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Thread: Help Pricing Craft Sale Items

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    I know a lot of you do Christmas craft fairs so I was wondering if you could help me with pricing on things like potholders, mug rugs, table runners, 45" lap quilts, wall hangings, etc. Do you price by size?

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    The most important thing is to figure out what range of pricing fits your area. You don't want to sell yourself short but you also don't want to price yourself out of the market. What might be a perfectly acceptable price in one area might be way high or way low somewhere else, so I'm not going to try to tell you specifics.

    I will say that you want a variety of price points to fit various people's budgets. You need a good quantity of under $20 items, possibly some under $10. Your next price point will be $30 - $40 items, of which you should also have a fair quantity. The $50 and up items are what will start to pay for your time and effort, but in my area these might not move as fast as the lower priced items. In other places they may fly off the table.

    Pricing by size is probably the easiest, but you may also want to consider complexity as well, especially on your larger pieces, even though we all know smaller may actually be more difficult!

    Good luck on your venture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    The most important thing is to figure out what range of pricing fits your area.

    $50 and up items
    I agree with checking local pricing

    Having one or two high-end, fantastic, eye-catching items can bring customers to your booth. While they're there, they might buy

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    A photo of the items and what the show is would be helpful. I just was at the show in Letchworth.

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    can you post pics of your items?

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    I do one show a year; it was last weekend. I know I underprice but mainly I want to cover my cost and make space so I can use what I make for new fabric. I did well with several low priced items, e.g. tissue purse packs for $3, simple small table toppers - like a place mat, cut with wavy sides - for $5 each. Baby quilts mainly from panels are $25. Simple, quick, pretty. I've tried potholders in the past and they haven't sold. Hope you are successful and have fun!

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    Good luck!!

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    People seem to want to buy Tote bags and purses...and anything to do with animals. Those are the tables that seems to do well...and the Corn bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz
    I do one show a year; it was last weekend. I know I underprice but mainly I want to cover my cost and make space so I can use what I make for new fabric. I did well with several low priced items, e.g. tissue purse packs for $3, simple small table toppers - like a place mat, cut with wavy sides - for $5 each. Baby quilts mainly from panels are $25. Simple, quick, pretty. I've tried potholders in the past and they haven't sold. Hope you are successful and have fun!
    Last year I had people asking me for potholders, aprons and kitchen type stuff! Guess you can't figure! But what would you charge for a potholder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liese
    Last year I had people asking me for potholders, aprons and kitchen type stuff! Guess you can't figure! But what would you charge for a potholder?
    Depending on work involved, I've charged $3.50 or $4.00 for a potholder. As long as they are done well, people don't mind. Are you doing a craft fair? Where?

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