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Topic: Need tips from crafters who sell their wares

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Subject: Need tips from crafters who sell their wares
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2007
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My husband and I enjoy making jewelry.  We each have our specialty.   I make jewelry with vintage buttons and beads and he works in exotic woods and nature materials.   We have been considering trying to sell what we make, but have not found a place that isn't a huge hassle, such as the flea market that is a half an hour's drive away at an old drive in theatre.  Once you've set up, had your displays blown over and baked in the sun or had your items soaked by  torrential rain you suddenly ask yourself what you're there for.

 Places like Etsy are nice, but there is way too much competition there.  How do others get their products in front of customers?

Date Posted: 6/13/2009 8:22 AM ET
Member Since: 5/11/2009
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Have you tried Ebay?  I have sold misc. items on ebay and had great success. 

Also - There are some specialty shoppes who offer items from local craftsmen.  I've never sold anything like this but I have seen items from local craftsmen in several different shoppes in our area.  We don't live in a major metro area, but a rather small southern town.  You might check with local shoppes in your area.  

Do you have a website? 

 

 

Subject: Where to Sell Handmade Items
Date Posted: 6/17/2009 2:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2009
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This is probably the worst time to try and sell handmade items.  No one is buying, or few are.  I have sold on Etsy, but only during the Holidays.  I used to sell on ebay for years, but now it is hard to sell on there unless you are giving it away.  I personally have gone to shops and galleries to sell my items, I make pine needle baskets and gourd art, and also do shows only in the Fall.  One thing to consider, jewelry is very popular, but there are so many making jewelry, that a lot of the craft shows are limiting jewelry unless you have something very special.

I have my own website, but rarely get anything there.  You really have to promote there.  I suggest using this time to make your items, then try to find craft shows coming up for this fall, when maybe people will dig in their pockets and spend for Christmas.  Best of luck!  We're all in the same boat.