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« on: February 27, 2005 07:43:51 PM »

I'm in the process of looking into a website and deciding what wares I will sell.  I already have some card styles that I currently make.  I'm trying to decide if this type of magnet is a saleable item and how much it should be sold for.  I will package it in a small cellophane envelope for sale.   It's made with wire, washi paper and some paper mesh and a coat of diamond glaze over the whole thing.

What do you think?



The magnets are super strong and of good quality, but just wanted to make sure that these would be worth my time.  They're fairly easy to make, I guess.
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2005 09:14:31 AM »

They are rele cute but i am not sure how many ppl would be up for buying magnets + postage and pacakging ? if u were selling other stuff too maybe? x
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2005 09:24:02 AM »

For some reason-magnets sell well on ebay...there have been a couple of artist who have made magnet sized artworks and they have gained quite a following and are doing well.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2005 10:30:44 AM »

Thanks for your replies.  I am thinking of selling handmade cards along with framed cards in small shadowboxes as "art" as well as various trinkets/ornaments/magnets that are made of dominos and other found objects, so these would be only one of my types of wares.  You're right about the shipping thing, although maybe I could offer free shipping for something like this if I built it into my cost since it would be negligible for a small item like this. 

It's all very overwhelming to try to sell your creations.  The self-doubt always pops up and tells you that your stuff is yucky and you're the only one that likes it.   Cheesy

Dumb, huh?

I'll also look into the Ebay thing.  I've bought lots of stuff, but never sold....

« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2005 12:43:22 PM »

I think they would sell, depending on the price.

« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2005 12:22:32 AM »

I think it's lovely and would definitely sell.  You could make a matching card and sell them as a set.  (The card may get put away but the magnet will always be hanging around!)

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2005 02:19:25 AM »

I think these would definately sell.  maybe try some of the farmers markets.  I don't know if you're anywhere near seattle, but for example, the Ballard and Freemont sunday markets have art/craft stalls which would be perfect.  I'm sure there are similar markets outside of seattle also.  Yakima has one, or if you're in the south of washington anywhere near portland, they have a saturday market there.  These would also be good places to check out similar goods for pricing suggestions. Good Luck!
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2005 07:44:57 AM »

Great idea about packaging a magnet and card together.  I will definitely look into this.  I found some packaging that will work by putting the magnet in a 2X3" cellophane self-sealing envelope, sealing it, and then turning it upside down and putting a large 1/4" grommet at the top--makes it look like it was meant for a retail hanger or something. 

I had also looked at farmer's markets, but the thought of going there and selling wares face to face is really overwhelming.    jujubecraftin', if you are ever in Vancouver, we have a great Farmer's Market at Esther Short Park now.  It's pretty fabulous.

Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2005 07:43:46 AM »

I do think that they would sell, and they are most assuredly cute...good luck in your endevour
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2005 09:35:01 AM »

Hi TVTrayArt--

First, that is a gorgeous design.
Second - I agree with what many of the other posters have suggested:
Have a matching greeting card.
Folks like to send little tokens along with their letters/cards (I have quite a few magnets on my fridge that came to me that way).

Good Luck!

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