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« on: September 06, 2006 05:42:26 PM »

it has happened to me twice now.. i'm out in public, wearing something i made, and a stranger walks up to me and gives a compliment.

instead  of saying, "Thanks! I made it!" what comes out is just "Thanks.." as I stumble off. i really am proud of the things that i've made, and want people to know that i can make them. yet i can't seem to say it!

anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2006 05:55:30 PM »

You sound a little modest...that's a nice quality.  Just "practice" a little with family and friends and you'll be able to pat yourself on the back when strangers compliment you!  I would think that people would be even MORE impressed with your item once you tell them that it's handmade.  Might even start up some fun conversations.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2006 06:44:00 PM »

Just to add to what KCGal said; not only could it start up some fun conversations, but if you are interested in selling some of your handmade items, then it's the perfect way to find a customer!

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2006 07:09:18 PM »

i know! it must be a shyness thing.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2006 07:12:44 PM »

I made some fake ice creams for our shop and we have them right by the register. A lot of people comment on them and I've just recently started taking the "blame" for them. People are impressed that I made them because they figure I work there for lack of other skills. Now they are more impressed when they find out I made them, plus I make more money off my clay things than I do working. I've gotten a few customers that way.  Shocked


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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2006 09:46:24 PM »

*heh*  Ever since I started wandering around this webiste, I always ask (after complimenting)...did you make that??<P>You must be a shy one - I'll go on and on about something if I made it.  The suggestion about practicing with friends is a great one! 

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2006 08:08:43 AM »

I would second the suggestion about rehearsing with trusted family members. If you find yourself stumbling for words, why not give this a try?

Have several business cards printed up (be sure to add some sort of "code" that will give the new customer a modest, say 15% discount), and keep them in your purse/pocket when you are out in public.

When a stranger approaches you to compliment you on your excellent taste in jewelry/clothing/whatever-it-is-that-you-created-and-the-stranger-is-drooling-for, try this:

"Why, thank you. As luck would have it, I happen to know the creator of these pieces personally. I'm sure she would be happy to give you a little discount if you drop my name..."

Then give a knowing wink, hand them the business card, and walk away.

Think of it this way: if you were walking along, and were so enamored with someone's jewlery that you decided to compliment them on it, wouldn't you appreciate it if that person gave you a little "tip" on how you could acquire one? And with a little discount, at that!

It's all about the practice. Practice with hubby or trusted friends. Let them know that you want to excude a quiet, almost non-chalant confidence. Practice in the mirror (business cards and all).

Let us know how it goes!!

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2006 10:21:29 AM »

*oohhh*  Yes!  Smarty!  Vistaprint.com for super inexpensive, but high quality business cards!  Check it out OP!

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2006 12:31:30 PM »

"Double the thanks because I made it myself!" That's not hard to say, and people are way more impressed with something they like if it's handmade. Once you say that, the conversation begins anew.

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2006 05:49:45 PM »

i am the same way. i feel like i am bragging or telling them more than they want to know if i say that! we deserve to brag though! so try it out

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