I love making dolls and I feel very lucky to have found something that I am good at, that I enjoy and that reaches out to other people. I love handmade things and I would always prefer to be surrounded with things that are made with love and care than things made from plastic in a factory by someone who really would rather not be there.
But it is all well and good, loving handmade items, being able to afford them is quite another matter! I know the work and time and materials and all the other costs that go into making handmade items. I appreciate that they need to be priced accordingly. But I am always a little dissappointed when I look at the wonderful waldorf dolls for example on etsy and find them so, so highly priced, (even over priced at times).
I have kept the price of my dolls as low as I feel fair, I do this for two reasons. Firstly, I know what it is like to be in a low income family, to feel that beautiful, handmade items are just way beyond my price range. So I try and keep my prices as affordable as possible. I am also always open to exchange and barter (on that note the dollhouse family and the angel are still in my shop and I open to offers of exchange, please email me email@example.com).
Secondly, I would really like my dolls to be played with and used and loved and taken on muddy, dangerous adventures, and help with baking and be fed 'baby food'. I feel that if my dolls were any more expensive perhaps parents would feel less willing to let the doll go on such adventures. I know that if I payed $200 dollars for a toy, I would be pretty nervous about it being played with.
So on that note I want to announce my first pay-what-you-can doll:
If you think that Eric is just the right wee person for your family, then you can contact me either through private message on my facebook page (have you liked it yet?) or you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave details of what you can afford to pay for him (not including p&p) and how I can contact you. Please bare in mind the cost of materials when you quote what you can pay. On Easter Sunday I will randomly choose one person and list Eric reserved for them in my Etsy shop for the agreed price plus p&p. I will contact that person and you would have 24 hours to purchase Eric before he would be offered to the next person.
I hope to be able to offer more dolls this way in the future, so do keep looking at my facebook page for more info.
I would ask you to really think about what you can pay for a waldorf doll like this. If you sincerely can afford a normal priced doll I would ask you not to try and get him as a 'bargain', but to allow this offer to stay open to a family who genuinely couldn't afford normal waldorf doll prices.
...and do please feel free to share this post with anyone you feel might be interested in Eric :-)