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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re:Craft/Art Show Pricing on: February 14, 2004 01:41:48 PM
Don't bring your prices down, you set them at that price point for a reason.  If they ask about it, explain that you're using high quality materials.  And if the patrons are afraid that you're not legit, they can check out the website, and order from there.  Also, no matter how much you make, there's always going to be someone who says "I like this, but does it come in another color?"  

Just make whatever you feel comfortable with, and if they like your stuff, they'll buy it.  It sounds to me like you've got a good head on your shoulders, otherwise you probably wouldn't have been asked to participate.

Good luck, and sorry if that got rambly!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:the tshirt biz on: February 13, 2004 07:10:19 PM
So how would you say this question translates to buying vases, from Ikea that I decorate and sell?  

This is something I've been wondering about for awhile, too.

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re:What can I sell for around $5? on: February 13, 2004 04:06:51 PM
Hey!

Now, no dirty minds here, but there's this stuff called "Stiffy" that you can soak fabric in to make it hold a shape.  I've seen it before at craft stores.

As for stuff under 5 bucks, why not do some quick wire jewelry?  You can take one interesting bead, string it in the middle of  a length of wire, make  a circle that can fit a finger, then twist the excess around the loop next to the bead (I hope that's not too confusing.  It sounds a little confusing even to me   Undecided)  Or skip the bead, and just make interesting shapes with the wire.  

Hope that helps!

And your flowers are really cute!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:What to do when someone takes your business name? on: February 12, 2004 03:00:30 PM
I decided to come up with my own name.  A very wise friend told me that this business is going to be something that I will deal with and nurture everyday, and the last thing that I want is to look at the name of my company and think of her and what she's done.  So, I talked to her about it; it turns out that she doesn't want me to use the name because I'm moving out of our apartment early (this girl has lots of other problems besides reversing her decision on things (and as for the moving out early, I'm still going to pay rent here, just not live here)).  When we talked she got uber-defensive, and asked why I would even want a name that someone else had come up with.  While this is a crappy situation, no questions, at least I saw her true colors.

And you guys have no idea how much I appreciate all of the support I've gotten over the past couple of days.  It really means alot to me. Cheesy
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Using LiveJournal as a makeshift website? on: February 10, 2004 05:23:34 PM
It is a little challenging when you do all the website stuff for the first time.  It'll get quicker as you get a hang of it Smiley

If you end up wanting to learn HTML, WebMonkey has some good articles to help you get started.
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Thanks!  I'll take a look at it. Smiley
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Using LiveJournal as a makeshift website? on: February 10, 2004 12:29:17 PM
Thanks Jennymeg, that's good to know.  I thought I had seen someone do it before, but I didn't want to get in trouble for it.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What to do when someone takes your business name? on: February 10, 2004 09:38:06 AM
My roommate and I were going to start a business lasty year to sell all the stuff we make.  She came up with the name Avant Cute for us to use.  Now, a whole year came by, and we never did anything, and she never used the name, so now that I've decided to do something by myself, I asked if I could use Avant Cute.  She said yes, and I made tons of business cards, got a Hotmail account, and I was going to buy a domain name tomorrow, when I got paid until I saw the note she left by the computer.  She took one of my test sheets for my business cards and wrote "Although this is cute, I think I'd be more comfortable if you thought of your won name after all."  Which is fine and all, but if that's how she felt, she should have told me in the first place, not after I'd done all this work.  Now I don't know what to do.  I've got to start all over on the business cards, and come up with another name that's just as good.  Not to mention the fact that I feel completely betrayed by someone who's supposed to be my friend.  

Any help?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Using LiveJournal as a makeshift website? on: February 10, 2004 09:31:47 AM
We just have Adobe Photoshop.  

I tried Doteasy last year, but I found it really confusing to upload my stuff, even just the basics.  The most I accomplished was turning the screen pink.  But I may try it again, after looking around some, it does seem to be the best deal.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Using LiveJournal as a makeshift website? on: February 08, 2004 12:40:47 PM
Could you do the same thing with Adobe?

I've honestly never really done well with computer-y stuff like this and am mostly computer illiterate.

 
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Using LiveJournal as a makeshift website? on: February 08, 2004 12:28:04 PM
Ok, so right now I lack the basic knowledge of putting together a website.  I was thinking about setting up a Live Journal account and posting pictures of some of the things I'd like to sell.  Do they have a problem with this?  I checked their website, and didn't really see anything on there, but I don't want to get into trouble for it.  Or does anyone know a quick and easy (and fairly cheap!) way of setting up a website with the teensy amount of HTML knowledge that I've got?
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