Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Question of Limited Editions

Yesterday I read a request for a photo and description of one of my newest shop items, from a woman who wants to highlight like minded artists in her blog. It sounded like a good idea to me. It still does and I'm glad for a chance to get that extra little bit of promotion.

But it got me thinking, again, about offering my baskets as "Limited Editions". I've been making, and refining these baskets for about three years now, so I've got a little stock saved up. But I'm also still developing new designs almost every day and I want to make them and list them right away!

I have only sold one basket since opening up my shop in April. But I truly do believe that sooner, rather than later, I will start to see orders for these works of art pick up.
So the question is, do I hold back on listing new designs so that I will have new designs for future seasons?

Should I announce that some of the seasonal designs, ala my Autumn Baskets, are indeed limited editions and after this season they will no longer be available?


Should I announce that they may be available in the future but when they are gone they are gone?

Does selling a limited edition mean that I should figure out some way to number them?

I probably should include a little label in each basket, Stating my name and the year

Maybe I should should wait to see if the baskets begin to sell before I start numbering and/or labeling them.

So many questions! So many paths!

3 comments:

VioletsVintage said...

Nice baskets! Keeping things simple for buyers is a good idea.

On a Whimsey said...

Lovely baskets! You could always call them One of a Kind - never to be repeated until you settle into the selling pattern. See which ones become popular etc. Good luck!

Pat
http://onawhimsey.wordpress.com

Alison Du Bois said...

Beautiful baskets, worthy of limiting, but I'm not sure if it will do more than cause more work for you to keep track of - when you could be creating instead! Love your work:)
Alison

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