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Toezeoz
« on: January 05, 2008 02:25:03 AM »

I'm new to Craftster posting (long time lurker first time poster) and I'm looking to finally start up my own etsy site soon.
I am not sure, however, if there would be a market for one idea I had to sell. I enjoy making decorative pointe shoes. They take a considerable amount of time to create and wanted to ask opinions before I took the time to post some up to sell outside of my work.

Here are 2 examples of shoes I have done. These are Studio 1 Hard Shank Pointe shoes my Freed.

Starry Night
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=97986
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=97985

And Nautical Stars
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=97987
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=97988

Sorry about the links, I have to post 10 times before posting pics. Good rule!
NOTE: For Etsy I will take better pictures. These were taken very quickly before work just to make sure I had photos of them.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008 04:56:33 AM »

They look great.
Do you make them from scratch or have you coated bought ones?

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 05:03:36 AM »

I'd buy them! I dance, and I love crafty goodness!I do believe the best way to find if something wil sell is to give it a trial run. If you sell a pair or two, then you can make more. Are there other things you will be selling also? Because i would so buy those especially if they had a matching bag!! *hint hint:)*
Good  Luck with Etsy!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 10:56:17 AM »

They are $90 pointe shoes and i get them way cheaper cause i work at a dance store. I decorate pre-made shoes right now But I make handbags also i sew, so a bag would be not hard to do. Unfortunately I don't have friends on pointe so i don't know if the ink/paint runs or not yet.
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MissNoemi
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008 09:59:51 PM »

Are you looking to sell them as decorative pieces or as shoes to wear? I could see them as decoration somehow--as an art piece or whatnot--but I can't see them for dancing (when choreographers want color, sharpies work quite well, I've noticed). If it's just for dance art (I love the double art idea in that!), whatever paint you used is likely fine. It's a fun idea. Smiley I'd say run with it. Or bourree. Whatever your preference. Oh, if just for art, I would also look into shoes that aren't as expensive as Freeds, even with a discount. My Pavlovas used to be around $25; a less expensive shoe wouldn't mean anything less to your buyer, just to your finances!
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008 10:07:36 AM »

The only problem I can foresee is that pointe shoes (as you well know) are EXPENSIVE as you-know-what, and used ones are, well, icky and prolly no basis for a beautiful craft (unless you know something I don't about de-stinkifying them).  So as for pricing, you probably already know your cost of materials will be pretty darn steep w/ the shoes alone, and then you have to figure if people will pay that much for you to cover cost of materials alone for something I'm assuming will be purely decorative.  Now I think those are lovely, and I've seen things like that in dance gift shops and I think they make beautiful gifts. 

Random anecdote I just remembered: when I was like 13, the company I was an apprentice with tried to make a few extra bucks in the boutique by taking old pointe shoes, painting them, and making them into potpourri holders.  Yeah, didn't sell.  Smelled like feet + cinnamon.   
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Toezeoz
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008 11:19:10 PM »

LOL! That is funny. Yeah at the moment I have a huge amount of shoes at my disposal for very cheap. But this is only one style.
Thank you all for your help!
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