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by agesofelegance
Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:42 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: one for traderswho do both markets
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

Martin
do remember that the early year market is on 2 different weekends and I heard that TORM will be back to november again next year as well
by agesofelegance
Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:55 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taking a business the next stage
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Hi filionus and as Andrew said welcome to the insane world of small business. I would pretty much agree with everything he has said I've been SE since 1989 and before that was freelance and part time work until one day I realised that this was all I was doing so it must have become a business. It is...
by agesofelegance
Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Men Without Hats
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

I get all mine for clients from www.militarymetalwork.co.uk

Dawn
by agesofelegance
Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 21
Views: 3223

yes think I will do both eventually if needed.
The show I'm doing is an exhibition with about 200 traders but as it's not open to public but wholesale buyers they said it wasn't covered
Dawn
by agesofelegance
Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What do we get for our pitch fee ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2271

I tend to put attending shows such as Dave's etc under the marketing budget, as I never particularly have anything to sell just showing what I can do so to speak so just handing out cards and gossing. that way I don't expect any profit so can't be disappointed and any money taken is a huge bonus :-)...
by agesofelegance
Tue May 16, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Excluding and banning traders
Replies: 72
Views: 10925

As someone who was banned from trading at a particular market about 10 years ago (still not sure why never been told) then these things happen and you get on with life. It didn't put me out of business, but then I made sure it didn't. If you have a strong enough business and doing it for a living yo...
by agesofelegance
Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6348

Sally i would go for the upper bracket as well definitely worth over £35, machine made far east numbers are that price if not more on the high st and these are beautiful. I've sold fabric ones for that and more Also print out and display your blurb alongside them on the stall with the pics of you we...
by agesofelegance
Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Can anyone recommend a delivery service?
Replies: 20
Views: 2968

<Wouldn't personally touch parcelforce with a barge pole any more (too many bad experiences)*. Only use royal mail recorded or special delivery (not normal post - ditto to above)*. > Me neither I sued them for 3 grand when a parcel sent for a next saturday deleivery paying teh earth turned up soakin...
by agesofelegance
Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What's the strangest request you've had??
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Having done panto and a lot of the chorus then the oddest are probably trees, cockerels, lions and monkey's not to mention rosy radish and billy bean and panto dames. For unusual non panto I did teddy bears for EH's teddy bears picnics a few years ago for the team to wear and then a silver leather p...
by agesofelegance
Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 7137

Looking good :D

You probably also should have
swords
tents
hats (as you have shoes separate)
flags/banners

Dawn
by agesofelegance
Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 4464

I had an accountant when I first started as I was also working properly as well but ended up paying them more than I would have done tax so quickly learned to do it myself. Althoguh I've never been good at being organised monthly despite Andrew's repeated telling off's :oops: but that's usually beca...
by agesofelegance
Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 4464

sally you can offset pretrading expenses I think it's for purchases 6 months prior to starting in trade if that si still posssible for you. Shadowcat I also rarely period trade but I do event (althoguh not recently) and as I am recognised as a clothing maker then the clothes I am wearing are an adve...
by agesofelegance
Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 4464

I just do what andrew tells me to as he has the anal accoutning gene and I like collecting bits of paper :wink: On the subject of what is tax deductible just to start us off In the past I have claimed for ALL my historical gear whether tents, cauldrons, clothing etc as whether I am trading or not I ...
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 5867

if you sell stuff you need to declare it in terms of tax and NI The high amount is only for VAT purposes and that is now thankfully over £50K however loads of stuff is tax deductible and if you work form home that includes a good portion of the homestead bills. I don't necessarily call myself a trad...
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 5867

as well as the copyright and terms and conditions ones i would think
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

very clever :)
by agesofelegance
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

some of us who don't trade regularly are not members of the NMTF.
I checked it out once but wasn't really worth my while
Dawn
by agesofelegance
Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 5867

I agree if you sell anything you are a trader as you trade in goods. and are therefore a business
Sally are you sure he'll get that much make sure that are deducting everythign you are eligible for

Dawn
by agesofelegance
Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:55 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

I think a traders forum would be a good idea to help people with various issues and a as place for us to debate business problems such as this

I think Neib mentioned it on the first page as a more workable option to a guild ATM and was waiting for others to run with it
Dawn
by agesofelegance
Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

Hi Lucy Aww thanks for those compliments you are very kind & we do try :-) On thing I did want to say re the price ratio though was that the stuff you produce has to be worth that price no matter what end you are at If you make £10 shirts then the customer doen'st really expect them to last more...
by agesofelegance
Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

Hi lucy I read your post with interest as the re-enactment market has always been just a small part of my work. I came into it form the real world about 18 years ago after working both in fashion, film and theatre so charged 'real' prices which then were £15 ph. I still work in those areas I haven't...
by agesofelegance
Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 2848

I was lucky enough some years ago (1991) to be wardrobe mistress for rep theatre and we had a week in Bath. I managed to book a couple of study days and had a very nice back room visit of other stuff as well. I was just starting to do more 'real' clothes rather than just theatre pieces and was about...
by agesofelegance
Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

Hi shadowcat you have to list the main component items such as linings and top fabric. I don't think you ahev to list the trim fabric i.e braid yes the layers of labels get mighty deep. if you are suing a mixed fibre braid etc you can get a label which says 'mixed fibres' the best way to check is to...
by agesofelegance
Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

Not 100% sure of that Sally, I've a few links I can post on my computer at home so will do when I get there tomorrow. It may just be easier to put the labels in though they don't cost that much and one bathc will last a very long time Morplan however don't do 100% linen labels I've just had to had s...
by agesofelegance
Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Copyright and reconstructions
Replies: 23
Views: 6528

not to mention when you were phoned by a special effects company to find out how much it would cost to make them some buttons for Hornblower and discovered it was your button they would be sending you to copy!!!!!!! :evil: Be very careful where films are concerened folks the companies only exist dur...
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Copyright and reconstructions
Replies: 23
Views: 6528

To second Andrew's post We did a couple of Nelson uniforms last year for a client and when we asked to ahev a look at the orignial in the NMM we were told we could only if I signed a form saying I would make no more than 5 of these ever and we would ahev to pay a commisson to them on each one. As I'...
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 6692

I do both I studied fashion at college so was taught how to flat cut but when I started to make period stuff some things jsut didn't look right until i learned the art of draping etc and discovered that tape measures hadn't been invented until the 19thc so that you have to do it by eye etc to get th...
by agesofelegance
Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18620

There has form time to time been a discussion amogst traders re a michelin star type rating of levels etc and a sort of guild committee to police it but it has always foundered as being unworkable fro various reasons. I remember a long season of trying to get it sorted shortly before i stopped tradi...
by agesofelegance
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Jack of plates questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2490

I manually examined the one in edinburgh and one at the RA and was able to see construction. The plates are shown In claude blair's book and are basicly squares with holes at each corner. we used about 1200 I think The layers were different in both cases with a layer of wool in between each layer of...
by agesofelegance
Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leeds Padded Jack
Replies: 29
Views: 4226

I went and examined the Jack in Rothwell a few years ago and have the notes here somewhere although no more to add than teh Ian aves article in the Arms and Armour society journal he published it in. It is in a glass case mounted on the wall of the vestry as I recall so was only allowed to measure t...

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