Following on from the posts about my first craft fair experience, I've been musing on comments about where to sell my makes. This has been bubbling around in the back of my mind for a while, and I think that the sensible answer is probably going to be a mixture of every venue I can think of and a few that you might suggest to me? (Hint, Hint)
First up, eBay. I've been registered for a number of years now and selling (mostly clothes from my over-inflated wardrobes) for two. I think that I have got my selling routine down to a reasonable level of efficiency:
- take photos
- check prices for similar items
- use Turbo Lister to create listings
- upload on Sunday (still seems to be the best day of the week for 7 day clothes sales)
- check for and answer any questions
- pack, post and relist as needed, keeping a postage book for the inevitable lost in the post occasions (two so far, one eventually limped home, and the other was lost for good)
So eBay sounds a reasonable option, although I have some reservations. I would need a business account so as not to muddy the water with my own personal stuff. And that would have no feedback status, although I could link it to my personal account. My other concern is the category for hand crafted items. It's often full of items to make handcrafted items, rather than the makes themselves (excuse the hoof beats of my hobby horse here...). And the makes never seem to achieve many bids. I have bought some lovely items for pennies, which I think should sell for much more. I know that sellers are choosing their start price, but...
Then there's Etsy. Now I could (and do) spend hours on Etsy. The treasuries, the colour-based searches, the lovely, lovely makes and ingredients. I have bought some art and toiletries from the USA, and have been delighted with everything. I have to confess that Etsy makes me feel just a teeny bit inadequate. There are so many beautiful things, and I am not sure if mine are beautiful enough. Plus I have a practical issue in that my items are quite heavy, and most of the buyers are in the USA...not an ideal combination for cheap postage costs.
Folksy is the UK based version of Etsy, which was set up more recently. The number of listings is increasing well; I have just looked at homeware, which now runs close to 600 pages. Definitely worth consideration. No significant postage issues, and we know some reliable couriers for furniture.
I really enjoyed my first craft fair, and will definitely do more. I am lucky to live in a large conurbation, which makes it easy to drive to fairs across a wide geographical area. In addition, I think I will start looking for fairs other than craft; I know that there are some specialist fairs that my makes might be suited for, and I would be interested in pitching my gazebo at events that aren't necessarily fairs. (I think that might be another comedy accident waiting to happen - watch this space come Spring for the first unveiling of the gazebo.)
So - do you sell your makes? If so where? Any recommendations, or advice?