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I saw somebody posted a question as to where they could sell their handmade crocheted items, but never saw an answer. So I'm asking again. I missed all the holiday craft fairs, but would like to know what venues are available to sell my handmade items. I did check out esty, but I have too many different items to post.
By Linda from Chicago IL area
I have a couple online shops (all currently empty.I've been too busy with life!), and I have friends with online shops.
In addition to etsy, there is artfire.com. Reminds me of etsy. Also lov.li I haven't been there in ages, but it used to be okay. You can sell all sorts of stuff on blujay.com, but it kind of reminds me of ebay.
Best of luck! One of my biggest items is my Valentine's Day cards, and I'm thinking about getting back into the saddle. I think things will be going into high gear for me next week when The Kid goes back to school. :-)
Put ad in news paper or online papers,good luck.
Can't you break up the items you have into categories and post them that way on Etsy? It seems the best venue to sell year round for crafters, that I've ever seen.
The other way is to google etsy, and when it pops up, check similar, but if you are dealing with an unknown site, I don't know how you research it's reputation.
Perhaps you could develop your own site through an inexpensive site.
You could write a form letter and send it to all churches in July to find out about craft bazaars, and also check local area for flea markets, though some can be seedy.
In my area there are local flea markets in the spring and summer. They have a small fee to set up, but many of them get lots of traffic. Pick a busy weekend in your area and try it out. You might want to go to the market a week or two beforehand to check it out, see what kind of traffic it gets, what others are selling, and what kind of price ranges they have.
You can bunch your things up ans sell as a lot on Craigslist.com but meet at a local business or parking lot...never at your home. You can easily set up a simple website of your own, and then advertise with us.
Ecrater.com is a good place to open your own webstore. It is a free online marketplace that you can upload pictures, enter descriptions, and pricing. There are no hosting fees and consists of a community of different types of sellers. There is also the option of ebay, artfire, and etsy.
I've done the craft sale thing. They want you to charge rumage sale prices for things that can take up to 30 hours to make. That would be less than one cent an hour for all the hard work. I think they're only thinking about how much the materials cost, not the time it takes to make something.
Does anyone make money selling crochet rugs? Is it worth all the work? I know people who sell other handmade items and they never get paid for the actual time they spend making things. I saw a thread that said to charge by the inch or the square foot. Is that how you price yours? Or do you calculate the cost of materials and the time it takes to make them?
By Lisa from OH
When pricing any of my crocheting items I usually charge by the inch, plus the cost of materials & the time it takes me to make the item.
My mom charges the cost of yarn and the time it takes by 2.5. so 4 hours would be 10 dollars plus the cost of yarn.
I charge cost of material x 3. If yarn for blanket cost me 12.00 then i would charge 36.00
I make crochet owls from home and would like a catchy name for them. Any ideas?
Wise Guy Owls
That would be a cross between owls and crochets. Corny ? Huh?
I would like to know who has successfully sold their crocheted items online and what site they used. I know there are many sites to sell on. I am trying to find out where the buyers go. Who has had great sales and what site do they use?
By Marie from Chicago, IL
Take a look at Etsy.com. Click their categories and find crochet items. It should give you a good idea how much people sell.
Try Made it Myself.com or IOffer.com
I live in Sri Lanka and I crochet doilies, table runners, etc. Any idea how I could sell my stuff?
The larger your item, the more time and materials it will take you to make. This is often too much for people to afford. In America we often feel that "fast nickles are better than slow quarters". This means that making smaller things takes you less time and costs you less, so you can charge less and sell more. I would find 10 items you can make in less than a day. Stick to those and open an Etsy store or Facebook store. Good luck!!
PS: Remember that good quality photos are key.
I love to crochet and would love to sell some of what I have done. As I am in Malaysia, what would be the best option for me to sell online and how about postal charges? Thank you!
I would try storenvy.com. you can choose which countries you want to sell to, but you have to figure out the shipping. Here in the USA, we can go online to USPS.COM and figure out the price with weight, size and how fast you want it to arrive. Hope that can help! I have my store on there (tsqualitycrochet.storenvy.com) and I only had a few sales online, most of my sells I make in person, in Facebook groups.
I need to know if there are any consignment shops in New Bern, NC. I want to consign crocheted baby blankets and adult blankets.
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I have several crochet items. How do I sell them?
Good luck. (09/18/2009)
How should I begin selling my crochet work?
By Linda from Orlando, FL
When anyone asks about selling anything, I always recommend craigslist.com
It is free to advertise whatever you have to sell, and you can include pictures. People in your area will respond to the ad, then they come to you or you can meet them in a public place to show them your crocheted items. (04/07/2009)
Craigslist is great, but it only lets you advertise in your area. If you have friends or family who might advertise in their cities, that will get you more noticed, but that is still a reach.
I suggest this great website. They take very little fee and you are seen by anyone who logs on. Give it a try? Good luck.
My wife currently is selling craft and home decor items on a relatively new site called Bonanzle.com. Bonanzle is not a bidding site like e-Bay. You price your listed items and customers either pay your list price or, make an offer which you can accept, negotiate, or reject. The cost of doing business on Bonanzle is a fraction of the fees on e-Bay.
A really nice feature is that there are posts and threads just like here. You can promote your items, ask questions, ask for advice and it seems to have the "small town" air about it. People are helpful and usually friendly. My wife spends so much time on line with the site, it's like a virtual social club.
You can "Google" Bonanzle and follow the links. Sign up, set up a "booth" and you're in business. There is a lot of support for a new vendor. You can maintain an account here and do business on e-Bay or another site, too.
By Tom D.
I am crocheting some items to sell in a local craft show. I haven't had any advice about pricing, either, but I'm going to price them at what I would be willing to pay for them if I were the buyer. Of course, I have to make a profit over and above the supplies, and my time, but I think I'll have that figured in okay - sure hope so! Ha! Good luck, and God bless you. (09/04/2007)
By Pat Giles
You can sell them on eBay. After you set up an account, you will need to look for the same thing you are selling and research what they are selling for. Take really good pictures of what you have to sell, and give a good description; and how much you want the bidding to start for the product. If you are a little scared of the process, you can put up one to sell and see how it goes. I have sold and bought on eBay and have had good success. Have a good time with it, it is exciting to see your things bid up and up. Good luck. (09/04/2007)
My friend and I set up at craft shows and sell crocheted items. We price them for the area. Some areas you can charge more, but in little towns like we set up at we figure our price by price of materials and then double or triple it. I make slippers and sell them for $2.50 because I can make 2 pair out of a skein of yarn. They sell really fast. It is kind of a try and see thing. Good luck. I sell in Michigan.
Dameemag from Rothbury, MI (09/04/2007)
I suggest just looking at what sells well on eBay to get a good idea of the market first. (09/05/2007)
Make sure you make usable products, not just decorative pieces. Slippers, pot holders, place mats, hats and scarves, and baby afghans would sell well. My grandmother had a home business making afghans, that spread just by word-of-mouth. People would pick out a pattern they liked from her small samples and tell her how big they wanted it to be. She'd tell them how much yarn to buy, they'd go to the store and buy the colors they wanted to match their homes. Then she'd make it for them and call them when it was ready. She was able to do this in her spare time while she watched TV in the evening. The business wasn't huge, but steady, and gave her spending money. (09/09/2007)
susanmajp: Do you know how much she sold them for? I have never made an afghan, but I believe I would enjoy it. But if you don't want me to use her idea that's okay by me! Thanks, Mackenzie (09/11/2007)
Post all your items on www.youcraftylot.com. It's all free to sellers at the moment.
See what sells? (11/24/2007)