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Old 01-26-2012, 11:58
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I'm new to all of this, so I have two questions.

1) Is it expensive to go to set up a craft table? Meaning does the spot normally cost alot? Do you make a good amout of profit? What do you normally charge for standard bows?
2) Do you sell on Esty and what is your experience with this? I'm afraid I'll ship off my bows and someone would have some problem with them, etc.

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Old 01-26-2012, 01:32
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Are you new to making bows and hair accessories?
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Yes, I just started this month and I am practicing for friends right now.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:14
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Craft tables vary a good bit, depending on where they are, how big of an event they are and how much advertising there is. Just a word of caution, the lower cost tables can sometimes be awful events because they aren't advertised events. I am very lucky to have a handy hubby with scrap supplies we can use, but I have spent a good bit of money on my stands and stuff just to have a set up that I can use all the time. I heard somewhere that figure about 3 times the booth cost is what you might expect to make. I've been luck and for the most part made over that, but I had one show that almost wasn't worth crawling out of bed that morning! It wasn't publicized much at all and was in the middle of nowhere. It wasn't that people weren't buying, there was noone there!!! And each show for me has been different as far as what people buy... very hard to predict what or how much to take.
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Yes, I just started this month and I am practicing for friends right now.
In my opinion, you should practice and perfect the craft before you consider selling. If you worry that a customer will have a problem with your bows or if your stuff will fall apart then you are definitely not ready to sell.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:06
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Agreed, I wish someone would have told me first off that I should not give away or sell any of my first bows! I am ashamed of them now!
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In my opinion, you should practice and perfect the craft before you consider selling. If you worry that a customer will have a problem with your bows or if your stuff will fall apart then you are definitely not ready to sell.
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Me too! My first cheer bows were awful!!! But at the time I thought they were great. Take the time to make sure your daughter will not be embarrassed by them if she's older and that they stay together and last more than a few weeks.

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:55
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In my opinion, you should practice and perfect the craft before you consider selling. If you worry that a customer will have a problem with your bows or if your stuff will fall apart then you are definitely not ready to sell.
This is exactly why I asked that question. When you sell you shouldn't be worried that someone will have a problem with your product. After doing it for a while and you are 100% confident, then you should look into the craft fair or possibly selling online. Good luck!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:12
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I agree with all of the above.............if you worry about someone not liking it, then obviously you have a problem with them.............dont even try to sell until you have no worries about sending them to a complete stranger. this is a very tough business. it takes years to get it off the ground, and countless hours perfecting your technique.....not to mention a ton of money for buying the different supplies, tutorials, etc.
As far as craft shows go, they vary. I have paid $15-$400 per booth, depending on the area and attendance. Sometimes I triple my money and sometimes I loose hundreds of dollars. its a gamble. but, you shouldnt even begin with a craft show until you are proud of your product............
i am no expert in any way. just some things i wish i knew before I started this biz. good luck tho!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:25
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Craft fairs (like the ones at a school) never worked for me. In the beginning I did a few at my daughter's school. I remember stressing out making a ton of different items to find that they didn't sell. Never again! My etsy store is way more profitable and I put all my effort into it. For me, it is the way to go.
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