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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Calendar or No Calendar, that is the question

As this year comes to a close (soon) I have a decision. Last year I made a calendar and with all the expenses involved, I barely broke even. I've enjoyed my calendar and was wanting to do another one. This years will be a bit different.

I'm providing all the pictures myself (I ran into some problems last year with one of the entries that was chosen).

And the other big change will be that the paper will not be the heavy card stock, like last year.

So my question is. Should I do the calender or not. I guess what I'm asking is if I did one, would anyone buy it? I need to at least break even. I'm showing a sneak preview of a section of the one I've designed. The price would be $11.00 ea. If it's something you think you'd want, leave me a comment, and I can see how many or if I should order them. Remember there is no commitment to your comment, I'm just trying to decide if I should do this again or not.

Thank you for your help.


Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

I am glad to know about your store. My family is up above Mt. Vernon in Bogata/Deport/Cuthand area so next time we go up that way we will check you out! Thanks for highlighting all the junk havens.

Debbie P. said...

I don't know that I'd bother with the calendar; but maybe you could also sell them at your booths and on other blogs/websites. What about finding a way to make the calendar itself look old, tattered and vintage? That book you just made comes to mind. I like the weathered look of the pages and the fonts you used. As creative as you are, something will come to mind!

Polly said...

Hey Margo, I for one have enjoyed my calendar all year long, but I have a different idea for you. What if you designed the calendar for an online download? That way, the flea markets and such that you list on them can be updated, and new ones can be added as people tell you about them. You can charge for the download, and then people can print out a month at a time, add their own appointments and commitments to them (before they print them), etc. People can print them on whatever kind of paper they want to, embellish them, etc.

I like to be able to keep up with what markets are where, and we hear about new ones all year long, so it would be easy to add them to an online calendar. You could do 3 months at a time instead of having to plan the whole year's happenings at once.

Just a thought.

Cindy from Chippewa Creek said...

I like Polly's idea.....that is definitely something to ponder.

Or check into something like You supply the pics, etc. and as they are ordered (directly from cafepress), they are printed and delivered right to the customer. There's no upfront costs, it's taken out of the sale. If you wanted some for selling at your sales, you could simply order some.

Good luck with your decision! There are a few blogs this year that have posed this same question. It seems technology has taken over even the calendar......

alice said...

I agree with Polly and Cindy,
I think the download idea is a good one. I know what you meant by the expense. I am sure if you counted all your TIME you would have been in the hole. Good luck!
smiles, alice

sue said...

Chiming in late but I LOVED my calendar. I was just about to email you a photo.... I'm going to email you separately about another idea....

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