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« on: August 07, 2006 12:37:03 AM »

when i make things, i only like making them once, should i just make more if people want to buy them? or should i sell them as exclusiveS?

what do you do?

also do you make goods in advance (duplicates that is!) before ppl order them? or do you wait till they order?

 Smiley thanks so much in advance for your time!
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006 12:40:03 AM »

I got into the make it over and over habit in knitting and crochet..in painting..it varies. Sometimes I will do the same theme to death...other times..that wouldnt work..like a commissioned portrait....or some oddball idea I have and once would be plenty and I wonder where it came from anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2006 08:55:06 AM »

When I get a specific order I usually make 2 or 3 copies to have. I find that people want exactly what they see alot of the time and don't want any variations because they can't "see" them.  It's so much easier to put together 3 bags at the same time than making one three times.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2006 01:34:06 PM »

I like making OOAKs.  I just found out HOW much I'd rather make OOAK things because I had a customer order 5 more of something I'd made for him.  Now it's just labor, not a labor of love.  I think part of the charm of having a custom order is that it is less likely to be duplicated.  Now that I'm making 5 of the exact same thing (custom tote bags) I'm kinda over it.

I also had someone order 20 small items that are all the same.  Even though the bulk of the work was done on my embroidery machine, I was so sick of looking at the same design by the time I got finished!

I tend to buy fabrics I like in 1/2 yard and 1 yard increments.  When it's gone, it's gone.  Sometimes I can get more, but oftentimes, that's it.  I like it that way.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2006 10:28:24 AM »

I like making OOAKs.  I just found out HOW much I'd rather make OOAK things because I had a customer order 5 more of something I'd made for him.  Now it's just labor, not a labor of love.  I think part of the charm of having a custom order is that it is less likely to be duplicated.  Now that I'm making 5 of the exact same thing (custom tote bags) I'm kinda over it.

I also had someone order 20 small items that are all the same.  Even though the bulk of the work was done on my embroidery machine, I was so sick of looking at the same design by the time I got finished!

I tend to buy fabrics I like in 1/2 yard and 1 yard increments.  When it's gone, it's gone.  Sometimes I can get more, but oftentimes, that's it.  I like it that way.

what is OOAKS???  Embarrassedsorri i dunno Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006 10:49:06 AM »

I'm guessing that OOAK = One of a kind
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2006 01:11:24 PM »

Depends on what it is and how difficult, the materials, how much room you might have for inventory, or if you want to/have the ability to concentrate on moving a particular item. Sometimes it's more cost-effective to make the same thing over and over; you get better and faster, which means you make more money for your time expended.

I make cards, so the more same cards I can make the better. That way I don't have to re-invent the wheel and can just print, cut, embellish, assemble.
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