Upcoming Plans

Mar 22, 2015 by

Are you sick of winter yet? We certainly are! It’s been long, cold, and entirely unproductive (we’re kicking ourselves too, but not too hard). Even though not a lot of stuff was made (as in… we didn’t make anything…), we have been discussing the future of Dancer’s Dream Boutique, and where we want to take it this coming year. We had our taxes done last month, and we’re happy (and very grateful) to say we turned a small profit! It’s nothing big, but we’re excited because that means we have those of you out there who are willing to support us, and it keeps us on track to retaining a business status and not falling back into hobbyists. So long as we can always make sure that two out of five years show profit,...

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Local Review: A Bead Just So

Nov 25, 2014 by

I’d like to take a minute to review a shop local to the 518 area code, that really is the start of the jewelry that we now offer. Not too far from where we’re located (out of our homes), in the quaint village of Ballston Spa, NY, is a small basement-store called A Bead Just So. It’s run by a former employee of Saratoga Beads, which closed when the respective owner retired. This former employee didn’t want to see the area lose a local bead shop, so she decided to open her own store. While opening in Saratoga Springs, NY would have been nice, so that she could have been near where the old shop was, it also came with a price tag that was not in the right range. So Ballston Spa was...

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Sneak Preview! One Stop Holiday Shop...

Nov 21, 2014 by

As you are aware if you follow us on Facebook, we have been ultra-busy crafting in preparation for our final craft fair of the 2014 season; the 2nd Annual One Stop Holiday Shop in Saratoga Springs, NY. Last year we had only just broken into eggshell items, this year we’ve gone above and beyond that as we’ve gotten into beaded jewelry and hand-dyed silks! Since we’re so excited to share, here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come! 😉 Of course, you can see more on the Facebook page, so if you’re curious definitely go take a peak. Crystal Cluster Earrings are something we’ve always admired for their shiny beauty, and are now capable of crafting. These earrings are created using Czech glass crystals clustered together on a few links of chain to create...

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2nd Annual One Stop Holiday Shop Coming Up!...

Nov 13, 2014 by

You may remember last year that we did one final craft fair at the end of the year in Saratoga Springs, NY. Well, we’re happy to say we’re going back and expecting it to be bigger and better than ever! So much has changed for us since we did the last One Stop Holiday Shop craft and vendor fair! It’s actually a little overwhelming to think about. When we did the event last year, we were just introducing eggshell jewelry and magnets. We were still mainly kanzashi flowers and a lot of hopes and dreams. This year, we will have the same beautiful kanzashi flowers you know us for, plus we have more eggshell items, but the big thing is that we now have so much jewelry and hand-dyed silk scarves! We’ve been hard...

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Summer Wrap-Up: Craft Fairs

Oct 10, 2014 by

So uh… where did summer go? >_>; For us, it went flying by (on a broomstick, that crafty witch…) and we hardly seemed to see any of it. We were kept very busy with three craft fairs that occurred very close together, Gwen’s wedding, and my photography workshop. Which also happened in about the same time frame. To summarize, our summer looked roughly like so: August 2nd – Front Street Art Fest in Ballston Spa August 23rd – Mabee Farms Craft Fair in Rotterdam Junction September 13th – Charlton Presbyterian Church Craft Fair in Charlton September 17th – I gave a photography workshop in Albany October 4th – Gwen got married (and it was lovely) That’s a lot of stuff in about oh… two months. And for most of the summer we were preparing...

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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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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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Front Street Art Festival

Aug 4, 2013 by

So yesterday was the first annual Front Street Art Festival in downtown Ballston Spa. Originally, myself and Gwen had opted not to attend, as we were unsure about the whole thing (there were a lot of questions). However, when friend and fellow dancer L came forward, asking if we wanted to join her since she had gotten space, that changed things. Gwen already had a trip planned for the weekend at this point, but I was free. So, after some discussion I decided I would go and be booth buddies with L, and Gwen helped me prep for it. After all, I wasn’t about to ask her to cancel her trip since originally we hadn’t planned on doing this particular craft fair. The fair itself was interesting, to say the least. Due to the...

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