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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: disappointing craft fair on: November 15, 2004 10:46:15 AM
Thanks, everyone.  Smiley I do feel better and I took a little break from purse-making, so maybe that helped! LOL. My hubby is great, thank you for the compliments on him!

I am going to try to get into one more craft fair this year (hopefully one with mostly handmade stuff!) and see how it goes. Also, my friend's boutique. so I will keep trying!

Thanks, craftsters! you all are great.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: reupholstery blog... check it out! on: November 12, 2004 02:46:39 PM
Great blog! I will be checking in often to see your progress
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / disappointing craft fair on: November 12, 2004 02:19:09 PM
I'm not sure if I want answers or just sympathy, so bear with me, craftsters!  Grin

I went to my first craft fair last weekend, selling my handmade purses and handbags. I have sold probably 12 or 13 bags to acquaintances so I figured they must be half-way decent, right? Anyway, I paid $50 for my space at the craft fair. I made about 50 purses, some of them I used fabric I got for free, but some I bought fabric or  at least handles. And of course I had to buy interfacing, thread, etc. I have no idea what it cost me.

The first thing I saw when I got there was that two booths away from mine, there was a couple selling mass-made tote bags for $6. sigh. then my hubby walked around the whole fair and found two tables selling designer knockoffs. gah. nothing handmade, just mass-made crap.

The fair started at 9 and I didn't sell a thing until 11. I sold two knitting needle cases to one lady. which was great, of course. then I sold a nice tote bag to a very cool gal for $35. An elderly lady walked up to my booth, saw my faux fur handbag and said "I HAVE to have that!" hee. it was $20 and then i sold another handbag for $20, so I made $110. Subtract the cost of the booth, that's only $60. sigh.

I had a nice table, I thought, and lots of people stopped and looked at the purses. No one said they were too expensive or anything. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I'm quite disappointed. My husband thinks I shouldn't give up, that even selling five things was great. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Muff on: October 26, 2004 01:46:30 PM
What about wool on the outside, fleece inside? sounds warm to me!
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Ducktape Collection on: October 25, 2004 03:59:02 PM
Those bags are very nice! They are so neatly made, it's amazing. And the red tag is a great touch! Congratulations on a job well done, Torsten!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Samantha's Strawberry Shortcake Sack on: October 25, 2004 11:08:04 AM
LunaFate, that bag is adorable! very cute and well-done! good for you! I'm sure your daughter will love it.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: CRAFTERS for new HGTV SHOW on: October 24, 2004 04:13:01 PM
I love this show! It's not the usual "here's how to make beads out of polymer clay" stuff. These are unique crafts, funky, and the crafters aren't pros or representatives from some craft company -- they're real people. Friday they had a guy on there who works in a mortuary (he looked a little bit like Lurch from the Addams Family LOL) and he made these adorable skeleton dolls. Most of the crafts are do-able, but some - like making glass beads -- look awfully difficult to me. they had some cute purses (which is my current obsession) and just lots of cute things. And the crafters themselves are a unique bunch (like the mortuary guy). It's a very cool show.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: webbing question on: October 24, 2004 03:57:56 PM
rhythmgrl, Try this site:

http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat151.htm

i think this is what you're looking for!

Hope it helps.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Velvet Bags for the holiday season! on: October 22, 2004 10:45:21 AM
those are great bags! I like your embellishments very much. You're going to be stylin' this Christmas  Grin
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first posted bag: Feedback???! on: October 21, 2004 02:07:13 PM
Your earrings are great! I like the curly silver wire ones and the little paper cups.

Is the little blue denim bag a cell phone cozy? cuz it would be cute as one LOL. I don't really have any advice on selling stuff, but keep crafting -- you're doing well!
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