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My name is Cort. I'm new to this forum. I have just completed a project that took me over two years of part time work to finish (about half that time was spent scratching my head, it was a technically difficult piece). It is a little girl's bed made in the theme of Cinderella's pumpkin carriage. It is a high end piece with a lot of complex geometry and hand work. Now the fun part is over. It's done and the not so fun part begins: marketing. I started a website http://www.sweetdreamrenderings.com/ to display it, a blogsite to help with search engine optimization and posted it on Ebay. I've never done to craft fair circuits. They look like kind of a nightmare to me but I'm looking into it. This is what I finding: anyone selling art or crafts that you can find using search words on google has been at it for years. Search engine optimization is an art and it's ever changing. What I'm looking for is a well established site that would display my work along with similar artist/craftsmen for sale for a resonable fee and circulate it to its target market. If I cannot find such a site, then maybe I need to establish one. Does anyone have any leads, suggestions, or interest in being included if I decide to get a website going? My niche is children's theme stuff. This is the first time I'm attempted to market in an elite class but this is the market I need to reach. The bed I built is being offered for $75,000.

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The link doesn't work, but I did eventually find the site though. Nice work.

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Link doesn't work for me either, in Firefox or IE.






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Wow, that is some piece.
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Just type it in, the link dont work.

That is an incredible piece, but $75K is $75K.
My suggestion would be to advertise in Architectural Digest.
Other than that, I would look up "American Craft" magazine, if they are still around and go after the major art galleries that advertise. They are very high dollar galleries. My final suggestion would be to go to the local playhouses and see if someone can get you in touch with the movie industry and try to find a place for the bed in a movie.
Thats the best I could come up with.

Wish you the best of luck.

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Very impressive. Does it knock down to get it through doorways?
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Wow, that is seriously impressive.
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Beautiful piece of work there. I would contact somebody here: sothebys.com and send them your link and maybe they would be able to point you in the right direction.

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Thanks for your feedback

Thanks for your input. There is an explanation for the price in a blog that I wrote. The piece was designed and built for a class of people that don't think of 75K the same way that you and I do. The world has a growing population of billionaires. If you had billions, what would your little girl sleep in? At least that was the way I was thinking of it. Admittedly, my entreprenurial sense is not as good as my woodworking. I've gotten nibbles on it but no one has shown me the money. My blogsite is http://sweetdreamrenderings.blogspot.com Can't explain why my link doesn't work for some of you. Might be search engine dependent. I use google and it works for me. Someone asked if it breaks down so it will fit through a door. Where were you when I needed you?
Just kidding
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Worked for me and any little girl would love one. You need an article written by a friend/journalist and published in middle east airline mag. Just the thing for that market and money does not matter.

The item is good enough for one of the top women's mags to do a feature on.
good luck, but producing one every two years will not make you rich.
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Well Cort

That is one extremely impressive piece of work. After viewing it on your link I can see why it took you two years to complete it.
As you said, it is definitely not in the realistic realm of us everyday plodders, but here are people out here who can afford and appreciate such a finely crafted piece of furniture. Good luck with selling it.

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Very, very impressive. Given the time it took you to build it, plus materials I wonder if $75K is enough. Although I can't say I would personally spend $75K on it, I'm sure someone who does weddings or other events would.
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That is a beautiful piece.I'm sure someone has the cash for it.Maybe submitting some pictures to a several magazines would help.I live in a pretty high-end area(Malibu,Beverly Hills,Manhattan Beach,Palos Verdes etc.).If you could get me some pics I could run it buy my boss and see what he thinks.I'm currently working on a tree house for adults.Some people have the coin for whatever they want.Shoot me an e-mail if you'd like.

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