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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Craft Fair Listings on: September 04, 2004 03:04:35 PM
WildSnowFlake mentioned  www.craftlister.com Couple of nice points about this site; Different levels of membership, including FREE!, you may post your own review (Opinion)  of any particular show - A feature usefull in deceiding if you should attend. The search feature is good and lasttime I used it you could check up to six months in advance with the free membership. The owner/webmaster, Louis is adding more features so it's probably even better.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Consignment fees, what is reasonable? on: July 15, 2004 05:38:56 PM
Thanks elleb & Mysticalself ! I'm finding the commision to vary quite a bit in any given location. I think I'll try the ad a paper or two and see what happens.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Fine Art & Craft Fairs.... on: July 09, 2004 09:42:25 AM
Hello again warmsoul, Yeah I started out doing every rinky-dink craft show I could find, even tried "flea markets" (Buyers there are too cheap!) I even borrowed a few power tools from my father in law to make assembly a bit easier. I accepted checks with phone numbers and asked for ID too. (Hey the stores do it.) Have'nt taken a bad check yet. I want to take credit cards but to do that at shows a merchant account is needed. I accept cards on my website via Paypal. Basically I "Bootstrapped" my whole busisness building it from practally nothing. There is no "Catapulting" into big shows. I'd roll profits from one show into the booth fees and anything else I needed for the next. When starting from nothing it's the only way to go. Build your busisness a little at a time. This eases your financial risk too. Why invest a lot of money in something you don't enjoy? That last statement sums it up for me, if you are'nt having fun, why bother ?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Consignment fees, what is reasonable? on: July 08, 2004 09:07:02 PM
I sell rustic furniture and have managed to get into a couple of places where the shop owner/manager charge anywhere from 25% TO 30%.  I am trying to expand out of New England and am finding some pretty stiff fees with shopkeepers demanding 40% and up. I can understand if the location is something like an art gallery where charging over a thousand bucks for a chair or settee might be justified (form vrs. function) but what is just and reasonable in your area?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Fine Art & Craft Fairs.... on: July 08, 2004 08:58:16 PM
Hi Warmsoul
 Yes it can be well worth your while for the right show. Do your homework and research the promoters of the show you are considering. Take a look at your wares, are they topnotch? Is there a niche for your product? I sell rustic and fine rustic furniture at differing venues and do well. Sometimes I don't do as well as I thought I would but one has to be known and establish a good reputation. My thoughts on copyrights are; they are only as good as what you can pay a lawyer to protect. As for patents, most "craft" items are easily reproduced and actually may be exempt from legal protection. Again, how much can you pay a lawyer? As for startup costs, try a big wharehouse store for an "E-Z up" shelter, I got mine for $60.00, Salvation Army card tables were $5.00 each and the table cloths another few bucks. It depends on what you sell and how you want to display it. Use the proceeds from one show for the booth fees for the next untill you can book things a couple of months in advance. Success does not come easily but it will if you plan your work and then work your plan, (sounds cheesy) but hey, it's worked for me. Three years ago I had a few hand tools and no shop, no truck, and no job. Desperation is the true mother of invention. Today I have a modest shop, several thousand dollars of woodworking tools, a good (used) truck several consignment retailers and I do the show circuit in the summer. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said " Good luck is when hard work meets oppourtunity"  Best wishes !
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Anyone use Webrings? Your story... on: May 14, 2004 02:57:46 AM
Hi Matthew ! I belong to a webring (All things rustic) and it works for me. It's a great way to see how your product, or at least intrest in your product stacks up against similar materia. I usually get a couple of hits per day from the webring and it's free too. (Some are, some aren't) l
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: flea market questions on: May 14, 2004 02:48:26 AM
Hi mizswim4him !
Generally speaking the more you bring to any venue the better your chances are of selling something. One thing I have found out about fleamarkets however is the mindset of the tipical customer at these markets is, well let's just say <i>cheap</i>. Granted you deal with smalls and I build furniture but the net result will be pretty much the same. Stick with dedicated craft shows, juried shows are best and take the time to set up an attractive, professional display. You'll have more sales and have a higher average sale too.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: No more door to door. on: May 09, 2004 06:27:41 AM
Great sign !
Another one to add might be: I don't want a home alarm. My dog is big and he bites !
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: A place to sell my stuff on: May 07, 2004 06:29:44 AM
Hello again Sewing Stars !
A tip o' the hat to ya for that sticks link ! There is a searchable database of galleries which is fantastic ! I guess I'll  have to take the plunge and load some pieces in my truck and go visit a few places.
Also; thanks to OldQlts and Fly for theis $.02 too !
BTW if you liked the stuff on my site now, wait till you see the stuff coming out of my shop in a couple of days ! Thanks to everyone ! Grin
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: A place to sell my stuff on: May 06, 2004 07:18:00 PM
Hi Sewing stars ! Thanks for your response ! At least now I know there is such a thing. There is a gift shop out by me where I had some furniture on display last year but the owner used my work as a display to sell other folk's stuff. Customers didn't really know if my furniture was for sale or not. Heck I sold more furniture out of my front yard, (On a side street.) than the store did all summer long ( On the town common! )
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