Today, I was working on putting my new Too Cute to Spook Centers together, and as I littered my dinette with cardstock, I was thinking a lot about blogging and TpT. When I started blogging in October 2010, I never imagined that I would be writing to such a large audience. I never imagined that so many people would use my resources. It hit me that somewhere out there... in this big 'ole world... it was quite possible that another teacher's table was littered with my centers too. Then it hit me that this is serious business. Not only do my resources impact MY classroom and MY kiddos... they impact yours too.
So, I started thinking about the whole journey. Blogging. Creating. Reviewing. TpT. Friendships. The whole she'bang! Then, I immediately started slashing prices. Aside from my dollar deals and freebies, everything else in my store has an adjusted price. Honestly, pricing products is tricky business, and I have struggled with it ever since I opened my store. I try to look at what everyone else is doing and consider all of the factors that impact pricing. I struggle because I don't want to underprice (my most recent centers ended up costing $35.00 to make... and several HOURS), but I also don't want to charge an arm and a leg for resources that still need to be printed out... laminated... and cut out. (As evidenced below...) So, to make a very long story short, I've decided to drop prices, permanently. When it comes down to it... TpT is NOT all about making money. It's all about helping kiddos and teachers. I want to make my resources more accessible. I hope you enjoy my "sale"! I noticed that the prices are SLOWLY showing up, so don't be alarmed if it doesn't show up right away.
Oh, and if you're interested in taking a closer look at the "Too Cute to Spook" Centers... I snapped a few from the work station today! :) I trim around everything first so I can laminate three sheets at a time. I cut them out once they are laminated. This makes the laminating process faster and less wasteful. I laminate a lot... but I don't ever want to waste resources that my colleagues use too! :) I should also note that while taking these photographs.... I realized that I forgot to print a few of the orange student direction sheets. Oops! Guess what I was doing shortly afterward?! Printing those bad boys O-U-T! :)
Eventually, my piles were tamed... materials were put into piles and baggies... and my table was cleared. Of course, the whole time, I was being watched. Supervised, perhaps.
Today, I learned why the saying, "watching like a hawk" exists, because THIS GUY watched me the entire time! Ha! I tried to creep closer to the window for a picture after the table was cleared, but I startled him. Drat! Happy Sunday, friends!