(Image from my post on Pysanky)
That is the question.
I know I'm only about 5 years or so late in thinking about it but what can I say- sometimes it takes me a while to come around.
(Image from my post on precious metal clay)
Personally I've always had mixed feelings about selling my own work. I don't mind making lots of the same craft (I once made about 1100 handwoven cards- which I wouldn't ever want to do again but... I think it illustrates that I don't mind volume). However I'm prone to what I like to call "jags" or "streaks".
(Image from my post on spinning)
For a few days or weeks I'm into one thing... then I'm into something totally different the next. (I'm sure if you've read my blog for any length of time you've noticed this particular trait.) And I'm just not sure how well that would work for a shop.
(Image from my papermaking tutorial)
I'm also the kind of person who'd rather teach someone to make my project rather than give/sell them one. I don't exactly know why that is but I think it's more than likely a mixture of having a teaching personality, a general interest in spreading the joys of creativity and a firm belief that anyone can make what I can make. Especially the people who say "I'm not crafty at all" (they are my favorites to rope into a project).
(Image from my paint chip egg card tutorial)
Another problem I have... pricing.
When I add up the cost of goods, then calculate the time I've spent making the item against a reasonable hourly wage I come up with a price that seems too high. It's always been a struggle for me not to undervalue my work but honestly I wonder if anyone would ever pay what I'd need to charge to make something "worth while" to sell. I'm sure I'm not alone in this- pricing handmade probably isn't easy for anyone.
(Image from my free graduation cap card pdf pattern and tutorial)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on all this stuff.
Do you have an Etsy shop?
Is pricing a struggle for you? And if so, how do you deal with it?
Should I open a shop of my own?
(Seriously- what do you think? Be honest... I can take it!)