Recently, I’ve been having a little identity crisis for Thoughtfully Handmade.
As you know, my slogan is Adjustable, affordable, adorable. While you can still personalize your cards with me and they are still cute, the prices of my cards have gone up.
I was scared to do this- terrified actually. I still believe that $7 is too expensive to pay for a card, and I will never raise my prices that high. However, things have gotten more expensive and my time is now more valuable.
What do I mean? Well, I’m about to show you what happens to your money after you purchase a $5 card.
- $0.10 goes to Seniors With Skills, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping seniors engage with their local community. Read here to find out more.
- $0.90 goes to material costs. That includes the cardstock, the patterned paper, the embellishments, the ink, the stamps, the adhesive, and the envelope.
- $2.00 goes to my overhead costs. That includes my Shopify subscription to run my website, my Tailwind subscription to schedule my social media posts, flea market fees, my Omnisend subscription to send out newsletters, and other admin and marketing fees. If I were to list them all, I would be sitting here for a while. I also don't want to bore you with all the details.
- $2.00 goes to me. It typically takes me 20-30 minutes to make one card. Based on that ratio, I only get paid $4.00-$6.00 per hour! I don't even get minimum wage. It just means I need to sell a lot of cards to be able to make a profit.
Why Should You Care?
Because I am sick and tired of people coming up to me and other crafters, and complaining that our prices are too high. Or, telling me that they can make it themselves. Can you really? Do you have the time to come up with creative designs? Do you put your heart and soul into a product for your customers to enjoy? No. You don't. Please understand that you pay for more than just a card when you buy a card. You are funding a business and a livelihood. You control how much I get to eat, where I sleep, how much I can put back into this business, and how much I get to give to Seniors With Skills. So, please. For this holiday season, shop locally.
On a budget? No worries. You don't even have to buy anything to support us (although I would appreciate it if you did)! At the bare minimum, you can support local makers by following them on their social media accounts, leaving recommendations and liking their content. That helps other people see our stuff!