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Old 11-20-2007, 01:15 AM   #561
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I'm so glad you did so well. I too, am taking my teenage daughter (15) with me next Saturday when I do mine. Quick question, on your tins, how did you make a profit with only selling them for $6. The Joann tins. The ones I bought cost me $4+. I am planning on selling my tins empty. Should I fill them. I'm afraid because that's more money I have to spend and what if they don't sell. What's your opinion, having been there!
That comment in the subject line just randomly jumped into my head! LOL! Anyway, I was lucky and got my tins for a dollar over the summer. The stuff I put inside I bought at the dollar store or Target Dollar Spot or I made it (notepads and covered candy) so I didn't make as much as I wanted to but I looked at it as I covered my costs and a little extra on some and a little more on others AND I didn't have to take them back home and find another home for them! I did have a couple of empty tins out there and people just bypassed those, commented and looked but no interest. If you're costs are already high then look around to see what you already have to create that won't bring your price up too much. Cover inexpensive notebooks with matchin paper, miniature candy bars etc.... I did that in my teacher tin and they loved that extra touch! My PMS survival kit I just filled with chocolate candy that was leftover from other projects I was selling so there was a cost but it could have just gotten eaten too here at my house! LOL! I wish I had pictures to show - I am so sorry! Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Were your tins the ones that now cost 6.00 at Joann's and Michaels and did you have smaller ones?

Anyone else out there sell any of their tins empty?? I don't want to have to fill them.
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Anyone else out there sell any of their tins empty?? I don't want to have to fill them.
My tins are blue with a red inset and handle. I also did the mini lunch boxes from Target Dollar Spot - all filled! My crowd liked the filled ones and not the empty ones though but that was my area so it may be different in yours! Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Ok...so i have a question. I am thinking about doing an Expo where i can sell some crafts. I want to sell crafts and items that i have made but not all the items are made with stampin up! If I am right, I cannot sell crafts AND be there as a stampin up demonstrator, is that correct?? I want to get my name out there as it is in a different town and try to get my business going but i don't think i can do that. Right?

Can i just have a few business cards set out and/or a catalog? Please help!!
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Ok...so i have a question. I am thinking about doing an Expo where i can sell some crafts. I want to sell crafts and items that i have made but not all the items are made with stampin up! If I am right, I cannot sell crafts AND be there as a stampin up demonstrator, is that correct?? I want to get my name out there as it is in a different town and try to get my business going but i don't think i can do that. Right?

Can i just have a few business cards set out and/or a catalog? Please help!!
As I understand it, the policy has now "lightened up" and we can do finished products while also being demos. Call Demonstrator Support to be sure. They love to help! Oh, but now I see -- not all are made with Stampin' Up! Hmmm... do call, and type back to let us know what you find.

I am guessing that it is ok to do just what you say.

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I decided to do the Busy Woman's Fudge with the hershey bars. I bought a small bars and extra large bars. Do you think it's alright to sell both sizes. I think there is a middle size but I can find it. My small candy bar is 43 grams and on the hershey website they come in 43g, 55g, and extra large. What should I price them at. I will wrap with with wrapping paper and put the poem on it with a ribbon? Thanks for the help.
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Yes what is Snowman soup??? How do you make it??? & is there a poem that goes with it???? Thanks for all the great ideas!!!! Routerx
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It is so much fun and taste good too. I package a small candy cane, Hershey kiss and hot chocolate mix in a cello bag and added a topper. The poem I used I got from this wonderful thread:

Snowman Soup
Was told youíve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
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Youíll need to warm the spirit.
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Complete with a stirring stick.
Add hot water & sip it slow.
Itís sure to do the trick.

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I made snowman soup this year but I put it in an actual christmas mug that I found at walmart for .70! Makes for nice christmas gifts for teachers, etc.
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I did a search but haven't finished reading the thread yet... so forgive me if I am repeating...

Has anyone ever tried to sell card candy? It is so visually appealing all packaged and cute... don't know if anyone would actually buy it...
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I think the audience for card candy would be rather limited, but if you have the right group, I do think it could sell.
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Lindy Lou & G33, what is Card Candy????? I have no clue what that is if you can offer a photo or instructions.
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I am guessing that it is ok to do just what you say.

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Call me silly, but I looked at the card candy photo's and couldn't find any candy. What am I missing? Is there any candy on the cards? Sharon
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This kind of "candy" is VERY low-calorie! It is any small, "sweet" thing you can add with adhesive (often it is backed with a dimensional and put onto a release sheet, like waxed paper for sale in a little grouping, or cello bag with a topper) onto a card or scrapbook page.

Have you seen the Jolie's scrapbooking embellishments? That's the idea... it makes card-making a snap for folks who are less detail oriented, and it allows you to just do the little details that make things special, right off the bat.

The nice thing about it, is that if you sell a lot of it to certain folks... well, then you know what paper colors that they will need to buy to coordinate ;^)* You can even increase SU sales if you know that people who buy the card/scrapbook candy will want other supplies... hehehe Of course, some folks just like to use whatever they have around -- but the point is, there is no sugar in this candy, but the embellishments being already created IS a treat.
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Thank you Julie, Now I get it. I do a lot of craft shows so have looked here to see what other people are doing. I don't do very much stamping. Most of my work is computer generated but I really enjoy seeing what wonderful things people on this site create.
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Since you ladies have been so helpful and willing to share I thought I would share with you. I've posted some of my craft fair items in my Art Gallery. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I still have some more pictures to post.

I had my 2nd craft show this past weekend. . . and if you watched the weather you know the Midwest (where I live) got hit with a ice storm. I'm talking they were telling people to stay off of the roads. When the sale was over I couldn't even get into my passenger side of my car and I had to climb into the trunk to get that open.

Even though the turnout was not great I was able to have $55 in sales. Which covered my $20 table rental, so I was happy.

I sold the following:
2 retired stamp sets $18
1 altered pen $1.00
11 Jumbo Binder Clips $1.00 each
6 Calendars $4.00 each
1 Bow $1.00

At my first craft show I had around $218-$225 in sales.
The weather was nice . . almost to nice I think it got up to 60 degrees that day.

I forgot my list at home for that sale, so I'll post those items later.

Again, Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas and pictures on this thread. . . it help me 110% with my first 2 craft shows.

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I had a booth at a craft fair this past Saturday, also. I sold about $120 in handmade stuff and stamps. I have an order for $22 to send in also. Take out the $25 booth fee and $30 benefit auction basket. Here is what sold:

small round altered basket: $4
altered 2008 planner: $5
altered address books (2): $7 each
'just be' project (2): $4 each
altered wooden clip: $7
set of six tags (3): $2 each set
set of six acetate tags: $3.50
magnetic frame: $3
altered clipboard: $10
wooden frame ornament: $5
elf accordian book w/ box: $12
gwp's (9): $1.50 each
stamp set: $7.95
stamp set (2): $10.95 each

The attached photos are from the mock-up of my booth in my living room (I totally forgot to take photos at the fair!).

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As promised I'm posting the "results" from my 1st ever craft show. It was held on November 17th. You can see the results from my 2nd craft show a post or two above. Had great weather for this show.

Retired Stamp Sets (brought 18 sold 3)
Deer Tile Coasters $8 (brought 7 Coasters only sold the 2 deer ones)
Winter Framed Art $9.95 (brought 4 sold 0)
Frosty Framed Art $4.95 (brought 4 sold 0)
Homemade Christmas Fudge $3 (brought 5 sold 5)
Magic Reindeer Food $0.50 (brought 20 sold 12)
Snowman Soup $1.25 (brought 20 sold 10)
Love Notes (pack of three 3x3 cards with envelopes)(brought 10 sold 0)
4 x 6 Fridge Calendars $4 (brought 7 sold 5)
4 x 6 Fridge Calendars Deer $4 (brought 4 sold 3)
Calendars made from coasters $2 (brought 12 sold 1)
Desk Coaster Frames $2 (brought 6 sold 3)
Deck the Hall Hanging Decoration $2 (brought 10 sold 0)
Birthday Calendar Books $4.95 (brought 2 sold 0)
Indoor S'mores Kits $13.95 (brought 6 sold 3)
Large Candles $5 (brought 5 sold 1)
Small Candles $3 (brought 6 sold 0)
2 pk x-small candles $1.50 (brought 12 sold 1)
Kid Color Me Kit $2.75 (brought 4 sold 1)
Bookmarks 2/$0.25 (brought 16 sold 16)
Holiday RSVP Pens $1 (brought 27 sold 6)
Jumbo Photo Binder Clips $1 (brought 26 sold 26)
Post-it Note Holders w/ pen $3.50 (brought 4 sold 3)

I hope this helps someone. I know it helped me when you posted what you made and sold. It really helped with pricing.

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Sounds like you did pretty well-good for you! You sold all your jumbo photo binder clips-do you have a photo of them? Did you sell them individually packaged, loose or several in a package? I did some shows recently and I also, so all my Homemade Christmas Fudge-great seller!
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I sold them individually. Attached are pictures. You can find other craft fair pictures in my SCS Art Gallery.

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Yea! The third craft fair this season was the charm! I made enough to cover my expenses at all three plus about $50 extra. (May not sound like a lot to some---but I'm happy )

What moved: 26 of 28 domino pins/ornaments at $3 each--I'll try to take a pic of what's left but you can also find them in the gallery (where I got the idea!) These were SO easy & cheap to make. I'm going to make tons next year. I got so many compliments on them. The profit margin was HUGE considering the box of 28 cost $3!

10 out of 24 binder photo clips at $2 each. The preteens loved these.

Sold two custom ordered name frames at $25 each.

What did not move---only sold one nine piece nugget box at $5--those were way too much effort. Next time I'm going to do much smaller ones!

Only sold one "Book Buddy" (had bookmark, post-its & pen) at $5--again, probably too much effort. I think next time I might just make a simple bookmark tucked into a card.

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I am subscribing. It's snowing outside and I read all 15 pages! LOL!! I am planning on doing some shows next year and have lots of notes to refer to. I will post my results too when I have a show(s).
Thank you everyone for sharing here. It has been so helpful to me.
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Well, I made it through! I had TWO fairs (well, one bazaar and one Open House) and it all fell in the middle of Hannukah for our family and the final week/performances of the Nutcracker for my little daughter. It was a brutal time...

BUT -- I am happy with the outcome. First, I got to "Get my act together" and found that I could make a lovely table! I even got height and interest with a madrone branch on which I hung some small ornaments (made from the scallop punch, and others that covered these wonderful organic lollipops!)

In each case I made the table money back and the first one brought in $125 and the second one $100 In addition, I got to spend the first day right next to a lovely friend who I was happy to get to support (I had the change she needed and sign material when she needed it) and I got to get to know other women who were very supportive of me the second one...

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Nugget Boxes -- the 1x4 "long" ones -- perfect -- a lot of effort, but a great way to use the wheels to cover the cardstock, and I made all of the "bottoms" in black, so they coordinate with whatever I made for the top, which saves a lot of time in making them. With this size I can get 3 bottoms from a sheet, and 4 tops, so 12 boxes out of 7 sheets of paper... and I just really am getting good at turning these out. I sold them for $2.50 each, so folks were liking them as gifts for the postman, and I kept saying "keep a few in your purse, when you have tea with a friend this time of year, you can pull out a little giftie that is not overwhelming, but very thoughtful..." Folks loved them and I took several special orders for more! (8 at a time, mind you...)

Domino pins -- again, I sold for $2.50 -- might do $3 next time, but I like MOVING them, so maybe I will just leave it alone ;^)* These I packaged in little cellophane bags with small curly ribbon... already wrapped and protected was a big hit. I got a few tins of 28 dominoes at our grocery store for $2.50 so these are a good return

Covered notepads -- I call them "Very Beautiful Notebooks" that were 4x6 chipboard covers that I covered with designer paper and cardstock -- cut inside pages from copy paper (had some fancier stuff around) and bound with my bind-it-all. I think I went too cheap at $4 each, but they sold (I sold 7 of the 10 I had, and would LOVE To keep the rest ;^)* I didn't adorn them at all, but it is very tempting to put a small, matted sentiment, verse, or other image on the cover, if I were giving them as a gift...

Small Clothespins that I covered with designer paper, added grossgrain ribbon and small tag, with super-strong magnets on them -- to be used on refridgerators as "hold its" for coupons, honey-do lists, etc. I got REALLY GOOD magnets and affixed them with E6000 -- they moved because folks thought they were so cute, and the magnets were so strong. 18 pins are about $2.50 and the materials are almost nothing, because they use snippets of stuff. You can make soooooo many in an hour, and I sell them for $2.50 each. You can see them here, at my Etsy shop:
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I noted that if things are $2.50 each, folks are encouraged to buy in groups of 4 or 8, making it easy to collect $20 bills... so have change if you need it... because I ended up with lots of $20's ;^)*

I didn't sell so many cards... and I did sell a few ornaments, but not many. I had the cutest "Spa in a Can" items, but they didn't sell! I was shocked! At only $5 for a completely wrapped gift for a teacher... hmmm... at least I didn't make too many of them, and they will keep. I will gift the two I have to my daughter's teachers...

I sold a few of my retired sets, but not many -- but I still have those to sell and they will "keep" as well.

At the end of the day, I had 9 lollipop ornaments that I gifted to the 3 other vendors at my open house... and I am DONE for the season, and quite happy!
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Well, I made it through! I had TWO fairs (well, one bazaar and one Open House)...
If you have any pictures of your other items, I would love to see them!
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I love those clothespins! I favorited it to remember to make some. G'parents would love these. I too would love to see more of your items you made.
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Has anyone ever done a fair around Valentine's Day? I have a lead on one and I'm meeting with the organizer on Tuesday - I'd love to be able to tell him what I'd sell, other than cards, of course! I was thinking candy gifts, as long as they would do better than they did at my holiday craft fairs, which was not well at all. Also husband emergency card kits. Is there something like snowman soup for Valentine's Day? Do kids hand out little things that would sell? I am clueless since I've just been completely focused on Christmas.
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I am very interested in Valentine ideas too. The little peppermint patties seemed to do well at Christmas. Wonder if anyone has made toppers for valentine-shaped chocolates?
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Those little boxes of conversation hearts are a main staple at Valentine's time still, aren't they? There are a ton of different ways you could probably re-package those, or even just cover the box.... just one fleeting thought!
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On organizedchristmas.com, I found "Cupid Poop". Package up the little hearts or Red Hots with the following poem:

I couldn't send you flowers
And candy wouldn't do.
Romantic cards just didn't say
The things I wanted to.

I got you something special
And here's the inside scoop.
It's very rare and magical:
A bag of Cupid Poop!
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Thanks Barb - I found that later but couldn't edit my post. I saw slider boxes for the hearts in the gallery... do people actually give those hearts out? I just think they're so... not tasty! Someone else had made Kit Kat sliders and that appealed to me more, so thanks to whoever you are since I didn't put it in my favorites, oops!
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