Opening a craft store is my dream

@kdarrell (1566)
Canada
December 21, 2006 9:08am CST
Does anyone else here have such a similar dream? I have checked into it and it does cost a lot to start up. The inventory alone will set you back a pretty penny. So now I am looking into possibly making some crafts at home and then selling them at flea markets and craft sales. Has anyone here tried something like this?
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
I had this dream a few years ago, firstly I was going to go in with my neice, a coffee shop with shelving around the walls with our craft items for sale, that sort of fell through then I was going to go out on my own and start a gift shop with my own little Craft Corner, but things happened, family issues and such and that fell through, I am glad in a way because when I look back I don'r think I would have lasted long, a lot of those sort of shops have all gone down here in Australia, so now I just plod along and the internet has sort of taken over my interests now, I only make a few greeting cards when needed...I hope your dream comes true. It is nice making things...I have a few of my craft adventures in My Interests if you are interested...never give up your dream.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
30 Dec 06
Thanks for your response. I'm definetly going to look up your craft adventures.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Have you tried Etsy.com. Its relatively inexpensive from what I read.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
30 Dec 06
Thanks for your response, I'll check out that link.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I sell antiques and books for a living. Initially, I really wanted a shop but could never get up the seed money. So I at first sold to private people and put things in catalog auctions. Then the internet happened and things really exploded. Many of the people with shops closed them down and now sell exclusively on line. The internet in that respect, has really leveled the playing field. It's much more what you know than how much money you can put into it and I think that's a good thing. You could probably put at least some of your business on line. At least give it a try.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
27 Dec 06
Thanks for your comment. Is it very expensive to get into this online type of thing?
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
27 Dec 06
What a great idea. If this is truly what you want to do you will find a way to achieve it. You have to start somewhere. By starting out small selling at flea markets and such you will learn along the way. Have you thought about selling them on e bay or a site store? It is less costly and will reach a wider variety of potential customers. Good luck.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
27 Dec 06
Thanks for your response. I have thought of e-bay, but have never heard of a site store. But, I wouldn't know how to go about doing this. If you have any ideas or directions for me that would be great!
@madcat08 (287)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Go for it. If its your dream then do it. Sounds like a great idea to start at flea markets and craft sales,its a start.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My wife would love to do that she is into plastic Canvis and does it all winter long. she does take a break in the summer though.
@camara_me (615)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I have thought about that before along with at little sandwich and coffee shop. I live in a small town with a lot of crafty people. I think you sould follow you dreams if you can.