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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to card making with a big shot plus on: May 24, 2016 09:03:20 PM
I hope your die collection has grown Jotown! Collection building can be so challenging. I have so many dies that I haven't used yet despite owning them for years. The one that gets used the most is a flower die plus basic Framelit shapes. Embossing folders are so amazing - I have lots of these and have used them quite a bit. It's really hard to say what to get when there are so many out there. Collecting just happens naturally sometimes :-)
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colorful Bird and Fish Journal Tabs on: May 24, 2016 08:57:26 PM
As a parrot owner, I thoroughly love these!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I always wanted a pop up camper. Didn't you? on: February 15, 2014 08:40:12 PM
I love it, inside and out! I always have had a fondness for plastic canvas, but knowing me, I would never finish a thing. What a great gift :-)
4  CANADA / Alberta / Re: biggest, best craft fair in Calgary? on: December 13, 2009 07:02:11 AM
The Harvest Hills Alliance Church sale is phenomenal. Even with the snowy weather on December 5-6th, it didn't stop shoppers. I still did fairly good despite everything. It's such a well organized sale and everyone is so friendly.

I have heard that the Glamorgan sale is very good as well, but have never been there. The Thorncliffe/Greenview sale was really successful for me to. It was my first time there this year and I ran out of stock on Friday night. Never had that happen before!
5  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Looking for someone making handmade soaps in Calgary! on: December 12, 2008 10:11:17 AM
Hi there,

There's one I know of on Etsy -


If you try the shop local feature you will probably come up with more.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Anyone know about artfire.com? on: December 12, 2008 09:53:59 AM
I jumped on the $7 deal as well and so far I have had one sale. Listing is a lot easier than Etsy, and I tell ya, I'm loving the stats page. So far it's told me where people are coming from in general as well as for specific items.

I am still going to maintain an Etsy presence though. I'm sure the competition will be good!
7  CANADA / Alberta / Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive (Calgary and Edmonton) on: September 24, 2008 06:58:24 AM
Is anyone going? I can't wait until Saturday :-)

8  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Craft Fairs in The Calgary Area on: September 24, 2008 06:53:28 AM
You're welcome :-) What sort of crafts do you make? The tables at most community craft sales are 6-8' long. That's a lot of room for signs and displays. Even if you don't have a lot of stock, you'd have lots of room to make a nice uncluttered display.

It might be a little too late to apply for the Festival of Crafts at the Stampede. Usually those shows book months in advance. Here's a link to the application form - http://signatures.ca/PDF/applications/OBTY2008Application.pdf

As you can see, it is quite more expensive than a community craft sale and a seller's products have to be juried in - community sales don't have that usually. The prices are a little frustrating - I'm not sure I can sell enough to make a profit at the Stampede. Maybe one day though! I don't give up on dreams easily :-D
9  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Craft Fairs in The Calgary Area on: September 22, 2008 06:56:16 AM
Hi there, I live in Calgary too!

There are a couple of ways to find craft sales here -

1. Check the board at http://www.calgaryarea.com/community/eventspsa/craftsales/craftsales.htm - many places advertise there.

2. Get out the map or phone book and call up community centers (I start around June)

3. I also call from these two lists of previous sales. If a community has had a sale before, chances it will be annual. Note that these two links are outdated -



4. Make friends with other crafters :-)

I am actually compiling a list of the sales to make into a brochure for vendors to hand out. You can check it out at http://www.purple-pony.com/disndat/calgarycraftsales.php

Most of the tables at different sales cost about $30-40, but occasionally you can find ones that are $20-25...but maybe you can find a friend to share one with you too.

I hope to have a booth at the Stampede some day too, but the cost is too expensive for me right now. They also usually want a percentage of profits as well. Good luck and hope this helps!

BTW, have you heard about the Etsy Alberta Street Team? People under the age of 18 can use Etsy to sell, but their terms of of use say that it requires the "conjunction with and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. In this case, the adult is the user and is responsible for any and all activities." (whew, had to add that in there).

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: bank account? on: February 11, 2007 02:47:33 PM
I run my business as a sole proprietorship. It was recommended to me that I open a seperate bank account, because people can then write a check to my business name instead of me personally. I pay per transaction instead of going with monthly fees.
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