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    hmm... those aren't very good pictures, but I didn't have a digital camera back then and DH just snapped those pictures.

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    Actually, those pictures were exactly what I was looking for Cathe. Thank you!

    I have to say, at the slow speed I sew, I'm wondering if selling things I make at a local fair or market will be worth it. I may just need to hook up with another gal or two and go in it with them for renting table space and whatnot.
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    That's what I had in mind, Tiffany. No way do I have enough sewing time to make enough--unless I collected for years before I tried a show. But my daughter loves to crochet and we thought we could use the stock piling excuse to keep doing what we love without guilt for spending so much time/money on the hobby. :wink:

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    You go girlfriend! I wish one of my daughters was into such things. My youngest is going to major in art with a minor in business marketing so I'm hoping the quilting bug will bite her while she's having to take all these different classes in college. One of her required classes is weaving. Now I could see us working together, me with my quilting and she with her weaving and business degree. :D Of course that's just a dream and many years off for now. Still, I can dream. :lol: I think it is great your daughter has a craft and is willing to go into business with you. :mrgreen:
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    I live in a huge university town and I can sell anything ... anything! ... if it's in the team colors. Doesn't even have to relate to the school; just be in those colors. I put some of my stuff at a few local b&b, especially for the fall football season.

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    Now that is excellent advice!! Thanks yarnball! The ISU campus isn't that far away and many people here in Idaho Falls have either been to the campus as students or have children who are attending. I will have to start buying a lot of orange and black. :D
    ~Tiffany

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    That's a very good plan, yarnball! Exactly the right kind of marketing. You just have to be careful to NOT use the university symbols in order to avoid trademark/copyright infringement.

    Someone else mentioned hospital gift shops for baby quilts - that's a good plan if you have an "in" at your local hospital.

    You can pair up with a friend or just ask another store to carry your product. Some local friends have a produce market in the summer, and she has offered to sell quilts for me with no markup, just because it's good business for her to have more products to offer passing customers. I haven't figured out a good way to do it, though - she is on a busy intersection and it's so dusty... I don't know how we could display the quilts and protect them from dirt. They just don't look the same under plastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yarnball
    I live in a huge university town and I can sell anything ... anything! ... if it's in the team colors. Doesn't even have to relate to the school; just be in those colors. I put some of my stuff at a few local b&b, especially for the fall football season.
    Same for our town. Its kind of big on sports...they'll cut out art classes and its no big deal, but there'd be a town mob if anything with sports got cut out. Anything in black and orange or tigers (our team's mascot) will sell pretty well. When I was on the Art Team, we had to come up with a way to make money to fund the group our second year (the principal pitched in the money for the first year). One of the members created a couple of designs with the tiger, black and orange, and the town's initals and we had a ton of window decals made out of them (they were only like $.30 to make...real cheap) and sold them at games for a $1 or $2. Probably every car in town had one of our decals on their car window after we started selling them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    Find out who organizes the Cranberry Festival and call them. Ask about sales opportunities. Then, if you can sell things, make quilts that fit the occasion - northwoodsy things, probably. Is it in September? You can do things with a winter theme (maybe autumn, if there isn't already snow on the ground. I have LIVED in northern WI!)
    I'd have to find out who organizes it...that is if I decide I want to sell things (impossible at this point...don't have much to work with). I'm not sure exactly when it is, but about late summer/early fall when the weather hasn't turned to crap just yet (and I'm guessing when they start harvesting cranberries...makes sense since its called "Cran Fest". lol)

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    http://www.cranfest.com/index.cfm?event=pageview&id=18

    There's a contract in Word that you can download there, and phone number for contacting them.

    Good luck!


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