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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where can I sell my crafts/supplies? on: May 11, 2014 05:55:41 AM
I have worked up a list which I'm constantly updating.  Hope it helps!


2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: list your etsy store here! on: May 11, 2014 05:47:10 AM


3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Custom item requests falling through- What am I doing wrong? on: May 11, 2014 05:15:30 AM
I don't think you're doing anything wrong.  Unfortunately, it's just the way some people are.  I've turned many custom order requests into actual orders, but there are always those who either change their mind or who are just doing it for the sake of doing it.  Many, many people are bored and lonely and will initiate a custom order request just to "talk" to someone.  It does become annoying though.  Even though I don't have to pay the $.20 listing fee for these bogus custom listings, I spend way too much time in working up the details of the listing to have it go ignored.  But, I really don't see any way to eliminate the problem.

Just know that you're not alone.  It happens to everyone.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What r the cheapest websties for selling my crafts? on: July 27, 2013 05:38:59 AM
I would say etsy by far, but you can't just list things and expect people to buy, you need to actively market yourself. The web is a huge place and if nobody knows about you you are not going to sell your work. Join Facebook and the other social networks and direct people to your shop. Spread the word anywhere you can and list often and you should do fine. Good luck!

I TOTALLY agree with this!  Just because you elect to sell on an established site doesn't mean you're going to immediately start selling.  Etsy is huge and there are thousands upon thousands of shops which means LOTS of competition.  You can't just sit back and expect the sales to roll in.  And, you'd be surprised at how many people have never heard of Etsy.  I also sell at craft shows and people ask me if I have a website.  When I tell them I have a shop on Etsy, I kid you not, 85% of them ask "what's that, I've never heard of it".  The key is to promote yourself and your site no matter what online site you choose.  There are lots of social networks and classified ad sites that are free or very low cost.  There's also a very wide variety of online marketplaces with very varying cost structures.   

Here's a list (constantly being updated and added to) that may help:

5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: North Central / PA Craft Shows on: April 13, 2012 04:31:49 AM
I just started a new Facebook Group:  PA Craft Shows . . . .   A forum for PA crafters to share PA show information, show experiences, ideas, and tips on managing a successful craft business.

If you're already doing shows or thinking about starting, please consider joining this new FB Group!

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