Sunday, November 14, 2010

Craft Show

The show was a good experience for me to see how things work and need to be done.  That said, I did not do very well in sales, as I only sold one thing, and lost more money than I made.  This seems to be a recuring theme with my sales on and off-line and I know I am not a pro by any means and I want to stop this trend, as it is expensive!  I have the same questions each time, as in- How much is too much?  Will my things sell in this market, and if so what price range?  and etc. etc.  I have very little money and if I price things at a level I could afford, it seems too cheaply priced and I get very little interest in my items.  But, if I price according to my time, materials, any added expenses like gas, mileage, postage, etc.  that too seems to not work!  My sales on Etsy have not been very much and I thank God I don't have to live off of the profits because I would have been homeless a long time ago!   I love to create things and make my ideas into reality and I will continue to make things but I do say it is very discouraging!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Craft Sale

Been a long time since I posted, but I think I finally have something to talk about.  This coming Saturday, November 6, I am planning on selling at the Ames Progressive craft/art sale.  I have sold things only once before this and I am more than a little nervous.  I never know how to price!  Just like on Etsy, if it's too high nobody will buy it, too low, nobody buys it, then I feel like I don't get what I need to make a profit or cover time and expenses.  I know I need to gauge it by audience, BUT I also think of what I could afford, and it isn't much, so the problem continues. 

I need to borrow a table, so I need to call somebody.  I think I will set it up at home first, so I can get an idea of what it will look like. I hate it that I have to take taxes too!  Why is this always a requirement?  I am not a business, or even make that much money doing this! Seems like the "man" always wants a cut no matter how much or how little a person makes.  But I wont get started on that topic now!   

If you are around ISU or Ames Iowa this Saturday check out the Progressive.  Don't forget Christmas is coming, so presents could be bought.