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    More Thrift Store Up-cycles

    I am making some things for a craft fair the end of April. I am thinking about selling the wool potholders for $5 each. What do you think? The two fish are pot handle covers, I thought these fish were really cute. The apron was made from the front of a dress. all I did was cut the skirt off and cut about 8" off the top and then reconnected it to the band. Hope you like them. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    I am making some things for a craft fair the end of April. I am thinking about selling the wool potholders for $5 each. What do you think? The two fish are pot handle covers, I thought these fish were really cute. The apron was made from the front of a dress. all I did was cut the skirt off and cut about 8" off the top and then reconnected it to the band. Hope you like them. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
    $5.00 dollars for a potholder might be a bit much! and won't they shrink , I know I wash mine a lot.
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    I think I will start with $5 because these are multiple layers of boiled wool with lots of decorative stitching on them. Will come down the last hour of the show. Since the wool has already been felted it won't shrink anymore.

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    You have some really neat things there. I think the fishy potholder is too cute.
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    Nice things you've made. Good luck with your sales!

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    I would pay $5.00 for the pot holders - not sure I would use them for that purpose - more like artwork for the kitchen!

    and the apron is really fun!

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    I think that if someone bought one of your potholders it would be more a decor item.. I love them and do believe I would pay 5$ for them....
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    The price people will pay always depends on where you are. In certain areas of VA Beach $5 for a potholder like that, people wouldn't bat an eye. Here in GA where I am they would look at me like I was nuts... And of course there are always the ones who "humph I can make that" LOL

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    Location is the key. Whatever the market will bear. Yes, I've heard the "I can make that" group and think they probably won't!

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    Make a bunch of cheaper pot holders - then some people will pay the extra for the good ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LenaBeena View Post
    Location is the key. Whatever the market will bear. Yes, I've heard the "I can make that" group and think they probably won't!
    LOL oh yes and I have been one of "that" group.. And I never do.. I have learned if I like something buy it because I really don't have the energy to make it.

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    I'm with Miriam. Make a few cheaper ones and the others will sell fast. I purchased some really heavy duty potholders for $6 ea. at a craft show 9 years ago made out of thick terry cloth. Hubby thought I was nuts. Guess who uses them when he gets the grill fired up. I have to go outside and collect them, if I want to use them. I also wash mine on a weekly basis with my towels. I shiver at the thought of those who never wash their potholders. Many of those users are "cleaning fanatics".

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    I really appreciate all your comments. I have tried one of these multiple layer wool pot holders and they really are great. Besides I just love making them. The will wash really well and won't shrink because they have already been shrunk. I buy 100% wool clothing at the thrift stores or garage sales wash in hot water with a little soap. Usually run through the rinse cycle 2 times and then put in the HOT dryer. They come out soft, think and really wonderful to work with. I am going to make some round cotton ones that you put your fingers in one side and the thumb in the other and they fold over the handle. They sold really well at the shows I went to last fall. Will let you know how they do this year.

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    I really get in to upcycling too. At a church clothing drive, I even found an already felted wool sweater. Bet they thought no one would want that. It is now a purse.
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