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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Do you think my Bottles will sell? on: October 29, 2014 03:32:39 PM
Interesting ... never saw bottles decorated like that.  Will they sell?  I think given the right market anything will sell.  Have you tried craft shows with success?  There are shows around here in Louisiana where more traditional arts/crafts sell well.  However there are some venues where something not so traditional (like your products) might do well.  But then, you never know ... yours might do well in a more tradtional show.  Having never seen something like that it's hard to tell.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Open House on: October 23, 2014 05:16:14 AM
Yeah, I make stuff too and then have to figure out a place to store it or use, though usually not on that scale!  LOL
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Open House on: October 22, 2014 06:14:16 AM
Chris,

I think I am going to do it.  We have to decide when our store Christmas party is so I don't try to do this on the same day.  The decision on the party will be made today or tomorrow.
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Open House on: October 21, 2014 12:49:16 PM
I am not sure this topic is appropriate for this forum.  If not, one of the mods can delete it.

I am thinking of having an open house to sell off some of my work.  I am thinking of setting it for the first Saturday in December for a couple of reasons ...

1) Don't have to compete with Black Friday/Saturday
2) The house will be decorated for Christmas by then.

I thought I'd set up my tables, complete with table covers, and all the stuff I use on my tables for craft shows.  I would have all my stuff displayed and ready for purchase, which is my preference .... or I could take orders.

I thought I would have discounts for mutiple purchases that are cash and carry ...

1) 2 sets of coasters for either $40 or $45 (normally would be $48).  Can't decide on the amount.
2)  2 plaques for $18 or 3 for $25 (normally sell for $10/each)

Orders placed that day would have to be paid in advance and would receive no discount.

What do y'all think?  Have you ever done an open house?  I plan on advertising it through friends and family and on my facebook page.  I would like to hear your thoughts.  TIA
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Trinksy? on: October 17, 2014 06:36:34 AM
I do agree with Chris.  It takes more than just time to create an income from a craft or art business.  It takes concentrated effort and looking for various ways to get your name and product out there.  What works for one person may not work for the next.  I see questions on facebook page, primarily from newbie crafters asking what's selling, how do I market it, how do I price it, etc.  Artists and crafters can talk only talk specifics about what works for them.  Otherwise it's generalities, looking at trends, etc.

The other place where Chris and I meet up has a lot of professionals in the arts and crafts pursing more than just small time affairs.  If  you count success as being there for the long haul (decades) and making a living, these people are successful.  What some of us newbies have to remember is that we don't have the long term experience they do but we can learn from them and try to avoid pitfalls and mistakes.

Also there is the misconception that the money will roll in with no monetary investment from the crafter.  I see stories on the FB page where people want to invest the least and get the most from their business ... to the point that it is getting frustrating and I am debating leaving the group.  I tire of the same questions and lack of interest in investing in proper equipment (tables, tents, displays, etc.).  However, I also know I needed mentors who were ahead of me on this road to provide insight, cheer me on, etc.

Monetary investment is required for business growth.  What?  No extra money for that?  Then what is one willing to give up to make their business grow?  TV watching?  Starbucks?  Outings with friends?  Downsize living quarters?  It seems there are people out there who want it all but want it with no sacrifice on their part.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Trinksy? on: October 14, 2014 02:20:48 PM
Chris ....^^^=Like
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Whoa! What a fee! on: September 16, 2014 05:59:50 AM
If you are referring to the original post, no, it's in Louisiana.
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: In need of advice on: September 07, 2014 05:37:06 PM
I am so with you on that rami :< I'm terrified of putting anything I make out into the world because I think it'll never be good enough for someone to actually BUY. However, at least you STARTED an etsy store  Cheesy I'm still in the "scared shitless" stage of MAKING stuff for my store so FEEL PROUD you took the first step!!

   But really, all it takes is ONE sale and you're hooked Smiley Hope is like an addiction; You keep looking for more wherever you go!

I wish you all the best luck in finding your Groove with the craft fairs and etsy selling ^^ it's a fantastic and useful idea!

You know I have been doing this going on 2 year (December 12) and I still get silly over people WANTING to buy my stuff.  When I hear others say something like, "I just love your coasters." and then buy some, I think, "really, you like my stuff?"

It remindes me of when Sally Fields won an Oscar for a movie many years ago and in her acceptance speech, she said, "You love me, you really, really love me." And she was just gushing.  That is ME when someone compliments my work or buys something!  LOL LOL

I like my stuff .... or else I would not make it.  But it's freakin' reeeediculous that someone else would too.  <vbg>
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: New Homemade: ArtWewaters Arts & Crafts Kit on: September 07, 2014 04:27:00 PM
When I first read this a couple of days ago I thought it sounded like it could be a spam email, or if it was a phone call I'd put it in the same category as a telemarketer.  Today, after reading it again, I still feel the same .... and I don't buy from those types.

Besides what y'all have addressed, I feel any legitimate company will have a physical address, or at least a phone number, for contact purposes.  How you contact them if there is a problem with the order, or if it never arrives?  email?  facebook?
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Branding for your business on: August 30, 2014 04:42:04 PM
As soon as I saw "Coaster Girl" I knew it was you. Sometimes AFI is not for the faint of heart though, as opinions can be strong.

There's new thread here I just replied to. I would like your opinions too.

I appreciate all I have learned here and at AFI.  Sometimes we need that strong dose of honesty, especially when it comes from the likes of all the pros at AFI.  There are plenty of good ideas here too, not trying to discount anyone here.

What thread are you referring to here?  Point me in the right direction and I'll take a look at it.
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