A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
December Announcement: It's time for our Eighth Annual Gingerbread Contest!  Craft and enter a project for a chance to win a prize!
Total Members: 319,839
Currently Running With Scissors:
245 Guests and 7 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Why buy it when I can make it?  (Read 1454 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
Offline Offline

Posts: 141
Joined: 09-Jul-2010

The Doctor's Companion

View Profile
« on: January 20, 2011 07:46:28 AM »

So I've discovered a really bad habit about myself. The other day I was walking around our local Dillard's department store, and I noticed they had a whole rack of scarves and hats that were knit and crocheted out of super-chunky yarn. I kind of liked the look of them, so I checked the price tag - and they wanted $35 for one of these chunky scarves! It wasn't a particularly complicated stitch pattern (the crocheted ones looked like your basic sc scarf, and the knitted ones were just knit-purl-knit-purl), and I didn't see the point in spending $35 on it when I could just go to the LYS, buy a skein of chunky yarn for $5, and make my own.

Crocheted stuff (vests, hats, scarves, etc) have gotten really popular in the past couple of years, and I just can't justify spending that kind of money on it when I know it would be cheaper to buy my own yarn and make it (or something similar) myself. Anybody else do this, too? Or am I just a weirdo? Tongue

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective point of view, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey . . . stuff."
- The Doctor
Princess of Lust
Offline Offline

Posts: 867
Joined: 15-Sep-2009

Princess of Lust

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011 09:21:46 AM »

Oh yes...

I refuse to buy it, because it too expensive for something so simple.
I'm sure that I can make it myself.

I just never do it... But that's another problem, I'd say Tongue

Are you a fellow Craftster that is addicted to all sorts of Facebook games? PM me, so we can play together!
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lilibet/pins/
Ruler of Geek
Offline Offline

Posts: 1213
Joined: 12-Jan-2008

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 09:44:58 AM »

i refuse to buy things that i could make myself for less, sometimes i will buy things, but only if i know the price truly reflects the value, the rest of the time i buy yarn or beads or whatever i need and have a bash at making it, then i usually realise i didn't really want/need it anyhow and end up giving it away

Only dead fish swim with the stream.
Why does D.W. have a bowling ball in her room!?
Offline Offline

Posts: 486
Joined: 22-Oct-2006

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011 08:54:18 PM »

Ha, ha, you're poor!

But seriously, most people here feels that way. One of Craftster's graphics at the top of the page says "Do It Your Own Damn Self." Store-bought knit and crochet items will normally be made of acrylic anyway, which isn't as warm as animal fibers. I prefer wool to acrylic.

To learn more about the race controversy of the upcoming The Last Airbender movie, visit Racebending.com.
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011 02:36:08 AM »

It depends.  My time is worth money, too.  The cost of that scarf isn't just the materials--do I think it's worth my time to spend the effort in making the item? 

I'm a crafting hobbyist, not a pro, but I read the business threads occasionally.  One of main issues posters there have about pricing is that if anything, crafted items are priced too low to compensate for the crafter's labor, and that pro crafters sometimes undermine themselves by pricing off of cost alone with no regard to adequately compensating themselves for time.
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011 12:02:03 PM »

i feel the same way; i see something cool and think, "Oh, I can make that for less monies."
it's not about being cheap or it being less, because sometimes it can actually cost more. it's about the satisfaction of wearing something you created yourself. Smiley
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Elf on a Shelf Tutu
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Recycled Sweater Quilt
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Mini Heart Pinata

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.