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191  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Canadian Vendor's permits on: August 15, 2005 03:10:32 PM
I posted this is the Canada section (so pardon me if you've read it already) but it was suggested that this section would be able to offer me more help!! I need it badly!!

I am participate in a number of craft show's this year (most church basements and school gyms) and I would like to get more involved in bigger show and fairs next summer, but I haven't registered a business and what wondering if they makes a difference to show co-ordinators.  I went to a small business lecture and was told there that you can be fined if you don't have a vendor's permit(if you get caught), has this ever happened to anyone?
The only reason I haven't registered my business is because of the tax implications that come with it (I'm a student and get a nice size Income tax return and I dont what to loose that.  I'm not sure if one would effect the other I just dont want to risk it)
Thanks for any throughts/ suggestions that you could give me!!
192  CANADA / Quebec / Re: Cool places in Montreal? on: August 11, 2005 09:36:58 AM
Does anyone know if there is any good places that sell beads?  I'm going to Montreal at the end of the month because my boyfriend wants to go to some big car show (and I would love not to have to go to that!!) So as you can imagine any suggestions would be much appreiated!!
193  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Vendor Permits? on: August 11, 2005 09:33:32 AM
I want to participate in a number of craft show's this year (most church basements and school gyms) and I would like to get more involved in bigger show and fairs next summer, but I haven't registered a business and what wondering if they makes a difference to show co-ordinators.  I went to a small business lecture and was told there that you can be fined if you don't have a vendor's permit(if you get caught), has this ever happened to anyone?
The only reason I haven't registered my business is because of the tax implications that come with it (I'm a student and get a nice size Income tax return and I dont what to loose that.  I'm not sure if one would effect the other I just dont want to risk it)
Thanks for any throughts/ suggestions that you could give me!!
194  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Looking to SELL at Toronto's CLOTHING SHOW in September?? on: July 19, 2005 03:05:43 PM
What kind of jewellery do you make? and what's the cost of the booth and the dates?
195  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embroidered sushi purse on: July 19, 2005 03:03:02 PM
I love it!! You are really talented!!  You should sell them for sure, I would buy one!
196  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to shop? on: July 18, 2005 05:53:16 PM
Faithism
I'm from Toronto too and I was just wonder what stores downtown TO you buy your beads at.  I love Arton and go frequently, other then that I hit BeadFX in Scarborough for the odd thing but would love to learn where more bead places are

Thanks
197  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: My first fair- HELP??? on: July 18, 2005 03:34:04 PM
your not alone!! That's exactly how I felt about my first show, and considering it was my first I did well (I'm hoping it wasn't beginner luck)

Make sure to tell everyone it's handmade and you made it (don't assume people know that your the creator)

Put the larger bills in a different pocket or section so that people can't see your profits (I realized this when I saw my mom who was helping me try to find change for a customer and $20's fell out)

Make business cards I gave out over 100 and it was a small show

Price it according to what you see fit (everyone tells me to raise my pricing but at the prices I have now it sells pretty well so I'm sticking to my guns)

have fun and just look at it as an expirence which might pleasently surprise you
198  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: when custom orders get cancelled!! on: July 05, 2005 03:48:23 PM
Well after many emails and phone calls I have not been able to recover my costs.  I'm being send $30 and in returned I agreed to send her the necklace I've made.  This has definately been a learning expirence that not only taught me something about business (get some money upfront and not to rely on good faith), but also about this person.  I want to thank everyone for thier support and give you all the update that I didn't tell her what I think of her, because seeing her true character was enough involvement for me.  Now whether I get the money is another story but atleast now I don't have to attend her wedding (which she's now uninvitied me from, I should thanks her) and I can go away that weekend with some good friends.  Thanks everyone for reading my rant and giving your thoughts

Kathleen
199  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / when custom orders get cancelled!! on: July 04, 2005 04:51:16 PM
here's the story:

A 'friend' asked me to make her bridesmaid jewerly for her wedding in Aug.  I told her that the timing would be tight but i would do it for her.  I drove 30 minutes to her house and we designed necklaces and earrings and agreed on a price of $28.00 for the set (5 sets total) I told her that i was charging her almost no labour b/c she wanted to keep the cost low and I knew that she was tight on time and cash.  So i go and buy $50.00 of materials and take 1 1/2 hr to make the first one(way more time then i thought it would take, can you tell I'm new at the business end of crafting!) She happened to email me asking about the progress and I thought I would send her a picture of the one that I had finished.  So the climate of the Story: she emails me today and says that 'she doesn't love it' and 'wants to go another direction' and would be willing to pay me for the one I made.  I told her that she had to pay all the material cost b/c I dont think I should be out of pocket (and I'm a student so the pockets are shallow enough as it is) but she refused and said that the most she would give me is $30.00.  I just set her a bill for $53.10 for the material that's alreay cut and the beads that I would have never bought if she didn't want them and the necklace that's done

Has this ever happened to anyone else? I'm at a loss of what do do with the situation, I need at least $50 but if she wont give me that should I just chalk it up as a learning expirence and tell her what i think of her.?
200  CANADA / Ontario / Re: durham region crafters? just curious on: June 20, 2005 10:22:52 AM
I live not far form the Pickering/Scarborough line.  I was wondering the same thing about who was really from Toronto, because I said Toronto as well because it's easy for other people.
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