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Old 08-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #6241
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I am not sure about sales for the onesies but I have seen them at craft fairs. What style did you make? Embroidered? Stamped?
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Wow - some AMAZING advice on here and I will definitely take them to heart. I'm going to do my first show in a couple of weeks - a baby show, then two Christmas shows. I am doing mostly gift tags and cards and will have a bunch of sample invitations, etc. I am not sure if I will get many requests for future custom orders, but want to give it a try. Ideally, in the next couple of years, I'd like to be able to work at my craft full time and give up my day job. Based on the numbers some have quoted re profits, I don't think that will become my reality, but I'll see how the first few shows go. I plan to "stage" my booth soon to see how it will look and what I might need to add or delete to create a fabulous looking set-up!

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my husband thinks i should do invites. i did my daughter shower invites and her wedding invitations . the shower were not hard to do, but the wedding invites to have someone do something similar on etsy was upwards of $9 each. i just cannot imagine anyone paying that. it was costly enough and so time consuming, that truly even at $9 each it would be a bargin. but at least doing invites, it would be special order and you would not have left over stock. i have done a few invites for friends, and never charge. i wonder how people do that sell custom invites.
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Lori, I've often wondered about invites also. I made my nieces baby shower ones and they turned out cute and had many compliments. But I agree...it's so much work! And mine were simple because my niece likes that style.

I have wanted to add some other "party" stuff to my craft fairs in the last couple of years but just never seem to get around to getting those things made in time because I am focused so much on the Christmas/candy items. I did make up some business cards this year at least and can hand them out and maybe have a few samples of things I like to make, such as birthday banners and cake toppers, tissue paper poms and centerpieces, etc.

Has anyone had luck selling this type of party stuff at craft fairs? Would love to hear your experiences with what sells, prices, etc.
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bump..so many good ideas here
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I am finished with my shows for this year. I only am doing 2, way down from last year's shows. Being sick, then babysitting a friend's kids, just took all of my crafting time away. I usually start in January for the shows in November/Dec. I WILL be ready for next year! I could realistically do at least one more show this year, but I don't want to go into it unprepared, so I will wait.
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Diane, I know you had mentioned in previous posts about making the magnets. I got burnt out on them for a while but want to start making them again. In the past I have just used those clear gemstones from the $ store but would like to make better quality ones. I know you had said in the past that you bought the better gems...I am assuming the ones that people use for jewelry making...more clear, round, flatter back, etc. Do you order them in bulk from anywhere? I have found some on Etsy, and you can either order a decent quantity like 150 for $45 (this includes shipping) or you can get them from a China dealer like 500 for $100ish. They are a little pricey to be charging in the $1 range, so do you charge more for them?
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Diane, I know you had mentioned in previous posts about making the magnets. I got burnt out on them for a while but want to start making them again. In the past I have just used those clear gemstones from the $ store but would like to make better quality ones. I know you had said in the past that you bought the better gems...I am assuming the ones that people use for jewelry making...more clear, round, flatter back, etc. Do you order them in bulk from anywhere? I have found some on Etsy, and you can either order a decent quantity like 150 for $45 (this includes shipping) or you can get them from a China dealer like 500 for $100ish. They are a little pricey to be charging in the $1 range, so do you charge more for them?
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Thanks Diane! I just placed an order on Etsy from a China dealer for 500 1" cabochons and 200 1/2" cabachons and 1000 magnets. that should last me a while! LOL
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I am thinking about being in my first craft fair! I plan on making cards and altered mailboxes?

1. How much do you sell your cards and altered mailboxes for?

2. What other items would be fun to make?

3. Where do you buy the mini chipboard clipboards?
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I am thinking about being in my first craft fair! I plan on making cards and altered mailboxes?

1. How much do you sell your cards and altered mailboxes for?

2. What other items would be fun to make?

3. Where do you buy the mini chipboard clipboards?
Good for you! I love doing craft fairs....I can only help with one of your questions. I do sell cards, I sell mine at $3 a card or or 4 for $10, 10 for $20. Mine are quick cards, without a bunch of layers, easy to mail type. I sell a bunch and try to keep all occasion cards on hand at all times.
There are a bunch of items on this thread and other threads regarding what else sells...find some items that you want to make and make a bunch and see how they sell! It is kind of hit or miss sometimes as to what sells and what doesn't.
Presentation of cards is important....here is my new way to display my cards, has helped a lot to bring people over to look through.
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Good for you! I love doing craft fairs....I can only help with one of your questions. I do sell cards, I sell mine at $3 a card or or 4 for $10, 10 for $20. Mine are quick cards, without a bunch of layers, easy to mail type. I sell a bunch and try to keep all occasion cards on hand at all times.
There are a bunch of items on this thread and other threads regarding what else sells...find some items that you want to make and make a bunch and see how they sell! It is kind of hit or miss sometimes as to what sells and what doesn't.
Presentation of cards is important....here is my new way to display my cards, has helped a lot to bring people over to look through.
Great idea! thank you so much for sharing it with me!
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Wendykins, cute idea for displaying cards!!!
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To the ladies speaking about doing invites- tread with care! I did two lots last year- never again. Ever. The weddings were 9 months apart, so I figured I had plenty of time to finish one before the other was needed. How wrong can you get. The second Bride turned into Bridezilla and wanted everything yesterday, the first took forever getting me numbers, names etc- to the point that she sent me the information to go into the order of service 3 WEEKS before the wedding- she had first ordered everything 9 months earlier! I ended up working on the two at the same time- 150 Wedding invites/RSVP's/Order of Service/ Menu and place names +75 evening invites for the first one, 100 Wedding Invites/ 60 Evening + Menu and Place cards for the second- then two weeks before the wedding, the tardy one asked if I could do a table plan! If you do go down that route, do yourself a favour and have some ground rules in writing before you accept.
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the school's second year of an Spring Faire was this last weekend.
some mug shots are on the blog ( I have some closer looks in my phone but, its a new phone & phone co. and my old phone had an email for itself) so, I have not figured out how to move the photos from the phone to the blog yet but, will just edit this post when I do)

Stacy's Memory Triggers: Shepherds Market Spring Faire Edition...

this time around did double the sales of last spring plus 50. so that was OK considering it felt dead in the water most of the time. ( I have a lot of repeat customers)
this year only one cone sold. ( so I am still thinking about how to store the left overs) not a single thing of buttons sold or any of the pillowboxes, paper baskets or tall bags sold. ( Only cards.)
since cards are easier to store It is making me re-think the 3-d things. ( which I only did to offer some variety ) and the pop up gift card holders went over better than ever this time around.
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I have done invites. They are a lot of work, but mine ended up being well worth it! The baby shower invites shown here I made 80 and they paid over $400. It was a lot of work, but the crowns were art that her dad made and sent to me and I cut them out. I made the mistake of trying to cut them all out in one day, and my thumb was numb for about a month...but the rest was pretty easy. I also have done Bridal Shower invites as well as Bachlorette party invites. I have never made wedding invites though.
But like Shazsilverwolf said above, be sure you have all of the expectations down before hand and get it in writing. I had each person pay 10% up front (but keep in mind I knew each person) and the remainder due 30 days prior to the event.
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this year only one cone sold. ( so I am still thinking about how to store the left overs)
Sounds like you did well. I don't have much success with spring shows.

What are the "cones" you are talking about?

And can you share a pic of the pop-up gift card holders? I cannot visualize this item.

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Sounds like you did well. I don't have much success with spring shows.

What are the "cones" you are talking about?

And can you share a pic of the pop-up gift card holders? I cannot visualize this item.

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stacy,

excuse my foggy brain, but what do people use the cones for?
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well, I have had some people tell me they are going to pick dandelions and leave them on neighbors door knobs, and I have had other people buy them to put gift cards and a small piece of candy in for Easter. and a lot of older ladies get all excited to see May Day Cones and don't buy them

seriously, I don't know?
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Of course. May day baskets. I used to do may day baskets with my kids and they took them around the neighborhood. People thought we were freaks. I also did them for their classes and went in during recess and left them on their desks. Maybe I will freak people out this year and do it again
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bumping this! I have a show in a month. please share some may/june ideas!!!
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Graduation, Wedding, Mother's Day, Father's Day. Maybe a small brag book for Mom/Dad's day? I did a "mug" made of vellum, inked the inside with more mustard ink to resemble a beer and filled it with beer nuts. Sold like hotcakes!
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Graduation, Wedding, Mother's Day, Father's Day. Maybe a small brag book for Mom/Dad's day? I did a "mug" made of vellum, inked the inside with more mustard ink to resemble a beer and filled it with beer nuts. Sold like hotcakes!
Graduation gift card holders always go over well.

thanks so much! Do you have an image of the mug? Would love to see it!
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I have done invites. They are a lot of work, but mine ended up being well worth it! The baby shower invites shown here I made 80 and they paid over $400. It was a lot of work, but the crowns were art that her dad made and sent to me and I cut them out. I made the mistake of trying to cut them all out in one day, and my thumb was numb for about a month...but the rest was pretty easy. I also have done Bridal Shower invites as well as Bachlorette party invites. I have never made wedding invites though.
But like Shazsilverwolf said above, be sure you have all of the expectations down before hand and get it in writing. I had each person pay 10% up front (but keep in mind I knew each person) and the remainder due 30 days prior to the event.
Those are SO CUTE! I also love to do showers (invites, favors, cupcake picks) but steer clear of wedding invites. TOO big and repetitive a job with all the pieces. I do love communions though! What I often do is have the customer choose the basic design so I can get working on that, then when they have all of the party info (which can change LAST MINUTE), I print on nice paper and adhere with photo splits (very thin and invisible) to the inside of my cards. Makes it easier to meet the deadlines!
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I am curious as to how you do the magnets and wonder if anyone can post a picture. Thanks.
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What do you mean by "Do the magnets"?

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I dont have a photo, and Ive never made them but it is my understanding you do your art for the flat bottom part ( art up through the pebble) then use E6000 to adhere an flat magnet to the back side of the art it should hold up the weight of the glass.

I've seen people cut up magazines or what ever for the "art" part that is a totally up to you thing. since most people buy things for gifts rather than themselves at craft shows ( what I see anyways) I would think some things that were a little humorous sentiment wise should go over well because, a magnet's something you'd have out where you could see it frequently right?
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Sorry about my email but as JBgreendawn - Stacy explained, that is exactily what I was wondering about. Thanks for that. Got carried away with all the tips and information people willingly give up on this forum. Thank you all very much.
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I just made a bunch of the magnets recently after not making them for several years. I ordered 25mm (which is a bit smaller than 1") glass cabochones and the super strong neodyminium (or whatever they are called?!) 1/2" magnets. I ordered them on Etsy and they shipped from China (or Hong Kong, cant remember) but it was a good deal and I got them very quickly for them shipping from all that way.

I also order the 1" circle pre-made digital images from Etsy. All different sorts. Funny sayings, wine, coffee, monsters, sports, etc. Honestly, I would rather pay $2-$4 for already done images vs having to make my own.

I use Crystal Effects (or the Amuse Studio version of that) to adhere the glass cabochone to the image image straight on the sheet and then cut around when dry. Then I use the same thing to adhere the magnet to the back.

I made a really cute magnet board I will try to remember to take a pic of and post.

I also made cute clothespin magnets. Some are glitter and those will be sold single and others are a set of 3 that are coordinating papers. I used really small super strong magnets for those and still used Crystal Effects to glue them on.

Hope this helps, kiwi jane. If you decide to make them, they are a lot of fun. I think magnets sell well, but like I said, I havent made them for quite a few years so we will see!
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:58 AM   #6280
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I am curious as to how you do the magnets and wonder if anyone can post a picture. Thanks.
I've made these in past years, and they turn out really cute. They are pretty easy to make, but do take some time. I did not make these, but here is a picture of some cute ones on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/8786444...7DM0o49z7w_wcB
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