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121  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / First time selling at market / craft fair (kinda long) on: April 24, 2004 03:12:15 AM
I'm considering going to a market to sell my handbags right?

So I drove there today to see what kinda things were being sold there and its all really kinda hippy things (flute music, bongo drums, incense smells, etc).

There were a handful of stalls selling funky clothing and handbags but not really like mine so I *think* there may be a niche there for my kinda handbags.

The problem is, I am really scared about getting out there and doing it. Like, what do I take along, what do I say to people when I get asked questions, do I actively *sell* the stuff to people? I'm kinda shy and timid so I'm not really sure if the market thing is for me.

Any ideas from anyone who has been through the first time nerves or anyone else who can offer some wise words of advice in terms of how to do the market thing?  Roll Eyes

Oh and sorry this is a bit looong.
122  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re:Take part in a local australian swap! on: April 24, 2004 02:59:06 AM
Hanabi, pammymela and glitterbug if you are all still interested in swapping for the things I have listed below, please PM with the details of things you would be willing to swap.

123  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:How profitable is your website? on: April 22, 2004 02:36:14 AM
Well I have only been going for a couple of months so as you can imagine its kinda hard to get up and started.

I am still finding that I get most of my business through eBay.

Like sewing stars mentioned, its good if you need to show a prospective customer your work and in that regard is worth putting a bit of time, effort and $$ into it.

I think that Craftyboy has a particularly "different" product that he is selling and there is obviously a market for it and less competitors than the average handmade clothing/accessories/whatever online shop.

Hope this answers a few questions.
124  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Shop on a different link? on: April 22, 2004 02:29:46 AM
I strugged over this one too when I was making my website.

I came to the conclusion that because I didn't have THAT many MAIN categories in my shop that I put them all on the front page, and then made subheadings on the next page that came up.

Does this make sense (my head is a bit fuzzy right now)  Smiley

125  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re:sewing machine servicing recommedations anyone? on: April 22, 2004 02:19:35 AM
I got my sewing machine serviced at Rockdale Sewing Machine Warehouse (in Sydney) - I wouldn't recommend anyone else go here as the woman there is a total ogre.

They charge $85 for a basic maintenance service then if your machine is totally stuffed they charge on a per hour basis and also charge you for any parts that they have to get for the machine.

I would recommend you shop around a bit to find a more reasonable price, especially considering that your machine is basically brand new and parts are not hard to come by for it (and I doubt they would even need parts).

126  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re:How about a local australian swap? on: April 22, 2004 02:12:59 AM
Okies,    Cheesy

Well I guess I would be willing to put these 5 things into the swap:

one of my handmade handbags
a number of my round snaps
a number of my square snaps
a bag full of trims
1m of fabric

or, you can go to http://www.sarah1980.com/swap.htm.

bittenbefore, I guess you will take the role as the "official organiser" for this swap?  Smiley
127  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re:sewing pattern swap on: April 19, 2004 03:54:25 AM
i will collect and re- distribute patterns (for two reasons, one i'm mildly obsessesd with organization, and two i'll admit to being greedy and wanting a first look)
Okay, this seems a little odd to me.

We send patterns to you directly so that you can go through them all first and pick out/copy the ones that you want and then you pay out of your own pocket to ship the pattern to each person who's signed up for the swap???

Am I understanding this correctly ... or not Huh If I am understanding correctly, forgive me, but it all sounds a bit self-centred. Roll Eyes
128  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re:SYDNEY check in on: April 02, 2004 02:37:17 AM
Hey there,

I'm in Sydney too. Thanks for posting.

As for me, I have an obsession with sewing - bags mainly. ATM I'm trying to teach myself how to use my knitting machine so if you know anywhere in Sydney that might give me lessons, please let me know!

I work as an evening WP operator (a glorified typist) in the city and part time sell handbag making supplies.

129  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re:Proposals For New Swap Themes - incomplete projects swap?? on: April 01, 2004 02:08:59 AM
I had this idea recently - an incomplete projects swap.

You know how you have those things that you just can't seem to finish (through lack of motivation, better things to do, no time, etc) - well what do people think about swapping an unfinished project?

Somebody said to me recently that it would be like receiving an unfinished story that you would add your special finishing to.

I guess you'd have knitters sending their unfinished project to another knitter, jewelry makers swapping with other jewelry makers, sewers swapping with other sewers - well you get the picture.

I'm not saying that people should deliberately start a project and then swap it but that you just swap whatever lonely little half finished projects you have in the "unfinished" box.

Would there be any interest in this? Roll Eyes
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