I've been making pin cushions. Not for myself, and not something I planned on necessarily, but after my MIL passed away, we found a box in the garage labeled "pin cushion project". I remembered her telling me about this "UFO" box that was somewhere up in the garage.
She had collected objects from thrifting, estate saling, etc. (one of her favorite pastimes) and had planned to make pin cushions with them, but had never done it. A project she'd meant to start but never did. So when I saw all the cute things she'd collected, I decided to finish her "UFO" for her.
And now I think what I want to do with them is finish them all and then have a sale, and donate all the proceeds to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at the Stanford Cancer Center in her honor.
Would any of you be interested in one, or know of someone who would?
Would the best way be to list them on Etsy, or to have an instagram sale? I've seen people having destash sales, etc. over there where the first person to leave their paypal address claims an item. Do you think people would buy them? I guess I'm concerned that I'll end up with 30 homeless pin cushions.
These are the ones I have done so far. (I've trimmed them with my hub's grandmother's vintage ricrac.) They have turned out really cute. They are not super over-stuffed b/c they have walnut shells in them and it's hard to get that puffy full result with walnut shells. (She even had two bags of crushed walnut shells in her box!)
The piggie with some Joel Dewberry fabric..
The piggie's baby with some Riley Blake dots.. she's very tiny, that's a pencil in front of her..
This little British Airways Royal Dalton espresso cup with some Union Jacks..
..and this seashell with some Lucy's Crab Shack fabric..
What should I charge? Do you think $10 + 2.50 shipping would be too much? If the shipping was more, I'd just pay it out of my own pocket, and 100% of the $$ would go to pancreatic cancer research at Stanford. I don't want to charge too much but at the same time I want to make some money to donate in her honor. Her absence is felt every day, and I think she'd be ecstatic to know her project was completed and to know that they were used to pay it forward in some small way. Pancreatic cancer is an ugly beast.
If you have any feedback as to the best way to go about selling them, feel free to leave me a comment. I've never done any kind of online sale before.
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