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Old 10-01-2009, 04:45 PM   #2241
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Bugga I am just like you when it comes to pricing. I love to make everything but having a terrible time deciding on what prices to charge. I have never made nugget purses or boxes so I haven't a clue to pricing them. Still haven't priced most of my items. Sometimes I make several signs with the prices I am considering and decide at the last minute which one to use.
So glad to know I'm not alone. I vary between "who does she think she is - Martha Stewart?" prices, and "Oh, well, something is better than nothing" prices.

I am shooting for the middle. I want people to know that I value my time and work and am proud of what I made. But, I also want them not to agonize about buying it.

I do think, however, that we crafters tend to underprice our items rather than overprice.

With that in mind, I am tending to price some things higher than I originally intended.

I have 2 more shows in November, and I can make adjustments after this first show Saturday.
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Bugga,your stuff is so cute,am soooo excited for you,don't forget us when your rollin in the craft sale $$$$$ Pricing is always the hard part,don't undersell your stuff!!! Good luck and let us know how you did!!!
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Bugga,your stuff is so cute,am soooo excited for you,don't forget us when your rollin in the craft sale $$$$$ Pricing is always the hard part,don't undersell your stuff!!! Good luck and let us know how you did!!!
Aww, thanks to my favorite cheerleader! I finally got some pictures taken this afternoon of my display set up in my dining room, and some of the items I am taking to the fair Saturday.

Check my gallery for a new album "Craft Fair Photos" with lots of pictures!
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I have great success in selling them for $2.50 each, or 10 for $20 -- but I cut down on time and effort by using the pillow box, rather than cutting and scoring and folding the matchbox style slider boxes -- those were a ton of work.

If you want, you could do $3 each or 4 for $10, to promote sales ;^)*

Folks love to get a "deal" -- and these are seen as small gifts that I market as something you can keep in your purse for the meeting over tea, the postman, busdrivers, etc.

I could never get $1 for a single nugget item -- generally those go for .50 -- so I don't find them cost-effective to make. There is a "sweet spot" to balancing time and money.

I made $500 from ONE craft fair last year, mainly selling $2 items (and a few $5 items) so I know that this is possible. And it is fun because I make the boxes while visiting with friends -- and it is FUN!!!

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I price mine at $2.50, with 10 for $20 -- to promote sales -- and I use pillow boxes to cut down on the work -- the matchbox type boxes with the slider top, cut/scored/folded and adhered were just too much work to undersell.

If you are doing a more labor intensive box, you could do $3 each with 4 for $10 or something like that.

I could not get $1 for a single nugget item -- more like .50 each, so I found that it was not a good use of my time.

Pardon the pun -- but there IS a "sweet spot" for pricing. Folks like to get a deal, but also want something nice. I tend to sell lots of these lower priced items for folks to keep on hand for meetings with friends over tea during the season, busdriver gifts, postman gifts -- they can feel very generous and nice. They often give them to groups they are in.

I made $500 on ONE craft show last year, mostly with $2 and $5 items. It is very possible. And the pillow boxes are fun and easy to construct, and most of the creation of items happened in front of movies or hanging out with friends! FUN!!!

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I price mine at $2.50, with 10 for $20 -- to promote sales -- and I use pillow boxes to cut down on the work -- the matchbox type boxes with the slider top, cut/scored/folded and adhered were just too much work to undersell.

If you are doing a more labor intensive box, you could do $3 each with 4 for $10 or something like that.

I could not get $1 for a single nugget item -- more like .50 each, so I found that it was not a good use of my time.

Pardon the pun -- but there IS a "sweet spot" for pricing. Folks like to get a deal, but also want something nice. I tend to sell lots of these lower priced items for folks to keep on hand for meetings with friends over tea during the season, busdriver gifts, postman gifts -- they can feel very generous and nice. They often give them to groups they are in.

I made $500 on ONE craft show last year, mostly with $2 and $5 items. It is very possible. And the pillow boxes are fun and easy to construct, and most of the creation of items happened in front of movies or hanging out with friends! FUN!!!

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Thanks for the good advice and feedback, Julie. I agree with you about the nugget boxes being quite a lot of work. Lots of scoring and cutting and pasting. And the little purses, Wow, they were so much trouble. I won't be making them again, but they are oh so cute.

The fair I will be at Saturday is in the middle of a very affluent neighborhood, with lots of drive-by traffic on a busy street. I'm hoping lots of little girls come, and moms with money in their pockets will give in and buy the little purses.
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Good luck tomorrow bugga!!!
Thanks so much for the good wishes! I just finished putting price tags on the last of my items. Now I just have to box it up in some sort of organized way so I can find what I need when I get there to set up.

Since it is outdoors, I have to go EARLY in the morning to set up for the 9:00 am opening. I am so not a morning person, sigh.

Maybe I'll just stay up all night. That would work, right? Not. I'm so excited I probably won't sleep much anyway.

I will be reporting back here with all I learn on Saturday.

Thanks again for everyone's help and encouragement.
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Thanks so much for the good wishes! I just finished putting price tags on the last of my items. Now I just have to box it up in some sort of organized way so I can find what I need when I get there to set up.

Since it is outdoors, I have to go EARLY in the morning to set up for the 9:00 am opening. I am so not a morning person, sigh.

Maybe I'll just stay up all night. That would work, right? Not. I'm so excited I probably won't sleep much anyway.

I will be reporting back here with all I learn on Saturday.

Thanks again for everyone's help and encouragement.
Good Luck Annette! I'll be back to see how you made out.
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Great display Bugga!! Loved looking at your pics! Everything looked so cute and perfect!I am very excited for you! I bet your booth stays busy all day. Have fun tomorrow! Cannot wait to hear all the details! Wish I could go to your show!
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Great display Bugga!! Loved looking at your pics! Everything looked so cute and perfect!I am very excited for you! I bet your booth stays busy all day. Have fun tomorrow! Cannot wait to hear all the details! Wish I could go to your show!
Thanks, Diane. Looking at the pictures you posted in the gallery of your craft displays from last year helped me more than you know. Your tables looked so inviting.
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hi bugga - can't wait to see how you did - my first show of the season is columbus day, so I have a little more than a week to get ready !!
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Thanks Bugga! Most of my ideas for my items and my displays came from all the talented ladies here on SCS sharing what they have done. What worked and didn't work for them. I love logging onto this site and sharing in everyones excitement of what they are doing. Don't stay up to late tonight! Don't forget your water, drinks, lunch and snacks! I hope you are so busy selling $$$$ that you don't even realize you missed lunch : ) I usually go to outside shows as a custumer about 1/2 before they actually open to beat the crowds as do many others, so be ready to start selling 1/2 hr before actual show time!! Again wish I could go! Can't wait to see the pics of your show and all the details of your day!! Have FUN!!
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hi again - just checked out your new photos - wonderful work and your display is classy - just a question...what are the 'pigs in the basket'??
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hi again - just checked out your new photos - wonderful work and your display is classy - just a question...what are the 'pigs in the basket'??
thanks, carole
Thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm!

Here is the link to the ones I "copied".

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RO-dY6bEUf...RDS+II+004.jpg

They are Magic Piggy Wands. You stamp a piggy, put him on a scallop circle, attach to popcicle stick, tie a ribbon around, and add this cute poem:

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The gal who made them said she sold tons at $1 each. I thought they were way cute and really easy to make.

Everybody likes to laugh!

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Thanks, Cat. I'll report as soon as I catch my breath after the show Saturday.
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Thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm!

Here is the link to the ones I "copied".

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RO-dY6bEUf...RDS+II+004.jpg

They are Magic Piggy Wands. You stamp a piggy, put him on a scallop circle, attach to popcicle stick, tie a ribbon around, and add this cute poem:

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The gal who made them said she sold tons at $1 each. I thought they were way cute and really easy to make.

Everybody likes to laugh!

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Those are too cute! I would buy one of them, or even more!
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hi again - just checked out your new photos - wonderful work and your display is classy - just a question...what are the 'pigs in the basket'??
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Carole;

do you mean pigs in a blanket?

Those are little mini weiners wrapped up in crescent dough and baked. Oh they are so good.

Would need piggy wands for sure!
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loretta - just thought you'd like to know...I visited walter reed hospital a couple of weeks ago with several groups (9/12 project) and when several of the guys found out that I made cards, they said that they received some and it was a special gift to them - maybe they were some of yours !!
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do you mean pigs in a blanket?

Those are little mini weiners wrapped up in crescent dough and baked. Oh they are so good.

Would need piggy wands for sure!
Yes, pigs in a blanket would need piggy wands. But the pigs she was talking about are indeed in a basket. My display pictures show the little guys piled up in a basket on my craft fair table.
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You're back! How did it go? I was thinking about you today.
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Bugga! We cannot wait to hear about your day!
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Bugga,am anxious to here,have worked on "stuff" all day thinking about your sale. Have stuffed dog bones and will do toppers,...REPORT!!!
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She's probably in the shower! Got to let her relax alittle!
Or she's counting all of her "loot" she made today!!
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I picked up some cute notebooks yesterday at the dollar store that I'm going to fix up. They have a chequebook type cover on them so I'm going to take that off, stamp my own and slip it in there along with the existing book. It'll be a quick project and depending on how they turn out I think I'll charge 4 or 5 dollars each. I'll post pictures later! I may have to go back to the store and get some more! lol
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I am selling lots at the moment with a Christmas picture on and have printed the words

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Seems people like a book to plan Christmas in.
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Hi everybody,

I'm back from my first craft show ever as a seller! I think it was a great success, and I had a wonderful time. I'm going to put a lot of details in this post, so if you don't like details and get bored, feel free to read something else.

My first advice for an outdoor show is don't work on stuff right up to your deadline. Give yourself time to pack and organize everything and load it in your car the night before. I am pretty organized by nature and used to be an executive assistant, so this comes pretty easy for me.

Paper items aren't heavy, but they need to be packed so they don't get squashed. For transport I decided to put things in layers in those white gift boxes like you get in packs at Christmas. I had a ton of these I got last year on clearance and they worked very well. I labeled each one on top with what was in it. ie. Doorknockers, Piggy Wands, Post-it notes, etc.

Then I put these boxes inside those large clear plastic tubs with lids. They are easy to carry and fit nicely in the trunk of my car. When I got to the show, it was pretty quick to set up everything on my display. I allowed myself a little over an hour after I got there for set up, but that was barely enough time, probably because it was the first time I'd done it.

I was very worried about the weather since it was outdoors, and had followed the hourly forecasts online beforehand. Oklahoma is known for its wind, and even a lovely day can be horrible if the winds gust to 25 mph which happens a lot here. It wouldn't be a problem for selling metal sculpture, but paper things? Oh boy!

I lucked out and Saturday couldn't have been more perfect, 70's and hardly any wind. Yea!

This was billed as an Arts and Crafts Festival, and there were a lot of "real" artists, with paintings and such. Not so many what I would call craft items. There were 37 booths spread out in a greenbelt area, with nice sidewalks going past the booths. They were selling food at the clubhouse, and they had live music all day, so it was a very festive atmosphere.

There were lots and lots of families, with kids, strollers, and their dogs. I've never seen so many dogs at a craft fair. Somebody told me later there was a dog photographer exhibiting, so maybe that's why everyone brought their dog. I love dogs, so it was fun to see them all.

Okay, now down to sales. My largest single sale was $42, which thrilled me. A gal bought 2 coaster sets @ $15 ea. and 3 Xmas mini notepads w/pens @ $4 ea. Those were the only coasters I sold, though, and I took 6 sets.

A couple of other sales were over $20 each, for Post it note books w/pens and memo pads w/pens.

My best selling single item was the little purse gift card holders that I made from Dawns tutorial. One lady bought 5 of them for $3 ea. She was going to send them to her granddaughters for Xmas. I sold out of them and wish I had brought more.

Everyone who bought the purse gift card holders asked if I had any for boys or men. I'm going to make some of those for my next sale. People liked the idea of being able to mail something cute. I need to come up with something like a denim pocket gift card holder for guys. I think I will also include an envelope with the holders next time.

After gift card holders, the next biggest seller was the post it note holders w/mini pens. They were also from Dawn's tutorial. (Thanks Dawn.)

I think October 3 is kind of early for real Christmas items, other than the gift card holders. I didn't sell much Snowman Poop, or the Christmas Fudge bars.

I had made a few Halloween things, and they sold out. Wish I'd made more of those. I sold a ton of little Tootsie Pops in a paper cover with a Halloween sticker and an orange ribbon for 50 cents each. Every kid that stopped at my booth wanted one (and got one.)

Lots of kids showed up at my booth clutching a dollar bill and wanted to buy "something." I sold a whole bunch of mini-clip bookmarks @ 50 cents to kids. They had cats, unicorns and fairies on them. Note to self: make more little cheapies for kids for next fair.

I had cute doorknockers that said "The Witch is In." They sold for $4 and were a big hit.

Since there were so many dogs at the fair, I also sold lots of my pet treats. I think they would have sold even better at this show if they had not been Christmas themed. It was just too early for Christmas. I had a lot of women say, well I like your Christmas things, but I haven't thought about what I need to get yet. I think the Christmas items will sell better at the November shows I'm doing.

I ended up packaging most things in plastic and I'm glad I did. People really pick things up, and I think lots of stuff wouldn't have survived so much handling. Especially the notepads with pens to match. I know the pens would have "walked."

I ended up making $195.50 after I deducted my $40 booth fee, which I think is tremendous for my first sale! Like everyone has said, the smaller items are really selling. I sold lots and lots of stuff for $2 and under, but it added up.

I'm really excited about the next ones I'm doing in November. They are Nov. 7 and 14, and are inside which will be better I think. I don't really think outside is the best venue for paper stuff.

Everyone who stopped at my booth had really nice things to say about my stuff, even if they didn't buy anything. I heard lots of nice comments about my display and how "cute" everything was. That was rewarding in itself.

All in all it was a wonderful day, and yes, I am exhausted.

I couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks again for all your support and encouragement and great ideas.
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Oh, Bugga, I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and made some money too!! I'd say you had a Great start into being a seller at craft shows! Good practice for the two in November! Congratulations!! Mary
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Bugga;

That is a fantastic report. Do you have picture?! Please share!

Congrats on a great sale!
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:53 AM   #2271
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Bugga;

That is a fantastic report. Do you have picture?! Please share!

Congrats on a great sale!
She has some in her gallery!
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:58 AM   #2272
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Bugga,

You must be exhausted,...bet your mind is preping for the next sale. Glad the weather cooperated,I have never participated in an outdoors sale. Sounds like you did really well, I agree about packaging,that is key,...everyone has to touch,you don't want things to look "tyred". I prep like you and load the night before too. CONGRATS again!!!
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Bugga that is wonderful!! I am so happy for you!!
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Hello Ladies! Bugga, congratulations on a great show! So happy for you! I have a show coming up Nov. 14 and wanted to ask if you think Fall and Thanksgiving things will sell then or should I concentrate on Christmas. I have several items for each holiday. I appreciate any feedback! Blessings to you all!
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I did a google search and came up with these instructions:
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I think these would sell really well at church bazaars!
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:24 AM   #2276
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Bugga, congrats on the great show! So happy to hear it went well. I bet you're very motivated to start making things for the next shows aren't you? lol That always happens to me during a good show.
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[QUOTE=buggainok;15268850]Hi everybody,

Everyone who bought the purse gift card holders asked if I had any for boys or men. I'm going to make some of those for my next sale. People liked the idea of being able to mail something cute. I need to come up with something like a denim pocket gift card holder for guys. I think I will also include an envelope with the holders next time.


have you seen this site?
http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststamp...holder-wallet/

i thought it would make the cutest MEN'S WALLETS for male/boy gift cards. you could do demin/faux leather/even some john deer tractor dp paper/dinosaur/etc..........
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Hello Ladies! Bugga, congratulations on a great show! So happy for you! I have a show coming up Nov. 14 and wanted to ask if you think Fall and Thanksgiving things will sell then or should I concentrate on Christmas. I have several items for each holiday. I appreciate any feedback! Blessings to you all!
I bring both but the last couple years fall and things for Thanksgiving sold better than Christmas items in November. This year I have 2 shows before Thanksgiving and one after. Christmas cards were the slowest sellers at both the before Thanksgiving and the show I did in December last year. Gifts items sold the same at all 4 shows last year. Thankyou and Birthday cards sold better than Christmas cards too. And any $1 or $2 item no matter what it was did really well for me and all other types of vendors at the shows last year. Everyone was saying they wished they had more one and two dollar items to offer. But don't forget some higher priced items as there are buyers out there for that too. I still sold some of my jewelry last year. It really helps when a couple of pieces sell $30 or $40 ( these were necklaces). Braceletes sold the best last year in the $12 to $15 range. Just have a nice variety of items and a variety of prices. I have a sign that says cards starting at a dollar. When asked where my one dollar cards are I tell them they all in the baskets and they usually look thru everything and always buy some that are more than a dollar. This happened last year and one lady picked out $30 of just cards and they were cards ranging from 1 to 2.50 ea. If you advertise $1 cards make sure you have plenty to offer. These are simple just stamped cards that I offer for $1. Everyone likes a bargain and you want them to leave your booth feeling good and wanting to visit your booth again next year.
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Hi everybody,

Everyone who bought the purse gift card holders asked if I had any for boys or men. I'm going to make some of those for my next sale. People liked the idea of being able to mail something cute. I need to come up with something like a denim pocket gift card holder for guys. I think I will also include an envelope with the holders next time.


have you seen this site?
http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststamp...holder-wallet/

i thought it would make the cutest MEN'S WALLETS for male/boy gift cards. you could do demin/faux leather/even some john deer tractor dp paper/dinosaur/etc..........
not2shabby, this is a Wonderful site. Thanks so much for linking it!
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I bring both but the last couple years fall and things for Thanksgiving sold better than Christmas items in November. This year I have 2 shows before Thanksgiving and one after. Christmas cards were the slowest sellers at both the before Thanksgiving and the show I did in December last year. Gifts items sold the same at all 4 shows last year. Thankyou and Birthday cards sold better than Christmas cards too. And any $1 or $2 item no matter what it was did really well for me and all other types of vendors at the shows last year. Everyone was saying they wished they had more one and two dollar items to offer. But don't forget some higher priced items as there are buyers out there for that too. I still sold some of my jewelry last year. It really helps when a couple of pieces sell $30 or $40 ( these were necklaces). Braceletes sold the best last year in the $12 to $15 range. Just have a nice variety of items and a variety of prices. I have a sign that says cards starting at a dollar. When asked where my one dollar cards are I tell them they all in the baskets and they usually look thru everything and always buy some that are more than a dollar. This happened last year and one lady picked out $30 of just cards and they were cards ranging from 1 to 2.50 ea. If you advertise $1 cards make sure you have plenty to offer. These are simple just stamped cards that I offer for $1. Everyone likes a bargain and you want them to leave your booth feeling good and wanting to visit your booth again next year.
Wonderful tips! Thanks so much!
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