Ways to Sell Your Crafts Online and Offline

Selling crafts can be easy to do. It’s important that you know how to be versatile to please your customers. Here is a list of online and offline ways for you to sell your crafts.

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* Sell your crafts at consignment shops. This is a great place to break out into the business of selling your crafts. Since the store owners are not usually risking any of their own money for you to sell your products, you can almost always have a chance to sell what you’ve made. However, you’ll find that consignment shop fees are on the steep side. Most shops charge a third of what you make, plus a monthly fee.

* Sell through museum shops. Usually the people working in the museum shops are volunteers, making them easy to approach. They will be very helpful in letting you know the price point of their products to ensure you can sell your own products. A downside to selling here, though, is that business in museum shops is usually very slow - meaning you may not make very much money while selling there.

* Sell at craft shows near you. Here, you can get a lot of money in just a week's time of working there. You are completely in charge of your products, letting you come up with the prices and display. You may make large amounts of money while selling there, but good craft shows almost always cost hundreds of dollar to get into.

* Sell at trade shows. Selling at places like this will allow you to make a year's worth of money in just a couple days. However, like craft shows, trade shows can cost an arm and a leg to enter into.

* Sell from your own home. Even after all of the cost of advertising, you still make your money back fairly quickly. However, you’ll notice you may not have as much time with family as you may be on call for at least 12 hours a day.

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* Sell your products through eBay. By selling through eBay, there’s no waiting to know whether or not your merchandise will sell as you’ll know within a week's time. However, the people buying off of this site are looking for bargains so you might not always get what you want from the product you’re selling.

* Sell your products using Etsy. There are low start-up costs and the online support is very appealing to many people. However, to be successful when selling on Etsy, your product needs to be unique. There is a lot of competition on this site so you may not always be able to sell your merchandise.

* Sell through Amazon. Many of the handmade categories on Amazon do very well and sell for a reasonable price. You should know, though, that the fees to sell through Amazon are much higher than Etsy’s prices.

Be sure that when you are selling your products, you aren’t selling yourself short but that the prices are reasonable enough for people to want to buy your products.

 

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