I also know that If I was in a position to buy one of my birds, I would have to budget and save. For us “regular folks” they are priced too high to be classified as an impulse buy.
I’ve known for a long time that I needed to produce products that were less expensive. Thay had to be something that is priced fairly, using my pricing formula, that could be considered an impulse purchase by many more folks.
Saturday I’m selling at a Halloween street fair. It draws a huge crowd, up to 10,000 folks. Folks don’t come to street fairs to purchase pricey art. I plan to use this event to test a new line that that taps into the under $25 crowd.
In the decoy carving world there is a decoy called a “flattie”. Flatties are flat, two-dimensional decoys that are shaped, painted and decorated just like carved three-dimensional birds. Last year I produced several hundred small flatties for use as package decorations and ornaments. For these birds I used the same patterns as the birds I carved. They are great. I’ve used them as small gifts and give aways. Due to their small size they dissapear in my show display and are difficult to promote.
Saturday I’m introducing a new line of flatties called “Bird-on-s-stick”. These birds are made from patterns specifically designed as flatties. They are larger than my carved birds and are mounted on a wire and a small stand. One side is decorated with the same care and techniques that use to decorate carved birds. For less than a quarter of the price folks can take home a little bird.
At this time I’ve designed and produced blue jays, Carolina chickadees, house wrens, Atlantic puffins, mallards, crows and cardinals.
Perhaps next I’ll get to my little bird suckers….
More about Saturday’s show from the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange webstite.
The Saturday, October 30 show will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with the Irvington Halloween Festival outside in the Irvington neighborhood on the east side of Indy. We will have a long white tent on Washington Street between Midwest Scooter and Tiqueables Antiques and will have 30 vendors plus live music. The Halloween Festival also includes local food vendors, costume contests, games, movie screenings and other fun activities.
See you then?