Fall is coming soon, FINALLY! We cannot wait for the cooler temperatures and hopefully we will be able to keep our blogs updated and, maybe, even make some more craft items we can sell. We love to create our craft items but they don’t always sell. Mom and I spend quite a lot of time figuring out what we want to make, how we want it to look, the colors of each item and starting over when they don’t turn out like we want. All this time and energy spent on these items and we cannot charge for our time when computing our selling price. They would end up being too costly for our customers. Yes, they are handcrafted and, yes, we should get paid for our time; but, we have found that you have to compromise on our selling price in order to actually make sales. At the Florida Folk Festival we had one lady state that she couldn’t believe how low our prices were and how could we make a profit. Even with these low prices we only made just enough money to cover our expenses.
Make no mistake the crafting business is a tough one and there is a lot of competition in our area. It takes a lot of time, patience and persistence to make enough sales just to get back the money you spent on supplies. We have invested quite a bit of cash on supplies to make the craft items but I think we have spent almost as much on the business items. These include tables, a commercial canopy tent, a decent digital camera, table clothes, paper items and a wide variety of shelving just to display our merchandise some of which we had to build ourselves. These expenses do not include the vendor fees charged by each of the venues and the gas to go back and forth to each of the events we can actually attend.
We have our craft items online on Etsy, Handmade Artists and SquareUp Marketplace (See below for links to our online stores). We have attended as many festivals as we had the money for in the areas we were currently staying just to get our business cards out there. We have also placed about 200 items with a little Antiques Emporium in O’Brien, Florida that also features local crafts artists for a monthly fee and commission for any sales she can make. We get one shelf in her store for $20 a month. Any sales over $40 she gets a 10% commission. All of the items we have with her are the ones we have made over the last year that I didn’t have the time or energy to post on one of our online stores. At last count we now have over 2000 items created. My mom is getting discouraged and wants to pull apart all of the items we haven’t sold and start making crocheted blankets to give to her grandchildren. But I keep telling her to just be patient for a little bit longer. I haven’t given up quite yet…..
Below are some pictures of the items we have consigned to the Village Emporium in O’Brien, Florida. If you are traveling between Live Oak, Florida and Branford, Florida on State Road 129 stop on by the Emporium. They are open Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The emporium is filled with a wide variety of items and if you get there early enough the owner sells her “Farm Fresh” Large brown eggs for $3. They go fast so get there early.
“The Olde O’Brien Antique Village Emporium is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. They are located at 22641 93rd Drive in O’Brien, just off of US 129 South. The Emporium has shelves, showcases, booths, yard space, and tables for rent. For more information, please call 386-935-0389.”
Southern Women Crafts on Etsy
Southern Women Crafts on Handmade Artists
Southern Women Crafts on SquareUp Marketplace
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