Feedback please! What do you look for in a crop?

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Posted 1/29/2013 by scraplink in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:56:08 AM
The nearest crops I can find are an hour away.

I would like to try hosting crafting nights monthly or bi-weekly as a way to meet scrappers and work on my own albums (not as a profit-center). We have space in my husband's shop to put several tables, there is good lighting, as well as fridge, microwave, toaster oven, wi-fi. I was thinking of charging $5 and providing coffee and table space. I'd like to do a "yard sale" or "consignment" table. BYO snacks and drinks, dinner could order in or byo.

What do you think? What would you want to see/have at a crop hosted by a fellow scrapper and not a store or consultant?

Thanks in advance!!

sharon217
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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:16:26 AM
At least 4 feet of cropping space. Some crops only give you 1/2 of a 6 foot table and that is not enough space.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:24:42 AM
If you are charging, you should have some cool tools to use (Cricut, Silhouette etc) plenty of space per person and a little more than coffee.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:30:47 AM
I guess it all depends on the person.

For me, I wouldn't pay to crop at someone's house. No matter how nice, how much space, or how many tools. I have all that and more at home without having to pack up all my stuff to scrap. I have scrapped at friends' houses but that was really more of a social thing than a scrapping thing.

For me, the draw/allure of a crop is getting out of the house to spend time with other women who enjoy the same things I do, not having kids want to scrap with me (meaning I get NOTHING done!), and having a store at my disposal. If I forget something, don't have something, want something new, it's all there for my purchasing pleasure. Even at a weekend retreat, I want an onsite "store".

But things I've heard over and over on crop threads are:

ample space
lots of outlets
good lighting
good seating
noise control (no loud music, control of obnoxious guests, etc)
tools to use






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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:33:56 AM
Ample table space, good lighting and a comfy seat are most important. I think your plan sounds good. For $5 for an evening, I am not expecting too much. Maybe get a case of those small water bottles and a couple of snacks to put on the table.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:40:50 AM
I'm going to my first one on April 20. I know they serve food and have lots of space. And air conditioning because it gets hot with all those people in one room!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:54:07 PM
My LSs used to charge $10. That included pizza, dessert and a beverage plus a $5 credit in the store for the evening. I think your price is reasonable. Did you say how long the crop is? How remote is the location? I'm just wondering if there is any place to eat or buy a drink nearby. If not, you should make sure people know to bring everything they might need...personally I would not drink coffee at a crop. That might be a regional thing. Even though I try to avoid soda, at a crop I have been known to down a couple of diet cokes for caffeine! Or iced tea. I think the water suggestion is a really good one. You could even charge 50 cents if that would help. The yard sale is a good idea. I go to an all day crop 1x a year that has a yard sale. I find it useful if I don't have anything in my stash that works as I can always do a little shopping! I have never been a seller only a buyer

As to what is important to me:
Space, at least 4 feet of table space plus room for bins and totes nearby.

Good light and access to a plug for my own.

Decent chairs

Reasonable temperature

Good luck!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:50:35 PM
I go to several crops a year that are three days and also once a month to one at a church that's free. My thing is big table I use a full 6 foot and still spread to the floor. plenty of outlets, nothing worse than not being able to plug in a light or machine you need.

Comfortable seats are nice but I usually take my pillow with me so I can get by. But, being to hot drives me batty I need room to run a fan.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:53:20 PM
Even if there is no store I would pay $5 to get out of the house and have uninterrupted scrapping time so that sounds like a good price to me!
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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:24:56 PM
Good lighting, my own table and no kids


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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:32:26 AM
Do you have a small group of people you can have a dry run with for a room set-up?

Good lighting and having plenty of work space for me is key. This includes floor space for bags and not worrying about bumping into person sitting behind me.

Easy access to plugs at work stations is always a plus for me.




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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:36:56 AM

Ample table space, good lighting and a comfy seat are most important. I think your plan sounds good. For $5 for an evening, I am not expecting too much. Maybe get a case of those small water bottles and a couple of snacks to put on the table.


I totally agree! I wish you lived closer to me! I would say 5$ is a great price if you're providing coffee and maybe a light snack like peanuts/snack mix and M&M's plus your time to get it together/host the event. I would pay that.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:37:11 AM
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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:40:05 AM
The closest crops I can find are over an hour away from me...I have to spend the night at my SIL and brother's house, spend $50 in gas and $25 for a CTMH workshop pack that I probably wouldn't normally buy, plus food...needless to say, I can usually only go once every so often.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:41:35 AM
If you have a Cricut, tell everyone to bring their own carts... that would be a bonus!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:04:13 AM
Good point on the Cricut. They should bring their own mats as well. Make sure you have some tape to secure cords on the floor.

My expectations at a 3 or 4 day crop are way different As someone already said, $5 is very reasonable to get out of the house and do something I love for the day!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:15:52 AM
Do it!!! <jumping up and down>

I started out doing what you suggested (in 2001) but I didn't charge to crop at my house. I quickly outgrew my house-then moved to our local library. We outgrew that with 28 scrappers. the next step was we moved to a local church who then charged a rental fee. I then started to charge the girls $5 to crop. We have since moved from that church to a new church-located closer to a central area to access to food and ladies coming from other areas of central FL.

It's been 12 yrs. of seeing what works and what doesn't. We are non-profit and meet the second Saturday of the month-except this month-since the church has a function next weekend. We are meeting this Saturday. We also have a 2 day mini retreat crop in April and a BIG celebration in Dec. let's not forget our annual retreat in January.

If you'd like to check us out for ideas see our website here. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sunshine_Scrappers_FL/

If you'd like an outline of ideas to help organize, prize ideas, or simply helpful tips-feel free to peamail me. I'll send you things we've learned through the years that have worked.

I wish you the best-its work but its fun. I've meet many, many wonderful ladies/scrappers throughtout the yrs. Seen some get married have children, retire, move away, etc.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:45:27 PM
Hey first rule is relax...so many scrappers want a get away they are thankful for whatever you do to get them together


I host a quarterly crop for about 20 ladies for the past two years so here is what I have found worked best.

Many of the things other ladies mentioned: table space, lighting, access to electrical power, chair, not feeling crowded.

Also offering tools to share is helpful so they dont have to drag everything they own I bring my Cricut with my carts, cuttlebug and embossing folders, a few basic shaped punches and border punches. the ladies love to have access to those things. Be sure and tell them when you send out invites so they know in advance what you will have

Also if you play music for background noise, choose a variety of music to play on a low volume.

Also providing ice, cups, napkins and bottled water is nice. If they want to bring their own sodas to cut down on expense, they can still have something cold if they need it.

A small bowl of chocolate wrapped candies, gum, hard candy is nice to offer as well.

If you can, tape a plastic grocery bag beside each spot for trash..you are recyling and helping save them from getting up to go to a central trash can and it cuts down on clean up afterwards.

For $5 I don't think they will be expecting too much...just a fun night out!

I do day crops on Saturday from 9a to 9p with my ladies now because they wanted more time away if they were going to crop outside their homes. I offer subway boxed lunches, sodas, ice, cups, a make n take/demo and a few nice door prizes of the latest stuff available and charge them $30. I break even....because I pay a rental fee for the facility. I love to do this and hang out with other crafters in my area.

Hope this info helps you....just have fun, try it with a few and ask them for feedback to improve the next time.


HAPPY SCRAPPING !

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