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Blog entry by pashley posted 06-08-2012 11:08 AM 15460 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been to quite a few general craft shows (as opposed to just wood craft focused shows), both juried and non-juried, and it seems I’ve found arguably the best seller at these shows (other than food, of course), and I thought you’d like to know what it is.

Sadly, it’s not woodworking, though cutting boards usually do well.

Actually, it’s a photographic craft, but don’t despair, it’s something just about anyone can do, has a very high mark-up and woman love it.

Basically, what it is are 4×6 pictures of letters that are happened to be formed in your neighborhood. You take pictures of all the letters of the alphabet, and then arrange them into a word, such as “love”, “family” or other women-friendly words. Here’s an example:

They go for about $65 for 4 letters, framed! The photos cost next to nothing, maybe 25 cents each, and the frames I’m sure are bought in bulk, for probably $5 each. You do the math on that profit. Women LOVE these. They are unique, and thanks to being able to choose a word, emotional. Amazingly, they smash the usual $20 rule that is the usual at craft shows (things being $20 or less being best sellers).

You can read more about this – and other great selling craft show items – at my website blog.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com



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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 12:53 PM

I’ve noticed this item too… it always kind of annoys me, especially when you can clearly see they bought stock photos to do it.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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BinghamtonEd

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:13 PM

This made me bust out laughing : “or other women-friendly words”. So true. You usually see words like Dream, Believe, Love, Friendship, etc.

My wife got one that has our last name spelled out, her Grandparents got it for us for Christmas. I don’t mind it, it’s well done (nice matting, solid hardwood frame), but I’m glad someone else paid for it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 02:29 PM

I doubt that kind of stuff would get juried into a quality show. Seems more like work for low end shows and flea markets.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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albachippie

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 02:39 PM

Kinda clever though. Wish my work could have such profit margins

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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tyskkvinna

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 02:57 PM

Hey, don’t knock those “women friendly words”! haha. All of my engraving stuff – which sells pretty well at craft shows—is made up of that kind of stuff. Women generally like it and men generally don’t mind it.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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BinghamtonEd

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 03:03 PM

You should make one that says “Yes, dear” or “You’re right, honey”...would probably sell out in minutes!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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pashley

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#7 posted 06-08-2012 03:17 PM

All I can say is, this lady took these pics locally, here in Rochester NY. I was literally in the booth next to her, helping my mother in law sell her knit goods. This lady was raking it in….I couldn’t believe it. Let’s face it, women buy at least 80% of the stuff at these craft shows, so you need to cater to them. They like emotionally-connected stuff, as opposed to practical stuff, or stuff that makes her “nest” more attractive.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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