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Crafty business

If you’re really keen on making things, like me, you may at some point run out of friends and family to knit for and also start to feel guilty about the money you’re spending on your hobby. You may decide at that point to sell some of your creations. Two major issues to consider here: WHERE can you sell and WHAT are the costs.

MARKETPLACES

Craft fairs

Look for adverts for craft fairs and craft markets where you can hire a stall. Check the fee (£20 is common in the UK) and the space you are allowed (at outdoor events you may have to take your own table; halls usually have tables and chairs). Try to gauge whether the customer-base is right for you. If you don’t sell, it may not be your products or price at fault, more a case of the wrong clientele.

Online

There’s now no real need to have your own website, as there are plenty of online shopping sites you can use. Ebay looks attractive with all those visitors, BUT the listing time is quite short and there is so much stuff on there that your items may be hard to find. There are several websites dedicated to online handicraft selling. The biggest is Etsy, which is USA-based but worldwide. Then there is UK-based Folksy and the European DaWanda. Each has its own listing price structure and terms and conditions. Look at similar items already listed on these sites  to help you with pricing, descriptions and judging the type of goods which sell best.

Facebook is now entering this field, with its new service of setting up ‘shops’ for sellers.

Shops

Chat to your local knitting and gift shops. They will charge commission varying from 20% - 100%. It’s great to have your stuff in shops, but it may be tied up there for a while and you can’t really offer those items elsewhere (e.g. online) at the same time.  MORE TIPS COMING SOON.