Did you ever pick up a used pattern and get ready to sew and find out that there is one lousy piece missing? Sometimes it’s just a patch pocket and you can improvise, but sometimes it’s something more important. Nobody likes that, so most shoppers like to buy uncut patterns. Cut patterns are hard to sell because a seller needs to count all the pieces first to make sure they are all there. Counting means unfolding and re-folding and maybe getting out the iron… And selling patterns on most marketplaces can have high overhead costs (listing fees, final value fees, shipping expenses), which is why many pattern sellers don’t even list them at all unless they can get a minimum price.
People don’t mind buying cut patterns if they are cheap enough to offset the risk of the pattern missing a piece. But they want to be able to search for the pattern they want, not to buy a whole box of patterns (and pay to ship all that) to get the one pattern they are looking for.
I don’t know how I managed to acquire so many cut patterns, but they are taking over! Sometimes I buy them by accident. I think they are uncut but when I get them home to take a better look, I find that they are not. Sometimes I buy a big box of patterns and some of them are cut and some of them are not. Sometimes people just give them to me because they don’t know what to do with them. I can’t just throw them away, but I can’t hoard them either!
I’ve opened another store (I know, I know…) on eCRATER because the only fees are the ones charged by my payment processor. (I use Stripe, in case you want to know.) I can list all I want, and I can send listings to Google and Pinterest. If you follow my “Pattern Pieces” board on Pinterest, you will see patterns as I add them.
I am charging 50 cents a pattern to cover my payment processing costs. $3.00 covers shipping in the USA with tracking and an envelope. I’ve got it set up to combine shipping costs. 🙂 I hope to break even on the cut patterns, and to make sewists happy. Plus, this finally gave me the kick in the rear that I needed to open my own web store.
I’ll be moving some other merchandise over there too at discounted prices. I expect most of my customers to be people who already know me from my other stores, bargain shoppers, and other pattern sellers looking for missing pieces.
Here’s a screenshot:
I’ll keep adding patterns and other stuff as I go along.