This post is a consumer survey of sorts. Over the past few years, I've made all kinds of things as gifts for others, or for myself. As always, my entrepreneurial mind is working, and I'm wondering if I could make the things I enjoy making, and actually make money off of them. I've compiled a list of the things I've made (or could/plan to make). I'm putting up photos of each of these, and I'd like you to state A) How much you would expect to see this run for in a specialty gift shop, and B) How much you would actually pay for it. I've already put together a list of guesses (my B is always much lower than A, so don't feel bad if you're a cheapskate, too), but I thought I would poll the audience for your thoughts, as well. If you've seen things similar in gift shops, and remember those prices, that would be helpful, too.
I figure the A price is a good price to start, and the B price would serve as a sale/special price. I also realize the venue makes a huge difference. At the moment, I'm still undecided what a good venue would actually be. Because of the eclectic nature of these things, I've considered a place like Canton (where prices might be expected to be lower), but a specialty gift shop like Spice would also work (where prices would be expected to be higher).
So here they are. I'll number them, then you can fill out your comment as follows:
1 a) 10.00 b) 7.50
2 a) 12.00 b) 8.00
I'm afraid some of them don't justify the production cost and time, so they would never make it, but I'm interested to see what you think!
1. Topiaries: ready-made, with many options to choose from
3. Frosted Glasses: ready-made, set of 4
5. Magnets: ready-made, set of 7
6. Coasters: set of 6
7. Embroidery kits: customized with your choice of fabric/ribbon
8. Family Trees: special order with your choice of frame and color scheme
9. Draft stoppers: customized, your choice of fabric (the things that you put at the bottoms of windows and doors to keep cold air from coming in). I haven't made this, so no photo
10. Aprons: customized, your choice of fabric, and maybe even design. I haven't made this, either.
I have lots of customized things, and Leanna (my business partner in crime) suggested we have a "Custom Creations" section. We could also just make a variety of styles, and not offer customization on anything but the family tree. So there you go! It's really a huge help to me to know what you think, so I appreciate your comments! Thanks!!
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