2nd Annual Front Street Art Fest...

Jul 29, 2014 by

This coming Saturday is the 2nd annual Front Street Art Fest in historic Ballston Spa, NY! From Bath Street to Low Street will be closed off, and crafters will line either side of the road with their wares displayed and ready to be purchased into a new forever home. We will, once again, be among those crafters; so if you’re able to stop by that’d be fantastic! We love meeting our customers face-to-face, and it allows you a chance to see our beautiful pieces up close and personal before you (somehow) decide what to get (we understand that you love everything 😉 ) The beautiful thing about this particular show though, is that it is 100% handmade. Shopping at this event means you know you’re purchasing from a local artisan or small business, and...

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From Hobby to Business – Part I...

Jun 13, 2014 by

What we do started as a hobby. We both love to dance, but outfits don’t fit us and accessories are never quite the right color combinations to match. In response we took to our sewing machines and craft tables to make things that work for us. From there, we started making things that work for others. This was originally something we did just because we wanted to. It soon became apparent to us though that what we were doing was actually a viable form of side-income, which meant we had to decide if we wanted to take it to the next level. Did we want to become a business, instead of just weekend hobbyists? Our feeling was “yes”, but we decided we had to be sure before we got in too deep. Rather than...

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But Why is it So Expensive?

May 6, 2014 by

When we go to the mall, we’re often prone to do a little price-shopping. Why buy a shirt at the Bon-Ton, when you can get something that looks almost exactly the same for half the price at Rue 21? This is natural for us to do. We clip coupons, shop around, and question our needs vs our wants to save every penny we can; mostly so we can afford gas. It comes as no surprise then that when we get customers at craft fairs, we have people who are a bit put-off by the price of goods. This is especially true if it’s more of a vendor fair, and we’re not only having our prices compared to similar crafters, but to direct-sale companies like Avon and Silpada that have the advantage of mass-produced items...

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Beads, Beads Everywhere

Apr 14, 2014 by

When I was perhaps 11 years old, I was introduced to my first bead shop. A friend’s mother took myself, her daughter, and a few others out for a Girls’ Day, and we went beading. Naturally, we didn’t do anything elaborate at 11 years old, but we were happy and I was in love. After achieving not only a license, but a job that could pay for the supplies, I went on to frequent the bead shop and make what I thought were awesome necklaces. In reality, I had a lot to learn, but again, I was happy. This bead shop went on to close, and unfortunately I was unaware of any other reasonably-priced places in the area. Color me depressed, because I really loved that place; even if I didn’t frequent it as...

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Craft Fairs: Behind the Scenes

Oct 6, 2013 by

So I’m sure many of you reading this have gone to a craft fair or two in your days. Perhaps a few of you have attended one as a vendor selling your carefully crafted wares, hoping to turn a profit. If that’s the case, then you’ll probably already know all about what I’m about to talk about. Craft fairs are hard work. Not just because you have to make the product (do not confuse us with consultants please), but because you have to prepare for the craft fair. Some of you are probably saying “Well, duh, making the product IS preparing for the craft fair.” Hahahaha, I wish that were all of it! When we get ready for a craft fair, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is “Can we feasibly make...

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