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Thread: Just how many items should I have ready for a one day craft sale?

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    I think it's a one day sale.... :shock: :?: :?: :?:

    So far--I have either the top done--or the item completely done on about 25 pieces (some of these have been done for awhile). There's one BIG quilt, 4 lap quilts, 4 baby size quilts, 4 wall hangings/table toppers (I hate adding a hanging sleeve--so it's a table topper if it doesn't have one :wink:) and 12 table runners.....so far. I'm not done...

    How many more things should I plan on making? I think I'd add baby blankets.... say 36"-42" square ones.

    Thanks.

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    maybe a pillow or two?

    small things that don't cost very much...

    we are in a depressed area and then the economy taking a dive has crafts people sitting there and not even getting the cost of the booth back....

    so make small things that people will buy - I know that's hard with quilting - but maybe SMALL wall hangings, etc

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    How about some quilted rice bags. I've heard that they are a big hit at craft shows.

    http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/2006/01/rice-bags-portable-cozy-safe-heat.html

    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/ricehotpack.shtml

    http://www.quiltbus.com/microwave-bags.htm

    http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/ef_ricebags.html

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    If you have time, I'd make smaller things also. Alot of times, when someone buys a larger item, they also buy smaller ones or vice versa or sometimes just whatever they can afford....I guess I should say I do that. I hope the craft sale goes great for you! :)

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    How about som potholders with matching dish towels with quilting bands across the bottom. I agree that small "buck" items will probably sell better. Good luck to you, it sounds like fun!

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    Joan took the words right out of my mouth--I was going to suggest potholders with matching towels. You might consider making some of them with a holiday theme, too--Christmas, of course, but also Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day--pretty much whatever you want.

    A few years ago I made coasters with quilt patterns cross-stitched on them (huh???) for all my friends. They still have them and use them, and so do I! They really didn't take all that long to do--I have a book full of them I'd be glad to loan you if you're interested. Picture attached below.

    One of my most treasured possessions is a pin cushion a friend made for me. Picture down below. You wouldn't be able to put a name on it, but you could use all kinds of quilt patterns cut down small. Just some ideas.
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    I would go with the heated rice bags
    table linens
    etc....along those lines
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    Placemats might go together pretty quickly and sell well, too.

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    I agree with Harmony - place setting mats are popular, they dont have to be more than about 12in square - I make sets of 6, or 8 for Christmas ones.
    I also do spectacle cases, tea cozies, small wallhangings for children (just fused applique which is quick), needle cases, pin cushions, bookmarks.
    And any wallhangings with cats as subjects always go well - I do them about 30in square.
    Adjust a tote pattern for little bags for little girls, they love them.
    I have made coasters to match the tea cozies which are popular.

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    Oh yikes--these ideas are sending me into unknown territories....
    The rice bags didn't look too hard, but I'm running out of time to learn new sutff....

    A set of placemats would be the same price as table runnners?

    I'm just not a tote maker--

    BUT--if smaller is definitely what everyone agrees on--I'll make ornaments! I've made mini log cabin quilted ornaments in the past--for my students. That's something in my comfort zone! AND I bet I have plenty of fabric too.

    Thanks for triggering the idea!

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    I agree with everyone else. Folks love the small stuff they just pick up and buy without thinking about the price. The larger stuff, they somehow must justify spending the money right now. The ornaments sound like a great idea and I think the rice bags would be pretty easy. When is the show Karla?

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    Okay--for potholders--I'd want to make sure they were safe--is one piece of cotton batting enough? Or should I layer two?

    I found all my strips and backs already cut for the ornaments!! :D I make tiny tied log cabins.... I can work on those even after school starts.

    sandpat--the show is in Nov sometime--I'm supposed to get more info about it in August. The woman in charge said they'd never had quilted stuff there---but too much jewelry. Once school starts my time to quilt will diminish significantly--so now it my time to prepare.

    And I want to start hubby's CW quilt...and.....

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    Karla, I agree with everyone. But.... you out of your comfort zone??? You don't have a comfort zone....you are an amazing woman and can do anything!!!!

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    No one's mentioned just how many items I should shoot for--if I have 25 varied items and add say 20 smaller ones.... is that a good number? I'd hate to run low--well--let me rephrase that--I'd hate to run low too early. :wink:

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    Ha ha--beachlady--you make me giggle. Oh--I definitely have areas that make me cringe--take totes for example.... :shock:

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    I can't believe anything could stop you Karla!!!

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    Totes are actually really easy! If you put too much thought into it....which is what I tend to do with EVERYTHING...then it makes it a bit harder.

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    I can't believe anything could stop you Karla!!!
    Well--just considering adding a craft show to my schedule makes me wonder about my decision making skills....and it sure makes my husband wonder..... :wink: I'm hoping to make enough to pay for hay! :lol:

    I'm off to pick blueberries!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    I can't believe anything could stop you Karla!!!
    Well--just considering adding a craft show to my schedule makes me wonder about my decision making skills....and it sure makes my husband wonder..... :wink: I'm hoping to make enough to pay for hay! :lol:

    I'm off to pick blueberries!! :D
    Have fun!!
    Oh, pick some for me too!
    We had a blueberry grove growing up. Some of the bushes were wild, but dad and I pruned and trimmed them back and finally got them to grow HUGE berries that were REALLY sweet. Oh man...I miss fresh fruit!

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    I love the idea of the Xmas ornaments--they should go together quickly, and people will buy them because they're different. Great solutiion!

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    Just a smile - a couple of years ago I made about 25 little egg cosies (Christmas fabric scraps, bits of fused applique decoration, satin bias). Put them on my stall at a Christmas market and one lady bought all of them - and would have had more if I had had them. So we know what all her friends got for Christmas, or they had alot of guests!
    I've never made any more - I just know it won't happen again!

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    How much to take depends somewhat on the show. How well attended is it from prior years? Is it sponsored by a craft guild or is it a church bazar type affair? How far away do people come to look at things? Is it the size of the Rhinebeck show or is it the local PTA?

    That late in the year will surely get Christmas shoppers and small things will go fast, as everyone has said. Bookmarks are not much different than ornaments, just a differnt shape really, and they sell quite well in many different media. Things for babies and small children also sell quickly at Christmas time and quilted items are naturally "warm and cozy" gifts for grandparents to give.

    Do NOT sell the last of any item (this is a judgement call, totally, based on the timing and the item), especially those that you can take orders for and deliver by Christmas, if you are prepared to do so. However, do not fall into the trap of promising things you cannot deliver. You will do long term damage to your reputation as a craftsman if you do. If you are willing to make custom items, have a nice sign that says so, and maybe a portfolio of other quilts you have done.

    I would definitely add more crib quilt size, maybe some 'drag along' size for toddlers, and the ornaments. Folks are not buying 'extraneous' gifts this year, so watch out for that. Many of the items suggested above, while all good, are just not apt to sell right now. If you aren't sure about it, it probably won't sell. Not this year anyway. Ornaments and bookmarks make good package decorations, stocking gifts, office grab bag gifts, that kind of thing. If they are quick and cheap to make, you are golden.

    In my experience, when starting out you sell a ton of the stuff under $10 and it's the big, showy stuff that they remember. That's what brings them back looking for you next time and gets them talking about you to their friends. i don't know what your goals are, but positive word of mouth never hurts! Most of all, enjoy the process and have a great time!

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    I used felted wool (old sweaters) for potholders. One layer of cotton batting isn't going to protect your hands or your table.

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    Thank you for all the ideas!! I searched for potholders and found what has to go in them so they're safe... and nor'easter--there's no way I'd ever do an order--I just don't have time. I'd refer them to my website to see what shows up on the for sale page.....

    I always get answers here. :D

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    Karla, something you may want to consider down the road is saddle pads. My daughter makes dressage pads for her friends and students (for schooling only) and they are a big hit. It's the ONLY thing she quilts. :roll:

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