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Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 1

Selling Crafts on Consignment Part 1

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You make a really neat Widget for a friend’s birthday. When unwrapped at the party, several guests say, “Wow~ you made that? You should sell these somewhere!” And having heard this before, you’re thinking, “Yes, I’d love to but how and where?”
First, accept the compliment. Second, folks often have no idea how hard it is to ‘break in’ somewhere, but do want to encourage or support your endeavor. I have a bit of experience in this area. Everyone’s journey will be a little different of course, but I’ll share mine. Maybe you can learn from some of my mis-steps :)
Many downtown shops love having items from local artists and crafters selling in their shop. Some reasons are: This appeals to their idea of supporting the community. It helps fill shelves without paying shipping fees. Tourists and visitors love having a memento for going home, reminding them of their recent trip.
Shops generally acquire their merchandise in two different ways; consignment and buying wholesale. This post is about the consignment route.
Back up a couple decades: I used to make Dinosaur Diaper Bags. These were Stegasaurus-type dinosaurs with four feet, a long tail and jagged teeth. They were padded, fully lined with a zipper, rope straps and large button eyes…a fun look. We had two little boys at the time; I made my own diaper bag, he was a purple dinosaur and we all liked him. End of story.
~Not quite. You see, once we had the pattern figured out, I made up two ‘prototypes’ before the purple one (a green 
dinosaur  and a blue one). We liked the purple one so that’s what we used.
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