I live in the Clintonville area, and there are tons of fun kitschy places. Unfortunately, most of those places are getting more expensive by the day.
As pricey as it is, I still love to go to Rag-O-Rama sometimes. Plus, they have their famous Dollar Sale every summer (where they give you a free laundry bag!) and it's completely worth the insanity. Any other time of the year and it's pretty much a hipster hangout.
The Goodwill on North High St. (161) usually has GREAT stuff. I've never been disappointed with the things they have.
My beau is a huge Cobra Commander fan. It's a little late for Halloween now, but dammit I WANT him to have a Cobra Commander costume. The tracksuit is a great idea. Maybe I can scrape up enough money to get him one for an anniversary gift. ^_^
I might be a bit strange in the fact that I don't actually DO many yarn-related crafts. Most of the crafts I do are needle-and-thread related. The yarn I buy is all out of knit-envy. I can do extremely basic knitting and crocheting, but not much beyond making a blanket and no complex stitches, and yet I have (quite literally) more yarn than I know what to do with. I have a ball of lavender baby yarn bigger than my head that I've had since high school.
I've been pretty good about not buying any yarn recently, as I'm working on a project right now and refuse to buy any yarn unless I can find the PERFECT color of purple to knit with. In which case I'll probably buy $25 worth of it at a completely inappropriate time.
Typically, I've never found fabric remnants at Goodwill specifically. Moreso I've found them in locally owned thrift stores, and in smaller cities or towns. Currently I'm living in a small town that thrives on small business, especially folk art and crafting, so in almost every little thrift store you can find loose quarters, stuffing, remnants, buttons, zippers, beads, whatever you could want for CHEAP. It's a thing of beauty. I may never leave this place.
Errrrg. That doesn't sound appealing. The only reason I mentioned it, though is because people have Buckeye FEVER in Ohio. Anything that says Buckeyes, has a buckeye on it, or is scarlet and grey people will eat up to no end. It probably helps too that the local highschool's mascot are the Buckeyes, too.
Regardless, I know copyright laws can get pretty hairy. I'll stay away from OSU or OU stuff.
My beau and I go to college in an artsy little town that has a craft fair at the end of each month. Since we're both pretty artsy people, we figured it'd be a really good idea to go in on a table and sell some stuff for extra cash. It wouldn't be until next school year, since school will be out in about a week (a week that won't end quickly enough!). Neither of us have ever really sold anything agressively before, especially not at a craft fair, so I'd greatly appreciate some tips from more seasoned salespeople....
Firstly, What kind of things tend to sell the best? We're from Ohio and buckeye stuff is really big here, so obviously that, but what tends to be a big seller? Secondly, how much of it should I make? What should I keep in stock? How much stock should I keep? Thirdly, should the merchendise carry a theme? Will it throw my customers off if I have college themed merchendise as well as punk junk? And lastly, how do I go about pricing my items? If my stuff sells too quickly is it better to raise the prices than if my things sell too slowly and I have to lower them? Do I charge tax?
Thanks so much in advance for all your help! I can't wait to read your replies! ^_^
I've finished mine! I've been really ultra lazy lately though and I haven't been out to buy batteries for my camera (that and I'm on spring break right now, so my hex AND my camera are in the Ohio river valley, and I am in the Greater Columbus area....which makes things tricky). So hopefully I'll be able to show you all my finished project next week some time. ^_^ It's fun, but I'm debating on weather or not to add more to it. I'll let you all help me out.