Monday, May 3, 2010

These are so pretty - and so inexpensive for all the work that has gone into them. I hear so many people talking about the state of the pricing on Etsy - not good. People should be able to charge well and make a good living of their beautiful wares. I would definitely pay more than $70 for one of these. They also sell the individual flowers - for a very good price. From the Faerie Market.


Minky Magic said...

They are stunning I love them!
Marie x

Linda said...

These really are lovely.

Terri said...

They are stunning and definitely worth the price. I too hate to hear people complaining about the pricing on Etsy. It's homemade, for goodness sakes, not cheap plastic stuff from China. It's unique, high quality and someone probably poured their heart and soul into the merchandise. I hate it that others don't value handmade as they should.

Cate said...

I want the Autumnal looking one!They are so beautiful and worth every penny!

andrea of ffft said...

Wow, these ARE stunning. And it's true, you would feel very Fae-ish wearing one. I am putting this on my list... she should take your advice though and charge more.

jody mcdowell said...

i was drooling over these beauties earlier today! soo pretty and whimsical.

Elizabeth said...

Dear Fiona and other commentators,

I'm the fiber artist behind these scarves. Thanks so much for your feedback, I'm very grateful for the feature, the compliments, as well as the critique on my prices. Yes, my prices are too low for all the time I spend creating each one, and a price increase has been a long time coming.

When I started making these scarves it was mainly for fun, and I was thrilled and honored to be making any money at all on something I created! Now, since I spend more and more time on Etsy selling things at an ever increasing rate, it has become unsustainable for me to sell them at the price I do. I can barely keep up. Especially since the quality (and price) of my materials and the quantity of leaves on each scarf have increased since I first started. But I really don't know where to start with how to price correctly.

I wish art & fashion schools spent more time teaching the business aspects of design, because pricing & such are my weak points (as I imagine they are for many artists, esp. young artists such as myself.) I'd love to sell my scarves in some galleries, but at my current prices it's impossible to wholesale them. I'm going to put my Etsy shop "on vacation" for a month because I'm preparing for a show, but when I come back, I'd love to have new prices that truly reflect the time, talent, etc... that go into my fiber pieces.

Any advice on pricing you could give, I'd be very grateful for. You've certainly given me something to think about with your post here, as well as an impetus to start valuing my work more. I think pricing knitwear is soooo difficult! Thank-you!

Betsie from The Faerie Market

p.s.: Your blog is beauteous!

Fiona Cartolina said...

Hi Betsie - thank you for that sensitive and insightful message. Your work is beautiful and it's obvious that your buyers would pay more but you have to be ready to change your prices - it's an important part of your business decisions. We recently changed all our prices significantly and I am so glad we did - but it took a lot of thought. Have you read any of the post at ? There are so many insightful posts regarding costs and prices and margins etc. If you haven't already been there I encourage you to take a look - you might find it quite heart warming but practical. Love your work, Fiona

Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for the link to the craftmba blog, Fiona! I'm reading it right now because of your recommendation, and there is some really great advice on pricing- and more. What a great resource. Thanks again!


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