Friday, February 12, 2010

hmm...

have you heard about this?  handmade home shopping parties?  i like the concept - but i think i would have a hard time asking my friends to one of these.  they all know i have an etsy shop, and i figure if they want to buy something they will let me know.   i do think this would be a fun event if you have several crafty friends, and could offer a variety of handmade things, and hosted it at a coffee shop like she did.  maybe around the holidays?  what do you think about it?  is it something you would do?

i actually try not to attend any home parties.  a few years back, when we lived in a town of 2000, everyone was having stamping up, pampered chef, party lite, silpada, & mary kay parties, and i always ended up buying things i didn't even want because you want your friends to get lots of stuff.   so i made it a rule not to attend them anymore.  i feel bad turning down my friends, but i also don't like the idea of pressuring anyone into buying something.  which is how those particular parties are set up. you know, if three friends agree to host a party then the host gets a prize?  so then three more of your friends are having a party and you have to buy more stuff you don't need.

EDITED TO ADD:  i don't think what Mallory is talking about is the same as the "corporate" parties.  like she says, you can make it whatever works best for you - whether it's giving away one of your items, or having a how-to session, or offering shop credit to the host. 

i am excited about doing my first craft show this year!  i am going to have a booth at handmade holidays.  no excuses this year.  my mom and my friend joy have already said they will help me.  and i am just trying to narrow down what i want to have to sell.  have any of you done craft shows before?  any good tips for me?  right now, i am planning on having some baby items (bibs, blocks, blankets) and scarves, maybe a small tree with handmade ornaments, and of course my notebooks and crayon wallets.  maybe some aprons, maybe some bags.  i am also going to have jars of cookie mix for sale, i love giving them as gifts and i think they would sell well.  any other things you think would sell like hotcakes?

5 comments:

KQuiltyBee said...

the home party thing--not so much. Too intimate. A group of those direct sellers have set up their own fair at the holidays, so you can go meet like a dozen of them, including hand crafters--that's ok.

As for regular craft fairs, sure. I read somewhere have 3xs as much as you think you should (agh!)Good luck with that--I'd like to do one, too, but those in my area don't really cater to the stuff I make.

Mallory - Miss Malaprop said...

Thanks for the link to my post! To me the great thing about organizing a craft shopping party (whether at someone's home or a public space) is that you get to set all of your own rules, so you can make it much less sales-pressured than the big companies like Tupperware or Mary Kay do. They have their own rules about what needs to happen at a party, but if you organize it for yourself or with other crafters, you get to decide how everything happens.

I agree that if most of your friends also sell their own crafts it's going to be hard to find people to come. But if you make it more about just having a party, and you have your stuff there for people to see and touch, and it's for sale as well, you might sell some stuff but you also might get your friends & family talking about your work later and telling their friends how great your stuff is. If you've never done craft shows, it can also be a good trial run to see how you want to set up your displays, etc.

It's a lot of work, and it's definitely not for everyone, but some people have had great success with selling their goods this way.

tammiemarie said...

That's a great idea about a trial run! I may have to think about doing that, since I've never set up a booth before.

Hmm, I'm thinking that could work really well. Then I could get feedback from my friends what things they think will be a big seller at the handmade holidays craft show! And maybe they'd buy something too. Thanks again for the ideas, Mallory. I would have never thought of doing something like this myself!

Mallory - Miss Malaprop said...

Tammie, you're welcome! Let us know if you do decide to do a party... post some pictures and let us know how it goes!

Lauranie said...

I've never heard of this..but it seems kinda neat. I agree with you Tammie, I am not a pushy seller at all, and my friends sometimes have to DRAG things out of me about what I make!! :D I've given little things as gifts and they will sometimes call me with ideas on things I could make and sell. So doing a little "party" as a feedback session might be a good idea! As far as craft fairs...never done one. I thought about it though, but you have to have alot DONE..and I just can't seem to get there yet!! Good luck to you, I'm sure you will sell LOTS!

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