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MissMouse
« on: December 28, 2011 06:41:16 AM »

I recently graduated from a textile program at college. We learned that the best thing to sell is a 20$ product, however we were trained to use high quality materials and to put in an abundance of detail, resulting in our products taking hours and hours to make and dollars and dollars in materials. We never learned how to make a quick and easy lower price point item.
I'm finding it difficult to come up with something because everything takes me a minimum of 4 hours to make due to my training.
I'm predominately knitting and embroidery/quilting. (NOT cross stitch)

So, what are your favourite 20$ products?
Do you have any suggestions for me?
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011 07:17:00 AM »

High quality with lots of detail for $20? Isn't that a quaint notion. For $20 or less you're talking about a simple neck cover (those short scarfy things that just go around the neck), beanie, wrist cuff or bookmarks, maybe some kind of interesting brooches or pendants. You might add detail that's simple to apply - a fancy-schmancy button, knotted fabric strips or hot-glued rhinestones or flowers etc. Your materials have to cost next to nothing.
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MissMouse
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011 07:50:11 AM »

I know what you mean.
My last craft fair product I made scenes of abandoned houses out of hand painted cotton and Dupioni silk. I sold them for 75$ but found out later that the person who helped us with pricing got us to sell them at our wholesale prices rather than retail prices because we were students. Which was unfair when someone wanted to buy them at the wholesale price and the guy in my class had to sell his handmade ties for 30$, which didn't even cover the cost of his materials.

I have a cute hat designed that I was selling for 30. And I can whip up wristies really quickly.
Knitting just takes SO LONG.
But then again, I knit when I study and have been knitting since I was 7, so I barely even have to pay attention when I'm knitting.
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Kodeekins
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012 12:13:14 PM »

With time, you will become faster and more efficient with each product you make so eventually it won't take 4 hours to make a product. What used to take me four hours now takes 45 minutes. 
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