Like most on this forum, I love making things just for the fun of making them. I have a little Etsy shop (sorry, have to plug it: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FerociousMellow) where I’ve sold enough items to make me feel like a “real” artist. I’m not in it for the money. The biggest kick I get out of my Etsy shop is seeing real people actually using and liking what I’ve made.
I was thrilled to sell my first lamp, and the day it arrived at the purchaser’s house, she loved it so much she bought two more! woooo hoooo! I was so thrilled, that I was tempted to quit my day job, until I realized that my hourly wage, even if I sell everything I make, would be about ten cents an hour.
In preparing the Glowforge “nursery” I’ve been cleaning out my studio, and I’ve found tons of items that are too good to throw away, but either not quite good enough to sell, or just don’t fit my shop anymore (ex: I used to make necklaces, but I don’t want to sell them anymore.)
I’ve foisted lots of these “extras” on friends and family, and they accept them graciously, but I hate the thought that what I intend to be a gift feels to them like a burden, as in, “oh, no, not another necklace from my aunt! I’ll have to wear it in front of her just once before I can throw it out.”
I’d love to give some of this stuff to charity, but I don’t know if Goodwill or The Discover Store really wants/needs this stuff.
What do you do with the things you make by hand but don’t want to sell when they’re just too nice to throw out? I hate to have them collecting dust (and taking up future GF space) when there might be someone out there who might want them.