Did you hear the news … They finally caught me! I’m going to jail … but it’s for a great cause — MDA!
Shasta McLaughlin of Extravaganza Crafts has been asked to go to "LockUp" to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on April 11, 2013.
Muscular dystrophy is a disease where the muscles of the body get weaker and weaker. The Muscular Dystrophy Association raises funds for research, medical treatments and therapy, wheelchairs, and for kids with muscular dystrophy to attend MDA Summer Camp.
It's hard to find time to make handmade crafts for a craft show booth. It's even harder to find time to market and sell crafts. How do you find time to make and sell crafts?
Make Time for Crafts by Saving Time
One way to make time for crafts is to save time doing the things you have to do every day. A time saving trick I learned a long time ago was to put dinner in the crockpot (a.k.a. slow cooker) as I was making breakfast in the morning.
I then cleaned up all the dishes from preparing both meals.
A farmers market is a good place to buy or sell whole organic food, baked goods and handmade crafts. Markets are often held on Saturdays early spring to late fall and there are some Sunday markets. Some farmer's markets are held on weekdays and most are not open on holidays.
What Handmade Crafts Sell at Farmer's Markets?
Buyers at farmers' markets often come expecting to spend a few dollars on organic fruits and vegetables, plants and a few crafts.
As far as pricing your handmade crafts go you need something called a loss leader.
A loss leader is a handcrafted item or a few items sold at a loss. They get buyers of art through the door to your craft show booth or online craft store and getting out their wallet. After they've gotten out their wallet they are easier to sell to.
Keep a few items as loss leaders, adjust some of your prices to be more inline with the real market price (for crafts similar to yours) but not at it, and adjust the majority of the items to be real market price.
Packaging crafts has always been a simple concept to me it never occurred to me to share. This wonderful post inspired me to share this packaging idea. Most scrapbookers and rubber stampers probably use this concept already. How many of you have thought to use it to package your handcrafted arts and crafts for sale?
What does Real Estate have to do with selling arts and crafts?
The way I see it your art or craft show booth is kind of like trying to sell a house. If you try to sell an empty house people can’t see in their minds what the house will look like when it’s all finished, painted, furnished, and decorated. You will also have a hard time trying to sell a house that is full of clutter, people can only imagine that the rest of the house hasn’t been taken care of well. They will see that the house will be too much work and cost too much money.
Facebook Page Helps Your Art or Craft
Business Know Who Your Customers Are
Have you ever wondered exactly who your craft show customers are? Who to target in your advertising? How to find out if your target market is male or female, what age they are, or where they are located? Ever wondered who was most likely to walk into your craft show booth?
Your art and craft based Facebook business page can help.
First of all if you don't have a Facebook business page I suggest getting one.
When selling art online little is more important than quality of your pictures.
You won't get many sales if the quality of the pictures make it hard for the buyer to see the quality of your art or craft. Worse yet bad pictures can make the buyer imagine your art is poor quality because you didn't care if the photos were low quality.
Taking pictures of handcrafted art is something that overwhelms many artists and crafters.