plus new smaller white plastic shopping bags and small white paper bags. I purchased these through our school canteen's suppliers. It doesn't add much to my costs, and I like to have bags available to those people who don't bring their own.

Regarding items for craft fairs later in the year - yep, I've been working on stuff since January (to add to the piles of stuff leftover from last year's fairs). Lately I've been decorating notebooks of various styles in various ways. I also view packaging my items nicely as part of my 'crafting', and today I've been making little boxes to hold my bottlecap rings. They will be quite alot of effort, but they look SO cute, and there's only 14, thankfully!

I've also purchased some photo frames, and plan to do some up for christmas (not sure how just yet), and some collage-type ones with die-cut butterflies and/or flowers (not sure about them yet either). Also planning to make some purse-style post it note holders. That will make about 7 different types of post it holders for me!! Gotta love post its!!!!!!!!!
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I get my clothespins at Hobby Lobby in the unfinished wood area. Watch for the unfinished wood to be on sale for the week! Good luck!

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Okay.. I am going to attempt my first craft fair. Question is - where do you get bags? Like for purchases?

Do you make them?
I buy some plain brown lunch bags for small items, and recycle store bags for the larger purchases. I have thought about doing something cute, but people don't really seem to care what kind of bag they get.
I usually try to save up the bags from stores that don't hav store labels but honestly, people don't seem to care.
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Okay.. I am going to attempt my first craft fair. Question is - where do you get bags? Like for purchases?

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if you want "cute, fun" bags -- check ebay.
i'm trying to do a "branding" thing for my set up and etsy shop - i found cute pink t-shirt bags (store bags) and smaller pink bags on ebay - the larger bags, i got 50 for under $10, and the smaller ones even cheaper.
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I have some Stampin' Up bags left over from my customer orders, so I use those, but I also use store bags.
I like the idea though of buying paper bags and decorating them! I know the $ store sells brown bags, but I have also seen them in white, just not sure where.

I think it is important to also say to be sure to sign your items! I got a call from one of my customers that bought some items from me at a sale. My name is on the items (SU'S Angel Policy) and she didnt know how to find me. A friend told her to look me up on Stampin' Up's website. That's how she found me. This year I think I am going to print up some inexpensive Business cards and stick one in each person's bag.
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I have some Stampin' Up bags left over from my customer orders, so I use those, but I also use store bags.
I like the idea though of buying paper bags and decorating them! I know the $ store sells brown bags, but I have also seen them in white, just not sure where.

I think it is important to also say to be sure to sign your items! I got a call from one of my customers that bought some items from me at a sale. My name is on the items (SU'S Angel Policy) and she didnt know how to find me. A friend told her to look me up on Stampin' Up's website. That's how she found me. This year I think I am going to print up some inexpensive Business cards and stick one in each person's bag.

check out vistaprint.com -- free business cards
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Diane, I went to your blog! I was at the show in Allentown! Maybe I saw you there?
Also love that you were on TV!!!!!!
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Diane, I went to your blog! I was at the show in Allentown! Maybe I saw you there?
Also love that you were on TV!!!!!!
LOL -- that's cool! i'm sure i saw you there! hehe --
the TV thing was CRAZY! so awesome!!!!!!!
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check out vistaprint.com -- free business cards
Oh yeah I have gotten them from VistaPrint before. I found a website to print them free at home too. I print them onto Cardstock and cut them down.
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They don't have a lot of selections, but I found a few I used.
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Oh yeah I have gotten them from VistaPrint before. I found a website to print them free at home too. I print them onto Cardstock and cut them down.
Business Card Star - Make Business Cards
They don't have a lot of selections, but I found a few I used.
cool -- i'll check it out.
was checking out your blog! cute stuff!

i've been thinking about the key fobs for my shows, but i don't sew. can i use fusible web i wonder?
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i love pintrest -- lol, and ran across this the other day - i have a bunch of summer shows coming up -- so, i'm thinking about selling cold bottled water like this -- cute idea!
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i'm trying to do a "branding" thing for my set up and etsy shop - i found cute pink t-shirt bags (store bags) and smaller pink bags on ebay - the larger bags, i got 50 for under $10, and the smaller ones even cheaper.
Do you know which ebay shop you used?
I just hate paying high shipping on ebay sometimes.
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Do you know which ebay shop you used?
I just hate paying high shipping on ebay sometimes.
i hate the shipping costs too ---

i think it was this one - most are free shipping -- some aren't, just have to look around, they have lots of colors and sizes to pick from ---

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cool -- i'll check it out.
was checking out your blog! cute stuff!

i've been thinking about the key fobs for my shows, but i don't sew. can i use fusible web i wonder?
I've seen on a few sites where you can just use Heat and Bond Look here:
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Love the water bottle idea! Hey I do have a sale on July 7, I should totally do that!!! It's a shared show, I think I will ask the gal who is running it.
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I've seen on a few sites where you can just use Heat and Bond Look here:
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Love the water bottle idea! Hey I do have a sale on July 7, I should totally do that!!! It's a shared show, I think I will ask the gal who is running it.
thanks for the link - - i'm all about heat and bond, lol. sewing isn't my strong suit.

and your welcome for the water bottle idea!
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I am so excited! Since SU stopped selling the 1/4' grosgrain ribbon (my favorite one by the way) I have been searching for a new place to get it. I found it yesterday! And my luck it was 50% off the entire store! They do a big sale like this to make room for the upcoming holidays and all of the stock they get for it. Anyway, I got a whole spool of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 100 yards for.....wait for it.....$5.25!!!! I bought quite a bit! Had I realized that was all it was going to be, I would have bought more spools of it, and less By-the-foot. But I am super happy!! Also got a bunch of 3/8" grosgrain that I plan on using on many of my crafting projects that I am working on for sales!
I also stocked up on felt for what I am working on currently. I will add pictures....
Next year, I will plan better for this annual sale!!! (as in have more money put aside for it!)
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Okay these pictures are dark (taken on my phone in the middle of the night) but here you go. Girly travel crayon totes! I bought a BUNCH of colored pencils after Christmas that were on clearance. I am waiting for back to school for boxes of crayons to go on sale cheap. I borrowed some of my daughter's crayons for the photo, obviously the ones I make for sale wont have a broken one included.

Now I am working on ideas for ones for boys!
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I am so excited! Since SU stopped selling the 1/4' grosgrain ribbon (my favorite one by the way) I have been searching for a new place to get it. I found it yesterday! And my luck it was 50% off the entire store! They do a big sale like this to make room for the upcoming holidays and all of the stock they get for it. Anyway, I got a whole spool of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 100 yards for.....wait for it.....$5.25!!!! I bought quite a bit! Had I realized that was all it was going to be, I would have bought more spools of it, and less By-the-foot. But I am super happy!! Also got a bunch of 3/8" grosgrain that I plan on using on many of my crafting projects that I am working on for sales!
I also stocked up on felt for what I am working on currently. I will add pictures....
Next year, I will plan better for this annual sale!!! (as in have more money put aside for it!)
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Aren't you going to share with us? lol
LOL I didnt even want to share with my mom! We were "fighting" over the roll of red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. But we agreed to share 1/2 of the red, and 1/2 of the white.
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Well, if you won't share the ribbon, how about sharing the link to the site?
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Well we were at the store. I dont know if the sales are available online. Here's their website though:
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I buy some plain brown lunch bags for small items, and recycle store bags for the larger purchases. I have thought about doing something cute, but people don't really seem to care what kind of bag they get.
I usually try to save up the bags from stores that don't hav store labels but honestly, people don't seem to care.
I found your last line very intriquing. I sold my products for years and one of the things I believe in is packaging and feel people do care. Its only my opinion ,that if I spend a lot to time and effort to make something really nice I am not going to put it into a used grocery store bag ( dont mean to preach only my own opinion.)

I went to the trouble of packaging mine in clear cello bags and it paid for itsself many, many times over. I cant tell you how many times people would come to me at my table and comment, " I saw your product in a bag and stopped the purchaser ,to ask where she bought it".

As a matter of fact, my comments on this made it into a book by Barbara Brabec. Some of you may remember that she was for a time called the Guru of the crafting world, and wrote 5-6 books on the Business of crafting as well as personalized one on one business coaching. Many people in her books are now well know in the crafting world.

Back to the packaging again, I was told that they now had their gift already wrapped and only had to sign their name on my tag, which I tied onto the bag with raffia according to the season. So if you can afford it, buy the best that you can or perhaps use your stamps to fancy up your bags so they stand out in the crowd to make them unique.

Just my two cents, as I think this is something that not only holds your product ,but helps market it.
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I found your last line very intriquing. I sold my products for years and one of the things I believe in is packaging and feel people do care. Its only my opinion ,that if I spend a lot to time and effort to make something really nice I am not going to put it into a used grocery store bag ( dont mean to preach only my own opinion.)

I went to the trouble of packaging mine in clear cello bags and it paid for itsself many, many times over. I cant tell you how many times people would come to me at my table and comment, " I saw your product in a bag and stopped the purchaser ,to ask where she bought it".

As a matter of fact, my comments on this made it into a book by Barbara Brabec. Some of you may remember that she was for a time called the Guru of the crafting world, and wrote 5-6 books on the Business of crafting as well as personalized one on one business coaching. Many people in her books are now well know in the crafting world.

Back to the packaging again, I was told that they now had their gift already wrapped and only had to sign their name on my tag, which I tied onto the bag with raffia according to the season. So if you can afford it, buy the best that you can or perhaps use your stamps to fancy up your bags so they stand out in the crowd to make them unique.

Just my two cents, as I think this is something that not only holds your product ,but helps market it.
When Diane posted this, I thought she meant when a person buys a few things from you she (as do I) place them into a bag so that they can be carried around. If I had to spend the time to make bags for each individual item to go into I wouldnt have time to craft anything else. Most people I have come across are thankful to have a bag to put stuff into. Not many crafters offer bags for their merchandise. At least not around here they dont.
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When Diane posted this, I thought she meant when a person buys a few things from you she (as do I) place them into a bag so that they can be carried around. If I had to spend the time to make bags for each individual item to go into I wouldnt have time to craft anything else. Most people I have come across are thankful to have a bag to put stuff into. Not many crafters offer bags for their merchandise. At least not around here they dont.
Yes, I understood the post. My bags were meant to be carried around, and being clear many potential customers could see the item.

As I was hoping to get accross in my post ,that this was only my opinion on how to package your product and market it at the same time. I know from reading various blogs that I am not alone in my view, and its only one suggestion how to catch the eye of other potential customers.

I did not always package my items this way, but once I did it paid back big time.It was simply meant to be a suggestion to anyone who might find this helpful. The main thing is your product first, and then comes the packaging.
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Thanks for the link. I could not find ribbon on the site at all. Oh, well...I just like bargains, whether I need them or not!!!
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I package pretty much everything in clear bags (individually), which could be ready-to-give as presents. I then offer the customer a paper or plastic bag, depending on the size of the item/s purchased.

I'm confused when you say you had clear bags for carrying the items around. Do you mean you bought clear plastic bags (with handles?) large enough to contain the various items purchased?

I haven't noticed such a thing available here in Australia, but your side of the world has SO much more than us!
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I package pretty much everything in clear bags (individually), which could be ready-to-give as presents. I then offer the customer a paper or plastic bag, depending on the size of the item/s purchased.

I'm confused when you say you had clear bags for carrying the items around. Do you mean you bought clear plastic bags (with handles?) large enough to contain the various items purchased?

I haven't noticed such a thing available here in Australia, but your side of the world has SO much more than us!
It is so interesting the comments this has inspired!
I package each of my items very nicely so they are ready to be given as gifts. Most things have some sort of clear bag with ribbon or a topper, etc. I get comments all the time about my packaging being well done and that definitely does help sell items.

And yes, I did mean the plastic bags are for people to carry their items around at a craft show. Since alot of my items smaller in size or are $1 or $2 and most under $5...AND I keep my prices at a lower price point, I cannot justify also paying $ for a fancy shopping bag in addition to the $ I put into packaging. Those costs add up quick and must be calculated into the profit/cost of an item.

Also, I think someone mentioned earlier that many people who shop at craft fairs are die-hards and bring their own recyclable bags for carrying their purchases.
Whatever works for you is what is best for you, I suppose.
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I package all my cards etc in clear cello bags (the clear plastic bags you pull the strip off the back to seal) if they get sold they are ready to go if they are for a gift they are ready to go.
Going to a craft fair or markets I take my own recyclable bag to carry all my goodies around but then I always go shopping with one.

As it's less than 6 months till christmas it's time to start thinking and checking this thread again.
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I package each of my items very nicely so they are ready to be given as gifts. Most things have some sort of clear bag with ribbon or a topper, etc. I get comments all the time about my packaging being well done and that definitely does help sell items.

And yes, I did mean the plastic bags are for people to carry their items around at a craft show. Since alot of my items smaller in size or are $1 or $2 and most under $5...AND I keep my prices at a lower price point, I cannot justify also paying $ for a fancy shopping bag in addition to the $ I put into packaging. Those costs add up quick and must be calculated into the profit/cost of an item.

Also, I think someone mentioned earlier that many people who shop at craft fairs are die-hards and bring their own recyclable bags for carrying their purchases.
Whatever works for you is what is best for you, I suppose.
For FIP as well:
Perhaps some clarification is needed here. If you have very small items they would probably not benefit from a clear bag as they would be too small to be seen easily. With cards, plastic sleeves are almost a necessity for handling of potential purchasers as well as little sticky fingers

If your item is something larger say 10" or so then it will easily be seen in a clear bag.If I sold say 5 of these items, each in a clear bag and tied with a ribbon and tag, then I would need to put these all in one bag for the convenience of the purchaser. Yes, I would then put them all into one Clear bag once again. I also used smaller clear bags for items for 5" items. Any time I could make my product visible to people milling around at a craft sale.

Not everyone at a sale will come prepared with a large bag of their own, because they never know how much if anything they will purchase. So sometimes your clear bag is the only thing they are walking around with for a while, meanwhile others passing by see it and its free advertising for your product.
Perhaps they stopped for a coffee and its on table for passers by to see.

I have a friend in Connecticut who makes small items, and was surprised when she decided to use a unique bag and got all those positive comments.
I think its because many people do not excpect you to get a nicely wrapped package at a craft, sale when so many of our items deserve it.

Speaking personally I am proud of anything I sell, and want to present it to the customer as nicely and professionaly as I can. Yes it may be a school sale or one in a convention centre, but thats how you get repeat customers. Its just one little thing that I found was worth the extra effort for me.

I would bet there are many more people here who have found other creative ways to draw attention of customers to their product, even when they are not at your booth. Anyway this was just something to share for anyone that might find it helpful, as thats what we are all trying to do here is support one another in our own way.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #4032
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Default calendars for coasters, etc.???

I need to print or order 2013 calendars for boutique items--coasters, acrylic frames, etc.
Do most of you print your own and cut them? What size do you make. Is there a 2013 template somewhere?
Do you order them already made? Where? What size?

Sorry about all the questions. I want to get started for boutiques.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:03 AM   #4033
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I totally agree with above poster. At the end of the holiday season, I purchase handled gift bags to use the next year. I secure a business card to the handle with pretty ribbon. Sooo many people comment on how pretty the bag is and how kind of me to offer a "gift bag" they can now use to give the gift. It costs me an average of 10-25 cents per bag (now if they spend $2.00 they get a different bag) but on average people spend 20-40 at my table and I am happy to give them a pretty bag. Now many of my items are bagged and tagged with a topper etc. I have had so many items damaged that I feel the little added expense is worth not having damaged items or missing things at the end of a show. People also love the fact it is ready to give as a gift and I have spent 3 mins and many $.03 to present it. I think the clear "shopping" bag is a great idea so people can see what wonderful things others have purchased..also I have a banner on my table that matches my business cards (free through vista print) and my bags match also. Now maybe some people will see the item in the bag, with the card on the outside, and they may then see my sign. Anything to draw people to your table is just a win win to me. To each his/her own though. I for one so value all the wonderful ideas on this site...thank you thank you
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:37 AM   #4034
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I totally agree with above poster. At the end of the holiday season, I purchase handled gift bags to use the next year. I secure a business card to the handle with pretty ribbon. Sooo many people comment on how pretty the bag is and how kind of me to offer a "gift bag" they can now use to give the gift. It costs me an average of 10-25 cents per bag (now if they spend $2.00 they get a different bag) but on average people spend 20-40 at my table and I am happy to give them a pretty bag. Now many of my items are bagged and tagged with a topper etc. I have had so many items damaged that I feel the little added expense is worth not having damaged items or missing things at the end of a show. People also love the fact it is ready to give as a gift and I have spent 3 mins and many $.03 to present it. I think the clear "shopping" bag is a great idea so people can see what wonderful things others have purchased..also I have a banner on my table that matches my business cards (free through vista print) and my bags match also. Now maybe some people will see the item in the bag, with the card on the outside, and they may then see my sign. Anything to draw people to your table is just a win win to me. To each his/her own though. I for one so value all the wonderful ideas on this site...thank you thank you
So glad you chimed in I am pleased you agree that those little extra touches mean a lot to both old and new customers. I once read, "its easy to get that first sale to someone, its getting them to come back to you time after time thats the hard part".

There is also a saying ," you have to spend money to make money" and this for me has certainly put more jingle in my pocket.Keep your eyes open at places that liquidate things even your dollar store for those tiny little christmas bags for example.After christmas sales are a great time to pick up those little extras for a lower cost. Perhaps you might start out by using these special bags at a certain price point.

Have any of you that sell little things, thought of embossing those little kraft bags..they turn out really cute. There are also a number of cute ideas of how to dress up those little kraft bags on line ,perhaps with some extra scrap paper from your card making or creative use of some stamps perhaps on the white lunch bags. This could be a whole other topic on how to increase your sales. Looking forward to hearing about more of your creative ideas on packaging......can you tell I really believe in presenting a nice package.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #4035
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I LOVE to emboss the little bags, and they are super cute....I also have hand stamped brown or white lunch bags and used pretty ribbons to hold them shut (also a great way to use up all those eyelets we just had to have in every color, shape and size)
I actually used to make my own bags with all my 12x12 paper leftovers and ribbon- those were a huge hit, but the red line tape still didnt hold them shut very well, so now I am on to the gift bags. I did find 300 8x10 gift bags on craigslist one time (thats what started me) for $20.00..you just never know what you will find. Now I get the lunch sacks at xmas tree shops after christmas for less than .06 each. I use those for the smaller items. I have different bags for almost all price points. I also put in a flyer where I will be next too. I have had people follow me from show to show-
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Hello everyone!

Not sure if this has been mentioned previously, but I wonder if there are more SU demos who participate in craft fairs than non SU demos?

I LOVE participating in craft fairs, and I might do it again this fall, and I'm not an SU demo (have been in the past and thinking of signing up again though). Question is: for those of you non SU Demos who do craft fairs, do you recoup part of what you spent or is it all for the fun of being a part of it? I know that if you are an SU Demo then the exposure is a big part of it, being able to get some leads.

As far as packaging cards, I wrap them on tissue paper and then put them inside the smaller size brown baggies with handles. I noticed that they would be surprised and say "Oh wow" while I'm wrapping them on tissue.
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My friend & I sold craft at a few markets last year, and plan more for later this year. We're happy if we cover the fees and make a little money on top. We are certainly NOT being paid for our time, and realistically, we keep spending so much on supplies and craft tools/papers etc, that we'll never recoup the $1000's spent over the years. But that's okay, we're not doing it to make big money (barely even small money!!)

Regarding packaging, we sell nearly everything in cellophane bags with toppers. I have not seen clear carry bags in Australia, and even small paper bags with handles are about 50c each. It would be too expensive for us to use them, unfortunately. I regard packaging my individual items as another dimension of my craft and put in nearly as much effort to the packaging as to the items within.

If you were at a stall as an SU demo building your business, I think it would be mostly about getting exposure and collecting names for future customers, workshop attendees etc. I don't think many demo's do regular markets, and probably not making alot of $ when they do, it's about the exposure.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:01 PM   #4038
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[QUOTE=imlynne;19529913]I need to print or order 2013 calendars for boutique items--coasters, acrylic frames, etc.
Do most of you print your own and cut them? What size do you make. Is there a 2013 template somewhere?
Do you order them already made? Where? What size?

Sorry about all the questions. I want to get started for boutiques.
Lynne[/QUOT

Hi Lynne:

I always order my calendars (they have various sizes) from SkyBluePink - cool stuff for non-fancy prices

Super fast shipping and great prices!

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Okay these pictures are dark (taken on my phone in the middle of the night) but here you go. Girly travel crayon totes! I bought a BUNCH of colored pencils after Christmas that were on clearance. I am waiting for back to school for boxes of crayons to go on sale cheap. I borrowed some of my daughter's crayons for the photo, obviously the ones I make for sale wont have a broken one included.

Now I am working on ideas for ones for boys!
Gina:

These are very cute! I actually bought a great boys one for my son a few years ago. Instead of crayons, they had wider pockets and it was made to carry hot wheels cars in. It held 6-8 and it rolled up and tied shut. So, you might think about something like that.

Good luck!

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:06 PM   #4040
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I would have to say that is the case here in canada as well FIP. Whether its SU or CTMH they set up their tables in order to get exposure to their business.

I have a friend that makes Teddy Bears out of old fur coats, and while she makes some very small items for sale ,the big thing is the contacts she makes and the exposure for her product. Sometimes she hardly sells much but makes a future very large sale as a result of being seen at the sale.
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