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Old 10-03-2008, 08:20 AM
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Default advice for start up biz?

Hi. I posted the following 'intro' just moments ago under welcome. I'm pasting it here:

I first began using rubber stamps only a few years ago when doing art with my little girl. Rubber stamps were a great way we could both do some art with the same materials. She is now 6.

Simultaneously, I began making boxes for gifts, and subsequently to sell. These boxes are made with book binding methods and generate loads of beautiful scraps of paper. I started using rubber stamps on cards with these scraps of paper, but longed for my own art. I have done some work as an illustrator, particularly pen and ink, of fungi. I keep nature journals, do macro photography, and had recently taken a scientific illustration workshop on butterflies. This was where I thought I might be headed when the idea came to make my own rubber stamps.

I've made one 'test' run which is up at MaggieHallam.etsy.com. My second batch of art now as sheets of rubber just arrived in the mail yesterday! So you can imagine I have a lot of questions. I should also note that I live in Fairbanks, Alaska... it's isolated, and thus a bit hard to get advice, not to mention art supplies!

One question I'd love to ask is related to rubber stamps conventions/shows. I know absolutely nothing about these. I'm wondering if I should attend one? and how would I know which one? I'm unsure if I would go to be more in touch, or to actually sell my stamps.

Thanks,
Maggie
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:32 PM
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Default Five show you should try to get to...

If you can these are the five I highly recommend
1 StampawayUSA cincinatti oh
Absolutely the best show in the country.
2 Artiscape near columbus oh run by european papers
a great smaller artsy show with classes
3.Puyallup WA run by Heirloom productions
tons of great vendors
4 The Great ARt Adventure in spokane Wa
its my home show and what I think is really the future of art/stamp shows
5 Grapevine Texas heirloom production
just cause I LOVE TEXAS the people are a blast!!!!!
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:34 PM
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Default shows in general

Most of the other shows I go to are good and I would say go and support any show that is local to you. Shows are a good way to check out what the companies are doing with their own stuff and refresh yourself on stuff that you might have forgotten about.
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:36 PM
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Maggie go for fun first!!! Once you do it as a business it takes the original THRILL out of the show.
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:59 PM
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just cause I LOVE TEXAS the people are a blast
Glad youlike our 'lil' state and its citizens We always have fun when you come to visit us.

Good Luck with your new business mhallam, we'd love to see some of your creations when you get them done.
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:29 AM
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Hi Maggie, I understand what you mean by being far away and not being able to get things. I have the same problem here in Mexico. I have started my own business here in Mexico as it is difficult getting English cards here and there is a large population of gringos here. I went to a stamp convention when I lived in Florida and absolutely loved it!! So much to see and do and not enough money to get all that I wanted to buy. Had a great time and would love to attend another. There are no stamps here and I get paper by going into Guadalaraja to the paper district. Life is different here but would not change a thing except being able to buy stamping supplies.
Looking forward to seeing what you create!
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:37 PM
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Thanks so much for specific shows and other advice. I'll make it a goal to get to a show just to look. I can imagine going to sell will change the dynamic entirely, especially the first time.

Thanks for your time!
Maggie
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:47 PM
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The main thing about starting any business is do your research. Research and ask questions. find out if there is anyone doing what you are thinking about already. REsearch it pays off in the end!!!!!
Good Luck
MJ
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Old 10-04-2008, 10:04 PM
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Thanks again. I do think it's time for me to venture to a show. I feel like I have a good grasp on illustration and know the subject matter I want to depict, but I'm a little foggy on who and what people are doing with all these stamps. Seems endless. Going to a show will certainly be research. When I go home to visit family in the lower 48, I visit shops with paper and stamps. I've been very encouraged.

Maggie
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:05 AM
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Hi Maggie! If you're selling unmounted rubber it will probably be easier for you to sell at a show than with mounted rubber, simply in terms of weight and bulk to transport. I have no idea what the cost to sell at a show is, and I'm sure it varies from one to the next, but as a consumer I know I LOVE to see new, innovative and individually-owned companies that are new at the shows I attend (I'm in the North East). I've owned my own craft ribbon business for 10 years now and I have never sold at a convention because my margin is small and I just didn't think it would fly. Best to you in your new endeavor!
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