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« on: March 30, 2004 10:18:40 AM »

Before I start designing a webite and everything I was wondering how much inventory I should have.  One or 2 of each piece?  I'm thinking of doing a bunch of different items, such as bags, jewelry, cards, invitations, etc.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2004 11:17:53 AM »

My web biz is pretty small at this point. So I make them on demand. Although it is handy when I do have a few ready made.

Before a craft sale I try to have between 20-50 creatures, and 30-40 magnet sets. I make my money at the craft sales, usually.

I have been trying to better market my website too, by linking to other people and it seems to have really helped. I have been getting a constant stream of orders as of late.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2004 11:21:22 AM »

How do you find out about craft fairs?  There is a huge one that comes to Boston every winter but I think you have to submit a portfolio etc.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2004 12:09:41 PM »

Craft sales...well, I live in RI and take part in the RISD Alumni Sales (cause I am RISD alum), and in Craftland at Christmas time. There is the Boston www.bazaarbizarre.org, and a Providence, RI bizarre bazaar see this thread.

Those are the New England ones I know about. I am sure there are more.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2004 12:56:59 PM »

I generally have a very small amount of ready-to-ship items made, so I make most of my things (handbags especially) once I get an order for them. That way I'm not stuck with 10 bags in a style that wasn't very popular and I can use the fabric for different things.  I think a lot of people pre-make things, though. I just didn't have a lot of time to do that and knew that if I tried, I would never be able to launch my site...and it seems to be working well this way for me. Smiley

Good luck! and let us know when it's up!
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2004 01:25:42 PM »

LOVE your website!  Did you do it yourself?  I will be designing my own with my best friend.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2004 06:02:53 PM »

makes 'em when we needs 'em...  although, when there's 2 seconds of free time, it's nice to get ahead on some of the popular items.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2004 06:10:30 PM »

I'd definitely mention how many you have ready to ship immediately, and then if you run out, say how long it'll take to make.  I always like when shops do that, b/c that way I'm never wondering if they already have some of them made or if I'll be waiting...
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2004 09:17:00 PM »

I would say it depends on the item.
If your item is an afghan, you'd probably want to have a couple ready made.  If your item is something that's going to move fast, you'd probably want half a dozen to a dozen. I'd say think about how much time it takes to make one and how much time you have to craft.  If it's something you know you could make on demand the week you get the order, then it doesn't matter, but if it takes you a month, you don't want potential customers to have to wait six weeks while you crochet a sweater set for them.
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2004 03:47:25 PM »

How do you find out about craft fairs?  There is a huge one that comes to Boston every winter but I think you have to submit a portfolio etc.  

I don't know if you'd be interested or if this is too late, but there is also the Boston Skillshare, they allowing people to table. It's on April 17th and 18th.

Here's the link:
http://www.bostonskillshare.org/
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2004 05:47:32 AM »

I will soon be opening a site with bags on it and i was wondering the same.  but all of my stuff is a one-time thing. only one of each.  so i have to premake my stuff. i need to have about 10-15 bags when i start out since thats the only thing that im selling.
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