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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Ideas for small things to sell? on: September 11, 2008 11:27:48 AM
I wonder if it's really worth it to have items at that price point...

But my stuff is all rather expensive so I suppose it depends on your product and the venue.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Craftster etiquette-selling wares initially learned from a tutorial? on: September 11, 2008 11:23:04 AM
If the product is made from someone else's tutorial, then no, legally and ethically you should not sell it.

However, a common technique learned from a tutorial and then incorporated into your own design is fine.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: September 05, 2008 07:16:11 AM
Price like big-box store and people expect big-box-store quality and will value your work accordingly.  Price like an upscale boutique and people will see your stuff as unique and valuable.

Exactly.  What I'm doing for my first show is stocking with my booth with mostly my sterling and 14K gold-filled jewelry -- then I have some small dishes with less expensive earrings and bracelets.  But my focus is on the expensive stuff, and I'm going into this understanding that not everyone is going to be able to afford my stuff.  It's part of doing business - you can't please everyone.  You have to choose your market and go for it.
4  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: Providence Open Market on: August 13, 2008 02:57:16 PM
Yeah I think I would enjoy the atmosphere even if it was slow, but it will be nice to make some sales too.
5  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: Providence Open Market on: August 13, 2008 09:18:27 AM
You're welcome!  I'll look forward to meeting you.

Also, for anyone else, please note that the Providence Open Market has changed locations and dates.  It will now only be open for the 4 saturdays in September.  If you click on the lick in my original post it will give you all the details.

See you there!

Yeah, I noticed there weren't any October dates on the application.

If you don't mind my asking, how did sales go for you in the past doing this event? 
6  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: Providence Open Market on: August 12, 2008 06:19:31 AM
Just wanted to let you craftsters know that there is an open market in Providence every Saturday in June, September and October (Closed July & Aug).  The market has craft, food and plant vendors.  Come check it and maybe meet some other craftsters there.


I got accepted as a vendor for Sept. 13, 20 and 27!

Now I just need to catch my inventory up.


Thank you for posting about this - it will be my first show. 
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: do you have to own a serger to make clothes good enough to sell? on: August 09, 2008 09:41:49 AM
I think it's worth it to invest in a serger if you want to go into business - it gives your seams a professional finish, and more importantly the kind of professional finish that consumers have come to expect.

You could put french seams or Hong Kong seams on every garment you make, but I find that really impractical over the long term.

Also, serged seams hold up much MUCH better than zig zagged and pinked seams.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a weird idea - do you think it would work? on: August 08, 2008 06:49:18 AM
Oooh, I didn't know about tinting it!  I am all over this.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I have a weird idea - do you think it would work? on: August 06, 2008 06:20:58 AM
Last week a woman came into the shop I work at, and from a distance it looked like the pendant on her necklace was made of cement - turned out it wasn't, but I've got it in my head now to make some - what do you think?

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Just opened shop - serious critiques needed on: August 02, 2008 08:02:29 PM
So I've been thinking about selling for a few years and I just recently opened my Etsy shop.  I'm applying for some craft fairs and markets as well, so product critiques as well as shop critiques are more than welcome.

My shop: www.dangeroussuburbanite.etsy.com

I know some of the close ups are blurry, I can't do much about that at the moment (cheap camera).
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