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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Show Schedule...

                         Here is my show schedule so far for 2013...

April 12-13               Whimsy at the Warehouse       
                              Ballinger, TX  (Wool and Mohair Bldg.)

May 11                    Funky Junk Roundup             
                             Waco, TX (Convention Center)

May 18-19               Honey Deal Days                 
                             Navasota, TX (Expo Center)

July 13                    Junk Hippy Roadshow           
                             Rosenberg, TX (Fairgrounds)

September 28          ASG Sew Chic Fashion Show   
                             Houston, TX (The Hess Club)

November 16           Junk Hippy Roadshow            
                             Waco, TX

More shows may be added as time progresses.  Stay tuned!

Until Next Time...


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Whimsy at the Warehouse...

Sounds like somewhere you want to be, doesn't it?  I know it did to me when I first read about it. Next month, I will be there with a variety of my jewelry...both pieces with repurposed items (aka found objects) and pieces created using metalsmithing techniques.  i will be there amidst many different vendors; some selling antiques and vintage items, some selling repurposed items, some selling handcrafted items, and I'm pretty sure they'll be some bling too!

The ladies (The Rodeo Queens of West Texas) that put on this show do such a great job that they have been mentioned as a favorite in Flea Market Style more than once. Here is a bit about them from their blog:  

The Rodeo Queens of West Texas are made up of a group of ladies who share a common passion for all things junky, vintage and eclectic! We are Cat Geiger, Cecilia Scott, Mary Smith and Leeann Moore. We produce a Premier Vintage Market twice a year. Our Fall show is always in Colorado City, Texas and we go on the road for our Spring Show!

Come to Ballinger, TX and see what all the fuss is about!

Until next time...


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Working Hard at the Junk Hippy Roadshow

The Junk Hippy Roadshow is a vintage/antique/handcrafted traveling market that is owned and operated by Kristen Grandi and her family from Oklahoma. They have only been in business a year, but have been wonderfully successful at it. Their motto is "Be nice or leave." This year, they have shows in Rosenberg (2), Tulsa, OKC (2), Amarillo, Colorado Springs, and Waco. I was honored to be part of the Rosenberg show on March 9, and will be back on July 13. Put it on your calendar and join us!

Here is a photo that was kindly taken by Mr. Avery Russell whose wife Janis makes wonderful quilts.

Monday, March 18, 2013

What's in a Price?

For many artists, pricing is one of those areas with which they struggle the most.  There are reams of advice written for those of us wondering how to price our art.  The piece of advice that has most often popped up in my research, is to not cheapen your work and the work of others by underpricing it.  This really makes sense to me because I'm the one who has time and energy invested in each piece. However, I oftentimes get the feeling that some people are shocked when they see the price of my jewelry...especially the one of a kind pieces. This post is meant to provide insight into what exactly goes into pricing a piece of work. 

When embarking upon the journey of pricing, the first consideration is the price of the components I used to create the piece. Obviously, this varies with almost each piece, so I cannot put the same price on each piece.

Next, I must consider time (labor). This does not only encompass the time it takes to craft the piece, but also the time it took to design it, the time it took to acquire the components, and a percentage of the time one spends doing other business activities, such as pricing and various paperwork.

The next part of pricing, is overhead.  My overhead includes electricity and other utilities used to conduct business, tools of the trade, fuel for torches, packaging, displays, car fuel when necessary, website costs, Etsy fees, show fees, etcetera.  

After considering these items, and to a certain extent, what the market will bear, I set a wholesale price.  This is the price for which I would sell a piece to a middleman (typically a store owner); it also comes into play when consigning items.  This must be high enough so that I can get a bit of profit on the piece, but also low enough to be raised to create a retail price.  If the wholesale pricing step is skipped, I lose out when I sell to a middleman. No good business person would do that.

Lastly, I set the retail price.  The retail price is the price by which I sell directly to the consumer.  It is the price one sees on the price tag at a show or in a store. 

Many times, when perusing Etsy, or even attending shows, a consumer will see comparable work created mostly by hobbyists that is priced much too low.  This creates a disservice to those who are seriously trying to make a living with their craft and cheapens the market as a whole. I try not to be one who does that and price my jewelry accordingly...many times at the cost of not selling a piece quickly. However, my wonderfully supportive husband always tells me that there is an owner out there for each piece that I make; I just have to be patient and wait for them to find it! 

Hopefully, this entry sheds some light on not only why my prices are what they are, but also the prices of other artists that you may see along the way.

Until next time...