I make farmhouse style aprons, the kind that the farm wives wore around the 1930's. I would like to market them, and wonder if anyone has some ideas on how. I have already put them in a store for consignment, and have a booth in the local antique/flea market, but would like a broader market, as this is what I do to help with our finances. A job outside of the home is not feasible at this time. I do them in a variety of different fabrics, and I charge $20 each (plus shipping if I have to mail them). Thanks for your help!
Grandma D. from Colorado
You could look into selling on a site called etsy.com where people sell what they make. Google it and see if it is what you are looking for.
etsy.com is a great place to sell. also ebay to sell them. this particular item would sell well in the catagory which is crafts/handmadeitems/other i sew and sell all my items on ebay and do quite well. the craft catagory sells best for mine after you find that section you can then choose what section your items would go well in. you can list an item as little as 40 cent per item for a 7 day run. i think you could also start your own web page and advertize them for sale. i believe angelfire offers free web pages.
Hi, you could try selling them on Etsy.com. The fees are REALLY inexpensive tolist and they stay listed for 6 months unlike Ebay. I have a store there for crafts too www.Kimscustomcaps.etsy.com. Good luck!
Get a free website and advertise!
Have you thought about selling them at a Senior Center in your town. Maybe setting up a booth at the big malls when they do their Christmas booths!! Or maybe at your town fair when it comes around. If you live in a big town travel to the small towns around your house.
Try www.etsy.com. This great Web site allows craftspeople worldwide to post their handmade goods for sale. 20 cents fee per item posted, plus a small percentage from the final sale. Some neat items--and I've seen aprons posted there.
You could sell them on eBay. That would be a very broad market! Do you have any pictures or examples? I would be interested in purchasing one myself. Thanks! e-mail mason_jayme at hotmail dot com.
Try making them sports themed.Nascar,Football,or basketball. Also college teams.I know this is a big seller because I have aprons for my favorite nascar team,know others who also have.Some people like me will buy items like this to wear on race day or game day.I always wear mine when we have a crowd over to watch the race.A friend bought me mine at a farmers market in Tennessee.All because she knows I'm a big Nascar fan.The material she used to make the apron was purchased at Walmart because I bought the same material to make curtains for my Tony Stewart room.Hope this gives you some ideas.
angela hickory n.c.
Hey! I want one!
Thank each of you for taking the time to help me out here, I really do appreciate it and it is so encouraging!
Jayme and Momma30, I've emailed you regarding the aprons, thanks :)
I'd like one too - my email: pikkymama AT sbcglobal.net
I emailed you, pickkymama :)
I'm considering the ebay idea, especially since I have several auctions going right now. As for etsy, I think I need to 'research' it a little more fully before doing that. For those who have an interest in these for themselves, my email is savedtoserve5 at kci dot net, and thank you to those who have already contacted me :) Sometimes it is kind of hard in this "walmart" world to market a small item like this - places like Thrifty Fun, and folks like you make that burden lighter, thank you :)
I sell on Etsy and love it!
No more hauling all of my crafts to shows! I just post my items on Etsy and they are on display 24/7.
There is no setup fee for your shop, just $.20 per lising and 3.5% of the price when it sells.
And you are marketing to the whole world :D
Take a look at this link to find other places that you'll be able to sell your aprons. I recommend having them on more than one site.
Look up the information for selling your products on Google Base. It is fairly easy to set up, and there is no fee for the ads. You can place an ad for 30 days, and then you can repeat it after it expires if you like. If you need more information, contact me by email through Thrifty Fun.
Harlean from Arkansas
But I must add that putting this information in Thrifty Fun will be most helpful. After sharing pictures of my yard art, I have had many, many inquiries, and have had orders from several. Many thanks to Susan and her staff.
Sell the patterns, rather then the sewn apron.
I did the GoogleBase http://base.google.com/base/a/2978566/D5583322401307644335 and that was simple enough, thank goodness, lol
I'm considering selling the aprons as kits. If I can write a decent set of directions, that might help :D As for selling the pattern, that might be an idea, too. Have to look into that more as well. Thank you everyone for your help!
Here is some samples of fabric I have on hand.
The sunflower one is taken by a dear lady right here at Thrifty fun :)
The bakery in my town has retro skirt aprons for sale. They're supposedly made in the past, but all are different and in perfect shape.
I wish you well but sometimes your product has to be really special and something no one else has to offer in order to really be able to sell. I've made purses and sold them really cheap but still has lots to get rid of. I sew linings, pockets, nice magnet closures , beaded handles and cute embellishments and still have a hard time selling for $6.00.
It takes a lot of time but if you have time you should do it. I got my fabric for free from a furniture store. That's why i started making purses. Maybe if you know someone who owns a local craft store you could work something out with her. Maybe pay rent or commission on your sales. Better yet if you have a close friend that works somewhere like a hair salon she would sell them for free.
Anyway, I wish you well. I had the most fun setting up at local small town festivals in the summer. My cousin made dog scarves. She and I had a gas watching the people.Usually the tables are cheap for a spot and it's very fun talking to all the people that walk by.
The sports theme was a good suggestion. You should make bigger ones for the men that like to grill and tail gate at football games. I'd make the neck strap adjustable......maybe with hook and loop tabs. You've got lots of ideas now to work with. That should keep you busy all winter.
Thanks for the ideas, Sewing Granny :)
The aprons are pretty fair sized now, they would fit almost anyone, and as for velcro, I've tried that and am not pleased with it. It sews poorly and lints up badly in the wash, which inevitably gives the buyer a poor memory of workmanship. I know, because I have one myself, lol.
It's funny you would mention "hair salon" as I am going to be taking some down to ours this week - one of the gals that cuts my young niece's hair said she'd love to see them, and the rest joined in :)
We live in a small town, and have about one time a year we can rent a booth, which is at Octoberfest. This year the cost was $60 for a 5 x 7' area for 8 hours, which was a bit too steep for my blood at this point. That's why I'm searching for some marketing ideas that don't involve sitting out in the cold while the wind blows and the crowds are thin (we really need a different time of year for a "festival" lol). Through all this, I've met some of the nicest people here, as well as utilizing some really good ideas.
Do you have any pictures of your purses? They sound quite intriguing!
Those would go great for people who have the primitive decor. I sell aprons to a local primitive shop. Many places like that will buy they wholesale or take them on consignment. On consignment you can get more money out of them but you don't get the cash until they sell. Just a thought.
Have you put adds in local news papers? I use to sell Shakley products. I went to all the laundry mats (where people wash clothes) every2 hours every day. I made very good money, (hundred $ aday) that ant bad, old saying. You have to go where people are. I also made fliers and put them on cars in parking lots ,at malls, fair grounds, etc. Have you put any in fabric stores? Do you have a web page? You can make it. I'm the designer of Dropseat Jumpsuits. I'm retired. The pattern is for sale, good luck.
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