Selling handmade crafts.

Making handmade crafts and selling handmade crafts are two totally different beasts.  I find it relatively easy to make the crafts with the skills that I have acquired.  I thought selling them would be easy if I used the right platforms.  Esty for example specializes in handmade products.  I have sold a few but the shipping is out of this world expensive, and then you also have the problem if when it is shipped states away they open up your well packed item and it is broken.  I have only sold two items on etsy in two years, but there is a listing fee. So shipping my crafts has not proven to be profitable.

I have looked into going to a boutique to sell my hand made crafts.   The space was tiny. It was also $75 a month just to rent the 3 foot by 4 foot by 1 foot deep space.  I had to provide my own shelving/display.   On top of paying taxes to sell the items.  I also had to pay the location 20% of each item sold.  Outlandish.  A few friends of mine also thought it was a bit much.  Did not even attempt that route.

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In 2019 I did a small craft show, there was a few involved which was not much at all.  completely reasonable.  But there were a grand total of 20 visitors for the whole craft show.  I also only sold 2 items for $5.00 each.  So that panned out to be me paying $40 to sit at a table for 6 hours.  The best part was I had two amazing friends with me the whole time completely supportive.  I had been signed up for a really big craft show in a neighboring town, then Covid 19 hit and hit hard.  No more craft shows.

What has been working just a bit is facebook marketplace.  Those interested are local and that is great.  I have in the past sat at a location for two hours waiting for someone to show for something they wanted to purchase from me, and they end up being a no show no call.  It is very frustrating.  My husband and I have finally come to the conclusion that I offer really great product for really great prices.  If someone can grasp  the concept of a great deal then they usually have no problem driving to my house to pick up the item.

I need to look into listing my items in online local yard sale sites.  I have not done this yet.  I really need to find a little more time to list the items, that is the longest process, not making the items.

Until Covid 19 clears up I guess craft shows are out.  But RickabaughReviews knows selling crafts is far harder than it looks.

Author: jeanetelouise

I see many project ideas online and I want to try them all. Watch, laugh and learn along with me.

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