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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: selling made-to-order items on etsy? on: February 15, 2008 04:33:30 PM
I've seen people do this on Etsy--especially with clothing.  As long as you give buyers an idea of turnaround time I can't see how it would be a problem. 
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: first time craft fayre on: February 15, 2008 04:28:19 PM
There are so many things I wished I knew about when I started!  Some basics would be:

Stand, don't sit.  Potential customers are more likely to ask for help and/or buy if they feel you're totally available to them.

When people enter your booth, look busy if you can.  Don't make them feel like you're concentrating on them, expecting them to buy something.

(In other words, make yourself available at a distance!)

Don't ask people if you can help them.  They might say "no", which is often a dealbreaker in sales.  Instead, say something like, "If there's anything I can help you with just let me know."

If you can be making your jewelry while your exhibiting, that often interests buyers.

Have a small dish of candy or something to offer your customers.  It's a nice goodwill gesture.

Don't be afraid to charge what your product is worth, and *never* apologize for that.  Make sure prices are visible--people don't like to ask.

For display, try to have different levels-use shelves for example.  Use neckbusts, or if you can't afford them at first, improvise.  I once saw somebody use styrofoam blocks draped in fabric, with necklaces and bracelets draped over that. 

Make sure you have lots of change.

I'm sure there's lots of things that I'm leaving out.  If you get really into doing shows there's a great CD by Bruce Baker about craft show dos and don'ts.   I did shows for about four years and I had lots of ups and downs.  If you don't sell a lot your first time, don't be too discouraged.  It takes time to get good at it, and those of us who are good at making things are not usually good at selling them.  I generally want to treat my customers the way I would like to be treated, but I hate it when people try to *sell* me something.  Not everybody is like me, of course! 

Good luck!  Let us know how it goes.   Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Promoting to shops on: February 11, 2008 12:17:53 PM
Very professional, and cute too!  Great idea! Smiley
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Wording on labels: Handmade or Hand Crafted? on: February 09, 2008 11:39:18 AM
I prefer "handcrafted", but that's just my opinion.  I think it's totally a matter of personal preference.  Smiley
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Feedback on Etsy on: February 05, 2008 03:51:21 PM
I agree that it's rude to not leave feedback, and I *always* leave feedback for buyers, but some people consider e-mails requesting feedback to be spam.  There have been a few threads about this on the Etsy forums.

I can't afford to buy stuff, but if I could, I wouldn't be particularly worried if a seller had more sales than feedbacks.  I know a lot of buyers forget.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How can you? on: February 05, 2008 03:45:38 PM
Hi Eclectic--I don't think the issue is your work or your pricing, which is perfectly reasonable.  I haven't had massive amounts of sales on Etsy either, but one thing I hear over and over again is that you have to promote, and that the best way to do that is to network everywhere you go, both online and off.  I spend most of my time on promotion and I think it's starting to pay off.  It's *a lot* of work though!

Good luck!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: pricing? on: January 31, 2008 01:14:06 AM
Your pricing formula should cover materials, labor, profit and overhead (including selling expenses, packaging, equipment, etc.)  Also, if you are considering wholesaling your work to retailers at some point down the road, keep in mind that retailers will expect your wholesale price to be 50% of your retail prices. 

In other words: material + labor + overhead + profit = wholesale price; wholesale price X 2 = retail price

I know when you're just starting out that seems high, but I agree with everybody else here, *don't* sell yourself short!   Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: advise to sell on own website or etsy? on: January 26, 2008 02:59:36 PM

I would like to sell at Etsy - but I agree about the competition - if I direct someone to my Etsy store, there's a good chance they will wander off into someone elses!!

This is true, but then people might also wander into your Etsy store from somebody else's.  Wink
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / business name problem on: January 26, 2008 02:57:05 PM
effendog: I like "Blue Pear", personally.  But then, my name is "yellowplum"!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Which do you prefer?? on: January 23, 2008 01:51:18 PM
Zippers for me.  I'm clumsy--I drop things, I grab for my bag and accidentally overturn it, etc.  Stuff is always falling out of my non-zippered bags.   Shocked
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