Sunday, December 4, 2011

Craft Fair

Our annual craft fair was yesterday.  

I was all set up and ready to go when the doors opened at eight.  My collars were laid out with care in hopes that St. buyers soon would be there!

They came.......and they went.   An hour and a half passed with only one sale of my homemade dog biscuits you see in the middle of the photo and not one collar.  Mind you, the biscuits are yummy and healthy for the dogs made with peanut butter, pumpkin, oatmeal and a bit of cinnamon and they sure smell good!  

By the end of the fair I had sold all but one of my biscuits and only 4 collars.  I was pleased the dog treats sold but I really thought I would sell quite a few collars.  I don't get it.  They are not expensive, in fact I've been told I don't charge enough.  I've been sewing for months, now what do I do with all of them!!  

Bummer...I am seeing an end to my dog collar career!  Dog treats anyone?


  1. I know the feeling. I listed all that yarn on Etsy...I get people there everyday...I offer 20% off...and still no sales. I'm just going to continue until it happens...and if I'm 60 when that be it! LOL I love your collars! They're awesome!!

  2. I love your dog collars,they are very well made and of highest quality. I do believe the economy is to blame, people, in my state anyway, still have hard choices to make. I say hang in. Hope you and your dad are both well. Sending greetings from Maine, Julie.

  3. Well, I guess I have to go to your etsy shop! They're beautiful!!

  4. Karen ~
    Sorry the collars were not more successful. So much hard work (and expense) for naught.
    Pug hugs :)

  5. Karen,
    I think it is the shaky economic situation right now that has people really holding back on the spending. It's not anything you did wrong..... your work is superb! Still when all the work, expense of making your product, booth rental etc. is considered it's a disappointment to say the least.
    I've been there so many times....... wish things were different!
    Hang tough and don't give up!
    Cathy G

  6. Sorry the collars didn't go very fast. They look really nice. I bet it's the economy too. Have you thought of putting them on

  7. Hello Hiking Hounds! I've had many of them in my Etsy store since last April and have never sold one!! Here is the link in case anyone wants to look.
    I even have a few GH collars listed there!!

  8. Karen, I'm sorry that your beautiful dog collars are not moving. You must have put an awful lot of time and efforts to make those collars. I wonder if you could sell them on the Shopping Channel on TV or on consignment at pet shops.
    I feel real bad about this. I hope that you soon find an outlet to sell your dog collars. Your dogs can eat the biscuits but only can wear so many collars.

    I can't understand how could anyone abandon those sweet Cocker Spaniels. It just breaks my heart to see animals abandoned like that. You are such a caring person. God bless you for the work you do. JB

  9. Thank you all for your kind words and support of my collar making endeavors!!!

  10. As a fellow crafter, there is nothing more disappointing than working hard on your stuff and no one buying it. I always get so excited picking out materials that it is such a disappointment when they don't sell. Sorry, it wasn't more successful.

  11. Thanks for your sweet comment on my mantle, I love it! :)
    Maybe you should start a new business in doggy biscuits instead of collars...sounds like they were a hit! :)
    Have a great day!

  12. Hi there!
    I would just like to introduce myself. I have an online business I sell woven jacquard ribbon, webbing and the components to make dog collars. My husband is Douglas Paquette, he and his design team create the ribbon and from there he makes beautiful dog accessories. When he retires designs I get all of the ribbon. We have recently expanded Ally’s Bazaar to sell more ribbon and also the webbing and components. I would love it if you took a peek at my website. I sell retail and wholesale right online. Feel free to email me with any questions!
    Thank you! Allyson Paquette


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