Sunday, March 7, 2010

Best Seller?

Do I have a best seller in my shop? Yes, it it my tic-tac-toe games. I made the first one because I have this list of items that I want to make. And one of them was a tic-tac-toe game. Not that I have anyone to play the game with, just wanted to make it because it was "cute".

This one was made using 7-mesh canvas and 4-ply yarn for the game board and 10-mesh canvas and embroidery floss for the game pieces. I made an small box for storage of the game pieces. I received a request to make a second one , only with different colors. So that was the start of a new line in my Etsy shop.

Little did I know that by Christmas time, every game set that I made would be sold. They are not lasting long as listing in my shop. I went from making the small butterflies and blooms set to other theme sets.

I made set with the following themes (some of them twice):
Standard Set - X's and O's in contrast colors
Anchors Away - life preservers and anchors
Christmas Sweets - Peppermints and Candy Canes
Valentine's Day - Hearts and Kisses (X's)
St Patrick's Day - Shamrocks and Gold
Easter - Bunnies and Eggs
For Spring - Baseballs and Bats

My biggest problem has been what to use for storage of the game pieces and/or set. I started making small boxes for the game pieces, which were OK but I knew I wanted something better. Then I made bags for the whole game set with a small box for the pieces. Those were OK also, but not what I really wanted. Then I made the game board into a storage box. That was great but time consuming to make. So now I'm at the point of seeing which one will sell best - bags or boxes. Which one would you want - the bags or the box?