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But somewhere along the way my mindset has shifted. And I'm not sure what it's shifted to. Status? I think that's what, but I feel a little dumb saying it. I've been thinking about this a lot lately (again) because, for whatever reason, I've been thinking more about trying to open up shop (again). Those of you out there who have ever tried to sell anything handmade will understand. There's just so much more that goes into it than an hour at the sewing machine and posting it online and--bam!--it's sold and gone. There's trying to pick a price and wondering if it's too high or too low and--will somebody like this fabric?--and then waiting for good light to take pictures. Not to mention trying to decide what to make in the first place.
I think there are people in the world who think, "I'll make this and then I'll sell it" and they do and it's as simple as that. But, thus far, I have not been one of those people. So to be honest, I'm not really sure how to make it all work. So the prospect of selling my wares excites me, but it also overwhelms and discourages me at the same time. Is anyone following me here? Please say yes. Please tell me I'm not the only semi-talented person in the world who can't get sales to work like (in my head) they should.
But back to selling for status. I think if you've ever made something by hand and then thought about selling it you've had the inevitable crisis set in about not knowing how much to sell it for. I've read some interesting (and probably really good) formulas for how to calculate how much to charge for handmade goods. But what if you don't know how much the materials cost in the first place? What if it was just some random stuff you were doodling around with from your stash? Or--worse yet--what if you know in your heart of hearts that nobody would ever pay as much as you would have to charge in order to cover the cost of materials and the cost of your time and skilled labor. Again, I think there are people out there who just know how to make it all work, but I'm not one of them. Maybe someday I will be, but definitely not yet.
And so, if you know that (at least for now) you can't charge enough for it to be worth your time and money, then why sell at all? The answer: status. The knowledge that people buy your stuff. People like your style. You. Are. Legit.
Although apparently I'm not. Haha. No, I have sold things I've made a number of times. But not consistently. And it just hasn't really felt like a real thing to me in my endeavors thus far. And I don't really know why, but it's one of those things I think about and want to do.
So I have a little plan. (We'll see how long I stick with it.) I'm going to make things "to sell" when I feel like it. And put them in a little box or something. And then when there's enough, I'll try and open up shop. Maybe online. Maybe at a craft fair of some sort. Please give me good advice. Please wish me luck. And maybe, just maybe, ask for my signature in case I'm famous someday.