This item is a new, hand knitted cover for a bottle (eg wine or cordial bottle) It has been knitted in two parts - the head is a separate piece from the body so you can insert the bottle. the cover has been given cat features, a tail, ears and embroidered eyes and whiskers.
It had been knitted by a volunteer for the RSPCA charity shop on Paris St Exeter where I bought it from.
Where and how is it used?
It was given by me as a birthday present to my aunt who likes cats and bottles.
What did you or someone else pay for it?
I paid £3.00
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
I've added Kitty to the museum as that shopping trip hi-lighted some interesting perceptions around the value of hand made items and makers. The sales assistant who sold me kitty felt that the item was over priced, she suggested that £1.00 would in her opinion better reflect the value of the item, pointing out some of the 'defects' of this hand made item. This contrasted with the comment from a shop keeper and independent, designer- maker from whom I later bought a hand printed card . The card was also £3.00 but she on the other hand felt she needed to promote the card's hand - madeness as a justification for it's cost.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
A volunteer for The Little Valley Animal Centre (RSPCA)
Who was paid to make it?
What skills does it take to make it?
to be able to knit and follow a pattern
Where was it made?
Locally in or around Exeter
What does it cost to make it?
made from left over or recycled yarn so negligable cost
What is it made from?
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
The charity shop manager
Who or what assesses its quality?
The charity shop manager and other staff
Where is it sold?
RSPCA charity shop Paris St Exeter
Who or what sells it?
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
A volunteer knitted it in her home and then took it into the shop
Where is it used?
It is used by my aunt as a fun bottle cover probably on a bottle of wine when she has friends over.
Where is it kept?
How and by whom is it cared for?
Kitty is probably very low maintinance but if my aunt needed to kitty could be washed
How long will it last?
it should last at least a couple of decades
Where will it go when it's finished with?
When my aunt has finished with it it will probably go back to a charity shop
What is it worth?
every penny of the £3.00 I paid for it
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Question: Why did the sales assistant in the charity shop question the £3.00 being charged for Kitty when it would clearly have taken her colleague a few hours to make and deliver the item to the shop?
Yes, it probably works out at about 10% of minimum wage if you're lucky. People don't value the time it takes to make handmade things. Perceptions of value seem to have been eroded by mass-production and inhumane labour markets around the world.
People see charity shop as a cheap option and forget that it is for charity. I once witness a woman (in Topsham) try to haggle on the price of a mirror... the hag