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1  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!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purses on HGTV on: October 18, 2004 02:39:49 PM
Did anyone else watch "Crafters Coast to Coast" this morning on HGTV? It's a new show, and it's really much more hip and interesting than their usual craft shows.

This morning, a woman was making small handbags, which she said she makes for bridesmaids, for the most part. They were basically a Jordy Bag! She also made cute fabric flowers and pinned them to each purse.

Okay, the BEST thing about her purses (I thought) was that she gave me a new idea -- to make her handles really sturdy, she sews the handles like usual, then inserts a piece of boning (like is used in corsets, some wedding gowns, etc) into the strap! I'm not sure if I will do this from now on or anything, but it's sure an idea worth trying. Her handles just stood right up. very cool.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Scrapbooking computer program on: October 05, 2004 12:05:29 PM
(I'm not sure this is the right place. sorry if it's not)

Has anyone else used the Ulead Scrapbooking program? My cousin bought it first and raved about it, so my mom bought it too. We're not so thrilled with it. Supposedly, you can use it to create scrapbooks and then print them out. Well, you can create scrapbooks and scan your photos in and they have cute templates and clip art and all, but printing is weird.  No matter what I try, I end up with either an 8x8 inch page or only part of the page on 8x11 inch paper. I cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong, or maybe it's just a shortcoming of the program. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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