Cards

Saturday, 13th July 2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

I’ve finally sorted through my cards. I had some “What was I thinking when I designed THAT?!” moments and threw quite a few away 😀 I’ve repacked them into new cello bags, they look so neat! When I’ve found somewhere to sell them, I’ll get the stands out of the loft and arrange them (then rearrange them fifteen times!) prettily.  Below is a small selection.

Card selection

A couple of years ago, I asked the owner of a new farm shop if she’d be willing to sell my cards on a sale or return basis. She said yes! We agreed on a 50/50 split. I showed her some baskets and asked which size she’d like. She picked one and I filled it. Happy days!! Sales were slow to start with, but she soon had regular customers who loved buying locally grown food and started buying my cards too. I said I could bring in a small wooden card stand and would paint it to suit her shop. She decided she wanted a huge stand with cupboards underneath, so she could refill the shelves as they sold. Now, I take my time when designing a new card, spending hours getting it just right. I won’t buy any old tat and stick things on with rubbish glue. I spent weeks finding a supplier who uses good quality card and envelopes (I’ve come across lots of flimsy card, and envelopes that just will not stick). I am FUSSY. But – I’m still a very small business, working from home. Hallmark I am not. Sale or return is risky for me and great for the retailer. There’s no way I can afford to have large amounts of stock sat in a cupboard – even if it is my cupboard – in someone else’s shop. So that was the end of that.

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Entry filed under: Handmade cards and gift tags.

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