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A Few Words on Handmade and Pricing

January 19, 2020 10:16 by ehouston

One of the biggest issues facing Makers out there is how to price your items.  I am constantly tweaking my formulas and trying to rework the numbers to get to a price I think a buyer will consider and honestly....it never seems to matter.  I have sold the same type of items for $30.00 and $130.00.  It all seems to depend on the place I am selling and the type of customer that is looking through my stuff.  In the past I have been that person that walks through the craft fair thinking to myself, "I can make that" and thinking I can do so for so much less.  If there is one bit of knowledge that I can pass along to those that frequent handmade fairs and boutiques it's that YOU CAN'T!  In most instances the Maker is selling their wares for pennies and only keep going because they have a love of, and internal need to keep creating.  For some of us it's the only way to stay sane and unfortunately even if we spend hours perfecting our passion and creating a piece of art or useful item to sell we will never see it go for a price that comes any where near covering the cost of time and energy (and materials!) that go in to it.

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I am putting this out there because I wish I could find that magical place to put my items up for sale that is frequented by people who understand what it takes to create.  I wish I knew where all those lovely souls go to shop and understand that, "I could make that for myself, but why invest in all the materials, labor and trial and error it takes to get it right when a perfectly created piece is right here for the buying?  And, I will pay that higher price because the Maker has invested so much time and energy and love into this one item.  AND, I GET TO HAVE IT/USE IT/WEAR IT right away!".  I'm looking for those people and no matter how many articles I read about how to price my wares that question is never answered.  

 

In fact, I find myself hearing over and over again about how easy that is to make and how the store owner is trying to rob people blind.  I saw that sentiment in a comment on a post by a local store recently.  The person making the comment was so insensitive to make the remark in the first place, but to not even know what the item was made from and then take the time to say something negative and demeaning about something that took time to curate and then create.  The shop owner was very gracious to explain the materials and pricing, but I still left that post with a sick feeling of "this is how so many people feel and they have the loudest voice in this industry".  

 

My hope is that people continue to consider shopping local rather than Big Box and really think about where things come from.  I wish people would take some time and really think through how the world is effected by their purchases and how they can change a mindset about what it costs to keep stuff out of the landfill and in circulation.  Buy handmade, upcycled, recycled and made from scratch items from materials that already exist.  Back off the thinking that says all my furniture needs to be new and from Ikea, Target, Haverty's, Greenfront, (insert chain store here).  Remember our mindset of only wanting cheaper and cheaper prices sent manufacturers out of this country.  Cheaper means lost jobs, and more than anything crummy craftsmanship.  It means items that don't stand the test of time and don't make it as hand-me-downs or the family heirloom.

 

If we could all just change our mindset about how we buy and remember what it takes to actually come up with a product or idea, pull together materials, create a pattern through trial and error and then make that item, then things could really take a turn for the better.  Craftspeople and Makers could stop pulling down their prices in hopes of a sale.  We could stop losing money just so we don't die in an avalanche of our unsold items.  Makers, how many times have you off-loaded things for nearly nothing just because you had to get them out of your space?  We have all been there and the sad thing is, that in doing so, we just hurt our own cause.  If we could all come together and price our creations right, we could all find ourselves "quitting our day job" and really making a living from what we love to do.

And, frankly, I think the world would be a better place for it.

Sincerely,

Erika 


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Shop Updates : Kitsch Designs and KD Vintage

January 16, 2012 07:29 by ehouston

As I mentioned earlier in the month, I wanted to move my vintage items out of my main shop to free up space for more handmade vintage textile items.  Shortly after posting about making this change, I did it. 

Ta-da!  Welcome to my vintage only shop on Etsy,  KD Vintage.

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So far I have just moved the vintage items from the Kitsch Designs shop over to this one, along with a few items from my Artfire store.  I have also picked up a few new items to add.  Just as soon as I can get some photos edited.  Wah-wuh!  Soon, I promise!

In the meantime I wanted to address some questions about projects I posted here a long time ago and stated I would soon include those types of items in my store.  Here is one to jog your memory.

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I have some of these in the hopper and hope to get more of my textile art pieces (mentioned here) posted soon too. 

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I have several that just need to be mounted and bound.  Keep coming back for more updates.  You might just find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner too!

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Etsy Treasury–Retro Brights For Spring

March 30, 2011 06:07 by ehouston

Isn’t this Etsy Treasury super fun?  It was curated by Lisa Ross of Divine Bijoux, a shop full of colorful jewelry.

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My vintage Colonial Glass flower tray was featured with all these other cute treasures.  Come check it out, leave a comment or click through and buy something for yourself!

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Recent Etsy Shop Additions

February 4, 2011 07:01 by ehouston

As part of “Project Declutter” I have finally started posting some of my vintage clothing items.  Several of these pieces have been revamped with slight alterations to make them a little more hip, while others have been left au naturale.

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An untouched vintage dress with blue brocade flowers.  Click here if you are interested in more details.

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Vintage dress in pale blue linen with lace collar.

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Vintage dress in classic schoolgirl plaid.

Stop by my Etsy Shop to see more vintage additions!

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YART SALE....One Of The Best Things About Summer!

June 10, 2009 09:54 by ehouston

I just put a bunch of my shop items on sale this morning and then I decided I would go ahead and join the Etsy Yart Sale.  It starts today and runs through Sunday, June 14th (my b'day!).  So, come check out my sale items along with all the other great finds out there in the Etsy creative community.

                     

 

Happy Shopping!

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Holiday Tree Treasury- YAY!

November 14, 2008 16:59 by ehouston

One of my holiday trees made from vintage ties, lace, books and buttons was featured in a very sweet treasury.

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3rd row down, 1st image.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=20887

Check out the others in my shop.  I have a deal set up if you buy all three.  They look really cute all together.

Happy Holidays everyone!


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Coming Soon to an Etsy Shop Near You!

August 26, 2008 06:54 by ehouston

I have been working on adding new items to the shop, but also trying to limit the number of items listed so as not to overwhelm shoppers.  I thought the best approach would be to go about this seasonally, like any brick and mortar.  I have several stroller quilts that I will be adding as soon as I can get some decent pictures.  I love my camera, but not the lighting in my house.  It's an older home, with crummy yellowy lighting, and even with all the spare lamps I can find gathered around the object d' art, I cannot seem to get a good shot.  That's not going to stop me, though, because there are children out there with chilly toes and they need a way to stay toasty while out and about!

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On another note, we have finally received some much needed rain here in Nashville, TN and although the sky has been very gray everything else is becoming bright green again.  (The gray light coming through my windows has not helped my picture taking one bit, but that was the last topic, right?)  Yesterday morning, I went to step out on the kitchen patio to move a plant out so it could get a drink and staring directly at me on the slider was a Walking Stick bug!  After taking my breath away (nothing like meeting a bug face to face) I realized this is the biggest Walking Stick I have ever seen.  Growing up, I remember seeing these once in a while, but they were never more than 2-3 inches long.  This one is over 5 inches, has a curly-Q mouth (?-not really sure which end has this) and both brown and green coloring.  It really looks like an itty-bitty pine branch with some needles still attached.  It clung to the door all day and was still there this morning.  Don't know what it's up to, but it has been fun to watch.  I even tried to take a picture, but had a really hard time obtaining a decent view because the camera kept auto-focusing on things through the window.  One of these days, maybe I should read that inch thick manual....  Enjoy the pics!

(note: I did include the sliders in the springtime window cleaning, but you wouldn't know it looking at these shots.  ewwww...)

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