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Thread: What to sell for??

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    OK I have this king size scrappy quilt that I made and a friend is wanting really bad. I don't know what to charge her for it? I have no problems selling it to her cause I know she will totally cherish it. She has offered up to $140
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    That seems awfully low unless she's a good enough friend that you only want to cover the costs of materials and not your time. REALLY CUTE quilt; I can see why she wants it!

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    VERY pretty.... good thing my dtr/GDtrs are not on this board...... whew...

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    LOVE your quilt!

    How do you want to value your time and materials? A king size quilt, even using scraps, will have 9 - 12 yards of material; you also have thread, batting, backing and binding. The more seams, the more material in the quilt! Easily more than $100 in materials.

    How about your time? Did you put it together in one day? 8 hours for the $40 remaining from materials - sound fair??

    Do you want to sell other quilts? Setting your price for this one sets you up for your next pieces - undervalue this and you'll have a hard time valuing your future work.

    You can always suggest what the actual costs are, but that she is a wonderful friend and she is constantly helping you with this and that, you could part with it for the $140.

    Sound harsh? I've come to believe that my time is my most valuable commodity.

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    Are you comfortable with the amount she offered you? Is she paying you what she can truly only afford? Do you know in your heart she will love it and cherish it and take care of it and use it and show it off in her home? If you answered yes to all the above I think you can rest assured that it is going to a good home and what more could you truly ask for?

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    I am so sorry to say that but if my friend offered this much i would rather give it free. I would feel insulted. Fabric for a king size with backing and backing costs more than that even cheap fabric...if she is your really close friends and you want to do this for her then go for it and let her know this is below or barely your cost so the word doesn't spread that this is your price..IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    That seems awfully low unless she's a good enough friend that you only want to cover the costs of materials and not your time. REALLY CUTE quilt; I can see why she wants it!
    my thoughts too

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    I mostly make lap quilts and donate them. Anything big that I have made I keep for family. I know my friend will LOVE this quilt, when I got done with it I didn't love it or really like it. Truely have no problem with her paying me what the cost of my supplies I'm not to worried about the time since with this one I used it to practice quilting

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    Well then, by all means, go for it! Sounds like it will make you both happy.

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    Have no idea about selling quilts but I just wanted to say I love your quilt! King size...wow!!!

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    You might mention that $140 is the good friend price - one time only just for her. Anybody else would be charged more.

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    I sold a twin for 300..
    and an over sized lap for 125

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    ASk yourself .. would you make it again and sell it for the same money?

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    If she is a true friend and you have been friends for a long time. Give her the quilt. Tell her if people want one like it the price will be 140 or higher. As far as I'm concern, friendship has no price, but to make if for someone else there is a price.

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    I would sell it to her under the condition she not tell any one else what she paid for it. Other "friends will be lining up at your door". Beautiful quilt!

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    Seems awful cheap to me.

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    It's a fun and funky quilt.

    King size? How much out-of-pocket expense do you have in it?
    Remember to include all the fabrics - front and back, the batting, the thread, the wear and tear on your equipment. The electricity used in pressing. The cost of washing and ironing the fabrics before cutting them (if you did)

    Did you send it out to have it quilted? What would it have cost if you had if you did the quilting yourself?

    Then how much time do you have in it?

    Just how good of a friend is this? (that sounds like a sarcastic question, but it's not meant to be in this context)

    Does she do any sewing herself? She may be totally unaware (ignorant) of the actual cost to make a king size quilt.

    The "big box" stores that can offer any size quilt for $39.99 don't help people understand what it costs to make a one -of-a-kind type of quilt.

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    I've never made a quilt that I haven't given away rather than sold, but I have had people ask how much I'd charge for one and my standard answer is that my lowest price would be $300 for a small one and it would be a couple of years before I finish the ones I already have started. Pretty much keeps the casual inquirers at bay! I did do a tied one for a friend with her fabric and my getting to keep what was left over (a lot of different corduroys - about a plastic crate full)

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    If that covers the cost of materials, and you did it as a 'practice', then I think I would be happy with that .... and presumably as you've had it a while yourself (I didn't get the impression that it was 'just finished') you have written off your costs anyway ... you were not expecting to get the costs back on this item.

    In that case I would be happy to sell it to her for the cost of the materials, and treat yourself to some new materials with the money - and tell her this!

    ... but also to make it very clear that you are selling it to her for the cost of the materials alone, and that if anyone else wanted something similar the price would include your time ... and would therefore be at least double that.

    So - Yes! - for a good friend who likes my practice effort that I no longer like much myself ... I think covering the cost of materials is fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boys
    OK I have this king size scrappy quilt that I made and a friend is wanting really bad. I don't know what to charge her for it? I have no problems selling it to her cause I know she will totally cherish it. She has offered up to $140
    That's really, really low... are you certain that even covers the cost of the materials and supplies in it?

    And are you happy donating your time and skills for free?

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