How to Sell
This is the season for bazaars, markets, and
garage sales. You can sell your handmade items at any of these events.
Some are held outside and some are held
inside. Some allow you to sell your items without a charge and some
require you to rent a space. Watch the newspaper for upcoming events and
give them a call to see if you can sell your items. Ask if there is a
charge, is it a charitable event or will you keep all or a portion of your
proceeds? Can you share a space and split the cost? Contact craft sale or
garage sale ads; people prefer multi-family sales.
Do some research; attend some bazaars and
craft markets and see what is being offered for sale. Talk to the seller
and get an idea of what is selling successfully.
Making handmade crafts can be time consuming
and expensive. You must consider the value of your time and the cost of
making your item. If the cost of materials is high, your price must cover
this cost and add on for your time spent. Choose what you feel is a
reasonable price, deduct the cost of materials, and then divide the
balance by the time you spent making the item. You should arrive at a
profit that is reasonable for the time spent.
Final Price = Cost of Materials plus $ for
Is there enough profit to satisfy you? If
you are relaxing in front of the TV or outside on the deck when you make
your crafts, this may not be as big a consideration. If you are missing
out on other activities that you would like to do, then your time is more
Sell what you enjoy making! Crafts should
not be a chore but an enjoyable activity. You must consider what people
want to buy, the cost and time making, but crafts can be a part of your
recreation and relaxation time. Get together with friends and craft
Set up a table with your items. Stand back
and be sure that your table is pleasant to look at, that it is not so
cluttered that people can not be sure what is available. As items sell,
you can replace them. Have the price clearly marked. Be ready to answer
questions and offer suggestions. Decide ahead of time whether there is
room for bargaining in the price.
What will you do with anything that does not
sell? Much will depend on whether your bazaar and craft sales are seasonal
or whether you will sell year round. If seasonal, are your crafts easily
stored until next year or will you donate the crafts or give them away?
This must be considered in your sale price as well.
There are limitless ideas for crafts. You
can make jewellery and accessories for women, ornaments and decorations
for holidays, small toys for children, home decorative items. Choose
materials that are readily available and inexpensive. You can crochet,
knit or sew crafts or make crafts that do not require these skills. Baked
goods are always a favourite.
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