Selling your ideas (or another’s) FAQs

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I find it very helpful when a Vendor promotes their product by saying, “YES you CAN!”, especially when everyone is concerned about stepping on toes, copyright infringement, and the like.

Here’s what Lion Brand has to say about making and selling, using their patterns:

FAQ: Selling Items Made with LB Patterns | Lion Brand Notebook

It is also a good idea to ask the Vendor, before you start on a new creative venture. In most instances, you will get the go-ahead, with blessings on top. Most Business’s LOVE it when you promote them by way of links or mention.

The more exposure they receive, the more great ideas they can pass along to others. It has a ripple effect; someone promotes you, you reciprocate, and the word gets around and around.

We’ve been asked if we would allow Sellers to manufacture craft projects using our products and some ideas we put out there. Here is what we tell them: You can copyright an original idea, product or (in Celebrity World, phrase), but you cannot copyright an idea that is already born. You can always reproduce an idea, using your own interpretation and creativity, to make it ‘UNIQUELY YOU”.

Take for example, our Interchangeable Hair Stick Clip-Ons.

Tea for Two Interchangeable Hair stick Clip-on™

When you see the , that means, simply put, Trade Mark, and is exclusive of design. You can buy it, you can make one of your own, using different ideas, beads, etc, but you cannot use the name to profit from it. Make up a new name, insert your unique identity into it, and it can be yours!

It is said, it is a form of flattery to copy another person’s ideas, work, or image. By “image”, I mean how they appear, how they talk, act, sound, function. It is not flattering to blatantly copy someone, and then lay claim to the end result.

We hope this helps some of you who wonder if selling is a hard thing to get into or not. We are here to help, not hinder. Without you, our customers, we would not be here today, and that is the best gift we can receive, in return for all you who have shopped with us.

Ok, I’m getting all sappy and teary-eyed now, so I’ll stop and get back to packing your orders! 🙂

Many Blessings to you and we hope to see you all real soon!

Oyeah, and HAPPY SPRING!

Mike and Sandra

Many Horses Jewerly Supply

How to Sell at Craft Shows During Tough Times

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From Beading Daily April 27, 2009:  A7, 2009April 27, 2009

No Business Like Show Business

If you do craft shows, you know show season is upon us and it’s time to dust off the canopy and prepare for the warm months ahead and a busy schedule. There are so many fun things about doing craft shows: getting outdoors, meeting new people, developing relationships with customers and other artists, and making money!  Doing craft shows is also very hard work and there’s been lots written on how to assure success at shows. You’ve probably heard a lot of it. Make eye contact, don’t sit all day, encourage people to come into your booth.

Have a Positive Attitude

During these economic times, though, just as we’re having to make adjustments in other areas of our lives, there may

need to be a bit of a shift in the way we approach selling our jewelry. Let’s face it, buying jewelry has always been a luxury. But I believe it doesn’t have to be a luxury women forego. Plus, often when people feel the most stressed, buying themselves a small gift is exactly what they want to do. Having a positive attitude is rule number one for selling.

Make It Easier for Customers to Buy

Today’s market requires a good range of price points. That doesn’t mean giving away pieces for pennies that took you hours to make. But come up with some new, original designs that take little time with inexpensive materials and make them available next to your more expensive pieces. If you draw a crowd with beautiful designs, priced to sell, chances are your pricier pieces will be hard for some of them to resist!

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