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Sell your crafts by consignment

One of the ways I started my craft business was through something called consignment. All this means is that you allow a business to display your products in their store - if they sell it, they get to keep an agreed upon portion of the sale.

For example, I used to build a lot of Adirondack chairs, wishing wells, and other lawn furniture. I found a few local shed dealers that also sold these items. I just went in one day and asked the owners if they were interested in selling my products, and they were happy to. I told them how much I wanted for each item, and they marked them up for whatever they thought they could get. If the item sold, they kept their profit and I got my price. Simple, right?

With consignment, you get a lot of exposure and you don't even have to be there.

You can usually find local businesses that are interested in a supply of fresh ideas. There's little risk for them - it costs them nothing, and if the item sells they make a profit. They won’t even have to pay shipping costs since you'll be bringing your products directly to them. It's a win-win situation for you and the store.

Once you find a shop or storefront that will do consignment, make sure you get a written receipt for whatever you bring them. It should list the item and what price you've agreed on. As with any business, keep good records and save copies of any documentation. If you've got a good product, it won't be long before you'll be getting calls for more!

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