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Old 12-12-2011, 02:04 PM   #5841
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FINALLY getting around to posting pictures of what I did for my VERY FIRST Craft Show. Anyone else take a long time to recouperate? lol I posted one picture here on SCS, but the majority of them are on my blog here:

Crafting & Rambling: Craft Fair Pictures!
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Crafting & Rambling: Craft Fair Pictures!
Tell me about it!! I've not been stamping since my last fair except when I really need a card to send to somebody. Now I've made a resolution that I will not create any new project till I've de-cluttered/cleaned my craft table/space. So that will give me some breathing time and also a clean space to start my new projects, when I do
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Yeah...mojo/desire has definitely been lacking since. I sure hope it comes back!

Since I've been asked in private a few times, I thought I'd list it out here.
There were things I thought would sell, but didn't...and things that surprised me at how quickly/well they sold! Unfortunately, my bigger ticket items are the items that didn't sell as well as I had hoped.

Magnets - $0.50 - Made 72 / Sold 24
Snowman Soup - $5.00 - Made 5 / Sold 3
- $3.00 - / Sold 2
"Friend" candles - $3.00 - Made 2 / Sold 0
Tile coaster sets (4) - $10.00 - Made 10 / Sold 3
Brag Books - $1.50 - Made 4 / Sold 1
Chocolate tubs - $1.00 - Made 6 / Sold 5
M&M sticks - $1.00 - Made 14 / Sold 14
Mini comp books/pens - $2.50 - Made 8 / Sold 2
Magnetic post its - $2.50 - Made 2 / Sold 0
Easel post it - $3.00 - Made 1 / Sold 0
Merry Wisk - $3.00 - Made 5 / Sold 5
Playdoh Sets (2) - $1.50 - Made 12 / Sold 6
Pencil Sets (4) - $1.00 - Made 4 / Sold 4
Mini Stenos - $1.00 - Made 3 / Sold 1
Altered Comp Books - $5.00 - Made 4 / Sold 2
Tooth Fairy Tins - $3.00 - Made 8 / Sold 3
Post It w/ pen - $1.50 - Made 4 / Sold 3
Nugget Tins - $3.00 - Made 4 / Sold 2
Whiteboard Frames - white - $6.00 - Made 2 / Sold 0
whiteboard Frames - black - $6.00 - Made 4 / Sold 2
Whiteboard Frames - black lg - $8.00 - Made 3 / Sold 1
Snowman Kisses - $2.00 - Made 12 / Sold 12
Bookmarks - $0.50 - Made 50 / Sold 32
Snowman sandwiches - $0.50 - Made 15 / Sold 10
Cards - $2.00 - Sold 16
Cards - $2.50 - Sold 5
Gift Card Holders (hanging) - $1.00 - Made 11 / Sold 5

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What is a snowman sandwich???????????????
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OK. I think I know - mints, right?
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Cathy, yes they are mint patties. Treat Box with Goodies by Arlene Mantle - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Thanks for the link . . . they are heck of cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know we've all seen/done altered composition books, but I just posted one on my blog that would be good for a teacher. I am already thinking of teacher appreciation/end of the year gifts for my kids teachers.

Here is the direct link to the project.
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That's real cute. Thanks for sharing.

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My Staples has the 5 pack RSVP pens on sale next week for $1.00. Starts March 24. Check your local ad to see if your Staples has them on sale.
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I would like to box some note cards and am looking for a good source for boxes. The size is to fit A2 envelopes.
Also, do you have a good source for the envelopes?
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Stationery Boxes.
$0.66 per box (A2)
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$0.83 per box (A7)
- buy sets of 24 boxes. Share with another craft-fair goer if you want.

$0.12 per envelop (A2) but you have to buy 250 at once ($30). Other sizes available too.
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Scrapninny, thank you so much!
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Wild54Pe i subscribed to this forum and I received a strange email that came through to me with your last comment. It had a lot of the same link listed on it that does not look right.
Did anyone else receive it?
Could you look into this. Thanks
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I buy boxes from Clearbags.com. Good pricing, LOTS of options, and quick shipping. I have purchased envelopes from them, as well from Desktopsupplies.com. The desktop folks are very personable to help, will send samples upon request and have a couple unique sizes I use (Monarch, and floral). Their proces on A2s are higher, and Clearbags has more choices...still, both are excellent sources for me.
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Thank you so much for the suggestions. I checked out both sites.
I found some one piece clear boxes for my cards at Clearbags. The price was good and they will serve the purpose of protecting my grouped cards.

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Yes. I got that as well. Actually, it was on two emails that I received from split coast. Is there a way to report it to see what is going on?
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It's been reported, & deleted, as you can see now. To report posts like that there's a little star button at the bottom of the box of your avatar.
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I made a suite of Teacher Appreciation items for an auction at my son' school. You can see the details here. All of these items would also work great individually at a craft fair
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What a wonderful basket of goodies!
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I love your teacher items. Where did you get the stamp/digi that says teachers teach from the heart not from a book? I really like that saying.
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I love your teacher items. Where did you get the stamp/digi that says teachers teach from the heart not from a book? I really like that saying.
It's from an Amuse Studio set called School Days.
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Your teacher gifts make me long for the younger grades. Now that kids are in high school, I barely know the teachers.
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Thanks, Christel for the info about the stamp set.
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I made these for the teachers at my daughter's preschool, but they'd also be great for gifts at Christmas.
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I cannot seem to find where to buy this set? Is it retired?
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Go here and type in School Days in the search. It is current.

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How much would price the Christmas planner books (made from Composition notebooks) for? I really like this idea and want to have a go at it. Looks like they are labor intensive.
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How much would price the Christmas planner books (made from Composition notebooks) for? I really like this idea and want to have a go at it. Looks like they are labor intensive.
I charged $5 a piece for mine and they sold pretty well. But I have been told I undercharge. So wondering what others have charged?
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I charged $5 a piece for mine and they sold pretty well. But I have been told I undercharge. So wondering what others have charged?
I am seriously wondering here -- how much you pay for the book, the paper and the adhesive, let alone for the embellishments and your time... and make any money at all selling the book for $5 ? And, how about the potential table fee and time spent sitting at the craft fair? Really?

for fear of sounding harsh or rude, I hope you wonderful folks are learning the right questions to ask!

Before I make anything I do some questioning... and here is what I ask:

1. What are people buying?

2. What do I enjoy making?

3. What would I do with the item if it didn't sell?

4. If I sold this item, how much would I make per hour, after accounting for materials?

5. How many opportunities will I have to show this item? Will it show well?

6. How unique is this item? Will people be tempted to make it themselves, or have I brought something unique to it?

7. Will other people be selling the same thing?

8. Is this an item that people might want to buy in multiple?

Generally, I only make inexpensive items if I can make lots of them fast with few materials or using scraps. I try to make them unique or with a twist, and generally something that might take some know-how or tool that people don't generally have. I search for these items, and I don't do every little thing that catches my eye. I make a LOT of money selling items that are between $2 - $5 on my table, but I refuse to make crap. It is a waste of my time and money.

At the best of times I can score a theme book for .25, but usually they are closer to $1. Paper costs can vary, but using nice designer paper is not cheap. Don't skimp on adhesive. I think you can do some nice books, but I sure wouldn't make much money if I charged a mere $5 for them -- someone was selling covered books with ribbon placemarkers that had clear contact paper over the covers (which were done with recycled cereal boxes) and they were selling for $10-$12 and flying off the table... but they had a LOT of inventory and it seemed to be a real business to crank them out. Not fun, if you ask me.

Follow the answers you get from asking the questions above and you will find the right products for you to make and sell, I think.

How much value is the book worth, and go from there. Can you afford to make one of these and keep it on your table or in your closet if you don't sell it? And seriously -- have you ever known someone to use one of those planners? Sure they are cute, but would you pay what you need to get for it to make it worth your while? Look at items that have a wider use -- people can see beyond Christmas or the holiday at hand... birthdays, thank you's and graduations happen at more than one time per year.

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I am seriously wondering here -- how much you pay for the book, the paper and the adhesive, let alone for the embellishments and your time... and make any money at all selling the book for $5 ? And, how about the potential table fee and time spent sitting at the craft fair? Really?

for fear of sounding harsh or rude, I hope you wonderful folks are learning the right questions to ask!

Before I make anything I do some questioning... and here is what I ask:

1. What are people buying?

2. What do I enjoy making?

3. What would I do with the item if it didn't sell?

4. If I sold this item, how much would I make per hour, after accounting for materials?

5. How many opportunities will I have to show this item? Will it show well?

6. How unique is this item? Will people be tempted to make it themselves, or have I brought something unique to it?

7. Will other people be selling the same thing?

8. Is this an item that people might want to buy in multiple?

Generally, I only make inexpensive items if I can make lots of them fast with few materials or using scraps. I try to make them unique or with a twist, and generally something that might take some know-how or tool that people don't generally have. I search for these items, and I don't do every little thing that catches my eye. I make a LOT of money selling items that are between $2 - $5 on my table, but I refuse to make crap. It is a waste of my time and money.

At the best of times I can score a theme book for .25, but usually they are closer to $1. Paper costs can vary, but using nice designer paper is not cheap. Don't skimp on adhesive. I think you can do some nice books, but I sure wouldn't make much money if I charged a mere $5 for them -- someone was selling covered books with ribbon placemarkers that had clear contact paper over the covers (which were done with recycled cereal boxes) and they were selling for $10-$12 and flying off the table... but they had a LOT of inventory and it seemed to be a real business to crank them out. Not fun, if you ask me.

Follow the answers you get from asking the questions above and you will find the right products for you to make and sell, I think.

How much value is the book worth, and go from there. Can you afford to make one of these and keep it on your table or in your closet if you don't sell it? And seriously -- have you ever known someone to use one of those planners? Sure they are cute, but would you pay what you need to get for it to make it worth your while? Look at items that have a wider use -- people can see beyond Christmas or the holiday at hand... birthdays, thank you's and graduations happen at more than one time per year.

Best of luck!
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Julie while I hear what you are saying, here are my reasons I charge this amount.
The books cost me $0.10 a book, and since I am a teacher I can buy 25 at a time. The various papers I use are ones I have bought over the years, (and I only buy when on sale) Some of these papers have been in my collection for YEARS and I will probably never use them otherwise. I NEVER pay more then $0.25 a sheet. The ones I bought for my books this year were $0.16 a sheet. I often buy DCWV stacks, only on clearance some I have gotten as low as $5 a pack for 48 sheets (makes $0,10 a sheet). I use LOTS of scraps for the embelishments. LOTS. I use ATG tape on my books, which I buy at a discount, by the case. If I buy the refills at the store, I use coupons and I never pay more then $1.49 a roll (2 rolls a box reg $5.99), which makes about 4 books. (give or take if the paper is heavier) Crafting for me is a stress reliever. I come home after work stressed and I craft. I will NEVER use all of the craft items I have in my collection even if I did 10 sales a year! My one table this past year cost my $18. I made more the 10 times that amount back, and that was the sale where I profited the least. I sold all of the planners I made on my table (I believe I made , and got a special order for an "Apple Day Planner" based on the same concept.

So moral....It's cheaper then therapy. I enjoy crafting, and never feel like it is work. It helps me use up some of the craft collections I have. I feel I am making a profit, and I have repeat customers, as well as special orders from those repeat customers.
I do offer many other items at my sale, and some the mark ups are higher on then the books, so it does work out, at least for me.

But again.......that's why I posted I am not good at pricing.
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Pricing our items is always a challenge and we have 'talked' about that a lot on these threads. When I have done the comp books, I have sold them for $5 usually with a pen but the pen isn't beaded. I have seen comp books at the fairs for higher, but I don't see them selling. Mine aren't a big seller either, but if I can get them cheap, I'm still making money off of them.

some things I make 'lots' of money off of (like coasters and coaster calendars), some things not as much. But I too figure it evens out.

For me (and for others too) its a good way to 'use' stuff, justify buying stuff (like sizzix dies and paper!), its therapy, its fun, and I make money at the sales. Maybe I'm not making as much as I think with the cost of the things, but I'm buying the stuff anyway and I use up retired items from SU mostly. My sales from last year brought in almost $900 for me and I could really use that at Christmas. So its great.

Plus I'm not a very social person, I don't like talking to people I don't know and i HATE being in social events if I don't know someone there. BUT these force me to interact with people and I have fun doing that.

My table is full of stuff, I get lots of compliments, nothing is over $10 (usually) and I sell a lot of stuff. So its all good. And when I've gotten cocky on things, thinking I could sell them for more, they don't sell. So I reduce the price and they go away. I do't want to bring home too much extra.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #5876
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Gina - great blog. thanks for sharing it. I love those popcorn holders you made, I think I'm going to copy those for my sale. My friend keeps telling me to get popcorn in there but I never listen to her!!! I'm not sure if you posted a pattern or instructions on that, but if you have one to share, can you point me the way??

I'm going to order my key fobs today too (but I have to clean my kitchen first!!!). I saw 1.25" fobs on the site you sent to us, but I think you ordered 1". Where did you find those? I will be going through my ribbon today to see what will work for those fobs. Its hard for me to part with my precious ribbon, but these are just too cute not to do for sales! thanks for pointing those out to us too!
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:28 AM   #5877
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Gina - great blog. thanks for sharing it. I love those popcorn holders you made, I think I'm going to copy those for my sale. My friend keeps telling me to get popcorn in there but I never listen to her!!! I'm not sure if you posted a pattern or instructions on that, but if you have one to share, can you point me the way??

I'm going to order my key fobs today too (but I have to clean my kitchen first!!!). I saw 1.25" fobs on the site you sent to us, but I think you ordered 1". Where did you find those? I will be going through my ribbon today to see what will work for those fobs. Its hard for me to part with my precious ribbon, but these are just too cute not to do for sales! thanks for pointing those out to us too!
Thanks for your kind comments. I do not have a pattern for the popcorn. ANd I found that different companies bags are different sizes. I measured how tall they were, cut the CS down, then wrapped it around the package, overlapping a little bit and made a mark, then trimmed it down. For the black band I made it longer then what I cut the red at due to it shriinking when you crimp it. There isn't really a base to it, and I was stingy and didnt do the ribbon slide thing some people do with candy bars, so I took a piece of CS about an inch and a half attached it to the inside on both sides. That way the popcorn doesnt slide out of the bottom. Make sense? I buy the popcorn at BJs I think it is 24 packs for $6. Makes them $0.25 a bag. I have sold out of them at every show I have done. The one show they only lasted 5 minutes, a woman came and bought everyone, and then came back to my next sale and bought another 15 I think? She gives Movie theater Gift Certificates as Christmas gifts and was going to use them as GC holders.
If you go to that website, and find their phone #. Call them and ask for Deana. Tell her you are looking for the 1" size. She said they are considered a "special order" because she doesn't always have them in stock. I just ordered 100 of the 150 stock she had. If you order them, tell her that I (Gina Thornton in PA) told you about them. ***Please note I am not in ANY WAY affiliated with Crafter's Vision! I do not get paid for or recieve compensation for anything sold or referred to through this company.**** I am just hoping if they sell enough of them, they will be a "regular" item. When I called about them, she said that most people prefer the 1.25" size. I will say that anything over 5/8" you should probably use the 1.25" size, otherwise there is barely any (if any at all) of the webbing showing.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:18 PM   #5878
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I just ordered the 1.25 size. The instructions I found used that with the same size webbing, so I hope that will work fine. I ordered webbing from her too, price was good. thanks for the info on that and the popcorn - I think they will sell very well at my sale too. And what is left over I can use because I give movie cards too. I have also fancied up the jiffy pop when Target has them in the dollar store. I think those are fun to pop - just cause it rises up. HMMMM, I think I want popcorn now.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:35 PM   #5879
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I just ordered the 1.25 size. The instructions I found used that with the same size webbing, so I hope that will work fine. I ordered webbing from her too, price was good. thanks for the info on that and the popcorn - I think they will sell very well at my sale too. And what is left over I can use because I give movie cards too. I have also fancied up the jiffy pop when Target has them in the dollar store. I think those are fun to pop - just cause it rises up. HMMMM, I think I want popcorn now.
Yes the 1.25 will work with the 1 1/4" webbing. I have soooo much 5/8" ribbon that's why I went with that size. There isnt as much selectionin colors in the 1' webbing, so the 1 1/4" is better in that way. Trust me when I use up some of this smaller ribbon, I will be getting some of the 1.25 size hardware/webbing. I know co workers I can make them for, friends, etc!
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #5880
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Ah, how I envy those people who can talk about justifying the items they sell by taking into account the time spent on making them! I'm with those of you who consider it a blessing to make some money back on doing crafts that we'd be doing anyway. As I've said elsewhere, pretty much all hobbies cost money, and not many of them recoup any cash, so we appreciate the times we do get something back. A lady my husband knows from taking our dog to the dog-park has just ordered about $100 worth of christmas cards from me. That similar to the amounts I might make selling craft at a market stall which takes days of planning, packing/unpacking and being there. I'm still stunned and stoked! My view is that if I'm making a profit per item, and covering the cost of being at a market (plus some), it's a good thing. The left-overs will go to the next market, and I've always got goodies on hand for gifts. I'm probably working for about 5 cents an hour, if I'm lucky! It's all for the love of crafting - long may it continue!!
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