WOYWW – little beady people

ok its a quite crafty week since my kids are on holiday and keeping me otherwise engaged, but thought i’d pop by  and let you all see what’s on my work desk —

 

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or not as  desk is a mega mess, and has been exchanged for my  ‘end of the bed workstation’. I’m very slowly working on clearing my house of all the crafty nonsense i’ve collected over the years. i’ve had some little plaster faces sat in a box for – oh so long, along with my ever growing collection of beads. so thought i’d put the two together here’s the results so far —
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thinking i might use them as pendent’s or broaches, not sure yet.

on another matter, i’ve been looking for ‘regular’ work for quite some time now- nothing happening there, and getting fed up with the ever dwindling prospects-, so  thinking i might start up some crafty business of my own in the mean time, and wondering has anyone else from the uk had much success with etsy or folsky or similar selling place.  would appreciate opinions on the best places to start!

dont forget to check out all the other desks via the stamping ground,
love and cyber hugs
see you’all

6 Comments

  1. Hello there, I haven't visited before but I'm glad I stopped by today. I have my own "craft business" making and selling felt decorations. I have a Folksy shop – which I haven't listed anything on for at least 3 years and a blogspot "shop" which I haven't updated in forever. I tend to do all of my selling through local craft fairs as there are no listing fees, percentage of sales fees, Paypal fees etc. When I first started in 2009 my first craft fair took £150 in about 3 hours – since then I can't make that in a full day of selling – a sign of the times. After 4 years of trading I am yet to be in profit but I have got to say that my business is very much part time and very seasonal (Christmas mainly – I do 4 or 5 craft fairs a year plus some incidentals at coffee mornings etc). Plus my most expensive item is £25 and my average is about £4.

    My best advice is to do some research and think very carefully about what you want to make and sell, where and how you want to sell it, check out the competition and the fees involved to see if there is room in the marketplace for your product and if it is a viable business proposition.

    Remember that in the UK you must operate within the law – as soon as you sell something which you have manufactured from some kind of raw material with the intention of making a profit you are considered to be Self Employed and must register as such and fill in a tax return every year – EVEN IF you make a loss or don't earn enough to put you over the tax threshold.

    You may also need public liability insurance for craft fairs and it is a good idea to have product liability insurance too. I have mine with Direct Line but I can only sell in the UK.

    Also bear in mind that you will have to make lots and lots of stock for craft fairs, I have found that the first one or two of a given item is fun, but the 10th or 20th is tough going :0)

    Pricing your stock IS A COMPLETE NIGHTMARE (ask anyone who does this!) you will almost certainly never be able to charge enough to cover the time you spend making things. But remember that you need to price your stock to sell. People expect to get quality hand crafted goods from craft fairs at car boot prices – this is VERY frustrating (You can probably charge more on Etsy and Folksy as these sites are frequented by buyers who understand the amount of time and effort that goes in to a piece).

    This all sounds very negative and I've probably put you off, but I don't want you to invest time, effort and money in to something without knowing some of the pitfalls. I don't know of any of the people I come across at craft fairs who can make a living from their crafting, but then look at Jan Constantine – she expected to turnover £1M on her Olympics range last year!

    I've got to say that I really enjoy doing craft fairs, and I'm quite a shy person, so didn't expect to be any good at sales patter – but I'm getting better at it!

    Hope this helps a little – just think it through very carefully and good luck if you decide to take the plunge. MMx #42

  2. Well, not much I can add to Maisie's post there, great reply and very helpful for anyone wanting to start out on their own. I have an Etsy shop, that is having my worst year EVER. I did also sell at various other venue's in real shops, till I got a bit 'odd' (couldnt deal with people anymore) that was my best selling venue, in farm shops etc. Not sure what is going on with on-line sales these days, maybe its the high cost of postage?
    My first year was good, second better last not brill and this year when I eventually get around to doing my books (which I must do soon) will deffo be a loss.
    I am also looking for a 'real' job, but not easy to find one were you dont have to deal with people LOL. (I worked for 16 years in an office on my own).

    Lynda #59

  3. Nothing really to add to the above. It is hard. I don't really make to sell but I once made cards and cakes for my GS's school fair. Cards were only a £1 and all monies to school fund only sold 15. Same with cakes. People didn't want to pay. Almost gave them away at the end.
    All the best if you decide to try. Anne x #24

  4. I love your adorable beaded faces and I think they would make fabulous brooches and pendants. I would agree with what the rest of the comments here have said, its very had to make a living selling your craft. My most successful selling product on Ebay was card kits for people to make their own cards with contents likes papers, pre-stamped images, embellishments etc. but the fees and postage were a killer. I also used to sell my cards through one of the local shops in town the sales of which basically just earned me enough to buy a few more craft items here and there. It's all food for thought I guess. Hope you have a great week and as Anne has said if you decide to give it a go I wish you every success. Danie #25

  5. It all seems very discouraging doesn't it – but it's all top advice and borne from experience…my experiences are much the same. I would add that online selling offers SO MUCH choice that making a sale from a customerwhen browsing Etsy or Folksy is unlikely..there's just tooooo many little shops and you have to get your product in their face and not have any others to compare it to.
    Take the stuff to coffee shops and the like and offer a sale or return thing – a small basket in several places will yield better returns. keep them topped up, turn over the products – if they aren't selling, change them..don't let them get dusty – people will stp looking in the basket if it doesn't change frequently. Also 'bribe' the person at the counter, after all they have to handle the payments on your absent behalf, so there's a deal to be done there. You have to have some neck gal!

  6. They would make a perfect broach! love how those turned out.

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