Still doodling and drawing and colouring this week. I’ve come up with some new designs (typical of me – at the eleventh hour) and I will include them in a future post. I am using every spare minute to get ready for my market stall on Sunday. It’s a bit nerve-wracking, trying to get everything ready and not really knowing how many people to expect. I might be making a whole bunch of stuff for nothing, or not making anywhere near enough. You just never know. I only have one allotted table space on the day so I am also trying to figure out how to display everything so it’s easy to access and makes the most of the limited space I have. I’m sure it will be ok on the day – I just always get nervous beforehand. It’s very anxiety-provoking, having your own creations on display, to people other than your family and friends who will tell you everything is wonderful (even if it isn’t) and there is nothing worse than having people pick through your stuff, turn their noses up and walk away having purchased nothing.
I’ve started pricing everything, which is always a tricky process. How do you make something affordable but still cover costs and time taken to make the darn thing? Some of my cards take me HOURS to make. If I charged at some hourly rate I would be selling cards for about $83.00 each! You have to be sensible. The doodled cards take less materials but are all hand-coloured and drawn, so do you take into account the fact each one is an original and took some time to colour or do you just say well, it’s a more simple-looking item and charge accordingly? It’s hard, but at the end of the day, I need the money and can’t afford to make things so expensive that no one will buy them. I am also guilty of making things I’m not very happy with cheaper, and then pricing some items up because I really like them and don’t want them to sell, ha ha.
Anyway, I’d be interested to hear how other crafty people market and price their wares. Particularly if you’re just a “small concern” like me ie not super professional or running an actual business. To be honest, I just enjoy the creative process and the money isn’t the most important thing – ordinarily anyway. But, right now, I am struggling a bit and need the extra moolah to see me through Christmas!
Hope you are having a successful, stress-free week. Thank you for reading 🙂