There's got to be a big market for it. You might be able to go through the catalogs and such and put together a presentation, like a one sheet page for each theme so you can show people their options. Then if they decide to book you for the birthday, get a at least a deposit that would cover the cost of what you need to buy for it. I don't know if I'm explaining it very well.
Here's where the thought came from. My friend is a painter. Before he buys anything for a job, he gets a deposit from the client to cover the painting supplies he has to buy. The deposit is nonrefundable. It's usually 30% of the total price he's charging for the job.
That might make the initial cost of buying things a little easier.
You can always try talking to crafters at shows in your area, just to get an idea of what they do business wise. But beware...a lot of the crafters will treat you like a baby who could never understand the "serious" crafting they do. I used to ask a lot of questions at the craft shows when I was the same age as you. Some of the crafters were down right mean. But every once and a while, you'll find a good crafter who will not only give you advice, but will be able to boost your confidence too.
As for sales tax...if it is a true consignment shop-as in you deliver the products and they handle all the rest including sales-the shop is responsible for dealing with sales tax. In other words, whoever sells it must collect the tax at the point of sales. There's a lot of consignment variations online. So always ask questions and get spacifics for whoever you consign with.
I wish you the best of luck. If nothing else works with your parents, you can always tell them you want to sell your stuff to raise money for a local charity.
Thanks for the comments...if anyone finds any errors in the pattern please let me know.
Oh, and just so there's no confusion...the other patterns on my site are not mine, just the lighthouse so far. The rest are links to patterns I liked on other sites. So, no the turtle isn't mine...I wish it was cause he's so cute.
After searching forever for a crochet lighthouse pattern, I finally gave up the search. So far this is what I've come up with. It looks a little lumby in person, but that's just because I'm not used to stuffing things yet. Here's one of them. I made a black and white stripped one that looks nice, but didn't take a photo.
Okay, well I didn't come up with anything as original as you guys. My goal is to open a brick and mortar store that sells handmade crafts, but I'm starting it on-line with just my stuff first. So I needed a name that would fit both stores.
The biggest problem was finding a name that I could use as a my URL. The first 50 or so names I came up with were not available as domain names. Eventually I ended up with Craft Treasures. Which I actually like. And both words seem to fit with the nautical theme. Craft like a boat, treasures, like pirate treasures. In the end it fits well with the "handmade gifts and crafts from the Jersey Shore" theme. And most importantly, the domain name was available.
Like I said, I was no where near as creative with the name as the rest of you were.
The only question I know anything about is the DBA (registering your trade name). Here in Jersey (and probably TX) when you record the name at the county clerk's office, it's only going to protect your name in that county. If you want to insure that no one in the state can use the name, you need to record the name at the state level. Not sure how to do that, since I haven't done that.
That's it. That's all I know. One place you can go to for answers to most of your technical business questions is SCORE. They provide free counseling to small business owners, especially to those in the "planning stage". They have chapters throughout the US. There should be one near you. Just go to score.org and look for a chapter in your area.
I'm not really sure how well that would go over. Or if it would do any good for your business. As for the promo items increasing sales, it would probably be better to include that stuff when you ship an order to someone, or put it in the bag when you sell something at a show. Of course, that's asuming that you are trying to promote your business.