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Old 02-13-2005, 06:15 AM   #1
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Default Do any of you sell the things you make?

I was just curious, with all the wonderful talent at this, site are many of you making cards and other things to sell in specialty shops or craft shows? If you have things in specialty shops, how did you go about getting them in the shops? Do the store owners take a big chuck of the sale? Are there any great websites you can refer me to to help with this?

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Old 02-13-2005, 06:29 AM   #2
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I've sold my cards in a small hometown store. I've also sold items at craft fairs. I did much better at the craft fairs and they are a great way to meet contacts for people that might want to learn to make their own cards or might just want to order more. I've also taken orders for specialty cards. I've made adoption announcements, baby shower invitations and baby shower thank you notes. Time to make such large amounts of cards is the major obstacle. PM or email me if you have any questions.
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Old 02-13-2005, 08:34 AM   #3
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I sell non-SU cards in various boutiques in PA & NJ. You determine your price you wish to be paid, then the store usually doubles that.

I sell SU cards in the teachers' lounge at my children's school. I obtained written approval prior to placing the cards. I donate 25% of the gross (after state tax) to the PTA.

Get the word out to friends & neighbors. I keep a stash on hand for various occasions. Keep in mind I send many, many cards each month personally, so I always have a stash.

Also, keep in mind many people would rather purchase a wonderful handmade card or cards immediately from you then waste time running to a store, only to pay more for a lesser quality card.

I do keep track of the quantity sold each month, as I pay state tax quarterly. Hope some of this info is useful to you - good luck!
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I made thank you notes for a baby shower and then invitations and place cards for some teachers where I work. I have a really hard time coming up with a price. Can any one help me with that? THANKS!
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This is prohibited by the Angel Policy. Nothing made with SU! images can be sold in a store or any other permanent retail location (including online stores or auction sites). This is true even if you mix in some non-SU! images. Selling at craft shows or church bazaars is okay, because their retail function is temporary.

I made a flyer advertising that I make cards for all occasions and sent it to demo support for approval. Because my flyer did not mention the SU! name or use any of their copyrighted images, I received permission to post the flyer in retail stores. Of course, to actually put the flyer up you would need the permission of the store manager as well.
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Old 02-13-2005, 09:36 AM   #6
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Rachel,

Thank you for your comment on the Angel Policy. I was not aware of that. I had intended to sell some of my products in boutiques etc. I will need to find really nice stamps from somewhere else. Can I still use their paper and other stuff as long as a satmp doesn't show up?

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Old 02-13-2005, 09:49 AM   #7
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I've also been thinking of selling my cards since our area is saturated with SU demos and I know a lot of people who would rather pay for a card than make one especially if it was hand made.

Do any of you who sell cards have a business license? I was just wondering if it was worth it to get a license.

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Old 02-13-2005, 10:00 AM   #8
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I have one; I pay taxes on items that people take with them. Check the tax laws in your state. The state websites are very informative in this area. It is $100 to startup and $50 per year afterwards to maintain. Again, this varies from state to state.

In other words, I pay taxes to the state of NJ for cards and stamping related items that people purchase from me.

I do not pay tax on services, such as stamp camps. If the customer purchases a kit at my stamp camp, I pay tax on the kit, not the cost of the class.

Hope I am making sense.
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I have one; I pay taxes on items that people take with them. Check the tax laws in your state. The state websites are very informative in this area. It is $100 to startup and $50 per year afterwards to maintain. Again, this varies from state to state.
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Thanks for the info - I'll check with my state website.

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If you do sell your cards, how much do you get for them?
I made one lady 30 different cards and got $30.00. Then another lady 10 and got $15.00. I really don't know how much you should get ?
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I made one lady 30 different cards and got $30.00. Then another lady 10 and got $15.00. I really don't know how much you should get ?
This question will get a variety of answers; I can only tell you what goes in my area. $3.00 per card is standard here; more complex ones are $5.00.

I have done several specialty ones that pop-up (using kinetic scrapbooking items like the push-me, pull-me unit) for teachers (commissioned by a parent) for as much as $25.

Take a trip to Hallmark and pick out a card and try and guess the price - it is a fun game and you will realize how much your cards are worth.
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I am wondering if others find they can sell for $3 a card, or $5 for more special cards? That sounds like a great price range if cards will sell for that amount.
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I have sold my cards at craft fairs at Christmastime the past 2 years and been quite successful at it - I even had return customers this past season! I have never been able to sell them for more than $2.50 a piece however. It all depends on your area and how much competition you have. People in my area care very little for the artistry and embellishments, they only care about the bottom line.
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When I sell cards - just to friends who see them and then want to buy them - I have sold them for $3 each for the average cards and $4 for the more complicated ones. The ladies were buying 6 and 7 at a time!
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Boxed sets: Six cards with SU boxes (the cardstock ones): $17 plus tax. I did a number of these around the holidays. SU has the most awesome cardstock, don't they?!!
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Thank you for your comment on the Angel Policy. I was not aware of that. I had intended to sell some of my products in boutiques etc. I will need to find really nice stamps from somewhere else. Can I still use their paper and other stuff as long as a satmp doesn't show up?

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I think you can use the inks and paper for cards you'll be selling in a store, but don't quote me on that. The patterned papers might be a no-no, because many of them have images designed to coordinate with the stamp sets. Also, many other companies have restrictions on their images, so be sure you check that. I think Close to My Heart (CTMH) prohibits the mixing of their images with those from other companies in items made for sale.

If you choose to sell items made with SU! images, remember to stamp them with one of the Angel Stamps (Handmade with Love 1 and 2, any of the personalized "hand-stamped by" copyright stamps on page 199).
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I have sold all kinds of things that I have made. My cards I usually sell in groups of 6 or 12 with envelopes. I really like doing gifts packages in gable boxes, I put a set of 4 coasters, a candle, magnets and cards. I sell these to friends and relatives, they love them.
I have yet to do any craft shows, I am thinking next year I will do a couple of community ones.
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My Mommie buys cards from me. She loves me bunches!!!
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I will be doing another fair next month. I did a Xmas boutique in December and it was a lot fun.

I've only been doing these through my local HOA--so they are close to home and most people that come by I know personally.

It is so nice to be around all that talent though. I had an awesome time last time and I'm sure it will be the same this time around to.

Hmm,., so why am I here reading posts instead of creating more stock?

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I've had several people ask if I sold cards I make, but so far have only sold to two people -- a friend bought Christmas cards from me last year (and wants to increase her order for this year!) and I've done baby announcements and, more recently, baptism invitations. I always have a terrible time figuring out what to charge, so thanks to those who posted their pricies!

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