Tips - Scheduling production of seasonal Craft goods

Posted By: karen/kallen/k...
Date: 2004/2/11 11:30 p.m.

Let me illustrate... About a week before Christmas Terry told me that I needed to quit making snowfolk and work on bunnies for Easter because of the lengthy process. This made sense. So I'm wondering about how others schedule seasonal stuff through the year ~ or do you make seasonal stuff? Do you make it for all 4 seasons or just 1 or 2? When do you start working on the next season? I know some folks work on Christmas throughout the addition to their other seasonal items. Personally, I'm tired of the midnight hours before shows ~ unless I sell out of stuff and have to replace it. At least I have the money for the body's wear and tear!!!

Posted By: Sharon G. (Oklahoma)
Date: 2004/2/12 10:02 a.m.
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good point Karen. I am the world's worst at putting things off until the last minute. Ideally you should be working on Christmas projects at the latest during the summer months. Your PM takes a lot of drying time so it is more time consuming that my wooden Santas, snowmen etc. About the time I start to decorate for a season I think, "gee I should have made something for ....(whatever the occasion is)" and realize I started way too late. We could take a hint from the other retail markets and see that they are displaying Easter already. I haven't even thought about making Easter items yet Ok...timeline would be a great thing. Anyone else have a suggestion or can share how they do their seasonal items?

Posted By: Theresa E
Date: 2004/2/12 6:00 p.m.
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Re: about scheduling production of seasonal goods for shows (Sharon G. (Oklahoma)) I mostly sell Winter items with some fall to fill in. Then there are the "all season" items. So, when I paint it is usually winter and Christmas. I should be painting for next fall already, but I'm not. Theresa E

Posted By: Tilley
Date: 2004/2/13 5:06 p.m.

Couldn't help but get a kick out of this question! I'm the world's worst procrastinator--I was the one in school that always pulled a allnighter the night before a big paper was due! I always have grand plans in my head that I will start each season's pieces early, but it never quite works out that way. Luckily for me, I work best on a tight deadline.

I don't have it too bad, because most of my work isn't really seasonal. Most of the seasonal pieces I do are quick and inexpensive. I've found that people (around here at least) don't want to spend a lot on Halloween or Christmas jewellery, so I mostly stick to earrings or hair accessories. I did do very well with my Christmas charm bracelets this past season, but nothing seasonal over $20.

I took everything I could get done with hearts on it to the restaurant over the past 2-3 weeks. Most of the sales have been since Monday, and it was mostly the RED items, not the hearts that sold. Oh, well, can't win 'em all!

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