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The Maker's May question for today is "Who is your ideal customer?"

Anyone who buys!!!

My ideal situation would be to generate enough income from my etsy shop that I wouldn't have to dip into my Next-Thirty-Years accounts for living expenses.  But that's never happened, and it never will.  Charity knitting is where I'm at, as well as, in perfect honesty, giving my knits away.  I don't know how many students, over the years, complimented my mittens or scarf or hat. and I took it off and handed it to them.  The payoff was running into them somewhere later on, and seeing them wearing it.

All that I get from my father, who was a jeweler.  He'd offer people "special discounts" if he knew they truly wanted a piece, but were a little strapped for cash.  His favorite thing to do was deliver the jewelry to the customer, have the customer say, "Great;  how much do I owe you?"  Daddy would say, "When you get the bill, you can pay me."  Of course, a bill never came.

My mother, who saved and re-used everything, thought he was being reckless and naive, trying to buy people's friendships.  Those two were almost unfathomably different, but they had 56 years together.


  1. I love your stories of your parents - they sound so completely different, you'd think they would be at each others' throats all the time.

    Like you, I give away a lot of my knitting. Even if I've made it for myself originally ...

  2. Great stories. Love your dads generosity! Yours too


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