|Photo borrowed from Gallery 50 in Traverse City, MI|
Every handicraft person struggles with price. They try to be fair to the customer and themselves. The price includes materials, years spent perfecting the design, time spent creating the display, sleepless nights, insurance, gas and numerous fees (insurance, booth, store, etsy, credit card, legal, employees).
My heart breaks each time I witness a shopper inspect an item to copy it themselves or they may turn to their friend and say, "Hey, Suzie you can make this right?". I have also witnessed people comment or share some of my artisans photos asking their friend to make the item for them. I delete those comments from my biz page.
I will admit that before becoming an artisan myself I was that person, I even took a photo or two of items I intended to copy. Those photos sure look nice sitting in my computer files, the few that I did attempt were unfinished and the materials were donated to Indy Upcycle. I regret wasting the time and money and wish I would have bought the item from the maker.
Some have compared Bizzy's Boutique to a mobile Etsy, which I take as a compliment. That is just it, I am driving the artisans products around to reach shoppers who may not seek out handmade items or know how to find Etsy. My intention was not a mobile Pinterest which I have a love/hate relationship with. I loved it when I first discovered it and then hated it when people would post photos of Bizzy Buckets on their DIY boards. My pins diminished along with my bucket making.
All artisans try to keep a thick skin but whenever we see a facebook post, pinterest pin, overhear a persons intention to copy our hard work or have a person tell us that our prices are too high, it stings and stays with us. The remedy...Whether you intend to buy from the artisan or not say something nice, compliment them on their display, their attention to detail, their ability to hide the blood, sweat and tears that led them to that very moment in time.