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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: May 27, 2014 09:28:46 PM
Bumping this thread Wink lots of good advice here.

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shadojake said:
You may want to make multiples of the best sellers and put out only a couple at a time of them.  Let customers know you have back stock if needed.  When one sells, just pull another one out.  The thought occurred to me that if you have all your stuff out, it feeds the idea of abundance and people think, 'oh, there's plenty here.  I don't have to buy now.  I can come back later.'

^^^yes. THAT. Indeed. Also, some people get overwhelmed when around so many choices.. I know me personally, if I go into any shop with tons of things crammed into a small space, I can't focus too well, and it makes it harder for me to make a final decision.

My own advice:
Try to get there early and if you can, set up closer to the entrance! I noticed that when I had a booth up at an indie flea in the middle of everything, I barely sold anything at all, but when I had one near where people came in and left, I sold at least 3 times as much.

Make sure you have business cards. I can't count how many times I've ran into nice people while out selling somewhere, but they didn't have the money at the time. Thanks to having a business card, they came back later on the internet to either my site or Etsy and bought things there.

Good luck ^_^
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2013 on: May 27, 2014 09:08:18 PM
mine's pretty much dead Sad
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where To Buy Stretchy Galaxy/Nebula Fabric? on: May 27, 2014 08:57:20 PM
Why don't you just get some plain ones that are comfortable and paint/dye them yourself?

That looks to be the only option, really! Also will just make the leggings myself, too...since even the ones labelled 'XL' still have too tight of a waistband for a pregnant belly. I mean I guess I could dish out $50+ or some 'maternity leggings' (why are maternity clothes so overpriced? lol)..but umm... nah.. I think I will just sew them myself & do the paint job as you suggested.. that would make them more fun/special anyways Smiley
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where To Buy Stretchy Galaxy/Nebula Fabric? on: May 26, 2014 11:12:18 PM
Does anyone know where to buy stretchy fabrics with a galaxy/nebula type print all over it?
I bought a few pairs of leggings in the past couple years that are just stretchy polyester and lycra and love them. They were cheap (only about $12 a pair at Rue 21). I wear them a lot because theyre so comfy..up until now. I am 5 months pregnant and the waist bands are jabbing into my baby bump Sad I would love to just make some myself but I can't seem to find the fabric ANYWHERE...which is strange considering how popular those types of leggings are now. I found one site with nebula print fabrics but it was just cotton and almost $20 a yard. Ugh..
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Doorway to the Stars shrine on: May 09, 2014 01:24:14 AM
WOW  Shocked
This has got to be one of THE coolest things I've seen in a while. I absolutely love technology, as well as astronomy.. Oh and green is one of my favorite colors. So this is a very wonderful piece of work you've done here!
It almost has a time machine feel to it. Very rad Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bunny bag (with link to tutorial) on: May 09, 2014 01:20:38 AM
aww that is too adorable! Your daughter is lucky to have a crafty mom that makes cute, unique things for her Smiley
I've bookmarked the tutorial. I'm 5 months along now & have an ultrasound this coming Tuesday. If it's a girl, I'm totally making her this bag some day Cheesy
Thanks!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I <3 You pendants, or should it be Eye Heart You? on: May 09, 2014 01:17:41 AM
cute ^___^
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skully Jewelry on: May 09, 2014 01:16:13 AM
These are really cool. I love skulls, 'Sugar Skull', and Day of the Dead themed creations. These sort of look like a mix between Day of the Dead and old style tattoos  Smiley
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Certain Soaps Making My Spouse Smell Like Corn Chips o_O on: May 09, 2014 01:12:08 AM
Hi all,

I'm hoping someone may have an idea as to why a certain issue is happening with my spouse and some of my homemade cold processed soaps. My recipe is usually the same for every batch.. 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 soybean oil, and 1/3 coconut oil...then using whatever essential or fragrance oils to scent it with. Well, he used an awapuhi ginger one once and it made him smell like corn chips. That's really the only way I can describe the smell..like corn chips or maybe stinky feet lol. The soap does not do this to me, nor my friends and family members who use it. Okay now, as if that weren't weird enough.. he really loves my raw honey and oatmeal soap. There's no added fragrance in that, it just has a sort of Bit-O-honey candy smell naturally from the soap process. He used it once before and did not have a weird scent-related reaction. I made another batch exactly as the last and for some reason this batch made him smell like corn chips. What in THE WORLD is going on with this man's skin & some of my soap? And yes, it's fully saponified and cured before we ever use it, and yes, it's PH tested and the results are normal. I am so confused  Huh
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