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About Crafty1_AJ

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    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
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    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)

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  1. Yes, I saw this and do plan to raise my prices. DH and I were just discussing that this morning. Like you, I've absorbed minor cost increases here and there, because I can't change the prices every 10 minutes and expect to keep my sanity, as well as the sanity of my customers. Pet peeve: I really hate that fees are taken out of shipping monies. If I raise the prices of my shipping to standard commercial rates, customers will complain -- been there, done that. And they will refuse to order, claiming that I'm gouging them on shipping. It's so unfair. So I charge the discounted rates offered by Etsy, and have to offset my losses by raising prices on the items I sell. People don't understand that I am charging the same shipping that the post office charges me...no gouging or padding whatsoever. Sometimes I even direct them with a hotlink to USPS.com so they can see the shipping price for themselves. They don't understand that USPS raises its shipping rates nearly every year. Five percent seems like a lot, but Amazon Handmade keeps 15% of both shipping money and product cost. (No listing fees, though). Cost of doing business, but it does bite a bit.
  2. My slowest months for sales are June and July. Sales start picking up in August, are heavy through the fall and winter, then back down a bit after the holidays, but stay somewhat steady through spring.
  3. I have candles that are over a year old that still smell fine and burn great.
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    Any quilter here:

    If you don't want to cut it up, why not use it for backing? I use standard width fabric for backing my lap quilts and it works great with no piecing. I usually get 2 yards of backing fabric, but have at least a third of a yard left over for binding or another project.
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    Striking out at the local market

    Chiming in late, but sales may pick up if you consider offering a different type of scent. All of the scents you listed fall into the "fruity" category. What about offering a floral? Some fresh, clean types? Earthy? Herbal blends? A good vanilla? Etc. You'd increase the possibility of someone finding the type of scent they prefer. I like to offer a variety of genres.
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    Hi from MO

    Waving HI from my corner of MO!
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    Hello from California :)

    Nice to meet you!
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    Hello from Arizona

    Nice to meet you. I've always wondered if I could be a full time RV'er and still do all my crafts/hobbies. Doubtful, with the amount of stuff I have!!
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    Hello From Missouri

    Glad to meet you. Waving HI from my part of Missouri!
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    I should probably introduce myself...

    Glad to meet you!
  11. Nice to meet you - welcome!
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    Hi... I'm Steven from Ontario...

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    Hello from CA

    Nice to meet you! *waves and smiles*