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From: CodyGramma
Date: 03-04-2006, 05:49 AM (1 of 6)
I recently began making and trying to sell a few quilted items... I have a friend with a shop who is displaying this stuff for me.

I put $20 and $25 on tablerunners depending on size....I have made some of those hanging refrigerator towels and put $5.00 for a set of two and I also have made potholders and put $3 for a set of two

The potholders have sold well but the other items aren't moving yet...its only been a short while...should I wait a little longer before I start lowering prices to sell this stuff or do you think they are priced fairly?
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From: CarolWI
Date: 03-04-2006, 08:04 AM (2 of 6)
I don't think your prices are high. My opinion is that around here there just isn't alot of money being spent on extras. I would wait and see what happens.
Carol :up:
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 03-04-2006, 08:32 AM (3 of 6)
I don't think your prices are high either. We have a craft mall close to me and I have gone in there and seen the same things selling for a higher price. So I wouldn't change the price, just see what happens.

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From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-04-2006, 02:30 PM (4 of 6)
The inexpensive items are selling well, and the bigger items aren't moving? What if you bump up the kitchen towels and potholders just a smidge ($6 and $4), and bump down the table runners just a little. I have a feeling the small items will still move quickly, and you'll start to get some nibbles on the runners.
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From: paroper
Date: 03-05-2006, 03:31 AM (5 of 6)
I suspect it is the location of the shop and the type of patrons they have. If your shop is in the wrong place you often get people looking for garage sale prices. In those places you can't sell much nor get much for your items. Things that are sewn don't do all that well there either. I was in one of those malls. If you volunteer some time and watch, you can get a better idea of what kind of patrons you have. In the mall I was in there was a t-shirt that had an chevron shaped inset that sold like hot cakes. There was also someone who did very simple decorative pillows that did very very well. Neither of them gave away their things. Another thing that did very well there were children's fancy hair ribbons. I had a friend that sold those and she really made nice money.

Your prices are extremely reasonable. I suspect is what you are selling coupled with the age/interests of the patrons, not your pricing. You might also see if there is a way to dress up the area where your things are displayed. Don't leave your items in the same places. Go in every few days and move them around so that someone who is a regular will stop and look again. Sometimes if your display is interesting you can sell better too.

In ritzy areas, things that are underpriced don't sell well either.

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From: CodyGramma
Date: 03-06-2006, 08:33 AM (6 of 6)
Thanks for all the good advice! I think what I will do is give it just a little more time but then make some changes. I also decided to up the price on the pieced potholders to $4 and leave the price at $3 for the plain ones. I don't want to scare them off but the pieced ones do take a little more time. Thanks again!
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Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
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