Thursday, 28 July 2011
I've just had a bookmark accepted for sale at a post office. I don't sound overly excited about it for a few reasons...the lady didn't like ANYTHING else that I had to show her, only the metal bookmarks. And only that particular metal bookmark, one with a leaf boomark piece and glass leaf beads of different colours on it. Nice.
Also, she argued with me over the price, as she wanted more profit than I was offering her to have it sit on her shelf. It didn't occur to her to raise the price I had on it, and I have set my prices as such that I already don't profit much on sales. That's just how it is with handmade, you can't really charge for the time it takes you to make something because people wouldn't want to buy it! So with profit margins already quite slim, I'm not going to be able to take a heap off my profit without making it non-existant.
So we'll wait and see how that goes, I'm not holding my breath!!
Orders from customers beat consignment any day, and I sometimes get orders for these metal bookmarks as christmas presents for those on the list that people aren't too sure what to buy for...I hope they go just as well on a shelf as they do by word of mouth.
I also make corded bookmarks, like the ones I did for the wedding.
The cord ones are great for functionality. They aren't as likely to fall out of the book as the heavier metal ones if you're taking a book in a bag on the train or whatever. I couldn't decide which type of bookmarks to do for ViewPoint so I figured I'd try both.
I came up with these for my mum, who with her uncooperative fingers was having trouble picking up the metal bookmark I made her originally. Funny how life can sometimes force a bit of creativity, and in this case it has definitely paid off.
One more week till I take my stock to Bendigo and have a wander around the store/gallery, which is still being refurbished. I can't wait to see my stuff on a shelf, it's going to be a lot of fun. Keep your fingers crossed for me :)!