Would you buy this?

bakers cabinate - I love to build and this is a bakers cabinate I recently made.
United States
February 7, 2007 10:39am CST
I am SAHM and I ahve many hobbies wich include building things, I have often wondered if I could make a little extra money selling th things I build so I am looking for your opinion. Be honest! If this were the style (rustic, country) you were looking for would you buy a piece like this? How much would you pay, keep in mind this is solid wood (cedar). To cover the cost of the material I wood need to get at least $150 usd, do you think I couuld do it? I will post some more pics od it and others that I have built in my profile. Please tell me wht you think!
3 people like this
11 responses
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think that is a beautiful piece...and solid cedar? $150 US seems like a very good price (perhpas a bit low). You could probably go higher, and remember to charge for your time, and not just materials. Cedar keeps moths and things away right? Since it's a cedar cabinet you should play that up too...it could be also be used to keep linens, sweaters and other cloth safe. You should look around the internet and see what others are charging and getting for similar pieces. Also, think about where you would be selling, and who you would be marketing to. You want to make sure you are targeting people who recognize the quality of your work. I also do crafting (mostly knitting) at home to sell, and pricing is by far the hardest part of getting into selling your wares. I never know if I am selling myself short or pricing myself out of a sale. Handmade goods should always cost a little more than something you could get at Wal-mart, and the right customer will know the difference and pay for quality. Good luck!
• United States
7 Feb 07
Absolutely right, I have sold on ebay before and thought about selling some smaller items there but cant aford to put the money in to it unless I know I will get it back. I also have some logs I plan to build with I have seena night stand made of log go for $220 on ebay. Thats why I am getting some opinions so I can decide if I want to give it a go. Thanks for your input !
1 person likes this
@CRiley27 (984)
• United States
7 Feb 07
If you go eBay, remember you have to figure the fees, Pay Pal fees, plus shipping material. You should try craigslist.org, no fees. Or do a few different ones, and try your luck at a craft fair. Good luck.
2 people like this
• United States
7 Feb 07
I was actualy planning on doing craigslist as well, I love that site and go there ofter. Thanks for the input !
1 person likes this
@CRiley27 (984)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Very nice. I would buy it. I think $150.00 for a handmade item like that is very reasonable too!
2 people like this
• United States
7 Feb 07
Thank you, I have so much fun doing it. I would love to make some extra spending money but I would be happy just to pay for the hobby !
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Feb 07
Very nice work, I would deffinatly buy something like that. I think that $150 is way to cheap you should probably almost double that. If I were you I would try putting some things like this on ebay and see how much you can get out of them. I think that you would be surprised at how much people are willing to pay if they know that they are not getting particle board. If you have some already made up items that you are not really using put them on there and see what you can get, even if you are kind of using it go ahead and put it on you will probably get enough out of it to make another one for yourself. Wonderful work you have done and I think that you could make good money doing this.
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thank you so much. I am glad I asked now I know I can do it. I am realy exited to see where it takes me. I guess you will have to watch for me on cragslist and ebay !
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Feb 07
I will watch for you and your work and thank you for the best response to your discussion.
• Australia
19 Feb 07
Great job. If I have the money I would buy your art of course maybe $200. But I don't have the money. But I do hope that people near you will buy your art work from you. Good luck on your business.
1 person likes this
• United States
25 Feb 07
Thanks so much for the vote of confidence, I hope I can some day supliment out income with this !
@Bizziebod (3526)
17 Feb 07
Thats really good - personally it's not to my tastes but it looks nice and looks well finished too! If it's solid wood, then in the UK that would probably go for around $200 - $300 as people like natural woods in their home! Well done!
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Feb 07
Thank you so much !
@Lavera1 (897)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Happy, I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but in answer to you question; no I wouldn't buy the cabinet. Why? because it doesn't match the cabinetry in my kitchen. But keep up the good work.
1 person likes this
• United States
16 Feb 07
Thanks !
@Indiffer (287)
• Norway
8 Feb 07
Ahhhh - the smell of wood.... This was a nice cabinet! I will not say anything about pricing as im not good at setting it. But i dont understand why you should have a problem selling this. It looks very nice! I would love one or two in my childrens room where there are not much space for a big closet.
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Feb 07
Dont you just love the smell of cedar ! I would love to produce and ship this one but unfortunately I think the shipping would be to expensive for most people. I am going to try to make a smaller version and see how it goes. Thanks for you input.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I think it is beautiful but I probably wouldn't buy that one, not even for $150. If the wood was the same color or it was stained I would be interested. You shouldn't sell them for cost, take into account how much time you spent making it too! If it was stained a nice color or the wood was all the same color (btw, others would like it just how it is, just not me) I would pay $300+ for it. You should be able to get twice what you spent on it. A good way to decide how much to charge would be to go to places that sell items like that and see how much they charge. If theirs are handmade then you should charge a similar price, if theirs are mass produced then you should charge more. Good luck!
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Feb 07
I was thinking I would start with a base product and cosomize it to others liking with diferent fiztures and colors as well as diferent woods (most cedar has all of the color variations that you said you didnt like) how would you like it to look, what kind of wood do you prefer ?
@amrnagy (175)
• Egypt
8 Feb 07
thank you but 150$ is very little
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks, what do you think of $250 ?
• United States
8 Feb 07
The cabinet looks great, but I personally would not pay $150. However I am a cheapskate! The design is nice, but I don't like the hardware. The hardware to me looks more like cottage style hardware, not country or cabin style.
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Feb 07
I supose it could go either way, if I were to sell items I would make them more likeable for more people, this is my style but I relize it is not everyones. Thank so much for the input !
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I love cedar rustic country. I'm selling baby afghans for $35 before I started I had no idea what to charge and someone told me take the cost of making the product and double or triple it. I tripled and I have one lady that keeps sending me $50 because that's what she thinks they are worth.
• United States
8 Feb 07
That is so cool, I wish I could do more like that, for my own kids and family, I am trying my hand at quilting but it is slow going, fun though !