Do you make what you love or what will sell?

United States
November 6, 2008 9:22am CST
I'm curious as to everyone's answer to this. As craft sellers, do you make the crafts you make simply because they make you happy or do you make the items you think will sell even if you don't really enjoy making them that much? When I search around for the things I want to make, I have to admit that I sometimes wonder, hmmmm if I make this will it sell. I don't make that my main reason for crafting an item, because I have found, that there is a buyer for everything. I also try to not get too caught up in crafting "fads", because they are often short lived. I do try to make what I love and if there was something I absolutely hated making, I wouldn't do it, even if it was popular. But I will say that the thought does cross my mind. How about you?
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@kedves (728)
6 Nov 08
if you make what you love people can see a difference in quality and in product. making something just to sell will not give you cause to be happy or articulate in its making. so stick to what you know and love and I am sure they will sell :)
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• United States
6 Nov 08
Well put!
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I absolutely make what I love, though I do tend to focus on the items that I love to make that will also sell. I'm a geek at heart, so a lot of what I crochet appeals to other geeks. It also happens to sell pretty well to those same geeks. :) I had some people trying to convince me once that I should make little sweaters for dogs. I just don't see the point of clothing for animals, so I never have tried to make them. I've been told they would sell like crazy, but I just wouldn't want to end up having to make more and more dog clothing. :)
• United States
6 Nov 08
LOL I'm going to have to check out your shop..I've never heard of Geek crochet LOL. Crocheting is something I am trying to learn at the moment, and it's driving me nuts.
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@sumiirajj (1983)
• India
7 Nov 08
Hi friend,If we make it for a hobby then it must be for our enjoyment but some people cant make it as a hobby and if they have to make it for an extra income or for their living then definetly it wont help them if they make what they like.As far as I am considered I would make it for my happiness if its just for happiness,or if I want to earn then even if I dont like to make that I would make up my mind and howmuch ever hard it is I would make it.thanks for sharing happy mylotting.
6 Nov 08
I make what I like, I love melting glass, when I work at the torch its all about my favorite colors or type of glass or details...what kind of mood I am in also dictates my final choices on a particular day...I used to take special orders and I stopped loving my glass...so now I only do orders if the client asks for certain colors or ideas, for example, if the buyer wants spring beads, then I make what I think feel like spring to me, since I love flowers, this is easy and fun and it sells too... I have lost a few clients over the past 7 years since I did not take the order as they wanted me to, I know I would not be melting glass now, if I had just done it for the money... Jelveh Peace
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
kymommy72, As a start I would encourage you to make what you really love and exhibit them. In this sense, you will be able to know just how relative are your works to the market. If you are really good at it, you may want to tailor make the work like personal insignias to mark the season, reason or inspiration; thus, making your work a limited and exclusive edition. As an artist, fads is relatively a no no as this shows a lack of initiative and creativity on your part. So, if you can just go ahead with what you like and show it as wide as possible. Broadcasting over the internet may also be a good consideration as you will have a wider spectrum of audience and appreciators of your works. So, be sure and would be good to have a good digital camera, here. Have a nice day.