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Thread: Anyone sell purses? What do you charge?

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    Anyone sell purses? What do you charge?

    Just curious. Each year our Guild has a booth at a handmade craft show. Members sell their items at this event and this year I thought I would make a few batik purses to sell. It takes about 6 hours to make one. There is probably $30 in materials at "retail" but I have a nice stash of batiks that did not cost me a dime so my cost is minimal . I buy the fusible fleece by the bolt using the famous "coupon" .

    Those of you who have sold purses, what has been your experience with pricing them?


    Thank you!
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    I sell the LazyGirl Designs "Margo" Bag. I increase the size by 1, 2 and 3 inches. I sell the original and 1 inch for $45.00. The 2 and 3 inch larger ones I sell for $70. I also include a beaded (handmade by me) zipper pull for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahansen44 View Post
    I sell the LazyGirl Designs "Margo" Bag. I increase the size by 1, 2 and 3 inches. I sell the original and 1 inch for $45.00. The 2 and 3 inch larger ones I sell for $70. I also include a beaded (handmade by me) zipper pull for that price.
    i love the idea of the beaded zipper pull!
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    I sell Bow Tucks for $35..They cost me about $10 to make and 2-3 hours to make..I usually can cut the time, by making multiples at a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I sell Bow Tucks for $35..They cost me about $10 to make and 2-3 hours to make..I usually can cut the time, by making multiples at a time

    Wow! You are fast!
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    Not nearly enough. I've tried selling at craft shows and people don't want to pay a reasonable price. The standard is 3X the cost of materials. I've had better luck just selling to friends. Most of them supply everything and then I charge a small amount for my time. I love to make them so that is the fun part. The ones I have sold have usually ranged in the $30 area for a decent size bag with zipper.
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    I will have a booth in The World's Largest Christmas Bazaar this year and was also wondering what to charge, so I am also following this thread
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    Pattypurple is absolutely right...many people just don't want to pay a fair price for handmade goods. I usually figure my prices at 3 times the actual costs of materials (fabric, notions, etc.), but sometimes you have to lower your prices for your market. I always try to get at least double my costs, less than that and you're giving away your time and talent. I try to buy materials on sale to maximize my profits.

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    $30 seems pretty low for 2-3 hours of work, plus fabric, since fabric is so high now. I agree that people just don't want to pay a proper price for handmade items. However, they will pay big bucks for a factory-made NOT one-of-a-kind purse in the store. Go figure..............

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    I meant $35 for 2-3 hours work plus fabric (sorry)

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    depending on the individual purse i sell them from anywhere between $45 & $150= many going for $50 to $70 (the really expensive ones are generally special orders.
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    What pattern do most of you use for craft shows/fairs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    I will have a booth in The World's Largest Christmas Bazaar this year and was also wondering what to charge, so I am also following this thread
    Do tell- here is this wonderful sounding show?
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    I bought a simple purse at a quilt show this spring. It is basically a 6X8 inch sleeve with a long shoulder strap. Lined, but not interlined (no fleece).

    The exterior fabric had lots of very small scraps (1/2 inch by 1 inch) under a mesh on both sides with some 1/2 beads on one side too.

    No closure on the top.

    It is a lovely small bag and I paid all of $10.00 for it. It was a steal. There were other bags in a similar style with closures and some had a pocket on the inside for $5-10 more depending on the details.

    I commented when I paid that it was under priced. Yes, it was a simple design, but there was the lining, outer fabric, scraps, mesh and beads, plus the time involved in making it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tothill View Post
    I bought a simple purse at a quilt show this spring. It is basically a 6X8 inch sleeve with a long shoulder strap. Lined, but not interlined (no fleece).

    The exterior fabric had lots of very small scraps (1/2 inch by 1 inch) under a mesh on both sides with some 1/2 beads on one side too.

    No closure on the top.

    It is a lovely small bag and I paid all of $10.00 for it. It was a steal. There were other bags in a similar style with closures and some had a pocket on the inside for $5-10 more depending on the details.

    I commented when I paid that it was under priced. Yes, it was a simple design, but there was the lining, outer fabric, scraps, mesh and beads, plus the time involved in making it.
    I'd love to see it!! Sounds beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    depending on the individual purse i sell them from anywhere between $45 & $150= many going for $50 to $70 (the really expensive ones are generally special orders.
    I'd love to see your purses. Have you posted any on this site? I will do a search!
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