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Thread: Craft show top ten list letterman style

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    My mom, who is also a crafter, taught us "code" when we were young and at craft shows. Instead of hollering, "Hey ma, you could make this!" we were to say, "This is nice..." ;)

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    I have friends who beg me to sell them one of my quilts. When I finally set a price on a quilt for one friend, she said, "but I could buy one from xyz.....and it is less than $100!" I told her that would be a better buy for her.....and left it at that.
    (She had NO idea what the fabric and time cost me.)

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    I have done shows since 2001 with my candles and bath and body and always get most of those same remarks. Now with the candles I get...WOW did YOU pour all of these? Or...I love this scent...where did you get it? (sneaky way of asking for my fragrance oil supplier) One time a wife outted her husband. He must have spent 10 minutes going on about the one particular candle. At the time there was only one supplier of that scent and she was in Canada. When he asked me where I ordered the fragrance I said...I have suppliers all over the USA and even some out of the country. I finally hear him whisper to his wife how he could buy these particular jars and have them embossed with his company name...blah blah blah. I'm thinking...yep that's the way to start out Mr. NOT
    . You have to test and retest candles for good throw and safety. He was trying to put the cart before the horse and had dollar signs in his eyes.

    Another thing...my SIL is guilty of going to craft shows and shops to find things that she can make for Christmas gifts. We stopped exchanging a few years ago but...every year was always something that she made...and then announce to everyone how she saw it at a show and knew she could make it. She IS a crafting/sewing person but I think she takes it too far too. As someone else said...just last month she told me about some things her and a friend saw at a store at the beach in DE...and they were both using their cell phones to take pictures so she could try to copy it. This was a stained glass picture...I really don't think my SIL is going to become a stained glass expert overnight. When he tells me this stuff...I just shake my head.

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    Although it is kind of sad, it made me laugh! Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. P.S. I've never thought that I could make anything as nice as I've seen at the quilt shows, but have not been able to resist taking a photo with my camera from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    you should make a sign showing an answer to all those questions!
    I agree!!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    if you are going to sell items made with fabric, you should always prewash the fabric!
    Other than stone-washed jeans - just about everything "store-bought" is made from unwashed fabrics.
    and that is exactly why they tell you to wash before wearing!

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    Love it!!!! How true.

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    When dealing with the public, you have to have thick skin, a big smile, and 2 tons of patience. A sense of humor and a stiff drink also help.

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    ROFL - I used to do craft shows and things when I was really into spinning/weaving and knitting. Do you know these 10 questions are the same ones (well changed for knitting/spinning/weaving) that we got!

    The lady who lifted a pair of hand spun and knit mittens with thrums - looked at me and said, "What can I do with these?"

    If you don't laugh you'll cry.

    Oh and the last one - I was in NY and spinning to teach. I had a little girl ask her Dad where did I get the blue wool - to which her father said, "From blue sheep".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    you should make a sign showing an answer to all those questions!
    yes, and post it at the door that says --
    "if you think you'll say one of these, this show is not for you"

    My favorite I've heard at craft shows -- "I can buy that cheaper at WalMart". My response "feel free but my items will last more than a season; have a nice day"..

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    you forgot

    "oh my, someone has been busy!"

    and

    "I have to get going on my quilt one of these days..."

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    funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    if you are going to sell items made with fabric, you should always prewash the fabric!
    then you'd get the comment, "has this been used" you can bet on it...I never prewash, can you guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup
    I think you have to have a thick skin when selling...or a sense of humor! Love the idea of posting answers to some of these questions.
    I have heard many of these at the craft shows...and I have stood in front of an item to screw up the photos...as I tell them that I don't allow photos...one crafter I know, tell them that he doesn't allow photos...against his religion...it stops them every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancyolsonthequilter
    Where's the picture of the Avitar quilt? My grandson is a fan of that show and I'd like to make him one.
    Sorry, Nancy, an Avatar is the picture beside your name. My avatar is my cat guarding a basket of thread.

    LoriAnn

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Gotta love people:)
    Hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    11) Where did you get the pattern for that?

    12) Do you give discounts to senior citizens?

    Seriously, though, there have been items I would have been happy to have purchased a pattern for if it had been available - even if I didn't want to purchase the finished item.
    My favorite is when they tell me they won't pay sales tax, because this is a craft show, not a store. I have to pull out my business license and say that they can discuss it with the Govenor...
    Or, when they tell you how much they will give you for the item...when the price is clearly marked. This is not a flea market...and would they take a cut in pay at their job?

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    I love the list you made. It just goes to show that people have a lot of nerve regardless of where they are & what they are doing! I used to have a friend who would go to craft shows & then copy other people's work too. I told her once that she was talented enough on her own so to stop doing that & put her own creativity to work.

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    Next time have a sign up in your space that says "I live to annoy the quilt police". LOL

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    Next time have a sign up in your space that says "I live to annoy the quilt police". LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Love the sign that I saw at a craft show:

    Of course you can make it yourself -
    But when and for how much?

    Love it!

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    Some of the funny ones I used to get were:
    "What is your last price for this?" and then one woman threw my 'creation' down on the table and said,"You want $__for that!" and another immediately grabbed it and said "Sold!"The look on the first woman's face was priceless as she had obviously wanted to beat me down on price.
    Whenever someone questioned my price in that manner after that I used to say,"You're right, it's too good for here," and I would put it under the counter until they had walked away. It always worked because sometimes they would come back and buy it later on (or send their husbands).

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    Back in the late 80's and early to mid 90's I was into other crafty things. I also had space at a flea market promoting my designs and heard alot of the same comments you did.

    About a month later I asked myself "what is wrong with this picture" and decided since everyone made comments like I can make this myself I got myself a state business license and started buying the materials for them to buy so they could make it themselves.

    I had a sign up that said "So you think you can make it yourself......I challenge you to buy the materials to make it and I'll give you my pattern for free". I made a killing all those months selling beads, string, yarn, plastic canvas, needles, stones....you name it I had it.

    An NO not one of them that bragged that they could make what I had made came back with a finished product. LOL

    But I sure sold alot of craft related materials.

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    :oops: I must admit until I became a member of this board, I just may have been guilty of a few of these sins.... mea culpa and you all have shown me the way!

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    Too bad some people don't know how to just relax, enjoy, and don't sweat the small stuff!

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