Over the last holiday season I set up at a craft/vendor event 5 weekends in a row. I love interacting with those who stop by my display because I like to hear and see their response to my product. This helps me to better my product, my line, and to better design with my customers in mind.
I get asked a lot of different questions while at these events, as well as by those who know me personally. The number one question I get is -
Did you make all this?!
The first couple times I heard it I was a bit stunned. Here I was, sitting at this table covered in yarn goodness while knitting, and I'm asked if I made it all.
You would think in an age when, I believe, handmade and do-it-yourself is making a comeback that the answer to this question would be a no-brainer. I do, in fact, make everything I sell. I make everything but the yarn itself and other little doodads that I may add to it.
I think the reason it baffles people is due to the quantity and variety of what I make. They then wonder when I find time to make it all and assume that I do nothing but wrap myself up in yarn all day. [I wish!!]
I then, kindly, reply by telling them that I do make everything they see on my table and that I have built up my inventory over the course of many weeks and months, while taking care of two children, doing childcare for other children, running my CsqDesigns shop & blog, and now working another job part-time. I'm doing anything but sitting around with my knitting all day, even though many days I would love for nothing more.
What are some common questions you hear from your customers?