Monday, September 28, 2009

How to Sell Your Handmade Products

Information on how to sell your handmade products:

If you are a crafter and not too sure how to sell your products. There are many ways to do it.

You could consign your products to boutiques or department stores. You have to be careful with consignment, because sometimes your product may get misplaced, or they may not present your merchandise the way you want it.

They may ask for 50%, that's if you will want to have an equal share. Some people may ask for 30% to 40% which is more reasonable. Because it is only fair for you to get the higher amount, since you are the designer and you purchased your material to make your products. If you are not happy with consignment, you could try other ways.

Some stores may offer to purchase your merchandise wholesale, this is OK, if you are ready for this. You have to know how much you are going to charge for your products. Keep a tract of how much it cost you to make your jewelry, your time and then you could figure out how much you are going to charge wholesale.

Maybe wholesale will be too confusing for you. You have to be prepared to make more merchandise in case they offer to purchase a high amount.

Some small boutiques like to order one of a kind piece. This might be easier for you.

Home parties are much fun, you could have a party at home and invite your customers, friends and family to come and support you. You could ask them to give you a party and offer them some free jewelry or a discount on what they purchased, or a percent of your sales. Whichever one you feel comfortable with. I usually prefer to offer them free jewelry. You could serve some drinks, crackers and cheese, fruits, & hors d'oeuvres.

Street fairs are fun to do, I usually try to do the ones that are popular with a big crowd and reasonable price. Some street fairs cost too much money and they may not be profitable to you. I like to pick and choose what fairs to do. You could get a list of street fairs on the internet, and follow the instructions on how to sign up to be a vendor for the fairs. When you print the list of street fairs on the internet, you should research them. Check out the type of crowd and the distance for the fair.

Here are some other ways you could sell your merchandise.

1. Sell to Stores
2. Consignment
3. Home Parties
4. Street Fairs
5. Your Own Website
6. Online Marketing & Advertising
7. Craft Shows
8. Flea Markets
9. Barter Hope this information was helpful to you. Angela Maynard, www.angelawcdesigns.com

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