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Thread: Selling at Christmas Bazaar

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    I went to one this morning. Bought some pot holders and the cutest little tea dyed snowman ornaments. And an ornament done with yarn wrapped around an old wooden spool with bells hanging from it, looked like it had been antiqued somehow. Also got a lot of baked goods and some plants. Not a pincushion in the whole place, and those I would have bought if they were cute. Saw some lovely pieced 18" circular, quilted table toppers, they would be great under a centerpiece.
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    I did a quilt show, a craft show and a holiday fair for my barter group this year. The biggest seller I had across the board was "fascinators." You add a bit of some thing cute to a headband(off center). I made sure that my materials cost less than $3 and sold them anywhere from $7.50 to $10.00 People buy them for little girls, red hat ladies, and for fun nights out. The craft show at the senior center was very slow - next year I'll do painted candy. Good luck. The only thing I bought was ornaments and a fabric wallet.

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    oooh, how about Christmas stockings? A really nice handmade one is something i would buy, since you can use it annually. Fabric ornaments would be fun too...
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    Hi Grandma.....here are some card purses I just finished...hope you like them.....Trish
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    here are some more projects I just finished....Trish
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    Those are really great. Lovely fabrics and details.

    I found a Tute for gift card cases here. http://sew4home.com/projects/storage...iz-card-holder

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    Very nice job! How much will you sell them for?
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    Hi! I'm brand new to this forum.
    I had a similar question...
    How do I know how to price my items?
    I did display my creations at a craft show in early October, but nothing sold. So I wasn't sure if I over priced the stuff or if there was just no market. I spoke with 4 other vendors who also sold nothing, but one vendor, she had greeting cards, made an excellent profit that day.
    After reading this post the "bring lots of smaller items" could explain why the cards sold.
    Thanks!

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    Linda.....Iam going to sell them for $ 5.00 because I made them to be also used as change purses which consisted of putting velcro inside to close them and I used two pieces of fabric along with a light fuseble to make them strong enough to hold money etc...I cant go any cheaper because I also adde as you can see the embellisments...I have the directions that I made up if anyone would like them just let me know...have a great day.....Trish
    P.S......pricing your craft items are always the toughest part of a craft show......I think you have to keep in mind a couple things where your selling them at and the time of year etc.....I saw these purses in a small boutique this summer and they were selling for $ 25.00 ea.....so I made them for my daughters craft show and she sold them for $ 10.00 ea...and now Iam getting phone calls from people to make them for all kinds of occasions like football and baseball fabric for the kids...just use your imagination.....sorry I go go on and on here lol....Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish88 View Post
    here are some more projects I just finished....Trish
    I love them, I have some fabric which I think I will explore doing little things with and this morning I did kindle/nook covers with buttons instead of zippers due to inspiration from you. Thanks.

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    mug rugs and tissue holders

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    Is it safte to use insul-bright in the microwave?

    Quote Originally Posted by vwquilting View Post
    I would make soup bowl holders and sell them in 4's 19.95 a set.

    Bring a bowl and micro wave and heat some apple crisp, so they can smell it, give little pieces in a cup cake paper. This keeps their interest and gets others to come to your booth. Show them, how you can hold the hot bowl and sell them a set. Cost to make is about $1.10 each. Insul=bright and cotton at 10.95 a yard.

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    Hey Trish
    This is what I did today- I got distracted from card purses


    Quote Originally Posted by Trish88 View Post
    Hi Grandma.....here are some card purses I just finished...hope you like them.....Trish
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    Wow....Grandma these are gorgeous they look like some have some crochet in them.........beautiful work thx for showing me and the others here...its always nice to see what others do for inspiration and some ideas that we dont think of until we see it......God Bless!!.....Trish

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    Those are knit fabric not crochet. This is fun and thanks Trish.

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    Love the knitted fabric items

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    Otis

    I love that Boston Terrier you have there. I have one also, she is just a year and four months old. Wired but still beautiful.

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    What dimensions are the crayon rolls, and the coffee cozies?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO View Post
    Is it safte to use insul-bright in the microwave?
    I don't think so, doesn't it have some kind of metal inside of it? I wouldn't take the chance.

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    Pincushions

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat View Post
    Lots of great ideas here. One of the things which attracts me is the quality of the display, and the manner in which the items are tagged, the attitude of the vendor, and their appearance. Make the booth look festive, have cute signs telling what the item is, a price, and a sample of it in use. (Things like the use of sticky dots looks like a yard sale or flea market, not a bizarre.) Dress nicely, and avoid the bored look. Use pretty decorated baskets or boxes instead of plastic bins, a simple table cloth which does not distract from the items being offered, and avoid strong scents and perfumes. No music, but soft nature sounds are usually OK. Pay attention to your potential customers rather than having chats with your assistant or neighboring vendor. Borrow a little old crib to use to display baby items, or hang bibs from a high chair. Go vertical as much as you can so your items can be seen from a distance, and over the heads of people passing by or standing around. Old window shutters make great displays, and can be had for a song at places like Habitat for Humanity. Have an assortment of attractive bags for the items sold. White paper sandwich bags with a cute rubber stamp is far better than the crumpled plastic bag from the food store. Be festive and creative in the display, have an assortment of items, and a genuine pleasant attitude, a gift assortment, and pretty wrapping or bags in which to put the purchases. With proper preparation and confidence you should be fine. However, as many have said, these fairs have mood swings. Don't be despaired if you don't do well. Try again at a different location. By all means, (for any of you) post a photo of your booth, and share what seemed to go well, and what, if anything was a total flop.
    Agreed, presentation is everything! I would add, don't act desperate! I have seen that many times. I feel for people at these craft sells. I try to make a legimate effort to pay attention to everyone's booth as I mosy thru. Look for something diffrent to have at your booth, so many things are the same, set your booth apart from the norm. I think just enjoy the time and your experience, relax, and learn and watch. I have no intention to of doing a craft shop, but I do enjoy going to them when I have the opportunity. I can certainly tell when the crafters feel desperation, not good for buyer or seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I don't think so, doesn't it have some kind of metal inside of it? I wouldn't take the chance.
    No, everything must be 100 cotton including the thread.

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