I love the texture in this design and the colors reminded me of the many flax fields I see throughout Saskatchewan. I have made many of these camera strap covers. I have one on my camera and I get asked all the time where I got it from. I sell these at the Tourism Gifts shops and craft markets for $20.
You can have so much fun with camera strap covers, you can add buttons or flowers to add extra detail. I have even added pockets to hold the camera lens cover. Have fun and post your designs on my Facebook page or tag Living Skies Crochet in your posts so I can see what you come up with!
How do you represent your product to the public?
In my previous post I shared about how to make money crocheting. I want to see you continue to grow and develop your business. I have found that with a little extra effort it can take your business to a whole new level.
At artisan markets people are drawn to what stands out to them. Do not be like every other table. Do a few small things to go above and beyond. Pictured above are my dishcloths. (click here for the free pattern)
They are the basic dish or wash cloths that everyone makes. I always use 100% cotton and I always sell out. I can't make them fast enough. Why do customers purchase mine over others, even when mine are priced higher? Because of the label. It shows extra pride in my product and looks more professional.
My labels are made from craft or packaging paper. I cut it into 8.5 x 11" sheets of paper and put it into my printer. Because it usually comes in a roll I may cut the paper into the size needed and put a couple of heavy books on it for a couple of days before I print.
I created a file on Word that tells everyone what it is and I put my website (free advertising). I print four to a page, I cut out the strips wrap it around each cloth and I attach it in the back with some funky washi tape. Voila! A little extra work for guaranteed sales!
Because I want to see others succeed I have attached my template below and you can fill in your business website for Facebook page. If you need a website check out Weebly, is it easy to make your own site and the free version would suit any business just starting. (this site was made using Weebly)
Putting your name out into the public is necessary if you want to grow. I take pride in the items that I make, I do not want to throw one of my handmade items into a grocery bag and hand it to my customers.
I bought the bags pictured to the right at Michaels. I used a 50% coupon and got them for a good price. I then went to staples and purchased round craft labels and printed my name on the labels and my daughters put the labels on all my bags.
My business is a family business. Our daughters (ages 10 & 12) love to help and are always giving me ideas and are great models of my items to their friends at school.
Adding a few extra touches goes a long way, Make the effort it is worth it. Before I go to a show I make as many items as I can up to a week before the show. The week before the show I use as prep time for all the bonuses, I even set my table up at home first to see how it will look and I find out what I may be missing. I lay out all my items to see how it will be displayed the best. I take pictures with my phone so that when it is packed away I can quickly set up. I usually pack my vehicle the night before so that I can not frazzled the day of the sale.
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If you caught the segment on the CTV News today here are the directions for the Tassel Garland.
sturdy cardboard or foam board
yarn colors of your choice
This past weekend I participated in our local Farmers Market, which was included with the Downtown Street Fair. I wasn't sure what to expect from this event.
If you go to an event to sell your crochet items you know how much work goes into making items and setting up your table. Over the last week my family and my daily routine were put on hold so that I could prepare for this sale.
I usually only do sales at Christmas time, but I thought since I had a few items already made that I would go enjoy a day Downtown and hopefully make some money.
It was a beautiful day, which brought lots of people Downtown. From what I have seen in the media it was a record turn out! Many people stopped by my table to look and only a few bought. If I evaluated my day based on sales, I would never do it again.
What made it a good day was the interaction I had with the people that stopped to look at my table. I proudly told them that everything at my table was my own unique designs. And the top selling item as always was the Madison Necklace.
An awesome moment was when I had my Genevieve Cowl on my display mannequin and someone came to to my table and said, "I pinned that on Pinterest!" It's not everyday that you meet the designer behind a Pinterest pin in your home town.
I spoke to many people about crochet classes, I received good ideas about new designs that I can create, and I was interviewed my the local paper (I will share the article once it is published).
Overall, other than the nasty sunburns that my daughter and I received it was a good day.
Would I do it again?
Probably not, here's why:
I love to create with yarn and I love living in Saskatchewan. This is where the two merge to become one.