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Old 05-28-2007, 05:59 PM   #1  
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We had a garage sale this weekend. My friends encouraged me to try to sell some cards. They really kind of pushed me into it. So I put together a couple of cards from my gallery, a boys card, girls card, thank yous, birthday and made graduation cards with the school high school colors. Only one person really made any comments on them. She really liked them, but didn't buy any. I was asking $2 or two for $3. I am thinking about becoming a demo but maybe my cards just aren't good enough and my friends are just being nice about it. I don't know....feeling sad about it though. I was hoping to sell at least one. Those are the breaks though, right???
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Well your gallery is beautiful. I don't know why anyone wouldn't want to buy your cards!!
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Oh my gosh, don't spend another second being discouraged! Remember, a garage sale is NOT the same market for a handmade greeting card. These people want to get a pair of jeans for 50 cents, so they're not gonna get the card thing at all! I think it's great that you tried, however... maybe the right person would have come by!
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I just looked in your gallery and I think your cards are beautiful ... nothing wrong with them at all! I just dont think that a garage sale is where people are thinking about buying cards -- they are there for a good deal on stuff -- not thinking about buying cards. Even if they liked them, a lot of people would probably think ... oh, I'll pick up a card for so-and-so later at Hallmark ... THEIR LOSS!!!!! Dont get discouraged ... just chalk it up to experience.
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Oh my gosh, don't spend another second being discouraged! Remember, a garage sale is NOT the same market for a handmade greeting card. These people want to get a pair of jeans for 50 cents, so they're not gonna get the card thing at all! I think it's great that you tried, however... maybe the right person would have come by!
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Your gallery is really nice - so it's not because your cards aren't cute!

I think a garage sale is just not the right venue to sell cards. People that go to G-sales want bargains and non-crafty shoppers probably think they can spend $2 on a hallmark card (even though we know they're not nearly as nice).
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Checked out your gallery! Awesome work! Don't let the garage sale discourage you. Last summer we had one and I considered doing the same thing, but then I read that cards don't sell so well at garage sales. Probably like Cynamom said, they are looking for deals, not beautiful artwork.
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Suzanne, don't feel bad that you didn't sell any cards. Garage Sales are not the places to try and sell your handmade cards. People who go to garage sales are looking for bargains and having to pay full price for a beautiful card is not on their agenda. You need to try selling your handmade items at Craft fairs and Holiday Bazaars. I checked out your gallery and you do beautiful work, so don't let this little set back stop you from doing what you are sooooo good at. And from your gallery I can tell you would make a great demo, cuz you are so talented. Don't give up your dream.
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i agree... a rummage sale isn't the best market for selling your cards!

when i rummage i am looking for cheap cheap cheap! and maybe some stuff i can use on MY OWN cards.
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Garage sales are not the place to sell cards. I have learned through the many garages/yard sell I have done, that people want things cheap. At the last one I had a lady ask me if I would just give her the books and boys clothes (for free). I had to tell her that if I wanted to give my stuff away free I would have gave my stuff to goodwill!!

Don't get discouraged. Keep on making cards and have F U N!!
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Wow, we must have all been typing at the same time. Great minds think alike.
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I wish you the best selling your cards. I haven't attempted to sell any cards but I will hopefully this Fall when both my daughters are in college and I'll find time to make cards.
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You have a Beautiful Gallery! That cars card is AWESOME!!!
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Suzanne- your galley is great! Don't be discouraged by your garage saler's taste.
A lady I know sells her cards at a drop-in childcare center in town. Her cards are beautiful and she doesn't bother with a ton of embellishments to keep the cost down. She got a little revolving card stand and does pretty well. Maybe if you get permission from the right place? I think she sells them for 2 bucks each. The first steps are the hardest when we put ourselves out there.
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I agree with everyone else. Your cards are beautiful. And you will make a great demo. I know a lot artists who go to every art show they can and don't sell a thing, my dh included. However, sometimes he gets a call days or weeks later and makes a sell. Aren't we artists, too? Well, all of you are. Don't be discouraged.
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I agree with all the previous replies. I don't think that people who going to garage sales are looking for cards. I enjoyed looking at your gallery, perhaps you can try to sell your cards at a craft sale instead. Good luck.
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Suzanne--do not feel discouraged at all. The above posters are totally right. Garage sales are for those looking to come and buy something used dirt cheap.

A better venue for your beautiful creations would be a craft fair or something similar where those shopping are looking for precious handmade items.
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I agree. Your cards are gorgeous.
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I agree that people going to garage sales are looking to spend 10 cents on a glass or $1 on a shirt or something. So don't be discouraged! It just wasn't the best venue for selling handmade items.
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Your gallery is awesome! My experience with garage sales is that folks want something for next to nothing. I just don't think it was the right place to try to sell beautiful homemade cards!
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Oh my gosh, don't spend another second being discouraged! Remember, a garage sale is NOT the same market for a handmade greeting card. These people want to get a pair of jeans for 50 cents, so they're not gonna get the card thing at all! I think it's great that you tried, however... maybe the right person would have come by!
ditto and your cards are simply gorgeous!
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I think it has less to do with your cards and more to do with the fact it was a garage sale. In my area crafts almost never sell well at a garage sale. There is nothing wrong with your cards. They're very pretty.
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I agree with what everyone else said. Your cards are lovely. They're too good for a garage sale. If folks there are anything like here, then they all want something for nothing.
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At the last one I had a lady ask me if I would just give her the books and boys clothes (for free).

That's almost surreal. I have had people just steal what they wanted....now THAT was surreal!

I am sure your cards were lovely.
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Everyone is exactly right. As a crafter , a garage sale goer AND a garage sale Haver, I know that garage sales are not the right place to sale cards. I have put beautiful oil paintings in garage sales before and people wanted to give me a buck for them. These are the same paintings that I sold later at a show for 200.00. Don't be discouraged.
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Please dont feel badly. Your gallery is wonderful. I agree with Cynamom that people are looking for a great bargin, they are not looking for a card. Please dont take it to heart. It is their loss.
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OMG! Thank you all so much for your compliments! Maybe I'll start putting more together so I'll be ready for the holiday craft fairs and try again. You'll made me feel sooo much better!!!!!
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I have a friend who sells her cards at garage sales. But they are super simple and she only sells them for $1.

Around here, most people try to haggle you down on every price you have on your stuff...I gave up doing garage sales a while back because the most I ever sold was $125 and I spent several days preparing...seemed like too much effort for too little money.
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iam sorry how the garage sale made you feel.
i can not tell you if garage sale was the best choice to try, cause in germany we no not have any kind like this BUT in the years i have been here i noticed by holding myself two garage sales... people are cheap. they wanted some baby toys i had priced for 25 cents even cheaper. my clothes from work at this time i could wear european designer clothes they were intrested but the offers were to low to sell it for that price. plus i must say.... we live in an area were lots of million dollar homes are. you should think they have the $$ for paying garage sale prices.

dont feel bad. maybe you can participate in a craft fair?
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Totally agree - take your beautiful cards to a craft show or similar and not try and sell at a garage sale, where people are looking for deep bargains! Please do not be discouraged!
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It's definitely the venue, not your cards - you have much talent! But don't get discouraged, and I wouldn't totally give up the idea of trying it again. I've sold cards at our garage sales (when we had them; not anymore) and sometimes had luck, sometimes not. But interestingly, I had a couple of ladies who liked them so much (and bought several) that every year they'd come back again, JUST because they wanted to see my work and buy more cards. No other real $$ customers, just these two, but they made it worthwhile and my patience was rewarded. (And it was very validating, lol!)

And, you never know what can happen... Last year I received a phone call from one of those ladies (and it had been at least two years since I'd held a garage sale) who asked if I would be willing to host a table and sell my cards at a community function that she was in charge of putting together! I declined (that's just not my thing), but that invitation wouldn't have happened if I hadn't tried selling my cards at our garage sale....a connection was made...something to think about!

The hardest part for me was keeping them CLEAN from dirty hands, but I solved that problem by putting them in cello. And Jan Tink is right on - don't put too much work (or $$) in garage sale cards - keep them on the simple side and charge less.
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Don't feel bad about not selling any cards. This was a garage sale and I have had many. I will give you a little tip though, if you would like some input. Next time you have a Garage sale and put an ad in the paper, make sure you list HOMEMADE CARDS FOR SALE. I did this with Longaberger baskets and sold one for $180.00, (that made my day) and Beanie Babies and sold quite a few. People who came new I was NOT going to sell them cheap, and that's the ONLY reason they came. Some people are looking for homemade items and they know that you aren't going to sell them for .25. Just something to think about.

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Your cards are fabulous!!! (And just my style -- I must steal, 'er CASE, some of your ideas/layouts )

Don't get disappointed ... a friend of mine took a box full of mine to a craft show a few weeks back. They were priced $2 and $3 ($2 for "cuttlebug cards and $3 if they had more embellishments on them). I also had sets (3 cards) for $5. Absolutely NOTHING sold!!!! People looked at them, but no one bought them. I guess they would rather pay more for a Hallmark!!!!
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What is it about homemade cards and people not buying them? Do they really have to see that gold crown on the back??? I think crafts in general don't get the respect they deserve. I hate going to craft fairs and seeing people (with all of their hard work on display) just sitting there not getting any attention. Makes me mad! LOL

I am glad I read this thread and garage sales! I do have a friend (she got me into this stamping frenzy) that has sold some cards at work without trying! She made some sympathy cards and brought them over to show me what she had done. Other people saw them and before you know it, she was asked to do some cards for others and sold them at $2 a piece.

Don't get discouraged. Try the craft fairs and see how it goes! I think that putting "Homemade Cards" in your newspaper ad is a great idea!
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Don't get disappointed ... a friend of mine took a box full of mine to a craft show a few weeks back. They were priced $2 and $3 ($2 for "cuttlebug cards and $3 if they had more embellishments on them). I also had sets (3 cards) for $5. Absolutely NOTHING sold!!!! People looked at them, but no one bought them. I guess they would rather pay more for a Hallmark!!!!
I've had the same experience at a craft show - it seemed like pretty much all of the other booths were ubiquitous home-based businesses (at least two Homemade Gourmets, a couple of Mary Kay booths, several others that were similar) or were people who obviously do craft fairs every weekend and are fairly professional (fancy setups, crazy decorations everywhere, stuff that was obviously specifically made for the fair). Our booth of stamped stuff was fine, but didn't really attract much attention.

We had a lot more interest when we held our own little open house and invited friends and family - I hope they weren't buying just because they felt pressured, but I felt like the main reason it was more successful is that the people who came knew what they were going to see, and were already interested in it.
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Don't be discouraged,as all have said garage sales are not for cards,unless they are almost free. My advice on craft sales is go in with a friend,I did not make much on my first one,$45.00 but did have a great time gabbing.It is amazing what people buy. Have a variety of prices,some cheap things for kids to get for mom or gramma always sell well. As always.stamp on.
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My SIL took some of my cards to her workplace and I think it was months before someone bought one. And then another bought one. And that's been it I think. She said her co-workers liked them, but were probably only buying based on need. I think it's more because Hallmark is ALWAYS there (vs homemade cards only being available at certain occasions like craft fairs), so people only go in maybe several times a year (whenever someone in their lives has a b-day). And then they pick up cheapo Christmas cards after Christmas is over. Also, most of the guys I know don't ever buy cards. They just give actual gifts to their moms, wives, etc. I think most people see cards as an obligatory thing instead of an object of art.

Maybe you could give some to your friends to sell at their workplaces for you! They obviously like your cards (and I do too)! If they can keep them there at work (or if you could keep some ALWAYS available at your own workplace), you might have more luck. Also, as a thank-you, you could offer to let your friends keep a percentage of whatever they sell the cards for.

Also, with friends and co-workers, you can offer to tailor a card to someone's personal taste if possible - and then you can charge more for the card too.
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:49 AM   #39  
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I don't know what they're like where you live, but rummage sales are not the place to sell cards where I come from! You would have better luck getting a booth at a craft fair or something like that. People who come to rummages are looking for bargains, usually not greeting cards! I'm sure it has nothing to do with the quality of your cards, just a wrong place/wrong time situation!
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I have tried to sell All-occassion and Christmas cards at my church's yearly craft fair, with very limited success. I think I was selling them for $1.00 each, so something like that. The cards didn't sell, but items like gift-card holders did sell well. I believe these were $1.00 each also.

My church is tiny and most of the patrons were parishioners who were more in the market for the food portion of the fair rather than craft items. What did sell well for me were the Hershey nugget boxes. I charged $2.50 for a box of 6 nuggets and they did ok.

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