Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Just curious....

I have been thinking about the 2 benches I've built for family members... What if I made some of these and sold them...? Hom much would you pay for something like this? Just trying to get a feel for if I think it's worth it to make these for sale.... BTW - I am not soley responsible for these. My incredible and beautiful wife is quite the artist! I couldn't do this without her. ***She thinks I'm full of shit but I'm not... she is incredible and beautiful and I love her very much.***

23 comments:

Bridget Unnel said...

I LOVE them both!! As for cost, I have no clue. How long does it take you to make them? Is $100 fair? $200?

moodymom said...

Those are awesome!!! I know some villages both in the Chicago suburbs and Northwest Indiana have benches like yours (each one a different theme -- kind of like the Cow statue thing) and they're really cool. Where are you going to sell them? I would check in your area where they have similar benches and base your price on those prices. I think $100 or $150 is a good price. I know I'd buy one. The snowman one is incredible!!!

TrueJerseyGirl said...

I would think $100-$200 would be fair, depending on how much time it takes to make them. Would you sell them in your area or say on ebay?

Pieces of Me said...

Wow those are awesome...how big are they like can a grown person sit on them or is just for decoration..I am trying to figure out how big it is...how much does it take to make...how long, money etc...They are awesome! TTYL

Guppyman said...

Just to answer some questions:

The snowmen took me about a week to make (I can probably do it a lot faster, it was my first one), the birdhouses took two days.

Cost is about $40-$50 per bench.

Here is the scale- Here's my sister on the one I built her http://photos10.flickr.com/23778849_e9a9c203b1.jpg

What I am thinking about doing is selling them locally - craft shows mostly. If I can make it profitable to do... I might think about branching out from there. But shipping on one of these would be high.

So far, the two I have built were gifts for family members. I love doing it... getting out in the garage and building things is great! I'd love to figure out a way to turn it into a full time job. If I could turn out one of these a weekend, I'd have a nice little stock ready for a craft show in November... right at the Christmas shopping season.

Melissa said...

I would think you could get $75 to $100 each. I'm not sure how big they are. I like them. Have you thought of Dankin Hines shows? I think they are in Texas too!

Tara said...

I would say 100-125 dollars each,, figure if cost for materials is 50 then pay yourself 50-75 a piece to make them. Oh and by the way, Happy Early Birthday!

Debi said...

Those are kewl...make one that looks like a thrown for the ice princezz and we have a deal *griN*

Texas_Ivy10 said...

I'd say between $100 and $150... You would have no problems selling them!!!

Cam said...

wow. those are awesome! everyone pretty much said it all, but i just had to say how much i really like them. if you could sell them to a company that could then distribute them nationwide, i bet you could make a lot more on them as original art pieces. just an idea.

puremood said...

I say double the cost of material and there is your price. If it cost $50 to make, sell it for $100. I think $200 is way to much, JMO.

my Dad works for himself (3 different businesses, actually) and that's pretty much how it gets his final price when giving an estimate on some jobs.

I love the snowman bench! I want one LOL

Helen said...

I would pay $200 plus shipping, no problem. Test the waters on e-bay and good luck. I can't see any reason why they wouldn't sell.
Peace..............

MommaK said...

$100 easy - but you could go higher. Awesome work Gup! And Happy early Birthday. No doubt PresentStorm will make your day (and night) extra special ;-)

Claire said...

They're awesome...I have no idea what they would be worth in dollars and prices are so different here! If they were to sell over here though I would say about £30-£40!

Garnet said...

I would pay $100-#150 for the bird house one! HOW ADORABLE!!!! I'm impressed

Patsy Darling said...

They are gorgeous. Too bad I live to far away to get one.

Beanhead said...

I have seen people at craft shows here pay alot more than $200 for a similiar bench. The lady had one for the Bucs and it sold for over $400. I say go for it and see if it works! I would buy one.

-xtessa- said...

HAPPY BRITHDAY, GUPPY!!!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday guppy!

Twist of Kate said...

Hey I heard a rumor that it was your birthday...what? No self serving birthday post? AAHAHAHAHA! Just wanted to stop by and send you wonderful b-day wishes! Hope it was great!

momsgoneloony said...

I love them. You could get pretty much what everyone said for them. They have a really big show in Savannah, Christmas Made in the South and I bet you could get 200+ there for them. Happy Birthday

Miss Krys said...

Hey I live in Houston too...I think they are way cute. Let me know if you start selling them. I'd love to possibly purchase. You could definately sell them for a nice about, especially if they were customized. For example, maybe you could do charactures of someone's kids on their bench. It's a cute idea! Good luck.

Miss Krys said...

You should definately take them to some of the vendors in the Montrose area... there are tons of artsy shops over there.