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Forum topic by Rhaugs posted 03-24-2019 02:07 PM 1245 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2019 02:07 PM

Hi all,
Just curious what kids of things y’all make in order to sell? I’m thinking of starting to sell things locally via Facebook/Craiglist. I need to start pulling in some $ or my wife will sell all my tools and make me watch!

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#1 posted 03-25-2019 07:32 PM

Craigslist has dropped their craft section here. Have no idea what can expect from face book.

Here is what craft folk go to show their crafts not sure worth the effort to join and pay to post pictures.

Think need to look into these sites on line Esty , Artfire, eBay, Zibbet, and Bonanza. You can find eBay yourself, forgot about Amazon homemade but might have a look there too. To be honest lot of crafters on line and selling gets little more complicated.

Think might be better off looking at craft shows or farmers markets in your area if just getting started. Visiting these local venues and looking around to see what is being sold, talking to different vendors is best advice can give. Say you have tools but have no idea of what you make but going to places already mention might give you some ideas.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-25-2019 09:00 PM

I sell wholesale only to gift shops and furniture stores. Find a niche they want and find a way to make it fast enough to make money.

Personally if I had to spend every weekend at a craft show, I would have quit a long time ago.

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John Smith

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#3 posted 03-25-2019 09:02 PM

Rhaugs ~ there are several threads on this forum about selling items.
if you have some items that work well within your skill set and the tools
you have, you can concentrate on making them worthy of the top dollars you
need in order to make a profit.
what is the venue you want to use ??
online sales where you have to ship everything: like Etsy, Ebay, Facebook, etc
or – sell at your local flea markets and craft shows.
if you sell local, it would be to your advantage to walk around the markets on a
regular basis to see what is NOT being sold and try to corner that market.
personally, I don’t see a valid profit being made from bird houses and kids toys.
you have to investigate your area on foot to see what would bring you the best $$.$$

can you give us an idea of what you like to make and what you are good at ??
any photos of some of your projects to share?



-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#4 posted 03-25-2019 11:18 PM

I guess I’d also ask if you are seriously trying to make consistent money, or just something here and there to appease the wife… Making custom orders for things like tables and such can provide larger single paychecks, but they also are fewer to find – plus you’re always doing custom instead of mass producing…
Mass producing allows you more of an assembly line of production and less time setting up and calibrating machines in between each piece. But it also can get repetitive (like a job) and requires people to really want what you’re selling…

Then there’s the question of big v small, or type of tools, etc… I’ve seen people do good with cnc’ed items like state cut-outs with college logos, etc… at fairs, but like CW said, that means always spending time at a booth…

Bent wood rings are fairly easy and can sell for a decent profit – but you also need to be detail oriented and keep a large inventory to ensure you have the right size on hand at all times.

Really, it’s what you want/like to build and then adapting that to the local market.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#5 posted 03-26-2019 02:15 AM

and a side note:
you should purchase some books like “How to Price Your Work”
and establish a working model for your time and materials.


-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#6 posted 03-26-2019 04:45 PM

First let her sell the shoes and clothes with tags on them still, stop the makeup, hair, nail, etc.. I guess you could make wooden shoes and offset her spending.
Did she tell you how much per week you need to sell and at what profit level if not your shooting in the dark.

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