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« on: March 11, 2009 11:22:08 AM »

I am a student and I also have a chronic illness that is very uncontrollable - I could be feeling well today and in hospital tomorrow. It makes it hard for me to keep a regular job like most students. I'm a big crafter, crafting is certainly work that I'm physically able to do as I can work whenever I'm well.

I would like to make some extra money to make it a little easier for me to pay my way through university. I can do a lot of crafts, but I'm not sure what kind of items people would like to buy. I have no experience in buying crafts; I always make everything I need myself. I'm not sure where to sell, maybe through the internet as there are no craft fairs in my area. I know a couple of websites where you can sell items.

I can do embroidery, sewing, quilting, am improving my knitting / crochet skills right now, and I also do a lot of papercraft. I can do a lot and I have a lot of ideas,  I just really don't know what kind of items people would buy...  Huh thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009 12:30:27 PM »

I've also got a remission/flare chronic illness - it does make work life interesting.

If I needed to get some fast cash, I honestly would start with supplies and work my way into handmade and more elaborate things. Simply papercrafted tags and cards that people could potentially customize and re-use would sell well, I think. If you can make a simple pattern for something that someone with no experience crafting could buy inexpensively and sell that in volume - that's a good idea too.

I built my main etsy biz on a foundation of sourcing and selling beads, gradually adding some jewelry and eventually transitioning to that.

I'm not trying to be discouraging about selling handmade, this is what worked for me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009 10:33:23 AM »

I second that.   I do needlefelting and other random crafts that I try to sell.  At my last fair, I decided to set out a bowl of needlefelted balls/beads that I had laying around for 75 cents a piece, and a lot of people just bought a handful of beads.   Smaller things sell better, I think, until you have built a name for yourself, so to speak.  I had a few playscapes that I had made as well, and people wanted to buy the smaller items off of them- I had an arctic scene and pond scene, and people kept buying the penguins and goldfish off of them faster than I could make more to replace them.   

Also I've noticed that artists who customize things for their customers seem to get a lot of business- people who make replicas or portraits of people's pets, or something, for example. 
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