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Thread: A new all time LOW

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    Senior Member Rose Hall's Avatar
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    Dear all,

    well, I did my final craft show of the year. Guess how much money I made?????


    Drum roll, please....

    $11.

    yes, that's right. it's not a typo. $11.

    The booth cost me $25. So I'm out $14. At least it was at a church, so I hope it went to a good cause.

    My Mom is trying to talk me into a few bigger shows next year instead of the church bazaar type craft shows. I don't know if I want to spend the money, though. Booths at the bigger festivals can cost several hundred dollars. I would almost rather give the baby items to the local crisis pregnancy center and the Liberty Godparent Home (here in Lynchburg) or project Linus and take the tax write off.

    ugh.

    thanks for letting me vent!!!

    Rose Hall

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    $11.00 seems to be the magic number. Last year I did a church craft show and also made $11. This year I didn't bother.

    Maria

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    Sorry it went so lousy, but you have named some great causes that you can give to.

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    I think people are just not spending money for things they don't have to have. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned. Like find another outlet.

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    Maybe you could try selling online??

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    That is a disapointment. Wonder if someone else could go in with you and split the cost of the booth.

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    If you donate them to those wonderful causes you listed, you can take it as a tax deduction and I am sure the value is more than $11.

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    What a disappointment. So sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanagan
    If you donate them to those wonderful causes you listed, you can take it as a tax deduction and I am sure the value is more than $11.
    I agree wholeheartedly it is a win win! :thumbup:
    LOL Liz

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    I am so sorry to hear this! People aren't spending as much this year...money is tight. Maybe next year will be better!!!

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    Oh my, so sorry. I love the craft shows my City does and always find some items for xmas presents. great crafters here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanagan
    If you donate them to those wonderful causes you listed, you can take it as a tax deduction and I am sure the value is more than $11.
    Maybe you can take it and maybe you can't. Lots and lots of people can't take small donations anymore because the standard deduction is so high their itemized deductions just don't add up.

    Even if you can't deduct it, donations are always a good thing.

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    I am not sure what it takes to get set up on esty. But some of the girls here sell on there.

    I am so sorry that you lost money on the show. It was not worth all of the hard work setting up a booth for that disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I am not sure what it takes to get set up on esty. But some of the girls here sell on there.

    I am so sorry that you lost money on the show. It was not worth all of the hard work setting up a booth for that disappointment.
    I've tried ETSY and EBAY. no luck there either. I was trying to find something I enjoyed doing from my home so I could stay home with baby #2. I guess the good Lord wants me to stay put at my job for some reason...
    Rose

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    I'm sorry that you did not do well at the craft fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Hall
    I've tried ETSY and EBAY. no luck there either. I was trying to find something I enjoyed doing from my home so I could stay home with baby #2. I guess the good Lord wants me to stay put at my job for some reason...
    Rose
    These days, if you have any steady income, hold on to it. Jobs are so hard to come by, yours will be filled as soon as you leave it, and no going back.

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    There are two churches a mile from me that have large craft sales.....I go that way everday and its near the school. There are usually cars galore in their parking lots...this year there seemed to be a lot of open spots

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    It that way all over, I have notice that people have stopped spending money like they used too. I paint high end show cars and bikes and my work has slowed quite a bit but only enough to keep from having a huge back log of people waiting to get their cars done.

    I quit a 6 digit a year job just so I could be at home and be with my kids and see them grow up and spend time with my family. I now work to live instead of live to work. But all of my work is from word of mouth and I never advertise and do it all from my garage in my backyard.

    Yes it is nice to be able to do what I want when I want but if I did not have everything paid off including my home I would still be a slave to the grind.

    Billy

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    Look into local high schools. Several around here (including my husband's TSA group) have shows during November. The booths tend to be a little cheaper (his run 25 to 50) and the crowds are pretty good. Add a few pieces in the school colors and you are good to go! Good Luck!

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    I have been to two of our local bazaars here, most said that sales were slow. They had people come, look and visit, but people were not buying. It is so sad when you think about some who depend on making money this time of year... I hope the economy starts swinging the other direction with the New Year!!!

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    Sorry you did not do better.
    Look into some of the great suggestions given here.

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    That's just awful!
    I agree...people aren't buying and what they are spending their money on is junk, in my opinion. They'd rather spend $50 on a piece of crap made in a 3d world country that will fall apart in a year than the same amount on something that will last a lifetime.
    I made more last year in 4 hours then I did this year in 6 hours........

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Sorry you did not do better.
    Look into some of the great suggestions given here.
    WVDEK - I absolutely love your avatar. It makes me smile every time I see it!

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    I have done many church bazars and craft shows, each and every one of them was a waste of time. I find most people do not want to spend the money for quality. I get frustrated by the people that come back hour after hour waiting for you to drop your prices or even give it away for free. Needless to say I do not do church sales anymore.

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    :-) I don't understand why you cannot take deductions on your taxes. There is a maximum of what you can take, but there is basically no minimum. The catch is that you must keep a record of your deductions indicating the date, who you donated to (some charitable organizations provide a receipt), an acceptable dollar amount, and whether you donate cash or goods. This is available on any 1040 tax return. Indicating cash or check number is also useful for tracking your donations.

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