Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

Very interesting for crafters – and buyers of craft..,.

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Fascinator by Janine Basil http://folksy.com/items/2770202-Pound-Sign-Fascinator-in-pink-glitterFascinator by Janine Basil

I’ve been giving advice this week on pricing handmade items for selling. Not on purpose, just because it’s cropped up a couple of times. Working in a shop where people sell handmade items means it’s something which is bound to come up.

When I started selling handmade items, advice was thin on the ground. I tried reading some things online, but never really had someone to talk to in person. I also didn’t realise that my lack of knowledge was holding back my business, because people were bitching about me not being able to price properly behind my back, instead of just telling me what I was doing wrong, and I was missing opportunities.

This is why when I now see people underpricing their work, I tell them, and hopefully not in a patronising way, but because underpricing is undervaluing your own skill. To me, it’s…

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7 Responses to Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

  1. jeanweaves says:

    Thanks for reblogging the pricing piece. So many of her points are timeless and global.

  2. segmation says:

    Life lessons are really the best. What a nice blog! Looking forward to seeing more from you!

  3. That is a very astute article. I don’t sell my paintings or vintage textile makes at the moment, but I WILL be doing so once more when we move to France; so I will take that on board and not undersell myself

  4. debpaulson says:

    THAT is a very good article. I worked for ten years as a black ash basketmaker and hand weaver and had to figure all those things out for myself. The essence of it is that you are selling your skill, your talent, your creativity. You’re not competing. If they want it, they will pay for it.

  5. kadavis1 says:

    Thanks for following Dollhouses, memories and more! Your article on pricing homemade items is right on target and thankfully there are still people who appreciate the value of creativity. Your tatting is beautiful.

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