Do you shop in hobby stores?

United States
July 28, 2007 9:57pm CST
What kind of stuff do you buy? What would you like to see, that you can't find in one? I'm thinking of opening a store of my own and might expand it to online, but I want to make sure it will fly and what you would like to see in a store.
3 responses
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I am into model trains but that would be very expensive to get into. The kids love to do beading, latch hook and making necklaces and bracelets out of hemp and colored embroidery thread. My mother in law is really into scrape booking and it really seems to be a popular thing. So beading and scrape booking would probably be a good start. I see stores that are doing very well just specializing in one of those. It might be easier to start online so you can start with a smaller inventory and work up to a bigger supply and then open a retail store. Good luck and I hope this can work out for you.
• United States
5 Aug 07
It will be awhile before I can do any of this, but thanks. I too hope it can work out for me. I'd just love to have a shop of my own. And like I said, there are no decent shops around here.
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
29 Jul 07
its really fun. maybe do some market research. go to your local nursery and primary schools and ask what they use mostly for their crafting. find out where they get it and how much they pay. then offer to find it for them at a better price. just to establish a few big customers. then word of mouth will take over and the parents will come to you.
• United States
29 Jul 07
This is a really helpful tip, thank you for sharing it.
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
29 Jul 07
oh i think i may be able to help. we own a gift and hobby shop. we are closing down at present, but my parents are retiring. great sellers are... beads and scrapbooking. you should think of doing something else together with it. its very expensive to set up. wedding and kids party favors is also a winner. baking supplies as well.