(Hahaha! I couldn't resist.)
Topic on my mind today: I'm kinda concerned about my pricing for this show. I've never even attended this particular show as a buyer so I don't know what the market is like - who my customers will be. But I hope they know and understand what goes into handmade items. My beavers are $40. I don't think that's high. And I know I'm not high compared to my plushie-making peers. But I wonder what the average shopper thinks...
It took me the better part of all day today to get to this point ^. And that's just the fabric-choosing and cutting. That's not counting the time that went in before - the sketching, the pattern design and tweaking, the shopping for materials. And it's not counting, of course, any of the time after - sewing these babies up, piecing them togther and stuffing them.
I think this little guy (gal?) is my favorite for today:
LOVE the colors. The quilted fabric. And the funky patterns. So bright and cheery. This one just makes me especially happy. :)
Artists/Crafters - do you worry about your pricing? How long did it take you to get to where you felt comfortable charging what you do? How did you reach that "sweet spot" - charging enough where you feel happy based on the amount of time (bloodsweat&tears!) you have in, but little enough that you feel your customers will be happy paying it?
Shoppers - do you feel there's more value in handmade goods? Enough where you feel comfortable and even happy paying more? Sometimes I feel it can be a lost cause competing with popular, machine-made, big box store items. I buy a lot of handmade, but I wonder how others feel...would love to hear from both/all sides of the spectrum!