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Old 10-31-2010, 08:56
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Default What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

I have a show with a friend coming up soon. I have bought some things wholesale to help me get started while I am learning. What are the best sellers and what should I concentrate on first? Pinwheel doesn't seem to bad and basic bow, but twisted forget it. I just don't want to make a whole bunch of pinwheels if there just going to sit. I was thinking of concentrating on clippies too.
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

I think it depends what goes good in your area. I just moved to this area so i don't have a clue what is a good seller here (and I have my first show in 2 weeks) But for mine, I have made several Tailsdown (3x4) and 3 Inch pinwheels because those have always been good sellers for me in my old location. Streamers were always a big hit but I only made a few of those. I plan on making some tuxedo bows for my clippies and then just a few (maybe 10) twisted.
But I hear it just really depends on what is popular in your area.
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:40
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

Some of my biggest sellers are clippies w/appliques, korkers and fabric flowers. I know these aren't really "bows" but they sell well for me. Also, as far as bows go, the pinwheel is a good seller and it's easy to make.
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:44
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

I do feel it does depend on what is popular in your area, BUT (of course there is a but!!) I can go to different craft shows in different areas and different things sell. I know that does not help you. I did one craft show and korker streamers were the big hit. I did another craft show and fabric flowers attached to elastic headbands were the big hit. I have one customer and her favorites are flower loop bows while her friends favorites are mini korkers. I guess just have a variety. If you do craft shows try to remember what sells at what craft show. Remember what your customers likes are. With bows the possibilities are endless. Good Luck!!
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

I agree with everyone above. It really does depend on the area. Clippies with appliques are always a big hit for me, as are big pinwheel bows. If you have the pinwheel down, I would make a few different sizes of those in a variety of colors. Try some clippies, which are very easy too! If this is your first show, it will give you an idea of what types of things people in your area are looking for :-) This time of year, it's a good idea to also have some Christmas themed bows.
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

I also found that my biggest seller are plain coloured bows. If you make the bows make the majority of them in any solid colour (I'm from Oz, hence the spelling!!) pink, white, black. red and purple are my best sellers. Also consider a few Xmas bows. People don't mind parting with money if they feel they can buy one item and have it match different outfits. Best of luck
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I also found that my biggest seller are plain coloured bows. If you make the bows make the majority of them in any solid colour (I'm from Oz, hence the spelling!!) pink, white, black. red and purple are my best sellers. Also consider a few Xmas bows. People don't mind parting with money if they feel they can buy one item and have it match different outfits. Best of luck
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I thought this too, so I had a TON of solid color bows. I sold almost none of them! I couldnt believe it. I thought for sure that people would think, "well my daughter has a lot ofpink, so I know a pink bow will go well" but...nope! They bought all the crazy colors, the sayings, and the animal prints! Go figure. I sold out of prints, and went home with a bunch of solids...weird huh?
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Default Re: What bows should a newbie concentrate on first?

Clippies do really well for me! Especially if they are glittery or even just have a little applique glued on! And craft fair customers really love any type of deal. I sell my glitter clippies 2 for $3 and my small marabou puff clippies 2 for $4. The "2 for..." really seems to sell!
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