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Enough About the Stitch Markers Already

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile — folkcat at 3:25 pm on Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Tired of them yet? Well, there’s a little more to tell, then I promise, I’ll stop talking about them unless something really noteworthy happens.

Today’s news is noteworthy, I think. Gryphon and I drove over to our Local Yarn Shop to talk to her about beaded stitch markers. She’s been carrying some sets that wind up retailing at $19.95 for 4 markers, and while they’re very nice, she says that they haven’t really moved for her. She’s not sure if it’s only the price point, or just the current economy. Business has been slow, apparently, though it’s started to pick up today with the cold, rainy weather.

I suspect it’s a mix of both. With gas prices so high, people are having to think twice – or more – before spending money on a luxury item. And face it, $20 for 4 stitch markers is a luxury, no matter how functional they are.

She liked the sets of stitch markers I had to show her, and she was delighted with my $5 wholesale price point for a set of 5. She’s willing to try them out. I just need to make up my packaging now, and get back to her.

I’m putting the stitch markers in zip-top bags that are 1-1/2″ tall by 2″ wide. I’ll be designing a special card on business-card stock. This is the perfect size to fold in half and staple on top of the zip bag. We’ll punch a hole for hanging, and there can be some graphics and information on both sides of the card. It should be a very professional-looking presentation, while not costing a fortune.

I’ll be beading tonight at craft circle – I want to make markers to give my knitting friends, and I want to build up a bit of stock so that I can put some up on eBay and Etsy. As things progress, I may start making visits to more of the yarn shops in the area, too.

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