Here is a site that sells the glass blocks. Perhaps you can get an idea by checking their prices (click on the red band for each one). I'm sure you'll be able to sell them at craft fairs where people can see them "in person". http://www.shop.glassblocklight.com/ (02/25/2007)
I am also a crafter, and last October I happened to have a craft booth directly opposite from a woman selling lighted glass blocks with a Christmas theme. They were beautiful, and now I wish I'd bought one. You have to keep in mind the amount of time and effort that goes into your finished product in addition to the cost of materials. I believe she charged $17 for hers, but I think she could have gotten more at a bigger venue.
Good Luck! (02/26/2007)
By Donna N., San Diego
I would like to know how to make them. Have instructions been posted on Thrifty Fun site? I am a newbie, from Canada.
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) We don't have an article with step by step instructions but at this link there is lots of feedback with methods for making them: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf37245405.tip.html (02/26/2007)
I have seen them at craft shows from anywhere from 7 to 25 bucks. depending on what you pay for the supplies and how you decorate them, Set your price from there. Don't forget to add in the time it takes to make them. (02/26/2007)
I sell at craft fairs every weekend. According to the artists I've talked to & the books I've read about pricing. You can price your wares several ways:
---> One way is this: Take the cost of supplies and triple it. Example: Say you pay $6 for all of your supplies. You'd charge $18 for your artwork. EXAMPLE: 6+6+6=18
---> The second way is to keep track of how long it takes you to make your wares. (Keep a log book) Figure out an hourly wage you'd be comfortable with making, then add the cost of supplies. Make sure you at least get minimum wage, or it's not worth even doing.
---> The third way to price is the most important: Find out what others charge for something that is similar. Search online, on e-bay & in stores.
---> Price for where you live. Example: In the area I live there are many price ranges of homes. In some areas, people are only looking for "deals". In others, they are used to shopping at the best stores & you can demand more for your art. It's better to price a little high, then if need be, the next time, you could have a sign that says "20% off" or whatever on some of your easier to make items. I have a special "discount shelf" where everything on that shelf is 20% off. It's better to start high, then go down, than the other way around because everyone will remember if you raised your prices from the last time.
---> Remember that some fairs (especially Christmas fairs) charge a 20% fee plus a registration fee to sell at them. So price accordingly. You can either bump your prices up for those fairs only, or just add that much to your wares all of the time.
---> If you do "Special or Custom Orders" do not be afraid to charge more. (I always charge an extra $10, or 15 - 20% extra) Because it takes longer to make custom orders & I don't get to be creative. Make sure they give you HALF DOWN on any custom orders! Get a receipt book with Triplicate (3 colors of pages) Give them a receipt for the half they paid down, then when they pick it up, give them the second part & keep the last part for your records.
When they ask how long a custom order will take, I say "2 - 4 weeks, I'll call you when it's complete & you can pick it up here" Then I draw them up a picture of what they want & put it in my receipt book. Be sure to get their name, phone & e-mail address.
---> When people come to you and ask if you wholesale, or if you'll give a discount for buying a certain amount. You'll need to know the answer to that question. Me? I can't afford to wholesale because my prices are already at rock bottom because my work is so time consuming.
Think of Prices like this: Retail - Art Fair - Wholesale. Wholesale is usually half the price of Retail & Art Fair prices are usually right in the middle. So if your Glass Blocks sell for $20 in a store, you'd probably sell them for $15 at a fair and $10 for wholesale bulk orders (Quantities of over 10 or 20, or what ever you decide).
---> Some artists sell their wares at Consignment stores. They display your artwork in their store & you pay a percentage when they sell it. (around 40% or so) The downside's are many, including if anything is stolen, you usually "eat" it. Plus, your inventory is frozen & you can't sell it elsewhere. Sometimes consignment stores are in high-end malls & it can be worth putting your art on consignment there.
*** There are many great books about pricing & selling your arts & crafts, I sugest buying one of these books or checking one out at the library. These types of books are VERY helpfull!
I hope this helps, I've been selling at craft fairs for many years & I'm giving you some of the helpful advice I've been given through out the years. Let me know if I can help you more in any way .... HAPPY CRAFTING!
I paid $20.00 for the ones I bought at a flea market (03/01/2007)
Terrific advice Cyinda. Having done that for a living in the past, your advice is right on target. Another problem with consignment is if the shop goes out of business and takes your items with them or getting payment from them when the items are sold. Make sure they have been in business a while and check in with them regularly.
Susan from ThriftyFun (03/01/2007)
Has any one seen pictures on the glass blocks with the lights inside? Please forward instructions, and more info. Thanks
Editor's Note: We have an article with many tips here.
My mother in law sold them at a craft bazaar for 25$ and they went quickly. (12/03/2007)
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