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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Messenger Bag that DOESN'T Lift and Separate! on: March 28, 2006 12:00:06 PM
I know you're asking about messenger bags, but have you tried one of those backbacks where the straps clip together?  (It has shoulder straps as usual, but there is a strap between them, high on the chest but not so high as to choke you that holds the straps very close to each other).  They don't put nearly as much strain on the front of your shoulder. 

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pearls of wisdom: what do you know now... on: March 11, 2006 06:01:27 AM
My current piece of advice is to always have a way to contact you on anything you sell.  We sell jewelry but also made some handmade cards last Christmas.  At the last minute, I printed out some stickers with our website and stuck them on the back of the cards.  The cards didn't sell as well as we'd hoped, but in Feb we got an email through the website asking if we wholesale the cards.  Long story short, we put our samples in a photo album, dressed up all professional and sold our first wholesale order ever!  We must have looked pro because she asked if she could order small quantities like dozens of each.  Since we'd sold a total of perhaps 20 by that point, dozens of each was huge!  Anyway, if there hadn't been a way for her to find us from the back of the card she'd been sent, we never would have been contacted.

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Sales Tax on: January 23, 2006 07:50:16 AM
I have another question, I wonder if any of you have had this issue...

I live in NH, and our business is here.  NH has no sales tax (yay!).  So I don't have the magic "no sales tax" certificate.  NH is very small and most of the good stores we go to are in MA.  MA has sales tax.  Is there a way for me to avoid paying sales tax on the supplies I buy in MA for my NH business?  Or am I just out of luck?

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: displaying earrings/ general craft fair questions on: January 18, 2006 06:07:37 AM
We used to use an 8x10 frame with the glass removed that we put a thin piece of styrofoam into (from some shipping box) and covered in black velvet.  The earrings poke through the velvet into the styro, and it looks pretty swanky.  Now we have more earrings and we use the blank business card idea, with holes for the earrings poked with a pin, but then we fold the top of the card over and hang it over a shutter. 

The nice thing about this is that when you get more money, you can go to printed cards (which we did right before christmas) without really changing your display.  We had one of those month-long craft shows where we all take turns running the cash register, and for that we used a bi-fold closet door with the same sort of slats and could display 30 or 40 pairs of earrings in an 18 inch square space.

Here's a pic of our small shutter before we got the big door.  Each shutter/door cost us about $5 at the local building salvage store:

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How do I find local craft fairs? on: January 18, 2006 05:49:47 AM
You can also try http://www.craftlister.com/ they have all sorts of stuff from craft shows up to juried art shows. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I glued my hand to my crotch. on: January 18, 2006 05:27:31 AM
Okay, I have to tell the story of my sister and the superglue.  We use it on the knots on our faux-leather thongs to keep them from untying.  So at the Farmer's Market at cleanup time she had the little metal tube out, and just stuck it into her pocket, planning to take it out when we got to the car with that load of stuff.  Well...she forgot.  Later at dinner all of a sudden she got this strange look on her face and jumped up.  You guessed it...at some point in the car the tube had ripped open and she had a big patch of jeans and jeans pocket glued to her leg.  By the time she discovered it, it was dry and we had to use a whole bottle of nail polish remover so she could get her pants off.

7  EUROPE / ITALY / Re: cant find stuff in rome on: January 14, 2006 11:26:23 AM
I know this is an old post, but can anyone tell me about bead stores in Rome?  I may be making a trip in late march early april.  I can't seem to find much info online, but there must be something!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Selling sewn items? on: January 13, 2006 12:57:30 PM
Okay, I'll jump in here since 68 people have read this with no replies.

What about belts?  I'm thinking of those scarf-like ones, about 3-4 inches wide and long enough to tie in a knot in the front.  Probably each would take at most a quarter yard of fabric if it was double sided, and the lenghth would be the width of the fabric.  You could pick up some remnants or use what you have on hand.    Here's an example:  http://www.mydivascloset.com/scbein4cofor.html

You could also do ribbon belts, but you'd have to buy ribbon and D-rings.  http://ecubedarts.blogspot.com/2006/01/belts.html

Not sure what else would stay at/under $10, maybe some really simple market bags out of canvas?  You could have plain ones in the $10 range and decorated ones for more.  http://secure.mcc.org/mccstore/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2

Maybe felted purses?  Small ones, or felted change purses?  I'm really not sure what your market demographics are...we sell jewelry at our farmer's market, and it's worked okay for us.  Our best seller is $5 necklaces that are a large stone donut ($1.50 at the rock store in town) put onto a faux-leather thong.  Takes seconds to make costs us $1.55, sells like crazy.  I don't know if that helps you any.  We did sell a surprising amount of things, especially at the end of the market in Sept/Oct (people thinking ahead to Christmas?)


9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Clothing at Craft Shows? on: January 13, 2006 12:32:26 PM
The last show we were at was in a high school gym...we were right next to the bathroom.  Not an ideal spot for our jewelry, but it might work for things that need to be tried on.  If you're going to be somewhere like a gym (where there is a bathroom and there is only one exit to the bathroom) maybe you can request to be next to the bathroom or the locker room.  I know it's too late for you now, but it might help someone next season.
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