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« on: January 04, 2008 02:42:23 PM »

hey guys,

I was recently solicited to sell my stuff at a local clothing/gift store [I was very flattered, since I didn't plan on trying to sell my stuff for a while...but apparently there's demand!]

my problem is yarn: the price of yarn I'd get through my lys is obvious marked up so they'll make a profit..but this causes me to have to mark up my prices even more [and that's not counting what the store will have to mark up in order to make a profit].
I spin, but not enough to create the kinds of yarns I want to knit things to sell with [not yet, anyway. crossing my fingers for the day!]

I can get yarns from ebay, obviously, for slightly cheaper than the lys after shipping, but I'm curious what those of you who knit to sell do...plus, I'd hate to go to the lys and just "scope out" the yarns I want and then buy online. such nice ladies in there and they've been tremendously helpful. Undecided

any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008 06:08:57 PM »

Knitting isn't really my thing but i do make and have recently started selling my jewelry. Even though it's not the same medium, I too have thought about the aspect of where to buy supplies.

There are a couple small local bead stores that I've been too. They do have an interesting selection of products, one has an entire wall of vintage beads which I probably couldn't find anywhere else. However, I know that they charge a lot lot lot more than other places. For example, they charge $38 for 15 feet of 20 gauge sterling silver wire at my LBS but I know I can get the same online for around $20. Also, at my LBS they sell swarovski crystals for a high price but they have the same at A.C. Moore 12 for $4.99 and better yet, often times they're on sale 2 for $5. And then online is the best again, 24 for $3.

So, I would definitely like to help out my local shops but when I know I can get items for less elsewhere, most of the time I do shop in the cheaper places. I think that overall it's better for my business to have the cheaper supplies so that I can offer my items at a more affordable price. I buy local whenever possible, like when I want some nice vintage beads or if I need an item fast and can't wait for it to be shipped to me.

So, my advice is to compare prices online (google for yarn stores or I'm sure some of the lovely people on here could reccommend some.) at your local stores, and even check out A.C. Moore/Micheals/JoAnnes and see what the difference in prices are. Maybe you can only get a specific yarn in the local store so you buy that one there and then get cheaper ones elsewhere. It's always nice to have an array of price ranges for your items anyway, something everyone can afford.

Just my 2 cents. :-)
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 06:59:08 AM »

You can't base your budget decisions on other people's feelings. If you can find yarn cheaper elsewhere and it will be good for your business, then that's what you have to do.

If your current "nice" people could raise their prices on top of the price you pay now, they would without considering your feelings first. There are plenty of nice business people out there, so do what's best for your own business.

« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008 06:00:40 PM »

if you decide to register yourself as a business, you should be able to get a discount on your supply purchases. 

at my local yarn store, all i had to do was show them my business license, and they entered me on their list of retail customers. this should be the case at larger craft stores too.

sorry it's been a while and i don't remember the details, perhaps the amount varies based on the state you live in? or the store?

it's great to support your local yarn store.  price your work fairly (there are tons of threads about pricing--just remember your time is valuable!), and if you have a good product (sounds like you do, since you are already getting retail requests) people will be willing to pay for it. just my 2 cents. good luck!

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