Tuesday, November 06, 2007

To market, to market.....

I mentioned a few posts ago that my mother-in-law has been trying to persuade me to make some bags for her to sell at her work {a public school of all places, ha}! So I finally did it. I planned. I cut. I sewed. I re~planned. I tried to use as much fabric from my stash as possible, throwing in some newly purchased stuff to keep things exciting. Here are my fruits:

mini-wristlets
{just big enough to fit a cell phone, ar key, debit card, some cash & chapstick. kinda like the modern girl's answer to a fanny-pack.}

sling tote bags
{I have one of these myself & it is the perfect size for my Bible, notebook & a couple extras to carry to church.}

lil Ballerina bag
{It's quilted on the outside & has a zippered pocket on the inside.}

simple large totes
{a nice sized fully lined bag}

quilted messenger bag {front & back}
{this is my favorite! I *love* the fabric & the style & had so much fun with different quilting patterns. I should've gotten a picture of the inside. The underside of the front flap is a chocolate brown & pink polka dot corduroy. It has a patch pocket and a zippered pocket inside as well as a magnetic snap closure. }

Even if I don't sell very many items, it was still a great learning experience & definitely helped to hone my skills. I got a little carried away with all the fabric yo-yos, but they make such a cute little embellishment & are great for using up scraps! And last but not least, I wanted to come up with a business name & logo {ya know, to make me seem all professional}, so this is what I picked:
Pink is very me & the canary is a nod to my maiden name, Canary. I drew the bird free hand on a piece of paper, then scanned & tweaked it in Photoshop. I printed the name of each item & selling price on the back of each tag. Maybe all this professionalism will help sell more bags. Hope you've enjoyed hearing about my "market" experience!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm so proud of you! These look great.

So, how much are you selling these for?

You are one busy lady! You need to relax before your little bundle of joy comes!

Love you, Skyra

Anonymous said...

Make sure Uncle SAM knows about your business.
~IRS~

Beth said...

Awesome Becki!! Wish I had half of your creativity!

Anonymous said...

Love the name, very clever!!!!!
Love the bags too aweseom

Anonymous said...

I meant to spell AWESOME and it is Jori by the way. The 2nd anon.

Alicia said...

Very Neat! Good Luck! :0)

Stephanie said...

Very clever!! It makes me want to pull out my sewing machine...oh wait...I can't get THAT complicated. Simplicity is my name!

Yeah, I agree with Skyra and would like to know how much for each item. Are you taking personal orders?

Chloe said...

Wow those are really beautiful! I'm sure you will sell many...

and I have to second the question: Are you taking orders?

But more importantly, are you sneaking a little rest for yourself before little Sebastian comes?

*hugs*

Erin said...

I have to agree!!! VERY CUTE! Make sure to update us on how your sales are going!

Saralyn said...

Oooohhhh! I'm soooo jealous! They're beautiful! You make me want to sing "hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work I go!"

Hollie said...

Holy Buckets... these are awesome! Is it bad that my favorite design was your logo?!? You're so clever!

Rebecca said...

Yowzas! I am so blessed by all your comments!! Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement!! I have sold two bags so far, but don't know which ones. I am selling the wristlets for $9, the sling totes & simple large totes for $15 and the quilted messenger bag for $24. So yes, I will do custom orders ;>) If you email me privately, we can discuss fabrics, options, pricing, etc.

chefgirl96@yahoo.com

Again, thank you for all your kind words. You all made my day!

P.S. Dear IRS: I don't have to tell you about my business unless I make more than $600 *wink, wink*

Alisa said...

Rebecca - Everything you've made looks so beautiful. You have outdone yourself. Love, love, love the wristlets! And the logo, it is so perfect!

Anonymous said...

As long as "Ceaser" gets what he deserves.
IRS