Selling crafts to local stores

June 26, 2007 2:48pm CST
I have recently begun making crafts in hopes of earning an extra income by selling them to local stores and at craft shows. I know that the craft show market is very straight forward, but selling my creations to local businesses is a completely different subject. I was wondering if any of you have had any success with selling your items to businesses, and how you went about doing so.
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I seel my crafts in my own online store and at fairs. I almost sold in a local shop and thendecided against it...and here why. most shops don't outright buy your crafts. They will take them and see them on consignnment instead. The shop I was going to work with did a 50/50 consignment (50% of the mone for me and 50% for them). The items I was going to sell were so low priced ($6-$8) that I decided it wasn't worth it and I would just stick to selling on my own. For online selling I use www.etsy.com. They are really good. Here is my shop if you want to check it out too. www.effulgentcrafts.etsy.com With Etsy you can make a custom banner and name for your shop. I think is omes out looking very professional. They have have very low listing costs and fees. Give it a look.
26 Jun 07
Thanks for the information. I never thought about stores paying me after the items sold. I would definately need to have the money upfronts, so, I'll try sticking with craft fairs and online stores.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thanks for the website. I do some crafts too and was looking for a good website to sell them on.
@cutepenguin (6447)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
I haven't tried yet. I'm anxious about this step, and about trying to convince shop owners. Craft fairs are easier. There's a good post on this at posiegetscosy blog. She talks about how to approach the shop owner, and what not to do. She used to have a shop, so it's advice from the other side, so to speak. The part that I remember is to not take a bunch of stuff, rather a brochure like thing and to not be pushy. Also to ask when a good time would be.
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27 Jun 07
Thanks, I'll check out the blog.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
my mom did that for many years...she packed up her stuff and went to many different craft sales throughout the year and while she didnt get rich, she did enough business to make extra money that paid for niceties... go on line and search to see what craft sales are in your area and also ask around...after a while, my mom got to know other crafters who told her about other sales...
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26 Jun 07
Yeah, that's pretty much all I want to use the money for too.