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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricing a product question! on: January 09, 2007 12:16:37 PM
I just made a Record Bag and am wanting to make and sell some.
A friend of mine requested one. I'm trying to figure out how much to charge her. I know I need to take material cost and S&H (she lives in FL and I in MO) into consideration, but I don't know how much more to charge her.

Also, I'm in college and I'm thinking about posting a few flyers around campus offering to make and sell. I go to a work college which means 90% of the students there are working on campus to pay for their room/board and tuition b/c they don't come from incredibly well-off families.
So how much should I offer to sell at if anyone is interested? Should maybe I just have the first person interested make an offer and make that my regular price?

I'm a cheepskape so I hate buying anything expensive so it's hard for me to want to price anything at a higher price.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The 33 1/3 Record Bag on: January 07, 2007 12:40:29 AM
I spent about two weeks working on this on and off.
I got several records for cheep at the thrift store on half-price day and did some trial and error having my dad see if they would cut any good on his saw table. Nope. I ended up just using a box cutter and it hardly took a minute to slice 'em up. The worse part was trying to cut the handles.

I used my dad's drill for all the holes.
The red thread was some cheep hemp from Hobby Lobby I just threaded around the edges for decoration. I intended it originally to go thru the material but it was too thick and wouldn't pull thru.
The material is just hot-glued on with some apparently incredibly strong hot-glue my sister had. And my sister did the lining for me (I suck with a sewing machine). It's two pieces sewn together and when she turned it right-side-out, instead of sewing up the open edge she sewed the bottom part and turned it into a pocket. There's little pockets inside, one sized especially for my cellphone and a couple for pens.
The handles were attached with some 16mm split rings from Hobby Lobby. I used 8 on each end of the handle to kind of help even out any stress there might be, maybe, hopefully prolonging its life a little.
The bottom, to make it sturdy, is made with a couple record pieces glued together for strength; I covered them with material then glued them to the inside of the bottom.

I'm thinking about adding a toggle or something so it stays closed better, but for now I just flap the handles over to one side.
And I need to figure out a way to fix the sides b/c the material likes to pook out.

All in all I only payed $5 on materials. And I like this bag so much more than any I could have payed $20 for at Wal-Mart.

I think that should cover the major points.
Any questions?




(Sorry, couldn't post any pics, this is my first post and it said I could only post URLs.)

T'morrow I'm going to make a matching wallet. Just you wait to see that baby!
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