While the circumstances meant a change to our normal BB&B offering, results were very heartening. BB&B 2020 was a success thanks to the talent and generosity of our handcrafting members. The quality and variety of products was a testament to our talents. The sale recorded gross sales of about $26,000 – this includes proceeds from the sealed bid auction and generous donations from our customers of $2000. Another job well done.
One of the responsibilities of the handcraft committee is to maximize the efforts of the hand crafters. Each year we evaluate what sold and what might potentially be a best seller for the next sale. Custodians take home a bit of inventory every year and 2020 was no exception in that regard other than the volume of product to be held over due to the smaller number of shoppers. Some handcrafters retrieved unsold items and the remaining was sorted, counted and stored for the 2021 sale. As a rule, items will only appear in two sales but because of this year’s circumstances, this rule may bend for 2021. If an item remains unsold after the second appearance it is donated to local charities. Our partnership with Magic of Christmas enabled us to reach even farther into our local community. In exchange for storage space for our sale props, unsold inventory was donated to be distributed as part of their annual Christmas campaign. This is a perfect partnership. It is a privilege to also have a positive impact on our own community.
WHAT SOLD in 2020
Custodians have analyzed the results of 2020 BB&B and provide this input so makers can know how best to divert your talents. Let this information guide what you make but whatever you make, be certain that it is something that you enjoy making.
GUIDELINES FOR TAGGING ITEMS
Product Custodians love it when items arrive with tags attached and filled in. It has to be done and who better to provide useful information than the creator?
Seems like a simple thing to put a tag on a handmade item but, as with most things, there is an element of art to it as well. So what makes a tag worth reading?
NAME THAT THING – It can be a load of fun to get together with a friend to make up names for those baby dolls, dinosaurs, hats, bracelets or felted slippers. We’ve heard customers at BB&B comment about a quirky name that added that little extra attraction.
WHO DUNNIT ? – Please add your initials, name or pseudonym (some of you have such cool alter egos). It is helpful if questions arise about the item.
WHATS IN IT? – Content and care for items such as wearables and Home Decor are very valuable to the customer. For knits, include the yarn label if you have it.
DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER? – Well, sometimes it does so, when it does, please be sure to include that info too.
HOW MUCH $ – Don’t worry about pricing. Pricing committees will take care of this part just before the sale. However, if you have a bottom line for an item, include that in pencil and custodians will honor that price as a minimum. If the item does not sell at that price, you can take it back or custodians will store it and may adjust the price for the next sale.
And finally, ATTACH IT (Gesundheit!) Use crochet cotton to make a string and thread the string through the tag and loop this through the item or use a small safety pin through the string. Please, no straight pins; they stick the custodians and the customers or they fall out and the tag is lost. Tags pinned directly to the item can sometimes cause a tear or pulled stitch so string is always better. Crochet cotton works best of all. Ribbon tends to undo itself. Sadly, have been a small number of incidents where tags have been switched so be sure to secure that tag well to discourage this practice.
Many workshops and demos have detailed handouts for reference. If you were unable to attend, these notes can help you to hone old skills or pick up new. In addition to our workshop notes and patterns, there are patterns that we have permission to use from outside designers. These designers have allowed us to use their patterns to make items for sale. Please support them in return by purchasing their patterns for your use.
HANDCRAFTS MONTHLY is a newsletter with Handcrafts events at a glance, news, ideas and helpful links and sources. New issues are not being published but previous Handcrafts Monthly issues are archived here. This is a great source of product info and links to free patterns.