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Old 09-17-2009, 10:39 AM   #2161
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Try using fingernail polish remover to get the sticky stuff off of the outside of your bottle.
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Would love to see your Scrabble pendants, please post if you can.

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I don't know what you could get at a craft sale, but I bought some from a place called HomeStudio on etsy and she charges $8.95 without a chain/cord.

What type of pictures ot art did you use for the front of yours? I'd love to see them.
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Super adorable cat & dog treats! How much do you think you will sell them for? I think they will do great!
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And I have my first craft show of this season tomorrow morning. It is at a company of 400 employees and they are doing it as a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network. So there is a bakes sale, craft sale, & other stuff I guess. First time at something like this so I hope it works out. If anything, it gets my feet wet for the Fair season and maybe my name & Stampin' Up out there to new people.
Scrabble: I will take pics tonight when they are complete and post tomorrow hopefully.
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Super adorable cat & dog treats! How much do you think you will sell them for? I think they will do great!
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

I'm having a dilemma about all of my prices....

I'm going to a large craft fair this weekend just as a shopper to check out the pricing on different items for my area.

Oklahoma still has pretty good economic conditions, so I hope the prices are up rather than down.

I'll report back when I have some info.
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I've sold Scrabble tile pendants on ribbon for $5 each. They sell very well at that price. Lots of tween girls buying them for themselves and as gifts for friends.
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I did a search on here and it didn't come up but I am sure someone is selling them.
I have made about 20 of them and wondering what a good ballpark might be to sell them at... especially, if you have had luck already selling them.
I am having a sheer ribbon "string" on them but just tying, no links or whatever. So main expense is just the tile and bail on back..and, of course, time..but no one pays for that, right!?
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Just a word on the water-based glaze--it will dull & even get cloudy with time or contact with moisture. I learned this after a few months. I now use an epoxy resin which I love! I wrote about it on my blog--look under the "jewelry" keyword. I now sell my pendants for $7. I like to keep them affordable because of my market & then people are tempted to buy quite a few. If you are not using waterproof resin, definitely make a note that people should remove it before swimming or waving.
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what are scrabble tile pendants?
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Pendants made with paper (usually) on the blank side of a scrabble game piece, then sealed with some kind of glaze.
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That is so cute! How did you attach the bale?
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That is so cute! How did you attach the bale?
A dab of E6000 Glue.
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Great ideas! I have a craft fair in November and wondering what type of items sell the best? I will try to go back and look but if someone can send me a few links that would be great .. pm me ..Thanks Tina
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Very cute! Where do you purchase the scrabble tiles at?
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Great ideas! I have a craft fair in November and wondering what type of items sell the best?
Gotta be brutally honest with you -- it totally depends on where you live. I've seen post after post about items that sell like hotcakes in one town, but in another the poor gal can't even give them away!

That said, the general trend these days seems to be toward the smaller less-expensive items. Stinks, because you have to produce and sell soooo many of them to make any money! Not an easy feat with the way booth fees keep rising!
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Thanks! Old games that I & family had lying around, thrift stores...I bought a game once at Toys R Us on sale. People sell 'em on ebay & etsy too. If you Freecycle--post a Wanted for an old game, you never know.
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wow, this looks like a great thread. It will take me a long time to see it all
I always have a hard time wondering what to charge.
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Oh, thank you. She's going to put some at the craft fair we are doing. She's got butterflies too. When Mom started with the flowers she did it because I didn't want to pay so much for the ones thru SU. Then when my dear friend Betty (stampininky53) came over she said "oh you should make butterflies" so Mom found a butterfly pattern.

No Betty said she needs to make snowflakes. Mom's been looking for a pattern but those are pretty involved. They help supplement her income. I've got some clips at the dollar store and I'm going to glue some on there for her - I thought that those might sell at the fair too, you know for younger girls.
Your mom might want to add some beads and earwires and sell them as earrings. I used to crochet around "bone" rings and sell them.
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2 things:
1. This was a craft show for an office of about 400 people so I think I did okay considering probably 1/4 actually came thorugh the small room. Most of what was there from other vendors were the silk flower arrangements for the fall in a variety of ways. So that made me unique. My biggest sellers this time were jumbo paperclip bookmarks, ghost & pumpkin poop, but mainly Baby Onesies! I sold $61 worth of merch but table fee was $20. So really made $40. I am okay with it considering the venue. Good practice for "real" craft shows coming up!

2. Okay, I uploaded 2 pics of some of the scrabble tile necklaces I made. tried to sell for $6. A lot commented on how cute they were but none sold. I think it was not displayed as well as it needs to be so hard to shop/look through. I will work on that before my next art show in 2 weeks. The price included the ribbon "necklace" but I quickly realized that I need to either add something like a loop & bead or forgo the ribbon. I put it on myself [as an example/advirtisement] than had trouble getting it off since it was knotted.

~Thanks for the tip on the glaze, Julesod. I will check. Friends did these as gifts for our MOPS steering and they used a Diamond Glaze and didn't like it because it was still kind of sticky weeks later, perhaps because of our Florida humidity? She had left the pendant face down on a dresser and it was kind of stuck and took careful prying to get up. I haven't ran across that with this glaze, even a week of drying. I always feel like I am on an endless search for the perfect product or adhesive.

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Thanks! Old games that I & family had lying around, thrift stores...I bought a game once at Toys R Us on sale. People sell 'em on ebay & etsy too. If you Freecycle--post a Wanted for an old game, you never know.
I was also directed to go to the Hasbro site for replacement parts [if you can't find them locally for cheap/free]. You can get 100 tiles for $6.50 or so. If you needed them and didn't have time to search/wait, that is a good option. I actually posted as my facebook status that I was needed them and someone piped up and brought them to church that Sunday for me! So I definitely recommend begging to friends!
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Your mom might want to add some beads and earwires and sell them as earrings. I used to crochet around "bone" rings and sell them.
I've put some wire on the butterflies when I used them on a card I made. I also added some colored baubles to the centers of the flowers when I put them on the barretts ~ I'll picture them and add it here.

I never thought of earrings. Thanks. That's why I love SCS so much - everyone together brainstorming comes up with great ideas!!
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i got lots of charms from Ebay, used stud earings and just added a charm to each,
all you need is the pliers out the draw to make.

"tibetan charms mixed" about 18 cents a charm
Earing post about 40 cents a pair

cost is 76 cents to make sells for about $3

I make a box for mine and sell for $4

Thats about 2.50 in the uk... and you can buy them cheaper if you get a bargain....
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Hey Amy,
I live in Lakeland as well. Where is your next craft show, I'd love to stop by and see what you're selling.
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Your pendants are really nice, Amy. Thanks for the report on the office craft show. Glad you sold some stuff.

Here are a couple of things I just finished for an art festival/craft fair coming on October 3.

The Hershey bars are like the Christmas Fudge bars. I hope people will buy them for office gifts.

I'll include a little colored pen with the mini notepads.
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Hello everyone. This is my first time to post on this board. I have been reading all the post for a while now. I have a question for all you card makers. I am getting ready to do my first craft show in November. I haven't done one in years and am going to attempt to sell greeting cards. I am looking for ideas on how to protect my cards from fingerprints and smudges etc. Do you put them in sleeves or bags? And where do you find them. I have been checking on line and the shipping is as much as the item. Also is it better to sell sets or individual cards. I was thinking of selling sets of assorted cards but am at a loss as to how to package them and display them. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. And by the way, you guys are all fantastic!
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Uniquepacking - Ebay. Shipping is high - save more by purchasing in lots of 500 instead of 100. I store all my cards in the sleeves inside plastic shoeboxes. I put my cards in open-end sleeves, not the sealable kind. For craft shows...I read on this forum that some people display them by category (thinking of you, birthday, etc) and have them separated into different baskets. That is what I am going to do for my first craft fair. I also read her that sets of cards don't sell as well as individual cards. My cards sell or $4.95 at a local artist consignment shop, my take is $2.75. I sell my cards to my friends $3 each or 4 for $10. I still lose money at 4 for $10 considering the time I take (sometimes) to create one card.

Uniquepacking also sells resealable bags - perfect for treats, candy corn in a bag with an owl created using a Top Note make cute gifts (see picture)
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[QUOTE=mkrafty;15162315]I am looking for ideas on how to protect my cards from fingerprints and smudges etc. Do you put them in sleeves or bags? QUOTE]

I just bought some last night as a matter of fact. I use the plastic sleeves. I can insert an envie in one side and the card goes into both sides. I got mine from CIStamps I used to buy them from blockheads but they are a little higher. I generally ask if there is anyone who would want any and I split the shipping with them.

I hope this helps a little. Just giving you some more options.

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Uniquepacking - Ebay. Shipping is high - save more by purchasing in lots of 500 instead of 100. I store all my cards in the sleeves inside plastic shoeboxes. I put my cards in open-end sleeves, not the sealable kind. For craft shows...I read on this forum that some people display them by category (thinking of you, birthday, etc) and have them separated into different baskets. That is what I am going to do for my first craft fair. I also read her that sets of cards don't sell as well as individual cards. My cards sell or $4.95 at a local artist consignment shop, my take is $2.75. I sell my cards to my friends $3 each or 4 for $10. I still lose money at 4 for $10 considering the time I take (sometimes) to create one card.

Uniquepacking also sells resealable bags - perfect for treats, candy corn in a bag with an owl created using a Top Note make cute gifts (see picture)
Oh my, Beth. Your owl is adorable!!
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[QUOTE=whitney56;15162417]My cards sell or $4.95 at a local artist consignment shop, my take is $2.75. I sell my cards to my friends $3 each or 4 for $10. I still lose money at 4 for $10 considering the time I take (sometimes) to create one card. QUOTE]

It so depends on the area your in. I would sell cards when I lived in CA for $5.00 each. Now where I live I am lucky to get $1.50. I'm doing a fair with a friend and she tells me "only one layer" but it's so hard to do when your used to making cards with so many layers and such.
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For clear envies, try this site. This gal is a fellow SCS'er who makes tons and tons of cards to send to our troops. She sells the clear bags to help with the cost of the postage for her cards.

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I got my card sleeves at Pat Catan's in Ohio/PA if you live near there. They have a huge selection of sizes of packaging bags mainly manufactured from Darice! When I vaca up there, I go with a half empty suitcase t bring back my packaging supplies from there.
But I will tell you that card's do not sell at craft shows for me at all either. They are there to buy gifts but don't think about a card. I would offer other items, too, if you can at all, just in case. I have had some of my customers make beautiful cards for shows and price them reasonable...and not even make the table fee, and they were in a variety of locations at different times. Just wouldn't want you to be disappointed though I guess it does depend on your area maybe..you just never know.
But I will say, if you can get your stuff on consignment at a gift shop, for some reason, card sales work well from there. Maybe it is just a different mindset of the buyer at that point. Hope that helps! Good luck!!
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:22 PM   #2193
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I like clearbags.com and do not get the ones with the adhesive on the flap. I also get my bookmark sleeves from them. Definately display more than just cards. It seems the more variety of other things I display the more cards I sell. I also try to make cards to match the other gift items and display them side by side. My cards range from $1 to $4 each. 90% of my cards are singles. Christmas cards are the slowest sellers. Thanksgiving, Thank you and Birthday cards do the best for me at the fall shows.

very inportant P.S always ask the customer Would you like a card to go with your gift? I have the perfect matching one. And be excited and tell them how you love making the items you have. It seems the more excited I am and talk to the custumers the better the sales. But also give them plenty of space and time to browse too. And remember smile and greet them. Use signs and make sure prices are easily seen. I hate to pick something up and cannot find a price for it when I am shopping. I also put up a sign the says Make Someone Smile Send them a Card today!

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #2194
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Here is a picture (that gives the link), a SCS'er is doing for the next 30 days, 101 ways to cover candy or try anyway, cute stuff, might sell on a craft show:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...time=&sortdir=
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:03 AM   #2195
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Those are too cute! Love that little sheep. lol
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:36 AM   #2196
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Thank you everyone for the great suggestions and ideas. I will be selling other things besides greeting cards. I am using a lot of the ideas I found on this board. Also, I have an embroidery machine and will be doing some of that also. I am thinking about taking orders for personalized christmas stockings.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:52 AM   #2197
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Hello everyone. This is my first time to post on this board. I have been reading all the post for a while now. I have a question for all you card makers. I am getting ready to do my first craft show in November. I haven't done one in years and am going to attempt to sell greeting cards. I am looking for ideas on how to protect my cards from fingerprints and smudges etc. Do you put them in sleeves or bags? And where do you find them. I have been checking on line and the shipping is as much as the item. Also is it better to sell sets or individual cards. I was thinking of selling sets of assorted cards but am at a loss as to how to package them and display them. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. And by the way, you guys are all fantastic!
hi. i buy my card sleeves from clearbags.com. about $0.05 per bag. my indiv cards sell better than my boxed set. i sell 1 for $3 or 4 for $10. also if you write something like $4 a card and then use a red marker to cross it out and handwrite $3 people think it's on sale.

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Old 09-20-2009, 11:34 AM   #2198
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One thing that is useful is thinking outside the box -- in this case, literally -- there are cheap tiles available in similar sizes -- for example, 1x1 inch bathroom tiles usually come in sheets attached to netted backing (for ease of laying) but they are sometimes loose, too. You can mount them on chipboard, if you want...

Or, simply cut scraps of mat board or chipboard and layer them to the thickness you like.

Using scrabble tiles, if the purpose is to cover them completely, is a bit of a waste in my book (not to mention potentially expensive, if you are buying them!

Just my opinion, of course.
It seems like a very fun end product, though.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:28 PM   #2199
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Hey guys~

I have a shop on Etsy and of course cruise along their forums and I found this awesome blog for Craft & Show Designs. Here is the link:
http://craftshowdesigns.blogspot.com/

And you can send her pictures of your displays as well and she will post those..hope it helps others like me who are display challenged!
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I have a shop on Etsy and of course cruise along their forums and I found this awesome blog for Craft & Show Designs. Here is the link:
http://craftshowdesigns.blogspot.com/

And you can send her pictures of your displays as well and she will post those..hope it helps others like me who are display challenged!
Thanks, Ellie. I don't have an Etsy shop, but I also like to cruise around there. It's hard to find things in the forums sometimes, so thank you for sharing this great blog.
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