I was out most of yesterday and had to do several errands and had a couple of appointments. I didn’t return until evening and by the time I had dinner and got through the days’ email, I was rather tired.
I did receive a couple of responses from two of my fellow woodworkers on the Lumberjocks.com site, and I want to share them with you. You can click on the link here http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/37896#comment-1678471 and look at the comments to see what Jerrell and Anna had to contribute. While both Anna and Jerrell are woodworkers, the information can also be applied to selling our painted items, as could all the information that I will be providing.
I also heard from Rick, who referred me to a blog that was written earlier this summer by a fellow Lumberjock who goes by the name of Huff on the Lumberjocks site. I looked in on his blog and I found it an excellent read that is filled with great information regarding marketing and selling our hand made items. While Huff (John) is a furniture maker and sells his hand made wood items, I think that most, if not all of his information can be applied to selling any hand made items, including decorative painting pieces.
You can read the first entry of the series here:
There are eight parts to this blog, and I think you will want to read them all as well as the following comments.
He also has another series called “How to Price and Sell My Woodworking (and sell it)” which would also apply to my painting followers. I think that it is a wealth of information that will help you and give you some great ideas. The link to that series is here:
Lumberjocks.com is a great place to network with other creative people. It is a free site and you don’t have to join to look at all the wonderful information and read all of the posts. I do believe you need to join if you wish to comment however. I have been a member of them for over three years now and not only did I start my blog with them, but I have met many, many wonderfully creative people from all over the world.
Initially I was going to do my own series on this subject, but after reading this wonderful series, I didn’t think that I would be able to do the job any better. There is no sense in me reinventing the wheel, and I think that the amount of helpful information given by John in his blogs will be a great help to all of you who are looking to market and sell your handcrafted items for the upcoming holiday season, or in general.
I really appreciate when people like John take time to share his knowledge and experiences with others. It is good to see that there are those who are willing to help their fellow crafters and it helps the crafting industry grow and prosper.
I hope these articles help you all to have a wonderfully prosperous holiday season, and helps your businesses grow.
Have a great Friday
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"