What would you pay for a finished Cross Stitch Card?

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
December 26, 2011 4:28pm CST
I know us that cross stitch know the value of how much time it takes to cross stitch even a small design. I was just on Ebay and checking out prices on the finished cards. I was in sticker shock! Unfortunately we don't stitch in gold, and I guess I consider my cross stitching to my ceramics when I had that business. Once you have your stash of floss and material it does not cost much but your time to make a piece. I have bought the cards and even buttons to add to my pieces when making cards and let me tell you, I have always used Michaels and Hobby Lobby coupons and never paid full price for the cards and or envelopes. I saw a couple of cards going at starting prices of 12.50 I just can't see a small piece going for that much on a card that someone still has to add their words to whether handwritten or they do a scrapbooking style insert. I guess its time for me to devote a day back to the mini pieces again and put some cards up. But I am crazy. I start mine out at $.99 and I have seen buyers bring the price up sometimes pretty hefty. if they give me more than I wanted in the first place, I then give them free shipping in the US. Whats your take on prices on small cross stitch pieces put into cards? I have a picture posted up on the photos on cross stitch showing a card there if you want to view one that I have made. I am on my netbook and don't have any pics of the cards I have made. But if you look through the cross stitch pictures you will see a little lavender colored card its mine LOL Not sure if its still showing at the top or not. Anyway what would you charge for a cross stitch card not including shipping?
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
27 Dec 11
That is very expensive! I don't think many people would pay that much. After all, it is a card and the work may not be appreciated. Some people just throw cards out. What a waste of money if that were to happen. I guess they charge so much because of the supplies and the time invested in making it, but it can't sell very well.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
27 Dec 11
Cross Stitch Card - here is a look at the card type I make.
Yep I was in sticker shock. I do my crafts to take my mind off pain. not to think I can get rich overnight. I will have a pile and then wonder what to do with them and came up with the card idea. So when I do small pieces those are either ornaments or cards.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
27 Dec 11
Those sound expensive, but as a crafter, sewer, quilter, etc., I know that that is not expensive at all. My Mom crocheted and knitted and I know when she sold her things she made she never got what they were actually worth with her time and all. I know when I made baby quilts and would get my fabric, etc., on sale, I would sell those baby quilts for $25.00. But, I also embroidered on them. I felt the $25.00 was a good price as the quilt took 3 yards of fabric which I folded in half, so it was a large baby quilt and a toddler to 5 to 7 year old could still cover up with it when taking a nap or lying down. I think it would depend on the size of the card, whether someone could take the cross stitching out of the card and put it in a frame. To someone that would be well worth it. Or if the card could be put in a frame. I think the price is up to each individual.
27 Dec 11
An artisan will never be paid for the considerable amount of time they take to produce any piece of work. I paint tiny, intricate, oil-paintings for the dollshouse market, and have never been able to charge for the time they took me to complete. Tiny things actually take longer to produce than larger ones. I don't think anyone would want to pay more than a few dollars for one of your cards. Having said that, I am sure your work would be worth considerably more than 12.50 if the world was a fairer place for artists like us! All the best with your endeavour!
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
27 Dec 11
Thanks for your kind words. That is one thing a crafter has to learn early on. Do you enjoy the craft? Do you want to sell this type of craft and what reasonably do you think you can sell it for? I used to do ceramics from pouring the mold to firing and painting and sometimes glazing depending on the item and firing again. I did ceramics for 25 years. I had people get mad because they had a whole display and I sold all but 3 or 4 pieces left on my table at the end of shows. One lady got snippy and said I am not giving my stuff away. I looked at her and and replied in a nice way well this is the last craft show of the year and I did not want to have to pack mine up. So it really is a mind frame. Once you get your supplies started and your new craft going you will need to rebuy items but the initial investment is gone. Even with cross stitch buy a large piece of material and its amazing how many pieces you can make off that material. I just enjoy crafting so whatever I make mkaes my day. I need to put some on ebay now getting the urge again LOL Have a wonderful day!
@BarBaraPrz (17536)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Dec 11
I've wondered this, too. I think $10 would be a fair price for such a card, but would really only work out to something like $2-$2.50 an hour for the effort. Then I wonder if anyone would pay that much.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
27 Dec 11
I was on Ebay rooting around looking at different things (wound up buying a ring) and I don't see anyone purchasing those that expensive. What they do is lower the price on the shipping and up the price on the auction or buy now price. Or they will start the price really low on the item and shipping is stupidly high. I have sold off and on Ebay with my crafting for a couple of years now. I don't put stuff on unless I have a stockpile. I have some cards left think I will stick them on and see what I can do with them. Pocket change LOL
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