|Hands of the dollmaker at work...|
"I really love your work. Your dolls are so amazing and truly unique. I would love to order a number (one of each skin tone maybe) of them to
a) sell them in my online/brick and mortar shop
b) give one to each of my kids, nieces, and nephews
c) put them in my brandnew daycare
How much of a discount could I get if I bought 3 or 4 of your dolls?"
Sigh! How does one answer them politely? On the one hand, of course, one desperately needs business, and I would love to sell a large quantity of anything. But it's not like I am a machine and can whip out 3 or 4 dolls faster by producing them in large quantities. Each doll takes about 8-10 hours. Please, see my blog post on "How long does it take to make a German Doll?"
Trust me, I have looked at it from all angles. Even if I got my supplies for free - mind you I use organic dollskin and sheepswoll of the highest quality - I could not charge less money per doll. My hourly wages are something I try not think about too much or I'd get totally depressed. I have not managed to hire a herd of stay-at-home mommies and grannies to sew and knit for me, nor do I run a little sweatshop over here. I do every single stitch myself! From the tiniest needle felted doll shoe decoration to top the top of the head, my dolls are made by your's truly. I am not sure why my unique handmade Waldorf style dolls don't fetch over $2000 on Ebay yet. I suppose I have to work on becoming a fad...
I make dolls because I love making them. I make dolls because I love receiving pictures of happy kiddos playing with a unique doll I created especially for them. Hopefully, when you browse my virtual Etsy and Artfire store shelves you will find something that makes your heart sing - the way mine does when I create my little works of art.