Making money on the things you create
How to Sell Crafts
by Pam Hutzler
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You're crazy about the items that you make. And others rave about your creations as well. Maybe you'd like to move away from your 9-to-5 and sell your wares on a full-time basis. Or maybe you'd just like to make enough to buy more craft supplies without cutting into the household budget. Whatever your intentions, read on to find ways to turn a profit by selling your crafts as an artisan.
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Sell Your Crafts Online
The quickest way to get started is to begin selling online. And, probably the most well-known online marketplace to do so is Etsy. People from around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods on Etsy. Visit here to open an Etsy shop and turn your hobby into a business.
Etsy, however, is far from the only place online to sell your creations. Another great option is ArtFire . They market themselves as a place for the handcrafted and unique. Or check out Storenvy.com and Zibbet.com. If you're passionate about selling your crafts online, you can easily find an outlet to sell. Just be sure to do your research to see where others are enjoying success.
Maybe you pride yourself on your ability to upcycle items, giving things a new life and a new purpose.
There are more online selling options listed on Artsy Shark. Check out the other options they have listed to see which place best suits you and your product.
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Keep It Local
There are many craft and holiday fairs you can go to where you pay a small fee to rent a table. You can exhibit your goods and sell them. They are often held at schools or community centers on the weekends. While you are at one, ask one of the other vendors if they know when others will be held in the area. Ask who runs the show and contact them about future shows. Also, when the weather is nice, consider renting a table at a flea market or farmers' market.
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Perhaps there are retailers in your area that would be willing to take your items as part of their inventory to sell. If there are gift shops or boutiques that sell items similar to yours, contact them. They just may be interested in adding your items. You'll never know unless you ask. Be prepared to show plenty of samples of your amazing work.
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Make Yourself Known
Social media is undoubtedly one of the most effective and affordable ways to get your customers' attention. Consider establishing a presence on Pinterest. Also, you'll want start a Facebook page to showcase your items. Take photos of your items, post them, price them, send to friends, and ask them to share the page.
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Get Ready, Get Set, Sell!
Selling handmade items has never been easier than now. The demand is there. More and more people are looking for something that goes above and beyond the cheap merchandise being mass produced. Owning a one-of-kind item appeals to many. Get your products in front of this market with these helpful hints and you just may be on your way to making money with your craft.
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- Could you earn enough money being self-employed?
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- What will you create? Visit our "Crafty Savings" board today!
- Visit the TDS library for more on selling crafts.
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