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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Paint Swatches on: March 17, 2012 04:51:40 PM
I used to fold them into a match-book shape but instead of matches I stapled a short stack of recycled paper inside for notes. I put a biz card sticker on them and gave them away to people who bought something at my craft sales.

I also like to use them as a pre-tinted 'canvas' for inchie art
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Concrete to brick front steps on: February 25, 2010 04:16:30 PM
Well, the steps have been through 3 Wisconsin winters and still look good! I had to touch up a couple spots last spring and I hope the guy buying the house continues to touch up. I left him the paint and instructions. I''m back in CA in a rental now and it''s driving me nuts not being able to do anything to this place!!!
3  California / California: North / Boho Boutique in Roseville is hosting it's first handmade sale on: November 02, 2009 04:19:18 PM
November 22 at 520 Vernon Street in Old Roseville from 9am to 4pm
Boho Boutique is a consignment shop that opened just this year and the owner wants to make this sale of handmade goods an annual thing. Come down and check it out!
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #43 - Drinking Straw Makeover - Due Oct 1 - Oct 5 2009 on: September 28, 2009 06:19:38 AM
GAH! I'm right in the middle of packing to move out of state -
Before we sold the house I had planned on making a 'beaded curtain' out of blue and green straws cut at various lengths to use as a bathroom curtain. It would let in light and air but block any peeping-toms. Oh well, maybe the new place will need curtains, but too late for this challenge...
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Cash Box, Baby! on: September 12, 2009 08:52:28 AM
I only take $50 cash: 20 ones and the rest in fives. I have not had a problem making change all summer. Of course I accept credit cards too, so maybe that makes a dif.
So far as a cash box, the aprons work well and so do pockets, but there's something gross about being handed some warm damp bills. I have a 'cammo' box - just a hardcover book with the insides cut out and glued together. I can set it down on my wrapping table and, unless they see me pulling money out, no one knows it isn't just a book I'm reading when it's slow. When I DO make change I put the book in my lap so people don't notice.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to overcome shyness in dealing with customers on: September 12, 2009 08:46:07 AM
I spent 7 days over the summer sharing a booth at the local farmers market with two other local vendors in my art group. The various vendors were usually different each time so I got to see a lot of different approaches. We didn't want to 'step on toes' in our own booth so we would not try to pull customers away from each others displays, in fact we learned each other's spiels quickly and would chat up each other's goods.

So far as getting folks INTO our booth, I found very few vendors know what to do. Most of them sat behind their display and waited for money to drop in their laps. That doesn't happen. Myself and a few others would work the crowd, speaking with anyone who even looked our general direction. My patter was easy and enticing, inviting folks to 'Come check out my Naughty bits!' and once they came to see what I was talking about explain how they are made.

You need to believe in your wares  and come up with a catchy tag-line like mine. Think of something about your goods that is informative that shoppers might not know and use it to open a conversation. One vendor put up a sign with prices higher than usual and would tell shoppers she was having a sale and the item was actually a cheaper price. If you mention the 'S' word (sale) it creates a feeding frenzy!

You can't annoy your booth neighbors by stealing their customers, but once a shopper's eyes aren't directed at their stuff they are fair game. On the other hand sitting in silence can make a shopper feel like they are intruding. It's a fine line, but you will find it - and if your face doesn't hurt from smiling all day then you didn't smile enough!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: ring display? on: September 12, 2009 08:18:35 AM
Sorry- don't have a pic, but imagine this:
I took a couple yards of the fattest (about the size of a 50 cent piece) upholstery edging I could find (about $1.20 a yard at Hancock), sewed a tube of stretch velveteen to pull it through so you have a fat velvety rope. Then, starting at the outside edge of the lid of a cookie tin, glue the rope in a spiral just tight enough so the sides of each coil touch. Tuck in the ends, making sure nothing is glued to the side of the lid. Let it dry, insert your rings in the spiral, and Voila! - you have a nice ring display! The best part is when you are packing for the show, you just put the base of the cookie tin over your rings (like an upside-down cookie tin) and you have perfect storage. I use these for my shows and it's an instant set up. Just pull the tin off the lid and set the lid on your table..
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: First Craft Fair Results! Not too Shabby! on: September 12, 2009 08:04:27 AM
Just a note on using Propay - you do NOT have to use a computer or phone at the point of purchase. In fact you don't even really need a 'knuckle-buster' as the machines are called. All you need are credit card slips, a hard, flat surface, and a pen. All you do is place the card under the slip and do a rubbing with the side of your pen. Make sure you can read the name, CC # and the expiration date. You get them to sign it and write down their Zip code (which you will need to process the card later at your convenience) and phone number (in case you need to call them).
Later at home you can go online and enter the info to process the cards. Having a hard-copy impression of the card and their signature is a more secure way of doing CC sales. It proves the card and the person were both physically there - less chance of a charge-back.
This is far faster than doing it all on the computer while they wait and you don't have to worry about power loss or poor connection.
Of course you can purchase a knuckle-buster and imprint plate with CC slips for under $15..........
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Accepting Credit Cards at Craft Fairs on: September 12, 2009 07:50:42 AM
I started accepting CC's this summer and boy, am I glad i did!
My sales went from about $100 a show to averaging $300 with at least 1/2 of those sales being credit. When I share a booth with someone who doesn't take cards, I can do it for them too.
If you have an Etsy shop you can get a discount on the annual fee. I only paid $29. There is no monthly fee and the percentage they keep is comparable to Paypal.
If you plan on doing more than half-a-dozen shows each year you should take Credit Cards.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: New article about internet selling on: September 12, 2009 07:32:02 AM
I didn't see Zibbet or Trendy Indie mentioned.

I have recently dropped my Trendy Indie shop due to spending so much time running two other online shops PLUS doing local shows. but I'm really stuffing my Zibbet shop full of Naughty Bits and Melted Media.
Awhile back I had purchased ad space here on Craftster and had run a promotion for Zibbet and got so many people to sign up that I can list as many items as I want and make all the sales I can ABSOLUTELY FREE! FOREVER!
You can do this too (though not necessarily on the grand scale I did). Just sign up on Zibbet.com and refer 7 other people who sign up. The flat monthly rate will drop by $1 for each person who you get to sign up. It's so easy, and the site is awesome. Come check it out http://zibbet.com/
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