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    My sister decided to rent a booth at the Pueblo Quilt Expo last weekend. We had never done anything like that before, but by the end of the weekend, she had sold over $2500 worth (sold out!) and I met so many wonderful ladies. My feet have never been so sore though. My sister and I went on less than five hours sleep two nights in a row because we had to drive back to her house, two hours away, to restock! It was wonderful, but if we do it again, we will be better prepared.

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    What was in her booth?

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    I know one retired couple who travel the quilt show circuit all year long to vend. I would love to do that for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    What was in her booth?
    She was selling quilt fabric organizers. She also sold quilting bumper stickers and signs.

    I have my entire sewing room organized because of her! Anyway, we set up Friday morning and by noon realized we needed to go back home that evening and restock. Another vendor ended up buying us out so she could sell our merchandise at another expo.

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    Oh.. that same lady who bought all the organizers also saw some of my quilts that I designed and asked if I would let her market my patterns. She wants me to write patterns for her company. I would make $500.00 a pattern that she markets. I am seriously thinking about it. (My sister thinks that I should sell them at our booth instead, but I don't want to have to print them and get them into envelopes. Not only that, but I won't have the exposure in order to get them sold.)

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    Congrats MistyMarie!! That is wonderful!
    I'm with you on the pattern sales ...except maybe you would want some kind of residual payment too?
    Do you have pictures of your sewing room to show us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    Oh.. that same lady who bought all the organizers also saw some of my quilts that I designed and asked if I would let her market my patterns. She wants me to write patterns for her company. I would make $500.00 a pattern that she markets. I am seriously thinking about it. (My sister thinks that I should sell them at our booth instead, but I don't want to have to print them and get them into envelopes. Not only that, but I won't have the exposure in order to get them sold.)
    Though, a website may be sufficient exposure. I'm not sure $500 is actually a good deal...for all the hours of work writing and drafting it up. If it's a hot seller at $9-$12 a pop then I don't know if $500 is adequate. It may be worth giving it a go with your sister and put them on a website. If it works out that you don't want to continue you can always fall back on the offer. That's wonderful news!

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    I'm with all of the above. $500 doesn't seem like much when considering the alternatives. Have faith in yourself!! Go for it!!! :-D :thumbup:

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    glad to hear that everything worked out so well for the both of you. you must have been thrilled to sell out of merchandise and to have a pattern offer. sounds wonderful and something to think about and explore!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    Oh.. that same lady who bought all the organizers also saw some of my quilts that I designed and asked if I would let her market my patterns. She wants me to write patterns for her company. I would make $500.00 a pattern that she markets. I am seriously thinking about it. (My sister thinks that I should sell them at our booth instead, but I don't want to have to print them and get them into envelopes. Not only that, but I won't have the exposure in order to get them sold.)
    Can you do both? have her sell them and you too?

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    I am worried that I would have to sign a deal that says I give her all the rights to my patterns. She said I get ten copies for free to give out, then I get a dollar per pattern she sells for the first five hundred. After that, she gets all the money from the sales. I have to wait until the pattern sells to get paid, so I haven't decided if it is worth it, but now I am thinking it probably isn't. Thanks for letting me know that that is too low.

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    Sell the patterns to her at a wholesale price so that you can sell them too. No big deal, and you don't lose you right to them.

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    I'd look into Quiltwoman - google it. A friend of mine designs and works with her.
    By the way, good to hear from you. I've wondered how you were.

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    Sounds like you had a great time. Did you take pictures of your booth? Would love to see the organizers and bumper stickers you were selling. Also would love to see pictures of the quilts that the patterns are going to be famous for. :thumbup:

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    Sounds like two fun a productive days. Congrats of the offer. Think it over carefully. Don't let someone else profit from your talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    Oh.. that same lady who bought all the organizers also saw some of my quilts that I designed and asked if I would let her market my patterns. She wants me to write patterns for her company. I would make $500.00 a pattern that she markets. I am seriously thinking about it. (My sister thinks that I should sell them at our booth instead, but I don't want to have to print them and get them into envelopes. Not only that, but I won't have the exposure in order to get them sold.)
    Though, a website may be sufficient exposure. I'm not sure $500 is actually a good deal...for all the hours of work writing and drafting it up. If it's a hot seller at $9-$12 a pop then I don't know if $500 is adequate. It may be worth giving it a go with your sister and put them on a website. If it works out that you don't want to continue you can always fall back on the offer. That's wonderful news!
    I agree, doesn't sound like alot of $ to me. You do all the work.

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    I would look at it this way. If you want to design, market, copyright, and sell your patterns then remember how much time you'd have spent compared to letting someone else do all that. I'd let someone else do the work to get my name out there, probably more places then I could get a foot in the door to start with.

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