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selling items at flea markets, and craft shows



 
 
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Old January 20th 04, 02:35 PM
js
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Does anyone here sell things at craft shows, flea markets, etc as a source
of income, or as a source of funds for continuing on with your addiction? If
so, what kind of things do you make, what sells well, and is it worth it?
Are people attending these things willing to pay a fair price for an item?


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Old January 20th 04, 08:04 PM
JL
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I have a little expertice in these matters. First you almost have to
draw a line between craft show and flea market and ther is also a big
difference between craft shows.
In a flea market quality doesn't always sell. I have seen some
absolute junk being sold like hot cakes. I mean it didn't make any
differance to the guy making the stuff if there was a 2 inch knot hole
in the next chunk of wood or not, that was the next piece to be cut
and folks bought the stuff. To grade the lumber #3 would have been a
compliment.The other problem with flea markets is if you do come up
with something thart sells next week everyone will be selling the same
thing only cheaper. Some of the sellers will also have acess to scraps
from some manufacturing plant so the have no marterial costs. Tough
racket but you can make money and have fun .

Craft show type 1. Good quality moderate prices. the competation may
be stiff but folks will pay for quality work but a fair prices. This
is the type of market I did business in for about 5 years. I made
childrens furniture, tables, chairs, desks, shelves, toy boxes,and
beds. All of which are a lot of work. I used pine and poplar as my
woods of choice. At that time rough poplar was cheeper than pine. The
key here is to be able to make the items fast and well. Good tools and
lots of jigs.

Craft show type 2 These are usually juryed shows, very snobbish . Yes
you get high dollar for your stuff but it hat to be almost an "object
de art" to qualify to show. You can make the same stuff but use
better woods like oak and walnut with a better finish.

Pricing
Charge what the traffic will bare. Go to these places and see what
other folks are charging. A good starting point though is 1/3
material, 1/3 labor, 1/3 profit. then adjust from there.

Bottom line: Did I enjoy it? Yes
Would I do it again? No
Did I make money? Yes
If you like long hours, hard work and get to meet a lot of interesting
people along the way, go for it.
You can make money but you'll never get rich.

Lot of luck
JL
On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 14:35:07 GMT, "js"
wrote:

Does anyone here sell things at craft shows, flea markets, etc as a source
of income, or as a source of funds for continuing on with your addiction? If
so, what kind of things do you make, what sells well, and is it worth it?
Are people attending these things willing to pay a fair price for an item?


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Old January 20th 04, 09:33 PM
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Keep in mind it's just as hard to sell a $60 dollar table as it is to sell a
$600 table. Target your customers, sell towards the upper end, and don't be
afraid to price your work where it should be.

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"js" wrote in message
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Does anyone here sell things at craft shows, flea markets, etc as a source
of income, or as a source of funds for continuing on with your addiction?

If
so, what kind of things do you make, what sells well, and is it worth it?
Are people attending these things willing to pay a fair price for an item?




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Old January 20th 04, 09:42 PM
Harry Muscle
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"Rumpty" wrote in message
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Keep in mind it's just as hard to sell a $60 dollar table as it is to sell

a
$600 table. Target your customers, sell towards the upper end, and don't

be
afraid to price your work where it should be.

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Not if you're selling a $600 dollar table for $60.

Harry




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Old January 20th 04, 11:14 PM
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LOL Harry!

My suggestion is don't waste your time selling cheap crap, go after the high
dollar market and you'll be able to buy a new truck now and then.

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"Harry Muscle" wrote in message
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"Rumpty" wrote in message
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Keep in mind it's just as hard to sell a $60 dollar table as it is to

sell
a
$600 table. Target your customers, sell towards the upper end, and

don't
be
afraid to price your work where it should be.

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Rumpty

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Not if you're selling a $600 dollar table for $60.

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Old January 21st 04, 05:34 AM
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Market is down right now and has been for the last two years. Customers are
being very picky about what they buy and at the better shows looking for
more quality. Shows that should have brought in 5x booth fee are doing 2 or
3x booth fee. Items that are unusual are going like hot cakes though. Cut
off point for most shows last year was around $50 US with items in the $20
and down range doing best. One show I did was only fair on both wholesale
and retail for most vendors, guy selling wooden hats for $600+ sold out and
had to stop taking orders. If you have good quality and a new twist to
something you can sell well at shows, or if you are cheap you can sell well
at shows, It's like any other business.
"js" wrote in message
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Does anyone here sell things at craft shows, flea markets, etc as a source
of income, or as a source of funds for continuing on with your addiction?

If
so, what kind of things do you make, what sells well, and is it worth it?
Are people attending these things willing to pay a fair price for an item?




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Old January 21st 04, 10:41 PM
David Smith
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What about selling on ebay?

Dave Smith
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Old January 22nd 04, 12:40 AM
Anthony Diodati
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Make sure you know your girlfriend REAL GOOD before you move in with her,
Tony
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I've been considering flea markets. ***********But, as I see it,
you've
pretty much got to have two people ****************- so one can take trips,
while the
other watches the goods - toilet, snack bar, check out the rest of the
place, etc. I haven't found anyone for that yet. But, I think it'd be
a good place to sell.


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Old January 22nd 04, 02:02 AM
Charlie Self
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Howard writes:


My wife sells stuff on eBay (http://www.MyNewThreads.com), and
consistently does well. However, anybody who hasn't done it tends to
seriously overestimate how much work is involved


over-estimate or under-estimate?

Charlie Self
"Character is much easier kept than recovered." Thomas Paine

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