Monday, 15 February 2010

New line, new pricing and new outlook, very excited!

Well today has been quite productive considering I have 2 kids loitering around the house!   I began the day by catching up on my various web places one of them being the folksy forum (good place for picking peoples brains!)  Anyhoo, Woody had started a thread about USP & Sales, part of this thread involved how much we artists charge for our goods and this got me thinking, which at the moment is no mean feat, well done Woody, lol.  I read the various bits of advice that were given and then had a look at my own little shop and I had to admit he was right, again something I don't do very often Woody, ask my hubby!  I think I was selling myself and my bags short.  I think this stems back to when I began and the fear I felt at putting 'myself out there' in terms of asking people to purchase my items in exchange for their hard earned cash.  I have assumed before that because I know how to sew and create that everyone does and as my hubby and others have pointed out they don't.  In the same way as I am in awe of people who turn wood, crochet and knit, people are in awe of people like myself who sew and create items from seemingly uninspiring pieces of material.  Soooo.. I had a rethink and had a reprice (and apologies here to anybody who was about buy something, blame Woody for starting me down this course!) and something miraculous happened, well something slightly strange anyway, I began to look at my little shop differently and I actually am beginning to feel like a bona fide professional, type little shop now.  So thank you Woody.

So here is todays creation I am toying with the idea of purses at the moment and different shapes.  I made this one this morning and although the shape hasn't turned out too well I am pleased with the fabric, lace and buttons combination.  Let me know what you think.... either about my purses or Woody's article...


3 comments:

Cate said...

I have to say I think you did the right thing, I had looked in your shop and thought you were underpricing yourself, your bags are so gorgeous! I hope you now get lots of sales :)

Not Just Handbags said...

ooh thank you Cate!

MegExpressions said...

Yes, I had a business advisor tell me that I needed to calculate the time that it takes me to make a purse and then price it based on that amount of time, and just stick to it. It makes a lot of sense, but I have been at craft fairs and have lost confidence, so it is easy to make the price slip lower than it should! Also, the price that I sell my purses for makes it difficult to sell in a store, since they would then have to double the price to earn a profit......I visited your flickr site and love your purses, I like your use of bows and also the many flowers that you have on your purses. Best of luck to you in your endeavors, you have a great product!