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  • Finally made myself a biker wallet

    I've been wanting one for a long time. I started messing around with leather working recently so I decided to make one. I'm pretty happy with it. It's my first real leather project.

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    Last edited by Tykes_Place; 02-24-2019, 12:21 AM.
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  • #2
    That's a gorgeous wallet.

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    • #3
      Wow, *really* nice job. You could sell those for a pretty penny if you wanted to.

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      • #4
        Awesome work. Attention to detail like you don't often see now days. If it wasn't for yourself I would make you an offer on it.


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        • #5
          Dude! You've got yourself a business... Right There!!! Now, I'll take mine with the RSC lemon logo on it!

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          • #6
            Awesome job!! Are you taking orders?

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            • #7
              I myself would not use a biker wallet . But, I will say you did a great job on that build!

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              • #8
                Beautiful work ! If that's your first try I can't imagine how good the next one will be !

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                • #9
                  Great work Tykes! Hidden talent for sure!

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                  • #10
                    Thanks. I've sort of thought about making stuff to sell. But I'd have to get a lot better. That will come with time and practice. But I'd also have to consider time and materials. Production stuff has a better chance of turning a profit than one-off stuff like this.

                    But if you were to commission a wallet like this, how much would you pay for it? I'm just curious.
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                    • BigPainRing
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                      Very, very nice!

                  • #11
                    Go take a look on Etsy to see what people are asking for wallets like that. You could easily get $100+. Promote the fact they're hand made, one at a time, a.k.a. boutique craftsmanship, and the slight "differences" [don't call them mistakes] are what makes them unique and more highly valued. Charge another $50 for custom jobs and you could find hipsters who'd pay $200 for one off custom wallet.

                    But $45 for RSC members of course.
                    Last edited by Doc_V; 02-24-2019, 01:07 PM.

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                    • Questcap
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                      Ya, Doc, right on... only $45 for RSC members!!! Of course!

                  • #12
                    Nice work!

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                    • #13
                      Beautiful work! I am with Doc_v. You could definitely get $100 and up depending on how ordinary or how custom you make them. Personally I don't think $300 for wallet customized to a buyer's specifications is out of the realm of possibility. My wife has a Coach wallet that sold for $300 at the time it was gifted to her and it certainly isn't as nice as what you have to do made. I would send you $50 for one with a rsc badge on it( members only deal) lol.

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                      • Questcap
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                        I like the way you think, Mitch! $50 sounds just right for RSC members!!!

                      • Tykes_Place
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                        What if I added some chrome bits? Would you go for $35? LOL

                    • #14
                      The others are absolutely right... relatively plain and simpler ones a little under $100, but as soon as you start to adorn them, you go over $100, to $125 and beyond... and, yes, $300 would become a bit of a stretch for most, for sure... But, you'd still find some takers! If you enjoy, definitely make them as you see fit, and put a price on them you'd be satisfied taking. If they don't fetch that price, you can always go lower... ya just can't go higher.

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                      • #15
                        True story: I read of a fella that wanted to learn how to make boots. A friend was so impressed with his very first pair, he wanted some, too. In little time, demand for his boots grew, and he had to make a choice... start hiring people, and run a business, or, just ramp up his price, so he only had as many orders as he wanted to be filling. End of story, he ended up charging $4,000... per boot!!! And, even took and filled orders for at least one president!

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                        • BubbaKahuna
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                          I went to high school with a guy who started modding existing golf shoes for himself & friends while still a teen.
                          He now has a multi million dollar business selling custom golf shoes to billionaires.
                          You never know when a craft type hobby will take off if it's done right.

                        • Tykes_Place
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                          I follow a guy on YouTube that makes high end bags and briefcases. They sell for $3k-$5k each.

                      • #16
                        A friend of mine... he's gone now... used to do home repair and and improvement. His work was top-drawer, but he had a heck of a time making any money at it. The competition was cut-throat, and he found it hard to win bids. I told him to get a new truck, go to make estimates dressed in a suit and carry a briefcase. Be bold and simply tell folks, if you're going for cheap, I'm not your guy... This is your home, and you want it done right... no corners cut... everything done right. State what others do to cut a corner, that isn't readily noticed, etc. Then, after you give them your bid, at what you want to get paid for the job, tell them... call me after your though dickin' around with those others, and I'll give you the best work you've ever seen, and guarantee your full satisfaction. He lost more bids than ever, BUT he started getting calls from the higher end neighborhoods, and found... he had far-less competition to have to fight against up there. He hired better hands, and paid them well... they did their work his way, to his standards... and, they all became friends, and like family!

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                        • #17
                          Just tool the HD bar & shield on it and folks will pay $400. Make 10 at the same time a production run to reduce your time and cost.

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                          • Tykes_Place
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                            I paint it orange and black. Maybe I'd get $500.

                          • Brad_G
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                            Given the $$ some will throw when it comes to their biker image I'm guessing you would get some takers. A buddy has an Indian Vintage and he saw someone who made a leather bag that mounts/ties to the backrest and rack. He gladly gave $700 for it and went to his Indian dealer to bey chonches (sp?) for it. He liked it so well he paid the guy another $250 for crash bar chaps.

                          • Tykes_Place
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                            Damn! That’s some brand pride right there!

                        • #18
                          Would you barter? I would trade one of my cutting boards for one of your hand made wallets.

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                          • Rob in FL
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                            Very nice work !

                        • #19
                          Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                          Go take a look on Etsy to see what people are asking for wallets like that. You could easily get $100+. Promote the fact they're hand made, one at a time, a.k.a. boutique craftsmanship, and the slight "differences" [don't call them mistakes] are what makes them unique and more highly valued. Charge another $50 for custom jobs and you could find hipsters who'd pay $200 for one off custom wallet.

                          But $45 for RSC members of course.
                          Yeah, I've browsed Etsy. Some of those guys are using production equipment to lower costs. I don't have that stuff. And many of the hand made items are from places like Thailand.

                          I've thought about how to price things like this. I think I have about $35 in materials. I didn't keep track of my time on this one but I'd guess about 15 hours. Let's say I want to make $20/hour.

                          Here's a standard pricing formula for hand made goods:

                          Wholesale = (Material + Labor) x 2
                          Retail = Wholesale X 2
                          So (35+300) x2 x2 = $1340. How about that?

                          Part of it would be me just getting faster through practice and repeated steps on multiple items. Like a production line. But also using equipment. Like cutting dies and sewing machines. Cutting and stitching are the two biggest time factors. Cutting dies could actually improve quality through consistency, but at the expense of some customization. And I'd have to pay for the cutting dies. Machine stitching is a LOT faster, but hand stitching is more durable over time. A quality die press and leather sewing machine would cost $3k or more.

                          So like many things, it could be jump in, or have an expensive hobby. Or like Questcap says, charge a premium for top quality handmade goods and let Etsy vendors fight over the scraps. I struck up a conversation with a saddle maker down the street from me. He was working on a custom saddle that will take him about 2 months to build. He pre-sold it for $35k.
                          Manuals, Roadwing, other stuff
                          PGR
                          PGT MT

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                          • Questcap
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                            Well, there you go!

                        • #20
                          When I do estimates for driveway/parking lot jobs in rock or asphalt I typically charge 20% over cost. But it is just an estimate. As time goes by you get better at predicting how much time and materials go into a job and helps keep you within your profit margin. There is not a lot of profit but there is some. Helps keep you competitive and keep the price down. Totally different than leather work but I would imagine the same kind of margins would apply. I really like your work. Would definitely pay $35 like you mentioned earlier but I certainly wouldn't advertise a price that low unless you can make money on it. Keep the pictures coming would love to see more. Perhaps down the road I may be able to barter with you. Definitely add some chrome trinkets,studs/upholstery tacks, skulls, really like the petina of the weathered brass though.

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