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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: stocking stitch on: September 28, 2004 03:32:23 PM
Stocking stitch is just another term for stockinette stitch which is a row of knit, a row of purl, a row of knit, a row of purl, and so on.  It's the stitch that makes the nice, neat V stitches on the front and the bumps or "pearls" on the reverse, like a typical sweater.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: selling to zoo and museum gift shops on: September 28, 2004 03:04:17 PM
I used to work in a museum, and if I recall correctly, they paid via "net 30" (within 30 days of receiving your items)  Some stores will pay you before you ship, but I don't recall the museum I worked at doing that.  They did not do consignment, just wholesale.  You should have a pretty professional line sheet to present to the buyer, and you should follow up with them from time to time since they get tons of inquiries. 

Also, try to keep on top of special exhibits and be in touch if your work would fit well one of them.  They usually do separate gift areas focusing on the special exhibits.

RedStitch, regarding consignment, the 60% you get in a consignment deal is actually more than you would get in a wholesale deal (wholesale is usually 50% of retail price -- so an item retailing for $20 would give you $12 on consignment but $10 wholesale).
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: APRON BAGS .... Can anyone direct me to who makes them or the posting??? on: September 12, 2004 05:21:51 PM
Thanks, dalai!  No biggie!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: APRON BAGS .... Can anyone direct me to who makes them or the posting??? on: September 12, 2004 04:26:08 PM
Thanks for the link to my site, dalaimama!  But can I be a pain and ask you to please take down the photo?  When you place photos from someone else's site on discussion boards like Craftster, it eats up a lot of that site's bandwidth (in this case, mine!).  Sorry to be a pain!  If you want to keep the photo up, you could save it to your hard drive and upload it to a free graphics server like Photobucket.com and use that URL instead.

Sorry again!  But thanks for the link, I hope it was what you were looking for, segs11, or at least helps in your quest!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: custom logo stamp? on: August 17, 2004 04:04:38 PM
Impress does them: http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/  I've ordered from them before, but not this type of item so I can't attest for the quality -- but the price is very good.
6  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Sewing Get-togethers in Western Mass? on: August 07, 2004 08:38:26 AM
Hi rivervoodoo!  I bet I'm not who you're thinking of b/c I don't know anyone in town at all.  Smiley  What was the Pleasant St thing?  Also, where/when are these Northampton SnBs? 

I do all sorts of stuff other than knitting, but not much is really portable for a get-together.  Though I could do some embroidery like Sublime Stitching or Subversive Cross Stitch.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: shipping ...ups vs fedex vs priority mail on: August 03, 2004 07:21:32 PM
From my experience often times UPS is cheaper than the postal service. Also, with USPS, "priority mail" is totally meaningless - not only do they force you to buy priority mail if your package is over a certain weight, but there is no difference between priority and "regular" mail. There's no guarantee your package will get anywhere, and if it doesn't arrive, there isn't really anyone you can even ask about it. My parents have lots of experience with UPS b/c of their business and have always been happy. Also, I like the idea of customers being able to track their UPS packages.

I have to disagree with a couple of the points above, though I have heard that UPS can be cheaper.  As someone else mentioned, you can get tracking on your USPS packages -- and it's free if you print the label online.

I've noticed a big difference between Priority and regular first class in terms of time -- Priority is usually 1-3 days, and first class is like 3-6 or so.  If you don't want Priority on a larger package, you can get parcel post which takes a little longer.

Also, if your package doesn't get there, you can do a loss report.  I've only done it once, and they ended up finding the package based on the report. 

(Hope I don't sound annoying about it!  I think all of the different shipping methods have their place, and you should do whatever works best for your budget and customers! Smiley)
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Ebay....getting worse and worse! on: July 29, 2004 07:06:19 PM
My boyf has been posting lots of stuff on eBay the past few days.  He's on a Mac and uses eLister to do it: http://www.blackmagik.com/elister.html  and hasn't had any problems.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Shipping and packaging? on: July 29, 2004 07:04:38 PM
I prefer to wrap in tissue paper (usually with a poly bag as well), and then either use a large padded mailing envelope (if bag is flat) or cardboard box (if not flat).  Or if I'm sending Priority I'll use the free Tyvek bags or cardboard boxes from the post office.  If you're buying lots of padded envelopes or boxes that are the same size, check out veripack.com -- way cheaper than office supply store to buy a lot. You can also get big poly bags and tissue there in mega-bulk.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: which currency should i use? +mals-e question on: June 25, 2004 08:10:25 AM
Most Canadian shop owners I've talked to say that the majority of their customers are in the US, so they use USD throughout their sites.  I think it depends mostly on where you plan to promote yourself -- if you'll be advertising in US publications, etc, then you're probably better off with USD.  But if you want your shop to feel more Canadian and appeal more to Canadians, then I'd go with Canadian dollars.
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