Monday, February 23, 2009

Marketing Bags

At the end of many projects, I have ended up with various partial balls that are similar wools and enough yardage that I decided to see I couldn't use them up in a bag. After all, the colors seem to be reasonably close.

But I have to tell you it was nerve-wracking to knit and not know if I'd be rewarded for my efforts. I stopped when I ran out of yarn.

This is my partial balls bag. Some of the yarns in the middle drew up more than the other yarns, but they all stretched out when I stuffed the bag with old books.

I have tried both eBay and Etsy as a point of sale and been unsatisfied with both for a variety of reasons. Last week I finally took the time to order business cards from Vista Print. My hair dresser recommend them to me and I figure he knows what he's talking about, since he owns his own salon. I ended up ordering three different styles, but when the information included my blog address, I started thinking about how I could link my inventory to my blog. The bags very often sell as gifts and I've been aware for quite a while that I need a way to promote what I have available. People ask. I decided to upload pictures of the bags that I have into a set on Flickr. I added it as a link to my blog, called Hand Delivered Bags. I anticipate this to work well, and I tell you this in the event that you too are trying to promote inventory. I anticipate that I this will work well, but it's too soon to tell.

11 comments:

MiniKat said...

So out of curiosity, how much would you sell this particular bag for, and is it spoken for yet?

vlb5757 said...

I love the bag and think that colors work well together. It's great that you have figured out how to promote your bags more. Have you thought about other librarians around the country? Would there be some sort of a chat room or site you can promote your bags there?

Lee said...

I love the colors -- they look like the sky just after the sun dips below the horizon.

beadlizard said...

I've made a bunch of bags in that style and mine NEVER look as good as yours! Not even close! Your proportions and colors are really beautiful. So, prices? I'll save up for one.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Beautiful Sharon! I have the same problem with partial balls, if you want them, I can bring them next time I come...

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Great bag!!!!

Laura said...

That bag looks like the sunset over Peterson with a storm blowing in. If MiniKat doesn't take it, I will!!

Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

You should give your bags fancy colorway names, rather than just numbers. If you are short of inspiration, you could ask your blog readers to suggest names. Number 7 has a nice impressionist seafront vibe.

bspinner said...

Color combination is wonderful!!! I love your bags!!!!
Pricing and selling hand made things is so hard.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I agree, wonderful colors and proportions. You do such a lovely job on your bags and hats; obvious talent there!

Jodi said...

Best of luck! I love that bag. Commerce is SO not my area, so I have no read advice to offer, but I'm sending good vibes in your direction.