How to Start a Craft Store

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There are many people that love the idea of making and selling their own handmade crafts for a profit. Crafts are very popular and people love buying handiwork to decorate their homes and give as gifts. If you have a creative knack, then you may consider opening your very own craft store. Here are some things that you should know.Did you know that crafting is a billion dollar industry in the United States? That is a recent finding by the Craft Organization Directors Association. In fact, they estimate that the amount that drives the craft industry is nearly twice the sales of make-up and toys. That is a big business. Of course, much of this money includes crafts that are sold from person to person and items that you can buy to make crafts. Retail crafting is a big business, too. Join the movement. Read on to learn how to start a craft store.

Things You'll Need

  • Items to sell
  • Customers
  • Place to sell

Find your niche, something that you are good at making. There are several ways you can sell your crafts. In all cases, you will want to make sure that you have a product that will sell and make enough for your initial inventory. Then market it to your clients through the following ways.

Open an actual store. If you have a good location and the right kind of financing, you can consider opening an actual store location. This will be the most difficult because it is hard to base a whole business around your own handmade crafts. However, there are ways to do it. You can sell crafts that other artisans make, sell craft accessories that you buy in bulk or offer classes and workshops at your store about making certain crafts. This is a good option if you want to make crafting your full-time job.

Sell your crafts through other business owners. If you have a craft you want to sell, but do not wish to spend the time opening and running your own store, then why not peddle your wares through local business owners. Individual business owners often buy crafts from people and sell them at their location. This is especially true for small boutique owners. Look into this option and you will save money.

Sell items at craft fairs and craft booths. There are so many craft fairs around you. You can sell your crafts at these local fairs by renting a booth. You will have to do your research and make enough crafts to sell. However, this is a very popular way that many crafters sell their items.

Sell your crafts online. Websites such as etsy and eBay are perfect avenues for selling crafts. You can set up a virtual storefront, rather than a real store front and make just as much money, if not more going this route.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you check out the laws governing a craft store in your state. Selling online has different laws, as opposed to brick-and-mortar stores.
  • Take time to make your crafts right. People will not buy poor looking items.

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