Saturday, January 27, 2007
Kits for Sale!
Oh, I have some craft kits alright. Do I ever.
I love love love the idea of kits. I guess because I love to come up with craft projects, especially for those who think they are not crafty. That's what I like about teaching art ... showing folks that everyone can enjoy it, not only those who have a talent for it. It's fun and satisfying to start with a pile of stuff and end up with something pretty or useful. My approach is to have them make one item that incorporates a number of skills, pretty much foolproof but with room for creativity. So at the end of the class they go home with something cool that they feel good about.
When I prepare a new class, I write up all the instructions. Once they are done, I can just teach it over and over. The hard part is finished in planning the activity. I like to take the instructions and some supplies and make up kits to sell. Likewise, I can just sell them over and over without much more thought. Except for what the next kit will be.
So, anyway... I have been going kit crazy on ebay and so far it's going well. Here's what I have for sale right now: Bohemian Mermaid Ebay Auctions. I also have a new ebay store thingy, through my new auction manager: Auction Store. The store feature is neato cuz it shows thumbs of everything, but also shows thumbs within each of the auction listings, which rocks.
Most of what I normally sell on ebay are unused sewing patterns that I buy at thrift stores... also some craft books or supplies, if I can find them in good shape. I've been selling the crochet hat kits (featuring my own patterns) for a long time. But, now I have added the Silk Scarf kit and Kool-aid Silk kit... and also as of yesterday, the new Deluxe Hat Kit with fancy yarns. Oh yeah, and some beading kits, which I'm selling even without the instructions I was going to draw up.
I think the secret is to have lots of auctions in lots of categories around ebay. So, that's what I'm trying to do. Seems to be working. Of course, I had to start selling buttons and stickers from work. I get a good price and I can rummage through the flawed stuff for some really good deals.
I'm also going to add more Mermaid goods, maybe some T-shirts or tote bags. Now that I have a space set up in my studio to take photos, it will be easier to do so.