On the weekend, some of my friends and I did a Christmas Craft sale featuring beaded creations and some hand sewn creations.
Sales were not impressive.
We had a few customers that appreciated and bought our work. Several passersby remarked about the quality of our work, and yet thought it was expensive. A number of booths at the sale featured resellers of commercial products, and so it was impossible to comparison shop.
I sometimes wonder if people really appreciate handmade things. Then, there is the problem of working out what to charge for the things we make.
Having said that, our work ranged in price from $30 for a very complicated bead design, to $5 for a beaded bookmark.
I'm not whining here, I am just saying that working from the heart, with one's hands, is highly personal. It's hard not to take it personally when people say, "Thanks, but no thanks."
However, onwards and upwards. We are doing another sale on November 28. Hopefully, with a better reception.