I am a bonafide crochet artist. I love it! I live, eat and sleep yarn, needles, stitches, etc.. It is my desire to make something beautiful with hopes that someone, anyone would love it as much as I do and make a purchase. I get lots of compliments on my work and some inquiries and very few sales. It doesnt stop me. Its my passion. It does discourage me at times. I see other artists making and selling items hand over fist and wonder why arent my sales going through the roof?
I just read an article on a blog that I saw posted on someone's facebook page. It was titles, "The cost of handmade." http://www.somersherwood.com/?p=126 The article was very true. Most crochet items are one of a kind, uniques, custom and well made. The price may be a little more expensive but you are talking about materials, experience and custom here!!! My quibble is that most people want their item as a "pookie" discount. Honestly, I give away alot of the items I make and mark the prices low because I REALLY want the person to have it. Most times I walk away only making back what I spent. Even on my Etsy site. . . Ive marked items low (which makes my items look cheap or not well made) but I find that if I mention a higher price, the little sales I make will disappear. What can I do???
You wouldnt ask the sales rep at Target, Macy's, Bloomingdales, etc to give you a discount unless it was advertised or marked on the ticket. Why is it that you are so quick to suggest it to a vendor who is out trying to make money off of their hard work and time?
I dare you to take a chance, help the economy and your local crochet artist or any other artist out there honestly trying to make a living. What you get will be unique, original, well made and you will get the satisfaction of supporting someone's business and giving a gift that was thoughtful and made with love. Try it and let me know what happened!
I say to you that Handmade is DEFINATELY worth it! Most items are better than store purchased and you wont see someone else in that same item. Maybe a different color or spin on it but definately not the same. (at least not from my website). But, dont forget to read that article on the blog. It is a good read with lots of good information. It will enlighten you. Have a great day!