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Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

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   My husband and I create literally OODLES of pincushions, selling to quilt shops across the U.S. We have our own wholesale website and work with another distributor as well. In addition, we sell them in our crafty Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy) and at the local Farmer’s Market. We offer a variety of shapes and sizes in every color of the rainbow :) Without a doubt, our smallest item is definitely our biggest seller !
So what is a Finger Pincushion ? And what’s the big deal about it ? Well, it’s a mini pincushion that you wear on your finger or thumb while hand sewing. It’s tiny and portable; doesn’t take up much room so you can tuck one in your travel sewing kit, car glove box, purse or overnight bag. You can keep one stashed in your office drawer for those little emergencies like repairing a sagging hem or replacing a popped-off button. You can hem curtains while they are hanging and this little pincushion moves along with you so you aren’t tempted to stick a pin or needle in a nearby chair cushion or (heaven forbid~) in your mouth. When the phone or doorbell rings, your pincushion stays safely with you keeping pets and toddlers away from pointy pins and needles while your attention is elsewhere.
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Selling at the Farmer’s Market is Fun!

Selling at the Farmer’s Market is Fun!

Ever wonder what it’s like to sell at the local Farmer’s Market ?  Here is some basic information and a mini How-To based on our experience so far.

We’ve started selling at the local Farmer’s Market this month, Saturdays only. We have met the nicest folks ! If you’re in the area, please come visit us. The space we have is a combination of crafts and upcycled vintage from our two Etsy shops (Oodles of Whimsy, Oodles of Vintage). There are tie dye garments, quilt pillows, pincushions, silver plate key rings, dyed vintage doilies and more :)
If you mention you read about our Farmer’s Market space in this Blog, we’ll give you 20% your entire purchase !

Here is some information about the market and how we came to be here….

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Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 2

Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 2

Consignment Questions:

~Do you have to pay to be in a consignment shop?
Some shops do charge an ongoing monthly fee as well as a percentage of each sale. Some only charge a percentage of sales. Do the math; figure out how many items you have to sell to be able to pay your monthly fee if they charge one. If my net on a dinosaur bag is $15 and the shop is charging consignees $30 per month
, my first two dinosaur sales each month go toward paying the fee. Basically I gave away two bags for the privilege of selling there. Are there enough sales after that to support this venue?
~Do the items you bring in have to be bagged and tagged?
It varies. The earrings I sell are hanging on a cardstock
backing with tiny holes for earwires to slip in. The loaded card is then put in a small zip-top bag. Some stores require a “hang-hole” at the top of the product packaging. Other stores provided a metal jewelry rack and wanted the earrings hung there without the backing. I have found little items displayed in baggies have a bit more protection from theft due to the size and stiffness. Also, individual earrings don’t get lost as the packaging keeps pairs together. Tagging with prices was usually my job, not the store’s. Keep records of items you bring in to sell. How many, what date, the prices of each. If the store calls you to ask about pricing (maybe the price tag fell off), discounts (if they buy 3 pair…), can someone order the same item in another color? or do you have more of XX, this master inventory sheet will be necessary for your sanity :)
~How much percentage will they take from my item’s selling price?
I have experienced 20-50% consignment fees. If the store charges 20%, when I sell a $10 item, my “cut” is $8.00.
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Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 1

Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 1

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You make a really neat Widget for a friend’s birthday. When unwrapped at the party, several guests say, “Wow~ you made that? You should sell these somewhere!” And having heard this before, you’re thinking, “Yes, I’d love to but how and where?”
First, accept the compliment. Second, folks often have no idea how hard it is to ‘break in’ somewhere, but do want to encourage or support your endeavor. I have a bit of experience in this area. Everyone’s journey will be a little different of course, but I’ll share mine. Maybe you can learn from some of my mis-steps :)
Many downtown shops love having items from local artists and crafters selling in their shop. Some reasons are: This appeals to their idea of supporting the community. It helps fill shelves without paying shipping fees. Tourists and visitors love having a memento for going home, reminding them of their recent trip.
Shops generally acquire their merchandise in two different ways; consignment and buying wholesale. This post is about the consignment route.
Back up a couple decades: I used to make Dinosaur Diaper Bags. These were Stegasaurus-type dinosaurs with four feet, a long tail and jagged teeth. They were padded, fully lined with a zipper, rope straps and large button eyes…a fun look. We had two little boys at the time; I made my own diaper bag, he was a purple dinosaur and we all liked him. End of story.
~Not quite. You see, once we had the pattern figured out, I made up two ‘prototypes’ before the purple one (a green 
dinosaur  and a blue one). We liked the purple one so that’s what we used.
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Interview: Oodles of Pincushions !

Interview: Oodles of Pincushions !

~by me, myself and I; the author of this blog :)   My name is Cheri Hage. I sew items and sell in an Etsy shop, “Oodles of Whimsy”. Most of the shop is a variety of Pincushions.  My husband (Rick) and I also sell pincushions on our wholesale website, “Oodles of Pincushions”. We create what we refer to as, “oodles” of pincushions (that’s where the names came from). This is a hobby and cottage industry; I work at home.

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What part of the craft/hobby do you like best ?

  It is hard for me to define what is the most enjoyable part of this endeavor. I absolutely LOVE picking out fabrics, so shopping for the “supplies” is very enjoyable. The down-side is that it is difficult to find proportionately correct tiny prints that work well for our Finger Pincushions so it can be frustrating. Of course, there’s always the danger of being side-tracked by discovering fun, new fabrics that  I have no business looking at but there they are, just waiting for me.

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