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« on: July 10, 2006 10:43:21 AM »

I've been throwing around the idea of selling the things I make for a while and this idea hit me. I would like some advice from you fine people who know more about Etsy (and selling in general) than I do.

I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC and got a degree in Fashion Design, but have since changed my path to focus on cognitive psychology. But I still love doing little fashion sketches and making clothes. It occurred to me that it could be nice to put my sketches on tee shirts, and later zippered pouches.

Here are some prototypes I have made:

Lady in a vintage hat coin purse:


Zipper Pull:


Lining:


Pirate Girl Coin Purse:


Zipper Pull:


Lining:


Girl In Cloche Long Zippered Pouch:


Girl Close-Up:


Zipper Pull:


The lining for that last one is the same floral as the first.

Tee Shirt With Fashion Figure:


Fashion Figure Close-Up:


These are the types of things I'm thinking about selling. All of the girls are hand-painted in silkscreen ink, which is then heat-set. The plan would be each girl would be totally unique, so every item would be one-of-a-kind. The zipper pulls are all made with glass beads and the tee is 100% cotton.

So I have a few questions I'd really appreciate you all answering:
1. Would you buy these? (As in, would you buy it or say, "I'd rather make it myself and save my pennies!")
2. Do you think Etsy would be a good place to sell these?
3. What do you think is a reasonable price for the coin purses? Long zippered pouch? Tee shirt?


Thank you so much in advance! I bow to your crafty business sense!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006 10:47:37 AM »

I have a SIL who would just go nuts over those. Of course, you can sell them. They are so original and I have found over the years, that original is better than perfect work, when it comes to sellling things.  I use to design and sell dresses and tops to sell on eBay. I did really well...my ID is dreamdress but the last 100 or so of my feedbacks are all about buying... Shocked I think people will love those.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006 10:49:00 AM »

I would buy cuz I love fashion! I guess maybe it wouldn't attract EVERYONE but I mean, you can't please everybody can you?  But vintage is very populare now so they'd probably sell fast. As for selling in etsy, I'm certaintly not an expert, sorry can't help. And Pricing? Maybe I would sell them 6$-10$ (pouches) to start with, and them if they gain lotza popularity you put the price up a little. Sometimes high prices may turn down some customers.

Anyways, good luck, I'm sure they'll sell!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006 10:53:26 AM »

i think they're great.  as far as pricing, i'd say $8-15 for the zippered pouches (maybe a bit on the higher end if these are one-of-a-kind pieces).  the t-shirts i'd say $25-40.  again, higher price for one-of-a-kinds.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2006 11:00:44 AM »

Love. Love love love.

The sketches are cute-I love that they are all so retro-girly. I love the tiny embellishments (like the button on her hat in the third pouch and the sailor stripe with the pirate girl). This is right up my alley.

Could I tell you I love it again? Love.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2006 11:17:27 AM »

i think they are great!  you could and should sell them on Etsy!!!  check out http://kimebuzzelli.etsy.com  she does fashion drawings on tshirts, they're wonderful. 

i'd say $15 for the pouches and $20-30 for tshirts.  there's defnitely money to be made on etsy, i think girlie drawings are very desired at the moment! good luck and keep us updated  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2006 09:51:15 AM »

I LOVE that shirt!  Put some of those up for sale and I can't promise I won't buy one from you! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2006 10:41:12 AM »

Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and advice!

I took in your pricing suggestions, made some more stuff and set up shop (finally)! Check it out:

http://www.frompapertocloth.etsy.com

Banner and more good stuff to come. Thanks again, you've all been very helpful  Smiley That's why I heart craftster so much  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2006 03:20:19 PM »

Actually, I'ld like that dress the cartoon is wearing on the last picture, have you thought about combining actual dresses too?
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2006 03:27:13 PM »

Thanks  Smiley

I briefly considered making clothes to sell, but it seemed to make them the way I would want to and turn a profit I'd have to charge more than most would pay. Maybe someday.
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