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Old 09-08-2011, 04:50 PM   #2361
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Cute stuff on your craft site! I was thinking of adding a calendar to the acrylic post it note frames but I didn't realize they came in such a long size. I'll have to look for something like that - I was just going to try to use a smaller calendar.

And I love the wine tags - hadn't thought of making them for my sales but I think I'll give it a try.

The mini paint cans are very adorable. Can I ask where you found them?

I'm crafting on Sunday myself and nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is stopping me this time. I have nothing done for any sales and I gotta get crackin. Well I have some tags done but they aren't all the way done!
All of my acrylic post it note holders w/ calendars sold really fast last year. I just haven't bought the really long ones again this year, so I won't end up selling them.

The mini-paint cans were purchased by my crafty partner at michaels.
The wine tags did OK for us - not terrific.

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Your dogs are so beautiful! I love your craft display, looks so organized and professional. You're right - it's such a guessing game. You never know what will catch someone's eye.
We shake our head year to year at what sells and what doesn't. One year ALL we sold was altered paint cans (the large ones) and we killed it! Made a TON of $$ - but then the next year hardly any sold.

We probably make 20 different things and hope at least 5 are big sellers for us!!
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quick question --- i'm working on some glass tile pendants for a sale in october --- do you guys add a chain to them, or do you sell them without a chain? if you sell them with the chain -- where do you get yours, and what kind do you use?

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I add a chain - I just ordered them from Sun and Moon craft supplies - but I have also bought them at Michaels, JoAnns. Dianecrafts has some nice pictures of hers a few posts back. . .
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A friend of mine makes and sells pendants. She includes either an organdy ribbon or a small leather necklace in the price of the pendant. I don't know where she gets these, but I can check with her if you'd like. Pam
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There is another thread very similar to this. DianeCraft posted her pictures of the pendants in post 5477 of that thread.

The organdy ribbon is a good idea. You can find them fairly easily for around $1 I think
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I'm glad to see that I'm not the only procrastinator. The first year I did a craft show, I signed up two weeks prior and crafted like a fool for those two weeks - literally did nothing else.

Last year I had about 2 1/2 months to prepare and it was really nice. I'm trying to get myself into a routine, but so far just keep going off on tangents. I start with one idea and then it leads to something else and then I'm doing guess-work and in other words don't finish anything. I have a crop next Saturday so I'm hoping to get lots done then and then another all day fundraiser crop on October 1st so those are definitely two full days I'll get in.

I'm on this accordion fold flowers kick right now and I'm noticing most of my ideas are geared around it. (Need to get some more variety)
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great --- thanks for the tips! cathy -- couldn't find the other thread you're talking about -- i'll look more closely later -- been a long day and i'm headed to bed!

and doorknocker --- procrastination is my middle name. LOL
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great --- thanks for the tips! cathy -- couldn't find the other thread you're talking about -- i'll look more closely later -- been a long day and i'm headed to bed!

and doorknocker --- procrastination is my middle name. LOL
craft sale best sellers? Let's make a listing! Please

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diane check out my signature. maybe you are close enough to join us!
syracuse in in nov the thread is up-in get it together. but not in my signature.
ladies-all are welcome!
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syracuse in in nov the thread is up-in get it together. but not in my signature.
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snow -- cool, thanks. i'll check it out. the utica thing tomorrow sounds like fun -- sorry i'll miss it. maybe next time.

i'm on the NY/PA border, but don't mind driving for some fun once in awhile - provided the weather is good - lol. i'll go check out that other thread.

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Acrylic post it holders with calendars uploaded on blog today with link for pdf file for 2 inch calendars. Hope it is of use to some of you ladies. If you have any difficulty in downloading or printing or understanding instructions just let me know and I'll answer any queries.
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I made some of these in Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Birthday themes. They have the mini hand bacterial soaps in them. How much would you charge? My DH thinks $2.50 and I think $3.
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$3 (4 for $10???)
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I buy them on ebay - they are much cheaper that way. But, they come from China so you can't procrastinate ordering. I make sure I have all of my chains before the end of August..so have to order by June due to shipping times (free shipping though!).
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I made some of these in Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Birthday themes. They have the mini hand bacterial soaps in them. How much would you charge? My DH thinks $2.50 and I think $3.
How cute...I started making a few if these as well for upcoming shows, but not holiday specific. I usually price mine at $2-2.50...I rarely sell at a discount, and I always sell out of these. I put small signs by everything on my tables with suggestions for giving...teacher appreciation, stocking stuffer, etc.
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I've just uploaded an Earring Display made with a Tolsby Picture Frame on my blog. I think it makes a very cheap and very easy craft fair item. I have a little question for you ladies.
What is the best type of glue to use to stick felt to plastic?
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What is the best type of glue to use to stick felt to plastic?
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I made some of these in Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Birthday themes. They have the mini hand bacterial soaps in them. How much would you charge? My DH thinks $2.50 and I think $3.
Love these! I would maybe charge $3 or 2 for $5. How much do you have in them? Care to share how you made them?
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Thistothat.com recommends 3M 77 or 3M 80. It's a great website - very user friendly
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I did watch the video and then made my own template in MTC as I don't have an oval punch. I have learned that no 2 bottles are the same and so you have to be careful not to cut too short. I am also not going to make the ovals so big as a couple of them tore while putting the bottles in holder.
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Thanks Cathy. I'll check it out and let you know how I get on.
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I have done maybe half a dozen markets/fairs now selling my cards.
At present I have all my cards wrapped in cello bags for protection, but this is quite time consuming and a hassle. On top of this a get many people each time trying to see what the inside says... even if it is blank, which most of them are!
Do you think it important to protect the cards and have people possibly not buy a card cause they can't 'feel' the card or see inside it, or take a risk and have the cards in the raw so to speak?
I would value all opinions... try to think as a buyer not as a crafts person trying to protect their produce!
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I put all of my cards in bags as soon as I make them. If there is a sentiment inside I either print on computer or stamp and extra sentiment, trim and place in the bag behind the envelope facing out so people can read what is on the inside. Cards can easily get dirty and damaged just from people taking them in and out of what ever you are displaying them in. There are times I have 6 or 8 people at my table trying to look at things and they dont watch their kids "feeling" everything so I sure dont want them touching every card. If its a special fold or something, I will show them if they seem interested in the card- or if I make multiples of a card- I will keep a basket behind the table unwrapped so they can look at and feel only 1
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I agree with craftsrilb. I print the sentiment and put it in the sleeve facing out. They can't see how the envelope is decorated, oh well. I think it is definitely worth it to protect the cards.

I guess you could avoid this if you had all of the Happy Birthday cards in one box - but they might get moved around so having the sentiment visible is the best solution IMO.
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I put mine in bags as well. I have a sign that says all cards are blank inside. We do outside shows and you never know if you will be on grass, dirt, or concrete. Then there is also rain. I have to be careful though because if it is hot and there is any sun on the cards the plastic sweats on the inside. So I just move the rack to the shade as the sun approaches. People have dropped my cards in the dirt and haven't even bothered to pick them up. All I have to do is dust the card off and put it back in the rack. I don't let anyone open the bag and no one has complained in the 5 years I have done shows.
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What do you ladies put your cards/crafts in when people buy them? I was thinking of using small white paper lunch bags (and maybe I can even stamp/decorate them).

I was also curious as to how you tell everyone that mailing their cards may cost extra postage. I was thinking of typing up a little note and giving it out with each purchase, but I wanted to see what you all do.
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I keep paper bags with handles for people who need a bag. Sometimes I use a wheel stamp on one side to dress the bags up a little, but most times I just leave the bag plain.
I don't usually sell cards, but maybe you could print out something on return address size labels and stick it on the packaging?
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I don't usually sell cards, but maybe you could print out something on return address size labels and stick it on the packaging?
Thanks for you help! I didn't even think about the little bags with the handles. I know Walmart has some of those, but I'll have to check the dollar store to see if they are cheaper there.

I have cards printed with my information on it and I was planning on putting one of them in each baggie. (I printed those from the SU website).

I guess I could either print out something that says some cards my need extra postage or I could make a sign and put it on my table. I just wasn't sure which was the best to do so.
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Thanks for you help! I didn't even think about the little bags with the handles. I know Walmart has some of those, but I'll have to check the dollar store to see if they are cheaper there.

I have cards printed with my information on it and I was planning on putting one of them in each baggie. (I printed those from the SU website).

I guess I could either print out something that says some cards my need extra postage or I could make a sign and put it on my table. I just wasn't sure which was the best to do so.
I think something on the packaging may be better (at least for sets of cards as they might be purchased for gifts). Also people may forget what the sign said when they are mailing the card.
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I print the inside sentiment on a little piece of paper. For example, it says "Card Inside: Happy Birthday!" It would say "Card Blank Inside" if that was the case. This way when customers wonder, I point it out, so they all know where to look. I think it's vital the cards go inside cellophane. If it rains, so much could get ruined so easily. I make it easy on the customer by printing the sentiment.

As for bags, I purchased plastic bags from a website. You get like 1,000 for $30. This way their purchase is also protected if it rains. I bought flat bags since I used to sell mainly cards.

I was thinking recently about how I could make my booth/tables more appealing for the customers. Which booths did I like the most? For me, as the crafter, setting things out by type was easiest for my inventory. For example, a can of pencils or a basket of cards. But as a shopper, the most appealing booths have items grouped differently. For example, one notebook, one pencil, and one coaster post-it holder that all coordinate together. Or a birthday card, along with some things that would make cute birthday gifts. I think this will appeal to the customers more.
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I was also curious as to how you tell everyone that mailing their cards may cost extra postage. I was thinking of typing up a little note and giving it out with each purchase, but I wanted to see what you all do.
Just to play devil's advocate here - I did a run of craft shows about a year ago. 8 of them, starting in late October and right up to Christmas. All of my items, cards, notebooks, etc. were nicely wrapped or bagged in clear plastic to start with.

For the first couple of shows I went to a lot of trouble (and some expense) to make cute little bags from the small lunch bags. I decorated them and added ribbon handles. People were pleased and said they were cute when I put their items in them.

The last shows I did, I was tired and running on fumes and didn't make the bags. I used walmart sacks from home (as many other vendors were doing), and smiled and said something like - "Here's your fancy sack. I believe in recycling."

I could tell absolutely no difference in sales when I used the fancy sacks. People seemed to be interested in what I was selling rather than the sack they carried away. In fact, several people were happy to get the Walmart sack to put some smaller, fancy sacks into, lol.

I do know this - craft fairs are very unpredictable, as are the people who attend them.
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I print the inside sentiment on a little piece of paper. For example, it says "Card Inside: Happy Birthday!" It would say "Card Blank Inside" if that was the case. This way when customers wonder, I point it out, so they all know where to look. I think it's vital the cards go inside cellophane. If it rains, so much could get ruined so easily. I make it easy on the customer by printing the sentiment.
Oh...rain. I didn't even think of that and if i'm selling paper crafts that could be a bad thing. Thanks for the tip!
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The last shows I did, I was tired and running on fumes and didn't make the bags. I used walmart sacks from home (as many other vendors were doing), and smiled and said something like - "Here's your fancy sack. I believe in recycling."

I could tell absolutely no difference in sales when I used the fancy sacks. People seemed to be interested in what I was selling rather than the sack they carried away. In fact, several people were happy to get the Walmart sack to put some smaller, fancy sacks into, lol.
That's so cute to say! You may have changed my mind about making cute bags. My time could be better spent making other items to sell.
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:53 PM   #2397
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Okay, I have one more quick question. (Thanks to you all for helping me- I'm in the process of making items for my first craft show). Anyway, have any of you made wall art and sold them at your craft shows? How did they sell? And what would you think a good price for them would be? For example, I just made these this past week and I'm not sure if I should make anymore and if they will sell, KWIM? (sorry the pictures aren't that great).
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The last shows I did, I was tired and running on fumes and didn't make the bags. I used walmart sacks from home (as many other vendors were doing), and smiled and said something like - "Here's your fancy sack. I believe in recycling."

I could tell absolutely no difference in sales when I used the fancy sacks. People seemed to be interested in what I was selling rather than the sack they carried away. In fact, several people were happy to get the Walmart sack to put some smaller, fancy sacks into, lol.
I have always opted not to buy fancy bags to save money. I purchase brown lunch bags which I use for most things, and bring along a bunch of my "used" shopping bags from grocery store or wherever. People are usually just grateful that you have a bag.

The other thing I do though (which people love) is have a couple small baskets on the table for people to "shop" with. Because alot of my items are smaller, people appreciate not having to juggle with many items in their arms.
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Okay, I have one more quick question. (Thanks to you all for helping me- I'm in the process of making items for my first craft show). Anyway, have any of you made wall art and sold them at your craft shows? How did they sell? And what would you think a good price for them would be? For example, I just made these this past week and I'm not sure if I should make anymore and if they will sell, KWIM? (sorry the pictures aren't that great).
Oh my gosh! These are sooo cute! I would just make a few to test out the market first, if you can.
I do tend to think they will sell though.
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Wow! What a response and so many and so soon. I have read and generally go with that I will continue to package the cards in cello. I am surprised no one thought of the larger bags that allow you to open the cards if there is something inside. Writing and printing the inside greeting is just more time consuming and doesn't show the font. I did once upon a time take a scan of the more common greetings and printed a smaller version of this to insert on the back... but again that takes up time. When you consider how little we actually get for the individual cards and the time spent packaging them, that all needs to be taken into consideration.
It is not that I need to make heaps of money, but there is no point in making and selling if I don't come out in front and at least pay for my hobby. It doesn't have to put bread on the table.
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