Thursday, August 9, 2012
Little Bears and Business Ideas
So I've been cutting out and partially assembling little teddy bears for the past two weeks. I also finished four completely. I don't need to crank out a dozen of them all at once - I'd rather list a handful every few weeks. I've started making some in Christmas fabrics, too, to get ahead for the season.
I've had various friends and family suggest that I consider taking my art and crafts to a craft fair or juried craft show. I'm not convinced that my art originals would sell well at that kind of venue, even the juried ones. I need to look into investing in limited edition prints of my drawings. People would probably be more willing to pay $15-$20 for a print, instead of $30-$60 for an original. And I'd have to stockpile a huge number of bears. I'd also need to get a laptop to keep inventory and take payments by credit card or PayPal. Then I'd have to buy tables and display materials. Not to mention I'd have to consider booth rental fees and travel costs. No, I don't think I'm ready to sell at fairs.
One of these days, maybe sooner than we think, we'll take the plunge.