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With the New Year coming this is a good time to review and revise your pricing. Based on the conversations we had at our last Craft Racket it was clear that many of us crafters were confused as how to best price our goods or services. I think the best bit of advice comes from Mafia member Maia Singletary, “Raise them now! Don’t wait.”

When pricing keep in mind that you need to charge enough to meet your expenses, pay yourself and have money leftover to invest in the growth of your business. In order to ensure you make a profit, you need to find a pricing system that works and use it as consistently as possible.

Here are three main reasons not to undercharge:

  1. Your work won’t necessarily sell faster-
    Sometimes super low prices may make customers suspicious. They may doubt the quality and wonder if something is wrong with the piece. Also, if someone really wants an item (as long as the price isn’t outrageous), they will pay what you ask
  2. You won’t be able to keep up-
    What happens if you get a large order (whether a large wholesale order, or a person who has fallen in love with your sutff and wants to buy dozens upon dozens for all their friends and family). If you’ve been undercharging, you might realize that you’d lose money on the deal, or it would take you more time than you have to fulfill the order.
  3. You’ll diminish the value of your craft-
    While customers typically don’t understand everything that is involved in the creation of your work (including all the behind-the-scenes expenses necessary to support a small business including marketing, utilities, health insurance, retirement, etc.) it is up to us as an industry to educate consumers about the value of what we do. Also if each dollar a customer gives you costs you the same or more then it is not sustainable for your business. Plus you undervalue the work of other crafters when you under price your goods.

Three things to keep in mind when pricing:

  1. Labor Costs-
    Consider not only your labor costs and think ahead. Do you want to expand your business and have others doing some or all of the production work for you? If so, how will you pay them, including covering workers’ comp, health insurance etc.?
  2. Material Costs-
    You will need to recoup your costs and have enough to invest back into new materials. This can be especially tricky when you are dealing with precious metals or other commodities with variable values over time.
  3. Perceived Value-
    Customers are often willing to pay more than you think! Don’t let your low costs keep your prices low. It is always good to have a couple of products in your line that are cash cows. On the other hand remember that customers might not be willing to pay a high price for another product unless you explain the costs and process behind the piece.

The Mafia members shared some of their pricing advice:

  • How do you price your products?
    I have an Excel spreadsheet that adds all the components with their costs to give me the total materials cost for each bag. I also enter how much time it takes me to make a bag. I then do my best to determine how much I think I’ll be able to sell a bag for and then by looking at my materials cost and my time. I know if it is profitable for me to keep making an item. There are some bags I love making, but they’re just not profitable to make. -Cinnamon CooperThe formula I use for metalsmith is 3 times the cost of supplies.  One for the cost, two for my time and 3 for the profit.  Other items may be different according to the cost of materials. I try to have three levels of prices – $3 to $10, $15 to $30 and everything above – available at all shows.  4. After I set a price, I go to Etsy and other artist shops to see if I can find something in the same category and see what has sold and for what dollar amount. -Lucy ClasenI price (and estimate) my products with a general formula of material cost plus printing time plus design time, and adjust as needed for custom work. Developing a collection of ‘line items’ was also key in allowing me to estimate much faster (i.e. 100 flat notes, custom design, size A2, with envelopes = x). One trick that I learned the hard way is to estimate per piece for clients who are unsure how many they’d like, so that when/if they drastically change their order quantity you can account for your costs already.- Lydia Evans
  • What is one learning experience you’ve had regarding pricing?Sales can be easy ways to clear inventory and generate fast cash, but they can also have the negative effect of cheapening your work in the eyes of new and existing clients. Seek out interesting and new ways to market your work at its normal price and you will always be happy with the result. – Jason PikeOnce I started having items at a variety of price points I started doing a little better at fairs. -Rachel GedemerI need to value the work that I do and price things accordingly so that I am not paying myself $2 an hour. I think there is a misconception of how much time and effort it takes to make something handcrafted- ‘haters are gonna hate’. –Kandy ChristensenI used to think that wholesale price is 50% of retail, but then I found some outlets that want to receive the goods at 40% of retail because they want to mark up the items 2.5x. It was definitely worthwhile for me to have my items in these stores, but it meant I had to adjust my pricing…just when I thought I had conquered the pricing game! – Rebeca Mojica
  • If you could travel back in time to your early days as a crafter and give yourself one piece of pricing advice, what would it be?One piece of pricing advice I would give myself is to survey a little. Find out what similar items go for both handmade and mass-produced. Ask friends how much they would pay for something like that. Determine who the target buyers are and how much or little they’re willing to pay for something. – Michelle KaffkoWhen I began, I made the mistake that many rookie artists make in terms of pricing my work: I went too low. At the time I didn’t really have the sharpness of mind to factor in the price of my materials or even think about the time I put into each one-of-a-kind piece – I just wanted to sell the jewelry I created – and instead, I slapped a price onto everything that seemed inexpensive and doable for everyone. Had I the chance to blink back in time and give myself a cosmic 2×4 upside the head, I’d advise younger me to do more research into the market of similar types of jewelry, and price my work with a little more regard to many factors instead of trying to please the broadest audience. – Jason PikeRaise them now! Don’t wait. With higher prices comes higher perceived value. Also, start by determining the wholesale price, not the retail price. If you can’t make money at wholesale, your craft business may not be sustainable. –Maia Singletary

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No matter the size of our business, we all have hopes for that 1 contact, that 1 order that will be large enough for us to push our business to the next level, for us to justify quitting our full-time jobs and go solo-entrepreneur. So we are a group that is ripe for exploitation of that hope. So, consequently, we often get exploited. Today I received this email:

David Morgan <davestoresltd@gmail.com>
2:19 AM (7 hours ago)
to cinnamon

Hello, My name is DAVID MORGAN, I want to order some product items from your store to my below address in Scotland but before i proceed, i will like to confirm the type of credit card you accept as payment (VISA OR MASTER CARD) and if you can ship to the below address. Please let me know asap, so i can proceed with my request.

Best Regards

DAVID MORGAN

DAVE STORES LTD

18 Pulteney St, Ullapool,

Ross-Shire,

Highland IV26 2UP Scotland

Phone: +35722661000

Email: davestoresltd@gmail.com

My hear leapt with joy for a second before my cooler head, “research this guy and see what you find.” So I did, and discovered that this name has been used on shipping scams. Thankfully Smitten Kitten has a collection of scam emails to share that should show up fairly prominently in Google. The hardest part to realize in all of this, is that the scammer doesn’t care anything at all about your product. They only care about the shipping they con you into paying. Amy gives a great breakdown of the scam. But essentially the scam artist gets you the craft artist to pay for the shipping cost upfront and then you charge back the cost to the scammer. However, the scammer uses stolen credit cards so even if you do get a charge to go through, it will get reversed and you’ll be out the exorbitant shipping charges, and quite possibly out product if the order goes far enough before you realize you’ve been duped.

So, if you get an email from someone overseas, or even within your own country that just seems a little too good to be true. Use your Google skills to see what you can find out about the company, never pay upfront for shipping, and be suspicious of every order you didn’t solicit.

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After a bit of a hiatus, the quarterly Craft Rackets are back! We’re looking forward to hosting dialogs on topics of interest to crafters every January, April, July, and October. With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought we’d kick off our Rackets on October 16 with the ever-important subject of pricing.  Find out what your peers think you should be charging for your work!The Racket includes our popular interactive pricing demonstration: bring ONE of your handcrafted items along with a sign or tag displaying the materials or anything else important to know about the process to make your work. Do not include your name or business name.

During the Racket, everyone will guess prices for our work, and we’ll choose a few items to review as a group. Various Mafia members will also share their expertise in pricing one’s work in a handout you can take home with you. Whether you are a new or experienced craft entrepreneur, this is sure to be an informative and fab evening of socializing, talking shop, and sharing a snack or two with your fellow crafters!

CRAFT RACKET – Fall, 2013
Wednesday, October 16
6pm – 9pm
Blue Buddha Boutique
1127 W Granville, Chicago, IL (just west of the Granville stop on the Red Line) http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com
Cost: FREE!
Please RSVP by emailing chicagocraftmafia@gmail.com or calling Blue Buddha at 773.478.3767

New members
NEW MEMBERS!And at the racket, you can meet our new members!  Freshly initiated into the Mafia, we’d like to welcome Jason Pike of Lad Named Felix, Maia Singletary of Astrida Naturals, Rachel Gedemer of Stitch, Kandy Christensen of Meandering Design, and Lydia Evans of Letterpress by Lydia.

Our new members have some great ideas for ways in which the Mafia will promote small businesses in the arts and crafts industries, foster connections between our peers, and some great outlets and events to get our craft on.  We’re excited for 2014!

Keep on crafting!
The Chicago Craft Mafia

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I almost titled this post, “why I am never ever ever ever doing an outdoor summer market ever ever again, so help me God.”  But maybe I just get cranky in the heat and happen to be scribbling a rough draft of this during downtime at my Snarky Sleeves booth at Pitchfork.  I don’t do a lot of outdoor markets (heat + me = crankypants) and am delivering the below tips based entirely on my experience and that of my neighbor vendors at the Coterie tent at Pitchfork this year.  Quick note: HUGE thumbs up and gold star to the organizers of Coterie for making it a super smoothly running show, keeping the booth fees reasonable, and for alerting us when a big ‘ol thunderstorm was on the way so we could pack our wares and high-tail it out of there before getting drenched.  (My very absorbent felt items are especially grateful for that last one.)

To survive a summer market is to prepare for the heat, big time.  OVERprepare, if you’re like me and the heat turns you into the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.  And heat stroke is lame, you want to avoid that.  Here are some weapons, ranging from simple hand-to-hand combat up to weapons of mass heat destruction.

1.  SHADE/TENT.  Be under a tent.  Do not be in the sun.  And be wary of the sly movement of the evil, conniving sun.  As it makes its malicious arc across the sky it can sneak between tent flaps and into your booth.  Have weapon #2 ready for that.

2.  UMBRELLA.  During Pitchfork I watched the sun get to a 5pm angle and super-hot rays zap between tents like lasers and scorch Mano y Metal alive.  An umbrella saved her life.  It saved her freaking life, people.

3.  MOVING SLOWLY.  Give yourself extra time to load in and set up so you’re not running all over the place and exerting yourself even a little more than necessary.  Exertion = internal body temperature rises = bad.  I had two amazing booth helpers taking shifts to divide the work with, which gave everyone a lot more sitting around and cooling off time.  I owe them lifedebts.

4.  COOLER FILLED WITH COLD STUFF.  I stocked mine with enough ice to make a small igloo, cool meals and snacks like a pasta salad (beans and pasta with protein and carbs for energy), oranges, sandwich wraps, fruit cups, yadda yadda.  Avoid heavy foods that make you tired and too full to move around in the heat.  I watched some dude sit motionless on a chair for two hours REALLY regretting that second fried chicken sandwich.

5.  COLD DRINKS.  But stay away from iced coffee, iced tea, or other diuretics that make you frequently pee out all your precious body fluids.  (See also a description of the horror of port-a-toilets still to come…)  Drink lots of cold water.  If you’re not drinking enough, set a timer on your phone or watch to go off every 15 to 20 minutes to remind you to drink.  We also experimented with lightly sugared drinks to help heat-induced headaches.  Vitamin Water and Gatoraid are pretty rad inventions.

6.  A THIN HAND TOWEL WITH AN ICE CUBE FOLDED INTO IT.  This was probably our favorite weapon.  Wrap the damp towel with ice in it around your neck loosely, or your wrists, or any other areas that science says will cool you down.  Thin towels seemed to work better than bandanas, which weren’t as absorbent and dripped all over the place.

7.  BATTERY POWERED FAN.  I found one of these awesome inventions at my grocery store for $8.  Some of the best eight bucks I ever spent.  Oh!  And it’s got a squirt-bottle attached to it so you squirt yourself with water then the fan cools you down.  It felt like a tiny air conditioner giving you a tiny hug.

8.  THE TEXAS COOL VEST.  I borrowed this thing from a friend who wears it while gardening during hot flashes.  I call it the Tomato Menopause Vest because it keeps her from smashing her tomatoes in a heat-induced rage.  It’s a lightweight, adjustable cloth vest with large pockets on the front and back, into which you slip the accompanying cold packs.  We found that it worked best if we wore it for an extended amount of time instead of expecting a sudden cool-down immediately after putting it on.  After about 30 minutes of wearing it I felt like the temperature of the entire world dropped by 10 degrees.  And even though it was about 98 degrees outside and I was hot enough to melt ice cream with my eyes, I had stopped sweating.  My booth mates and I decided that the cold packs that come with it are magical.  After the ice inside them started to melt and soften, we put them in the cooler for a little while and they managed to re-freeze themselves.  (The Freeze Pops we brought with us did not fare as well.)  Word on the street is that it’s used by soldiers in Iraqi deserts to keep their cores cool under all their military gear.  That might also explain why it looks a bit like it was designed by bullet-proof vest manufacturers.  Frankly, I would have worn a giant piece of salami with a cheese hat if it cooled me down that well.  Now, if you’ve clicked on the link to the Texas Cool Vest, you have probably noticed its $150-$275 price tag.  And if you’re the DIY readers I know you are, you’ve probably already sketched out plans to make your own.  I haven’t attempted to make my own yet, but if I did, I think getting a thrift store vest of some kind and sewing  in some large pockets would do the trick- sized to match some store-bought freezable cold packs.  Rar Rar Press, Wonder Wheel, and Steff Bomb each took turns with it and the consensus was that the Texas Cool Vest worked darn well.

9.  A TINY SWIMMING POOL OF ICE WATER FOR YOUR FEET.  Much cheaper than the Texas Cool Vest, we brought with us a small plastic tub from the dollar store to make a little cold water bath for our feet.  Taking our shoes off and letting our feet sit in ice water for short spurts did help cool us down.

10.  ROSEWATER TONER AND PEPPERMINT OIL.  One of my booth helpers, Megg, is a talented make-up artist, and she brought rosewater toner spray for an occasional refreshingly clean mist on our faces, and peppermint oil to dab on temples and wrists, providing a lasting cooling sensation on the skin.  And it can help make a sweaty person smell a little less like a wooly mammoth stuck in a tar pit.  (See also “bonus deodorant” in the next section.)

11.  LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING.  Wear loose clothing.  Like extremely loose.  If you can rock a mu-mu, do it.  Sneaking a breeze from a battery-powered fan up your skirt or into the legs of your shorts when no one is looking is totally acceptable and encouraged.

Other element-blasting weapons:

1.  EAR PLUGS.  At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeonly old bag at a music festival: that shit is loud, yo.  Being in a market area like Coterie seems far enough away from the stages that it’s not earplug-worthy alone, but 10+ hours of constant noise can begin to feel like a cell at Guantanamo.  Jamming ear plugs in your ears or taking an occasional break to a quieter area does wonders for a person’s sanity.  It’s also good to just know they’re there, in case you end up right next to the DJ booth at a market with slightly poor choices in layout planning.

2.  BUG SPRAY OR SOME OTHER BUG REPELLING DEVICE.  This comes in handy in more rural areas, but even cities with their low mosquito counts can get swarms of gnats, flies, moths, and that unidentifiable bug thing that landed on my knee and made me squeal like a little girl and everyone laughed at me.  Especially after dark with big tent lamps and stadium lights that attract those pesky things.

3.  PAINKILLERS.  If anyone can look me in the eye and honestly tell me that they have never walked away from a full day at a handmade market without at least a slight headache, I will buy that person a Pepsi.

4.  HAND WIPES AND HAND SANITIZER.  I should honestly just post a picture of the inside of a port-a-toilet here to make my point, but I won’t.  Let’s just say that those things can get pretty grody on a hot day after a few thousand people have been in them.  Okay, that’s sugar-coating it.  By 8pm I’m pretty sure one of port-a-toilets at Pitchfork turned into the 10th level of hell.  I may or may not have seen security guards escorting exorcism priests to the area.

5.  TOILET PAPER.  You can find little travel rolls at most drug stores, and it’s worth the $1.25 investment.  Most port-a-toilets run out of paper toward the end of the day and you’ll feel like an absolute genius ninja for having this.  Guard it with your life.  Others will want to steal it.

6.  SUNSCREEN.  Duh.

7.  BONUS DEODORANT.  After several hours of constant and even intermittent sweating, even the best quality deodorant will fail and a little mid-day bonus swipe of the underarms is a good thing.  Even if you’re a delicate flower of a person, you can still smell like the inside of Patrick Kane’s cup after the Stanley Cup play-offs.  Okay, that was gross.  I apologize.

8.  ALLERGY MEDS/INHALER.  For those of you with asthma or allergies, there is a lot of dust and pollen out there.  Be prepared.

9.  RAIN GEAR.  It may rain.  A giant “oh crap” tarp to throw over everything on your table isn’t a bad idea.

Even though I’m still tempted to title this post “why I am never ever ever ever doing an outdoor summer market ever ever again, so help me God” (insert photo of the inside of a port-a-toilet here), the experience of an outdoor festival is definitely survivable, and even a little enjoyable, with the right preparations.

Are you a summer fest veteran?  Share some of the weapons in your arsenal in the comments section below!

Oh… and Nerfect… you lied to me.  There were no super-secret clean port-a-toilets behind the food tents.  That hall pass you sold me didn’t work.  We’re in a fight.

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The Chicago Craft Mafia is looking for new members, and you just might have what it takes.

After almost 10 years as a craft-based business collaborative organization, The Chicago Craft Mafia recently handed over the hugely successful DIY Trunk Show to another organization to keep the yearly show going strong.  Now, the Mafia can focus all of its efforts on our founding mission of supporting arts and crafts entrepreneurship in our community.

We’re opening the doors for new members, who will have a significant say in where the group goes in the future and what new programs, opportunities, and successes we’ll have on the horizon.

As a part of the Mafia, you can affect Chicago culture by promoting handcrafted goods, educating communities about the importance of artisan commerce, and helping new crafters take their hobbies and businesses to the next level.

Members benefit from increased media exposure, national networking opportunities, and a support of like-minded individuals.  Mafia members promote and support each other and other growing and emerging businesses, foster entrepreneurial relationships, gain professional development, business info from your peers, new skills, alliances with other arts-based groups, and more.

To be considered for the Chicago Craft Mafia, complete the application here.

Our Mission:

The Chicago Craft Mafia is a collaborative and non-competitive organization of independent crafting business owners.  We work together to both foster our own individual entrepreneurship and support the greater crafting community.  Members of the group pride ourselves on the design, integrity and workmanship of our products and the ethics of our business practices.

Our goal is to increase these businesses’ retail and/or wholesale exposure, by abiding by a Do-It-Yourself code of ethics.

The CCM is a local chapter of the national Craft Mafia.

The revolution will be crafted.

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Lucy ClasenLucy Clasen

What is your mafia nickname?

Hammer

What is your craft?

I use silver smith and lapidary techniques as well as other media to make jewelry.  I also enjoy doing papercraft, fiber art and other crafts.

Why do you do your craft?

Because it is fun to make something beautiful from raw materials suh as a sheet of metal and a rock.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Nature, art, geometrics, birds, butterflies, kitties and anything beautiful

What is your favorite Chicago haunt?

United Center to watch the Blackhawks play

What is your favorite beverage?

Water

Where do you buy your favorite beverage?

The city of Chicago

What is your weapon of choice?

Of all my tools I enjoy using the hammer on metal the most.

What would you be doing otherwise?

I would still be doing a craft and watching sports, especially hockey.

Do you have any advice for other crafters?

Have fun and try different media to expand your creativity

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Ten years ago, over cookies and a pot of tea, Amy Carlton and Cinnamon Cooper hatched a plan to create a different kind of craft show that would promote area artists and crafters to shoppers who wanted to feel a connection to the makers of their purchases instead of just buying corporate mall stuff. They plotted and brainstormed and a few hours later, they’d created the idea that would become the DIY Trunk Show. They found a location, spread the word to shoppers and makers, and began promoting the show. And they were exhausted when the first show happened the Saturday before Thanksgiving in 2003. They’d both half-joked that while they were glad they did it, they just weren’t sure they could do it again.

But the show happened. And people hugged them and thanked them for creating a place for buying and selling handmade goods. And people thanked them for not creating a division between art and craft but promoting both equally. Amy and Cinnamon were elated, and their chests swelled with pride, and they giddily decided that the final payoff was worth all the work and stress.

The DIY Trunk Show ran that way for a few years. Amy and Cinnamon wrote a Craftifesto as a sort of mission statement to guide the show and explain the spirit behind it. But Amy was in grad school and working full time and just wasn’t able to devote enough time to the show. Cinnamon wasn’t ready to give it up. By that time, the Chicago Craft Mafia had been going strong for a few years, and she asked the group if they would be willing to help. The Chicago Craft Mafia agreed that the show must go on, and they were the right group to do it.

And that continued for many years. And that tiny punk-rock craft show of 35 vendors in 2003 became a mega-show in 2010 with 175 booths, corporate and boutique sponsors, food vendors, media sponsors, and so much more. The show has grown up and changed and morphed as the culture of makers has expanded exponentially and as the buying public has grown and begun to find more value and more variety in the types of handmade items that can be found locally. The show, for lack of a better word, has become a business. Despite ten years of the organizers making no profit from producing the show, there are tax implications. Insurance is required. Deposits are paid and refunded. Contracts are signed and notarized. The little craft show that could has outgrown its roots.

Which means—and this part is hard to write—the DIY Trunk Show has outgrown its founders and its caretakers. Amy, Cinnamon, and every member of the Chicago Craft Mafia are extensively proud of the show. Proud of what we have accomplished. Proud of the businesses we’ve seen start as nascent ideas and grow into full-fledged companies with employees and brick-and-mortar locations and loyal followers who seek them out. We’re proud of each vendor we’ve ever had. We’re honored to know that we have all worked together to create a community where craft and art are sought out and given as gifts, kept, cherished, bragged about, and honored.

We read the Craftifesto, and we’re happy knowing that those guiding principles still hold true even though the show has grown and changed. But change comes with a price. Running a business is hard, and the time has come for us to admit that for the show to continue to grow—to continue to help build, foster, and develop the community of makers and buyers—it needs new blood. Ten years have burnt us out, even though they haven’t diminished our love for the show.

Which is why we’re delighted and honored to be able to share that Blue Buddha Boutique (BBB), owned by Rebeca Mojica (a long-time Chicago Craft Mafia member and a nine-year vendor at the DIY Trunk Show), has agreed to take over running the show. We don’t relinquish the show lightly. And there have been many talks about concerns and expectations. But because we deeply respect and admire Rebeca and the staff of Blue Buddha Boutique, and because the show has benefitted for years from her ability to organize people and information, keep to a schedule, create action plans that work, and foster strengths while finding cures for weaknesses, she is an obvious balm for our weary souls.

Beginning in 2013, the DIY Trunk Show will be owned, managed, and run by Rebeca and her staff of intelligent and capable employees. Several of her staff members have vended at DIY in previous years and have volunteered to help out with various tasks. We’ve been grateful to them, and we expect this gratitude to continue as they take the show on.

Because several people on BBB staff are familiar with many aspects of the show, handing off the task lists and schedules and contacts is easier than handing it off to another group. Because BBB has a brick-and-mortar store just a few blocks from the Broadway Armory, they’re already members of the Edgewater community that has embraced the show. Alderman Harry Osterman has been very welcoming to our show attendees and has been very beneficial to BBB.

But most of all, we trust Rebeca and Blue Buddha Boutique to do right by the DIY Trunk Show and maintain its spirit.

While we’re sad to be handing over the reins, we are delighted that the show will continue as it has and will likely improve and include many of the things that the all-volunteer staff has been unable to do in between working our day jobs and running our own businesses. We know there will be changes, and we trust that they will make DIY an even better show for everyone involved. We also believe the added benefits that BBB will be able to bring to the event will be positive.

So we give you crafty hugs and kisses as Amy, Cinnamon, and the Chicago Craft Mafia step back and hand BBB the golden scissors to cut the ribbon as they take over ownership of the DIY Trunk Show. The future has a lot of beautiful things in store and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

You can read more about this transition on the DIY Trunk Show blog and on Blue Buddha Boutique’s site.

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Applications for this year’s DIYODS show are now live, right here!  There are only 20 tables available and the booth fee is $30- which isn’t due until you’re accepted.  So send in your application now and gather together all your new and not-so-new craft supplies.  One crafter’s trash is another crafter’s super sweet awesometastic project…

Fill out the application today!

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Do you subscribe to Art Fair Insiders?  If you don’t, make it a new year’s resolution.  I know it is almost the end of January, but it is never too late to learn something new.  Art Fair Insiders is filled with tips and reviews for exhibiting and marketing your art at fairs around the country.  Their latest newsletter featured this great Pinterest board.  Check it out!

http://pinterest.com/creativechicksc/art-marketing/

What sources do you use for learning about shows?  Do you have favorite sites for advice on business and marketing? Please share your resources by leaving a comment.  Thanks!

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30 Local Chicago Artists will be exhibiting at the Helium Gallery for one weekend only- don’t miss it!

Helium Gallery is located at 4710 N. Ravenswood, Chicago IL 60640

Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30 from 11a-6p

Click here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/136152766528305/

Also this event is going on during RAW – Ravenswood Artwalk : http://ravenswoodartwalk.org/

Art & Craft all along Ravenswood Ave!!! Check it out.

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