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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: What NOT to bring on: November 19, 2011 04:46:28 PM
I can't tell you how many time I see someone 'making stuff' thinking they're 'demonstrating! 9 times out of 10, the customer won't want to 'bother' you and will walk right on by. The biggest offenders are beaders. Many are sitting behind their table with their equipment. You're there to sell, not make stuff. You're not impressing anybody.

I think the only case in which this might be the opposite is knitting or crocheting. I recently participated in a craft fair and sold crocheted hats. Unless I was actually crocheting in front of the customers, nobody really "got" that I made the hats myself. Of course, I'm able to crochet without looking, so I was still able to engage the customersit's not effective if you're too busy counting stitches to talk to potential customers.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Trying on Items at Craft Fairs on: November 19, 2011 04:41:49 PM
Thanks again for your input. I did bring a mirror and allowed customers to try hats on. It was a VERY good idea! Though the mirror probably convinced a few costumers to pass (my hats weren't their style, I guess), several customers appreciated it.

Furthermore, just being able to say "You're welcome to try anything on" was a great conversation starter. And it saved me the awkwardness of telling people "No no, don't touch!"

Thanks again for your help.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Trying on Items at Craft Fairs on: October 17, 2011 08:28:23 AM
Thanks, Jenny! That's actually VERY helpful. I guess I'll be bringing a mirror, too!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Trying on Items at Craft Fairs on: October 13, 2011 04:02:44 AM
Hello!

I'm going to my first craft fair next month (w00t), and I'll be selling crocheted hats. I was wondering how other crafters handle customers who'd like to try on an item before purchase. For an item like hats, would it be prudent to create a "sample" hat that everyone can try on for size? Or would that come off as too OCD for most customers? What have you done in the past?

Thanks for your input!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Crochet motifs on: September 01, 2011 12:34:47 PM
I don't sell them, personally. But many fellow crafters like to buy crocheted motifs to accent a handbag or hat, or to create a brooch or something.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey Baby Hat on: August 19, 2011 07:38:28 PM
My neighbor had a baby, so I made him a hat.

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spiral Ladder Yoga Mat Bag on: August 19, 2011 07:33:00 PM
I recently started taking yoga, quite possibly so I'd have an excuse to make this yoga-mat bag. Here's a link to the pattern: http://flyingtoothbrush.blogspot.com/2011/03/spiral-ladder-yoga-bag.html Works up quickly. I've made a few. Enjoy!



18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet/knitting scholarships! on: February 25, 2011 08:46:11 AM
VERY COOL! Wish they had this when I was in college.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Kylie Minogue Dress Pattern Translation on: February 25, 2011 08:27:08 AM
I came across a pattern for the most beautiful dress!

http://blackpanterochka.blogspot.com/2009/02/blog-post_7629.html

Problem: I DON'T SPEAK RUSSIAN. Has anyone made this, or found an English translation for it? Or can anyone suggest a similar pattern (free or purchasable).

THANKS!

Lindsey
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Easy scrapbuster dog/cat toy WITH PATTERN on: September 15, 2010 01:01:15 PM
Thank you both! I love the catnip idea. Sometimes I hide little treats in the folds like a little "food puzzle." (He bats it around and the treat falls out.)
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