When you think of options for selling crafts in person, your first thought may be “at a craft fair.” And then you might be stumped on other places.
Here are a few ideas:
Selling At Stores – Do you have any cute boutiques or restaurants in your area that are community focused? Ask if you can set up a display of your products. This can be a temporary display, where you are present and are selling face-to-face to customers, or it can be a permanent display where you leave the merchandise and come back to re-stock and collect payment. Either way, you’ll want to give the owner of the establishment a commission for allowing you to do this.
Local Museums – Do you have any local museums? Contact them and ask if they allow local artists to sell their products in the gift shop. Your craft is an art form!
Community Events – Keep an eye out for local community events. Many of them have vendor space. This is going to put you in front of a new group of people. Some of these people will have never been to a craft fair and may not even know what Etsy is. Some of these events may be a flop. But some of the people coming to these events may be very interested in your craft, and turn out to be great customers.
Fundraisers – I’m sure there are many organizations in your area that raise money through fundraisers. Would you be able to donate 10% or 15% of your profits to their cause if they sold your products through a fundraiser? If so, contact some of these groups and let them know you’d like to team up. Make sure it’s something you could realistically afford to do and that you could meet the demand of the orders.
By Crissy Herron, www.IndieBizChicks.com
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