Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Craft Fair and Etsy

Well, the craft fair did not go as expected. It was a nice fair, with lots of vendors. We just didn't have the community coming in like we had hoped. It was a very slow day, but a great experience. It gave me some ideas on future projects! The vendors ended up going around and buying each others items! I even picked some things up myself!

I have slowed the production due to the upcoming holidays and with the way things are going, I may close my Etsy and focus on making items for those interested in my town. I am getting enough inquiries on items here that I really don't know if I want to manage a shop online and worry about shipping. I also want to focus on making things for my daughter, like Spring dresses and clothes, and maybe some items for around the house.

Etsy is neat, I'm just not sure I'm ready to take that route since it takes so much time and effort to put into each project! I'm interested in also making items for donations if anyone from around here asks for that. I would love to make blankets and pillows for the less fortunate!

Thats an update. I am currently making a tote bag to put birthday presents in for a one year olds birthday party coming up soon, instead of using a gift bag. Its actually cheaper than a nice bag, and will last a while!


  1. I have tried to sell my hair bows that I make and other hand made things around where I live. People want to buy hand made items but they don't want to pay for them. They expect you to be able to make something for them and you charge cheaper than what it is in the store. Fabric isn't cheap. I could buy a hand bag in the store cheaper than what I could if I made it myself when I buy all the fabric and interfacing that I need for it. It's crazy how much crafting stuff costs!

  2. Totally agree with Ivy's sentiments. Years ago I tried craft fairs or retail stores and both had that same result and you've got to consider time as well as overhead costs. On Etsy where people are LOOKING for handmade, the results can be a lot better, you've just got to have something that sets you apart from everyone else selling similar items. In my experience, I've found if it's got a uniqueness or charm (esp. one you can't find at the local chain store's selection), you can really do well. Good luck & hang in there!