Folksy Ltd

What Have You Planned For Next Year

I am going to go in a different direction next year and totally revamp my shop into a more uniformed one so it doesn’t look as mixed up. Lots of new ideas in my head just need to get them made as quick as I can.
Is anyone else going to be trying something new next year.

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Funny as I plan to revamp my shop. Put some items on sale that I have got bored with. Planning to revamp my sewing and work rooms as well. Such a mess and far too much stuff. The charity shops will do well in the NY. New banner, done now for the rest of the stationery. Will use up what I have recently bought first though. Always love to sort in the NY. Will be working on Valentine’s Day once my sewing room is cleared of the study furniture. That should be Wed when the carpet goes down. Hate it as feel creative but cannot get in there, stubbed my toe so many times given up.

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I haven’t been buying any more acrylic felt this year, just using up what I have. So hoping to use wool felt and my stock of fabric next year, not sure how it will all work out, so the new year will be full of experiments hopefully.

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Hi,

I have plans to put on sale a number of items and concentrate on my quilting next year! :crossed_fingers: I might even add a few baby quilts. Although I’m a little concerned that these will end up being too expensive - I’m a fan of 100% high quality cotton and this doesn’t come cheap!

Good luck all,

Lou

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I will keep on glassing… but … hot off the press news… I will be taking a break early in 2020 as we are going to South Africa…and I am Really Excited :slight_smile: :slight_smile:
(This is to belatedly celebrate my big birthday of this year which was cancelled as my husband had a heart problem… my party was replaced with a visit to the heart MRI unit :slight_smile: )
Bob and his heart are now good and this holiday will be Fantastic)

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What a great start to another year. Hope you both have a wonderful experience.

Thanks. I’m sure we will. 2019 has been remarkable for its stress levels. I refer to it as my summer of discontent :slight_smile:

I plan to advertise my commissioned work more prominently and make a formal listing on Folksy for art commissions. I’ve already done quite a few, mainly from word of mouth.
I’m just going to do a couple of big fairs next year and cut out the ones that bring in the least return.

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Next year I plan to go tiny with my quilting. Dolls house quilts and mini quilts as wall hangings for a child’s bedroom. Collecting all sorts of tiny print fabrics, but first I have three quilt orders to complete.

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I am just finishing my last commission of 2019 then I’m finished until after January, I decided to stop making for a few wks, the first time in 5.5 years so that I can plan new things for 2020.
I have changed my doll pattern to make some smaller ones but in the same style.
I am also hoping to design some animal dolls with embroidery,possibly in country styles and I’m planning more embroidered sewing gifts next yr. Although I will still be designing and making bears we will probably see less although I may go back to doing embroidered ones in fabrics (which is where I started in 2014). I had decided to close my business in March but I’m now going to continue, try some new ideas and see how things go. I may even make some Christmas things for next year, not something I normally do.

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Seriously thinking of what to do next year if anything at all. I love crafting but hardly anything has sold. I have crafted new items embroidered animals, fairies but all to no avail

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Hi Joy
I went to South Africa 3 years ago and absolutely loved it, hope to go back some day.

I really am very excited. Commented to someone the other day that I hadn’t done something I’d planned as I was busy choosing hotels. She said ‘but you’re not going until next year’ . I pointed out that I was going in 2 months, hotel search continues… :slight_smile:

Good luck Joy, we went on an organised tour, so visited Johannesburg, Kruger safari park, garden route, Cape Town and Rourkes Drift. Loved it

Thanks Karen. We are going DIY, Bob loves planning so we’ll hire a car. Already booked 3 nights in a lodge in the Addo elephant park :slight_smile:

@JOYSofGLASS ooh exciting times ahead, have a wonderful break early next year Joy xx

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Karen, you sound like me a month or two ago. I decided in March I would give it a year as sales had slowed down and I don’t make much profit then made my mind up a few weeks ago to close. However after listening to other peoples advice and to my local customers I had a change of heart AGAIN.
I am going to introduce some smaller dolls and slightly cheaper makes so they will perhaps be more affordable to the buyer. I pondered over it for weeks but decided to give it a go for at least another 6 months.
I will be making more small embroidered gifts as they seem to be my main seller on Folksy. It has been a struggle this year and at last picking up slowly on Folksy, I’m sure things will pick up for you. I know how much you enjoy making it would be a shame if you stopped but I DO know how you feel and it is very disheartening at times.
Your birds seem to be popular, so maybe choose the area where you get the most sales and concentrate on them. You could make more for themes i.e.weddings etc, I love the fairies, do you advertise them as mobiles for bedrooms etc. I hope things pick up as I know how much love you put into your makes. x

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Thanks Debby
I am thinking of doing different forms for my birds but I have had no interest in my fairies at all. I have done my research on them and also my pricing and know they are good value. I have posted them on a children’s forum and asked for parents views but received no replies. When researching pricing, it seems a lot of sales on Folksy are less than £20. I think it would be helpful if Folksy could provide some facts and figures about what most people are shopping for and prices they are willing to pay.

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Your items are not too dear if anything they could go higher. I have seen items similar to yours more expensive than yours and they have no problem selling them.
I put my prices up this year and have had more sales than last year so don’t be put off by giving it a try.

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Thank you, I always think pricing is one of the hardest things to do. I will definitely think about increasing mine in the New Year.

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