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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What am I doing wrong cant seem to sell and having horible luck on: July 01, 2014 08:40:35 PM
this is why I dont  do craft fairs Ive been worried to much competition and it sounds cut throat.
Ive heard from several crafty friends that they dont make what the table cost.
And Ive  tried for months and months to do one theme I was doing all clothing hats scarfs etc,just in various themes and sizes and find its easier to research what people want and do customs orders then to create a bunch of stuff no one wants. Be sure to ask for some money in advance on Craigslist or facebook, use paypal to do so thats how I do things.I found out the hard way people will order stuff and no show and then your again stuck with something no one wants.
I find in summer you have to change your inventory no one wants a winter hat in 99 degree days.
Even then in this business its hit and miss my sells are very much this way.
Also so many of people are selling copywrited items on etsy every time I go there my feed is packed with such items so im sure this is not a big issue and there not going shut one person down when there are thousands doing it ,I could link all day to people doing copywritted matterials such as disney pattrens dolls outfits etc . So im not sure how harsh these so called laws are. just the other day I saw a lady who sells crochet Bell dolls and other princess disney dolls and shes sold 200 of them acording to etsy.
So im not sure why people keep saying you cant sell it when everyone does .
I would just label it in a way they cant really get you ive heard if you lable it a certin way such as if your making hello kitty dolls call it white cat with bow , making a disney princess such as bell name it bell doll. Bell isnt a trademaerked name neither is white cat so when you lable it try to label it without anything that is trademarked in any way. I have seen this way used time and time again on facebook when people are selling items, I mean a cat with a bow isnt trademarked , so be creative in your labeling then you wont get in trouble.
 just my experiences.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need help on this dog sweater asap thanks (pattern link is inclosed) on: April 17, 2014 08:24:13 PM
pattern is here...http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/WR1034.pdf
im a fairly new crocheter I havent had any issues with this until just now, im doing the size medium.
Im at this part skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of last long row for leg opening; join yarn and work in pat across next27 (35, 41) sts for back for 10 (14, 18) rows, ive done the skip 5 stitches and the sc, lsc row and then come back (2nd row)doing sc as pattern calls for
my question is those 5 stitches I skipped do I now pick those up or keep them dropped as I continue my next rows? im making it for a birthday gift for my neice Smiley
any help is appreciated.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Advice on how to price wares...... on: January 02, 2014 01:13:01 PM
There is a knitting machine I see them online(see picture) idk what the end product looks like, Im sure they cost a lot and probably not worth the money you would invest.
Went to a few craft sales and my area its hard to compete hats go for $1 each scarfs $3-5 baby blankets $10-15 Stuffed animals $1-5 each depending on size. only thing ive seen making big bucks are big blankets twin /full going $50-75 here queen and king $150+
I find I cant compete in my area and have given up until I can have a big inventory that way when stuff only sells for $1 im not upset lol, best thing is go to a craft fair and see what others are charging thats how i got a idea also flea markets seem to sell this kind of stuff and cragslist are the places I know to look.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Advice on how to price wares...... on: September 26, 2013 02:58:54 AM
wow I wouldnt go by the calculator says my hats should sell for $30 Ive been trying on ebay etc at $15 and cant get anywhere so Im not sure how accurate this is.
Unless your the fastest knitter or crocheter it seems like the made in china items can outsource everyone
And I went down to 10% profit to lowest it will go and its still quoting me at $20 for my hats
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: September 25, 2013 09:30:24 AM
no the vikings stuff was for my dad Im in a small Iowa town.
I cant afford a craft table am on ssi and can barely afford yarn and the closest city with craft fares is 70 miles I looked it up.
I made regular camouflage hunting hats trying to charge $15 and have no bites from Craigslist if I charge any less I wont make money, but I just cant charge $9.99 like walmart or will lose so much.]
And ive been on pin intrest for months with no one liking or following me i have tried selling to friends on facebook and none have the money so im like well tell ur friends and they say they do but I never get orders.
I asked Etsy today why my stuff isnt coming up im searching key words and everything.
Ps I talked to a sport rep for the vikings and he said when i pay for a patch im paying for the copywrite idk about other teams
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: July 28, 2013 05:04:12 PM
Well im about to give up since I know others who say craft fairs aren't the answer theres to much competition, I have one friend who said she went to one and with (her made crochet items) and there were 10 other people selling same things and she felt she wasted $50 per day on the table .
 Im on ssi and dont have the money to advertise or afford $50per day for a craft table at a craft fair , guess its not for me.
I just cant crochet or knit fast enough to compete with walmart etc when ppl can go to walmart and get a blanket for $20 why pay $100 for mine?
I know the local paper charges $25 for 3 day add and more if its on the weekend  and just not sure its worth it when I cant sell as it is , I dont know how to advertise on twitter or pinterest I dont use twitter and have no clue where to start lol , and again its to my family/friends would be my only twitter or pinterest contacts .
I really think its because I dont know anyone
Thanks for letting me know the Etsy advertisement isnt worth it that was my last idea maybe ill sell everything and get out before it makes me feel completely worthless.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: July 26, 2013 05:12:55 PM
I still havent had any luck selling anywhere I have looked in my area and havent found any craft shows all on here in my area show last years date , I was thinking about trying small shops and asking if they would be interested in selling my hats or scarfs but im guessing they wouldnt give me very much for anything and not sure if its a waste of my time.
I saw on etsy they say you have to pay to advertise does this do any good? Id hate to pay $7 a week just to find out no one is buying anything still.
I have put up a facebook page and trying to advertise hoping someone will buy something and can spread the word around but since the audience is all my friends or family its not working.
Some other things I have tried since I last posted was offer free shipping, gave some stuff away free with my name and number ,advertised my stuff on craigslist
Maybe its because I mostly wanted to do custom orders but I guess this isnt the way to go since if I had some compete stuff I could sell maybe on ebay , but I hate to make something no one wants , im lost here with knowing what to do.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: May 11, 2013 07:05:45 AM
ok do I need to report people who are selling copywritted things I see it up here all the time , just wondering what i should do guess Ill tell them they cant sell it so they dont get in trouble. I bet they dont know
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: May 09, 2013 07:31:19 AM
well i can still do the colors of a team they cant own the colors just wont do iorn on patches idk why they sell patches for using on these kind of things if your not allowed to use it makes no since . Now im worried that I made these hats I will get in trouble but I made no money they were gifts so im unsure.
Another thing is i see a lot of people on the net and at sales , selling disney blankets home made disney paintings and other disney crafts that they make, I dont know  how legal this all is guess its one of those if you dont get caught kind of ting im not messing with it tho and if all of that is true I dont understand why hobby lobby etc can sell Disney fabric if your not allowed to use it , can you explan what is legal and what is not in that respect like is it legal to make something for a gift that is disney?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how to get started in selling things? on: May 06, 2013 05:47:08 AM
I'm looking to do a craft show  but haven't found any in my area as of yet , but I live in a big city so I'm sure I'll see one just need to get a big inventory to sell and business cards
I am doing things that don't take long because I'm not very fast knitter yet, I am fairly new only been at this about 3 years, most people I know have been at this for 10 years or more. And everyone I know only does this as fun so that doesn't help me much.
A blanket for a twin bed took me 6 months.
I do know my brother in law offered to help me by selling hats at a grocery store he says my hats are so cool I do iron patches sport decals on them.
So I might take that outlet but I'm unsure how that would sell in summer.
Also any advice on what sells in summer?
Here is a example of the sports hats I have done other concern is copy write if the sports logos are copy witted and if I need to worry about that
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