Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I would like to start off with a short apology. Yesterday’s post was a few hours late. I had an issue with the internet connection, followed by for whatever reasons, my post was listed as private and wasn’t visible. Those issues have since been figured out and they will hopefully not happen again. Now on to the fun.
Selling your items.
You got really obsessive with a particular craft, let’s say, crocheting a particular blanket and now you have fifty of them piled up by your chair. You decide you want to sell them, but have zero idea how much. I was told by a very experienced woman that you have to remind yourself that this was handmade and took time to make. So, let’s give a little lesson on how to price something and why crafter’s prices are generally higher than a stores price.
Let’s get the boring part over with, shall we? First off, figure up how much it cost to buy the material. Then, double it. That guarantees that you have now made a profit on just the material. It also builds in cushion for the person who tries to buy your project wanting to bring down the price. It also assists in paying yourself back on the fuel you spent going to the craft store. I generally add roughly forty dollars if I am selling a crocheted blanket to the overall price. That is for my time and effort put into the project. Now, if it is a small baby sized blanket, obviously that price is lower, if the blanket is much larger (queen or king) I generally go higher as well. Simply put, if I make a baby blanket and it cost me ten dollars to buy the yarn, I charge twenty. I add roughly fifteen to that price for my time. Meaning, I will sell that blanket for thirty-five dollars. Now, that is for a simple blanket. If the pattern is more intricate or it requires quite a bit of work, then the price will reflect that.
As I am sure you understand that lesson, let’s move on to the important things.
The average afghan, measuring fifty-four by sixty inches, will take a person a few weeks to crochet. If the pattern is difficult this time could easy be doubled. If the blanket is larger, you are looking at far more time. For a machine, at a factory, to do the same blanket you are looking at far less time and far less quality. Someone has put in every single stitch to make a handmade blanket.
This means that a person has spent hours at a time, sitting in a chair, with a hook in hand, crocheting their heart in to the blanket you are wanting to purchase. Keep that in mind when you think about purchasing something handmade. When you purchase something handmade, you are not just buying a wreath or blanket, you are buying part of someone’s life, part of their heart.
I always find myself laughing at some of the hilarious requests that I get from people sometimes. As well as their questions. Allow me to have a little bit of fun with some of these scenarios.
“Can you make me a queen size blanket? I only have five dollars for it.”
To which I would love to respond one of these ways:
“Sure, let me get on my magic broom and fly to a wizards palace and work that up for you.”
“I was wondering if you could make me a three course meal, all super fancy. I can only give you a dollar for it.”
“Allow me to stick my face in this pillow and scream at your ignorance.”
“It’s just yarn, you can make it work right?”
To which I would just love to respond with:
“Just YARN! Those are my babies, how dare you?!?!?!”
“Well, now I am going to have to let them sleep in bed with me again tonight. Thanks for giving them nightmares, ya monster!”
“It’s just adding six hundred more hours worth of work for you, but you can make it work, right?”
“Why do you have to be so expensive?”
To which my brain screams:
“Why do you expect to get paid at your job?”
“Why are you so cheap?”
“Don’t you like to get paid for your work?”
While these are just joke responses, these are actual questions I have had over the years. I find that if I wait a couple of seconds before I respond, I am less likely to respond like above. I also remind myself, that people who don’t craft, honestly have no idea how much work goes into it. A lot of people think that they are getting what they could buy in a store. Yes, my lovely friends, we know better. It is our job to educate, politely. It would be nice to get on their level of rudeness, but we have to remember that they are speaking from a point of zero knowledge. That is why, when I sell something and I get a question about price, I politely explain the amount of work that goes into making that project. You have to politely and gently remind them, they get paid for their work, you have that right as well.
Also, do not be afraid to tell a person to just have a nice day. There are some people out there, that just won’t care about your effort or time. Those people don’t deserve your precious time. You are worth more than being degraded for your amazing skills.
Remember, have fun crafting. If you can make a little bit of money and it won’t cause you to hate your craft, go for it. Loving what you do is far more important than any amount of money you could make on a craft.
I hope you found this not only helpful, but funny as well. What are some responses you would like to give people who ask these kind of questions? I would really love to read them.
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Thank you and God Bless!