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Old 10-02-2007, 10:50 AM   #321
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I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find out how to make "snowman soup" and stress survival kits...I can't seem to find them anywhere..
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There are examples here on SCS. Just go to the gallery and put snowman soup in the search window. I don't know about the other, but try it in search.
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I gave it a try and got lots of snowman soup examples and only one stress survival. But I changed the search to survival kit, instead of stress survival and got all kinds of them. Give it a try!
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Here is the link to one that has a poem to it too and it shows very clearly whats in the bag as well.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...hoto/445313?si


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Here is a link to 3 pages of Survival Kits.

http://versalog.com/cgi-bin/vlog.cgi
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I am getting ready for my first craft fair next weekend, thank you everyone for you great tips and ideas.

My question: where do you find black table clothes? I have looked at Wal Mart and Target but haven't found anything!
I got beautiful tablecloths in black at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I had a 20% off coupon. Actually had more than one so went in twice. I got huge ones so I can lay them the other direction and have them go to the floor. Unlike sheets and fabric, I won't have to worry about the black color fading over time with washings.
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I haven't used this company--but I know many scs'ers have.
http://www.clearbags.com/

I keep mine out (cards)--no problems, but the craft fairs I do are small ones in churches.
clearbags.com is great
And they will send you samples, if you ask.
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I purchased the wove envelopes in antique white. they are great. I think i paid $56 for 1000 envelopes and that was with shipping, good luck
clearbags.com also carries envelopes!
There are some very good deals in the catalog -- I think you can get envies at .05 or less, if you buy in bulk...

Seriously, the clearbags.com catalog is a MUST have.
If you ask for free samples, they include one with the samples.

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I have a few items that I'm not sure how I should price them. Anyone have any suggestions?? My show is this weekend. Ugh.

Acrylic Post-it Note Frames
12 Month CD Calendars with CD Case
Bind-it-All Address Book (similar to Beate's tutorial)
Altered Picture Frames (most of the frames I purchased for a $1 at Target's $ spot.
Halloween activity books. This have about 13 different activities (mazes, word finds, etc) for kids to do. These are bound books. I will have to post one in the gallery when I get a chance.

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Oh my - I am inspired to get a booth at a craft fair now and I haven't even read all of the entries yet! Thanks everyone for sharing!
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Subscribing. Any post that's been around this long has way too much good info!!!
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I have a few items that I'm not sure how I should price them. Anyone have any suggestions?? My show is this weekend. Ugh.

Acrylic Post-it Note Frames
12 Month CD Calendars with CD Case
Bind-it-All Address Book (similar to Beate's tutorial)
Altered Picture Frames (most of the frames I purchased for a $1 at Target's $ spot.
Halloween activity books. This have about 13 different activities (mazes, word finds, etc) for kids to do. These are bound books. I will have to post one in the gallery when I get a chance.

Thanks for any help that you can give me!!
You put a lot of money, time, energy into a show -- of course you want to make it "pay off" -- so figure what your bottom line is -- you want to make X back to pay for the table...

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Don't sell yourself short -- even if the items don't sell that day, they have value! So -- find a few things you are willing to 'take less on' -- like in the grocery store: loss leaders ;^)* Things that don't take a lot of time are good for this... but don't give them away, just make them attractively priced to get people over to your table.

The books and things that are labor intensive and have more product in them should be priced with your cost of materials, time and originality in mind. A nice address book could be $15 in some places. You can charge less, but be proud of what you do, don't apologize for pricing high. You can mark things down, or bargain with folks. Oh, if you buy that album, I will also throw in a card... if you see a person is wanting a "deal".

Acrylic Post-it Note Frames -- could be $5
12 Month CD Calendars with CD Case -- could be $5- $7
Bind-it-All Address Book -- Try $15 (or $12.50???)
Altered Picture Frames -- Try $10 Are they really beautiful???
Halloween activity books -- Try $3 or 2 for $5

Often folks are looking for items in a "sweet spot" of a certain amount of money. Under $10, or $5 and under... you can go with extra signage and stickers and walk around a bit (or send a snooper) and see if you can evaluate the "sweet spot" to price things accordingly on that day ;^)*

Just some ideas... hope it helps. I know it is hard to price stuff, but I hate to see folks nickle and diming themselves out of business.
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Trying my first craft show this year at work. I always sell tons of cards to my co-workers each holiday (sold 250 Valentine's Day cards this year!) and everyone keeps telling me to get a booth at the fair. I was aprehensive, but after reading this thread, I'm inspired!! Thanks to all who shared your wonderful ideas.
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How much should I charge for the following:

Altered Clipboard
Toothfairy boxes
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I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find out how to make "snowman soup" and stress survival kits...I can't seem to find them anywhere..
Another good place is the Organized Christmas site. I always check that site out as the holidays roll around!

http://organizedchristmas.com/poop-gifts
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luv2scrapstamp: I'm interested in how your fair went. You said that you had one this weekend, right? Will you share your results with us???
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Not sure about the last 2 items but I've seen $5 for the clipboards in a message somewhere. I'm trying to decide this as well.
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I really think it depends on your sale, but this is what I charge for them at sales:

clipboard $5
toothfairy boxes $4
comp book and pen $4

I am always told I don't charge enough. It really depends on who I am selling them to. I have seen all of these for way more at sales, but I don't know how many they sell. I even saw a comp book and pen once for $20. I always sell out of toothfairy boxes. It's funny though, my son lost a tooth this weekend and we couldn't find his box! LOL!! Good luck!
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Thank you, how many toothfairy boxes do you normally make?
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is anyone making the stamped silk scarves for their craft fairs? and if you have made them how much did you sell them for? I am thinking about adding them to my inventory! I know that i need craft ink and unfortunately don't have time to place my order with su, it won't get here in time. does anyone know of a brand that i can purchase at Michaels that will give me the same effect?
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bump to keep current..great ideas from seasoned craft fairers
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I did a test on my scraves of SU Classic, SU Craft and Stazon. Craft ink was the only good option of the three. Stazon will bleed into the scarf and not leave a good impression of the stamp. Also, it will wash out over time. I don't think the scarves will get put in the washer, but if the recipient sweats on it or it is rained on, there may be image problems.
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so craft ink is the answer it seems. i see all different kinds of ink pads at M's and don't know what the difference is. I guess my question is does anyone know if M's carries an ink pad that is equivilant to su's craft pads? thanks!
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Craft ink is pigment. Classic ink is dye.

Pigment and dye are the terms you'll find when you're shopping locally. You want pigment/craft for fabric stamping.

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Thank you, how many toothfairy boxes do you normally make?
Just wanted to bump up my question for whoever knows.
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Thank You! i put a small order in for the craft ink through su, now i'm off to m's to check out their supply.

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I did my show this weekend also. I sold about $300.00 which wasn't too bad. I was really hoping to sell more though. I was very surprised at what did sell. I had 17 altered luch boxes and only sold 1. I had CD calendars, acrylic note pads, small note pad holders, Halloween activity books and several mini scrapbook albums and didn't sell any of that. My best sellers were cards, hot chocolate pouches and Halloween Tic Tac Holders. I sold one Clipboard Advent calendar and a few decorated picture frames. The show was more of an Arts Festival with paintings, etc. I think it would be interesting to see how I would have done at an actual craft show. I'm hoping to try it again and see. I love to make all of the stuff but can't keep it all for myself. I did have a lot of people comment on how cute everything was. I also took pictures of my display and will post them here if I can figure out how to do it.
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Thanks so much for posting how you did at the sale!!

It sounds like you did pretty good
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Seems like when I have people say "how cute" I have very low sales. Not sure why! I think $300 is great sales. I actuallt did one years ago with NO sales!
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Seems like when I have people say "how cute" I have very low sales. Not sure why! I think $300 is great sales. I actuallt did one years ago with NO sales!
If I had $1 for everytime I've heard "oh, that's cute"...

I'm doing my 4th craft show this weekend. My first three I only sold cards, but this time I've added tile coasters, mini magnets and christmas tags.

I also bought a new tablecloth due to a conversation on this thread. I had a yellow, bunny print one that I thought was bright and cheery, but maybe it was too busy and distracted from the merchandise. I got a lavender flat bed sheet (twin) at the Goodwill for $2 today. I wanted a black one, but $2 won me over. It fits perfect over my table and doesn't look like a bedsheet.

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I'm doing a craft sale this weekend (and another one the first weekend of November) and I hope I do well. I did two last year, and made around $200 at the first one and only about $40 at the second one. That stunk!!! Its always hard to tell what you will make at the sales. The first sale was at a church which hadn't had a sale there for years. I thought we did pretty good for what we had - the place was hopping with people. I made a lot of the nugget tents, and some of those witches shoes (everything I made I found here so thanks all!!), I loved those tooth fairy boxes so whipped some of those up last night, altered comp books and pens, reindeer and pumpkin poop and some reindeer food (the kids think those things are sooo funny!). I did some tile coasters (those turned out great I think!) and had some mailboxes left over and mugs that I decorated from the dollar store. I'm going to try some kid coloring cards too, I found some twist crayons at WalMart for $1 so maybe that will make them more worthwhile to people (they didn't sell so well last year but I thought it was an adorable idea). I made some nugget boxes too, some with cards to give as gifts. For those of you who do the 'christmas fudge' what size candy bar do you use and what do you charge for them?? I assumed people were using the big ones (I think they are a half pound - usually can find them for $1) but I can never tell.
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Getting ready to do a craft fair, and this thread is filled with incredible information and ideas.

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Sorry, I haven't checked this thread in awhile. I make 15-20 tooth fairy boxes and always sell out at $4 each.
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What is the Halloween tic-tac holders - sounds so cute!! Sorry couldn't resist, just kidding though, I really do want to know what they are.
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The tic tac holders are adorable. I found the idea right here on Splitcoast. Here is the link:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...6?si=tic%20tac

They are so cute and everyone loved them! I just didn't realize how expensive tic tacs are now.
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Tracy, do you have any photos of your Tooth Fairy boxes? I would like to make some, but want to know how you make a profit at only $4! Do you make the boxes out of cardstock or donated altoid tins?

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Tracy, do you have any photos of your Tooth Fairy boxes? I would like to make some, but want to know how you make a profit at only $4! Do you make the boxes out of cardstock or donated altoid tins?

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Hi Sarah, This is a poor picture, but you can get the idea.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=12060

I make a profit because my husband collects altoid tins for me at work all year. I also use mostly scraps of pattern paper and cardstock on them. The wood pieces I get at Michael's 4 for $1 or in packs for $1. I tried one year charging $6 and I didn't sell many. I hope that helps!
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I'm thinking of doing a craft fair soon - need to "feed" my habit! LOL Thanks for all the great ideas everyone has come up with. Unfortunately (or fortunately for us!) here in New Zealand we are heading into summer so all the Snowman Soup/winter themed, etc. ideas wouldn't work, but I love all your wonderful recipes and packaging. So many clever people on SCS.
Thought I'd share an idea I did as a gift for a friend a few years ago, who had 4 pre-teen children she was always schlepping to ballet, gym, music lessons, sports, etc., and said she seemed to spend more time in her minivan than in her house. I got a small box (like a giant matchbox, but any small box/container or something similar would be fine), and called it The Emergency Car Kit, for keeping in her glove box. I can't remember all the things I put into it, but here are a few:
a few different sizes of Band Aids, different sizes of safety pins, small Post-It note pad and mini pencil, small roll of Sellotape, mini travel sewing kit, Asprin, small scissors, a few different sized/colored buttons, paper clips, lip balm, some coins for public phone/parking meters (only these days everyone has mobile phones I guess!), some rubber bands, a couple of ziplock bags, Kleenex, some string, a couple of postage stamps ... ummm, can't remember what else right now. She said it was fantastic and a real lifesaver, and she'd had to replace some of the contents that had been used.
Oh yes, and I also put in an "only to be eaten in an emergency" chocolate bar!
I decorated the box. Now that I think about it again, I should've called it "The Schlepping Mom's Emergency Car Kit", LOL!
It was fun to put together - I might just make some more for the craft fair and see how they go.
Tilly
P.S. I suppose if you only had a small glove box in your car, you could slide it under the seat?!
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