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« on: February 17, 2009 02:27:37 AM »

So, I made myself a wallet a few weeks ago when my store bought one bit the dust.  I was mightly impressed with myself and how it turned out (minus a few mistakes that could have been avoided if i wasn't in such a rush to get it done). Anywhoo, a few people have told me i should try and sell them, so i thought "why not?!"  There is an art/craft consignment shop a few blocks down from where I live and i was thinking of checking it out.  My only concern right now is pricing.  The wallets are pretty cheap to make, probably like 3 bucks tops.  But they do take many hours expecially if i cross stitch on them.  Here's the one i made for myself as an example:
The front

The pocket in the back:

and an "Action Shot"

Basically I want to make them all pretty similiar. There will be variations obviously.  So, I really don't want to underprice myself.  I was in her shop before and there were puzzle piece earrings in there for $20 ... I thought that was a bit much, personally.  And it makes me feel that my original thought of $15 for the wallets doesn't seem like much.  I would appreciate any thoughts on pricing and also, any advice on working with consignment shops. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009 04:00:44 PM »

that is a super cute wallet! it looks more like crochet than cross stitch in a way. either way, like i said~ SUPER CUTE!

I am running into the same issue. I have some of my items in a consignment shop and i worry with pricing too.
main thing is figure up your cost to make, then figure in your time...try not to short yourself, but yet, not make it too pricey either....i am finding this very hard to do myself!
PArtly I think it also depends upon how the consignment works. like at the shop i am working with , she charges 30% consignment. so i have to take that into consideration as well....

How big would you say the wallet is? how long did it take to make? is it hard to come by your supplies?

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2009 02:17:17 PM »

How big would you say the wallet is? how long did it take to make? is it hard to come by your supplies?

it's about the size of a credit card, as that's all that it really holds, i think i have 10 sleeves in that one.  It's the one i carry on a daily basis.  Umm, it probably took me 3-4 hours to crochet, and prob about the same to cross stitch that pattern.  But i don't really cross stitch, so it prob just took me that long because i'm not that familiar with it.. here are a few more i've made in the past, they are on my blog and they are all the same size approx

as for the materials, it's just crochet thread which can be found in about any michaels, joanns/walmart etc... and floss.. so it's pretty standard stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009 08:07:39 AM »

If they take you a long time to make, you have to consider that $20 - or more - will motivate you to keep making them more than $15 would. Or, you have to find a way to make them less expensive time-wise. Like instead of the cross stitch, maybe you could draw out your characters using that cotton break-away liquid stuff (ack - what's it called??) and gluing the resulting decor instead of spending time cross-stitching.

They're pretty adorable, though I would only get one that has a closure of some kind.

« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2009 01:39:45 PM »

They're pretty adorable, though I would only get one that has a closure of some kind.

i have made some with closures. mine just doesn't have one. i guess it's just a preference thing. 
and as for using other mediums...i have considered maybe some sort of applique...or maybe some crocheted flowers...or perhaps crocheted beaded flowers...i'll have to do some experimenting this weekend.

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