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Would you pay?

December 28th, 2009 at 07:01 pm

For the past two years I have made simple cloth bags for my gifts, I don't have a lot, not even enough to wrap all my family, but they are easy and quick. I was wondering, if anyone would pay for one. If so I guess I can add one thing to my marketable skills list.

I looked on Etsy but didn't see anything like them on there (the ones sold tend to be very thin material, risking seeing through the bag, and have ribbon tie tops, which I think are not very 'clean' or pretty.

Course if I did try to make money on some, I would have to borrow a sewing machine, I am not that fast by hand. But I know a friend who would gladly loan me hers, maybe even go to her house to do the work, leaving the kids (and their interruptions) with husband.

I have seen many a price tag on paper gift bags for 1$, the materials for the cloth could be that cheap, but then would have to add, 20 cent listing fee (on Etsy) plus 3.5% to them if it sells, plus my time.

I could use some upcyled materials to make them cheaper sometimes, I already get more hand me downs than I know what to do with, and sewing a stain to the inside of a bag wouldn't be noticed (wrong sides get sewn together so you would have to rip out seams to see them) would be an earth friendly gift bag, Wonder if that helps or hurts sales.....

Not sure it would be profitable or not, even if folk would buy them. Also something my kids could learn to make quickly (all straight seams) - not that I would sell theirs as mine, but they could make the ones for the family and such (right now no one outside of my immediate family has ever received one, to afraid I wouldn't get it back!)

Not sure if I should keep thinking on it, or move on.

5 Responses to “Would you pay?”

  1. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Do you have pictures of any that you've made? It isn't something I'd buy, I don't think, but I know people who would pay for something like that if it's done well.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I found several cloth gift bag on ebay selling for around $8.00, some of them for buy it now. They are very nice and I can definitely see myself buying one. Is this what you are talking about?

  3. whitestripe Says:

    you could give it a try, and just do it so that you make back your money for the first few. if you find they take off, i would start looking at reducing the price of your materials somehow, either by bulk buying materials or sourcing wholesale trade prices.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    I like Whitestripe's idea about reducing the costs of your materials. Try to buy material from the discount bin or remainders at a fabric store.

  5. princessperky Says:

    I don't have pictures, but I think I can get some. I have enough material around, that the first few would be free on that end, so I guess I will chat with my friend with a sewing machine. It would only cost a couple dollars to list a few varieties and see what happens.

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