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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it doable? Shrinky Dink Physics on: December 01, 2006 06:56:18 PM
Shrinky dinks sheets don't come large enough to do a cuff, even if you use the diagonal.  A napkin ring or ring is about all you can really do.  As for forming them, take them out of the oven when they're done and, wearing gloves, wrap the still-warm dinks around your form. 
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Not getting ripped off putting work in Consignment Shops? on: November 20, 2006 03:00:15 PM
Well, when you go into a meeting with a store owner for the first time it's very crucial to ask detailed questions.  When I put my work into a shop I'm interviewing the shop owner as they're interviewing me.  Small shop owners, like gallery owners, have insurance, too, by the way.  What you need to ask when you go into a new shop is what their policy is on lost/stolen work.  A lot of the time they'll tell you any loss is your responsibility, sometimes they'll split the cost with you or take responsibility.  Another thing to consider; theft isn't the issue you might think.  I mean, it happens.  But as a general rule it's quite unlikely that you're going to experience much theft unless you're putting your work into seedy-type places.  And you should probably avoid those places anyway.  What you need to know to make a consignment relationship work is how much commission the store takes, when you'll get paid for work sold and how much product they'll take from you.  If the owner is friendly, I wouldn't be too concerned about being ripped-off.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Home of the Sampler Question on: November 13, 2006 09:37:22 PM
Marie is a sweetheart and it says in the submission guidelines that you can put as many business cards in the promo packs as you want.  She really tries to make sure that everyone is represented to a large number of people.  If you have questions about what is considered a promo and what is considered an actual sample you should email, but if it's something like 100 extra business cards, just slip them in a plastic bag and ship them off.
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Craft Show Pearls of Wisdom... on: November 11, 2006 02:06:19 PM
Mornings are always rushed, but take your time.  Spending time in the morning to make sure that everything is even and well displayed will carry you through the whole day.  Hastily set-up booths are unappealing to passerby.  If you have a booth setup that you really like, take some mental notes for the next time and try to re-create it.  It takes a lot of trial and error, but once you find something that works, go with it.  As far as displays go, they don't have to be anything fancy.  In an art/craft setting, people really respond to ingenious displays.  Plus, reclaimed or recycled items are unique and inexpensive.  Good luck in all your crafty ventures. 
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to make high school craft fair better? on: November 11, 2006 01:52:20 PM
When organizing a craft fair, the key is to keep the crafters happy.  If they walk away at the end of the day with money in their pockets, they're more likely to tell their crafty friends to apply and more likely to return the following year.  I'd say that asking for a door prize is alright, but some people really find that a turnoff, so making that optional would probably be best.  People with large/expensive items may not like a mandatory donation, especially since they've already paid a fee.  For an indoor show, I'd say the standard fee is between $20 and $40.  Don't be greedy, though.   If you charge a lot for the booth make sure that you advertise like CRAZY.  There's nothing worse than spending money to set up your stuff and then having nobody come.  Crafters like to make sales.  That's why they sign up for shows.  I'd say as long as you're promoting the show and being careful to choose quality crafters--no cheap trinkets or stuff that isn't handmade--you're good.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: craft show pricing. to tag or not to tag on: November 11, 2006 01:43:51 PM
I mean, everyone's been pretty unanimous thus far, but I would agree--tag your items.  It's definately a pain, but easier than going to a show and not selling anything because people won't ask prices.  Also, someone said to use different color tags for different price points.  That's a really good idea, especially if you're unsure about how much things are going to be.  In addition to tags with prices, I'd suggest signs with descriptions of how items are intended to be used/cared for/ etc.  Anything that answers questions is good...it puts the customer at ease.
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