All That Spare Crochet Stuff

By Veronica Smith – 5 Comments

Okay, I have been going through Crochet Spot’s freebies and the store, AGAIN, and remembering the things I have made from them. What have I discovered? I have realized that some of the patterns are very addictive and you cannot stop at one. I mean who can resist those cute little chickens, or the scarves, beanies and doilies? They all make up really quickly and use different yarns and suddenly they are all different.

Now I don’t know about you but there are only a certain amount of toys and cat toys I can make. For starters my young nieces and nephews, and not so young daughters have about all they can take with crochet toys. And cat toys, well I don’t have a cat and don’t know anybody with one, but they’re oh so cute and in the cupboard. Made too many flowers? Then STICK A FLOWER ON IT and sell it.

I have found this book. Now I must say right now that I don’t get any sort of financial remuneration etc. for mentioning this book. I am only telling you about it because it is great. It is called – wait for it…

“The Handmade Marketplace – How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online” it is by Kari Chapin. I suggest you Google it. I have found it from $10 to $20 so shop around or advise your local library to get it for you!

It is written in the simplest language, without treating you like an idiot. As the title suggests it tells you how to sell your wares anywhere from selling to friends, people you bump into in the shops right through to online and wholesale selling. Now all that end bit might seem a bit daunting, however this book takes the scary bit out of it. If you’re in the USA it also gives you contacts!

Maybe this is not for you but if you can get your hands on it then it is a good, quick, simple read. At the very least you might be able to make a few extra $$$ to fund your crochet habit. This might not be for you, however even if you are a bit curious then give it a go, especially if your library has it for free.

…it has made me more comfortable about getting into the retail marketplace.

Have you ever considered selling your wares or are you already making money from your craft?

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  1. sarah says:

    that’s cool. I find customers for my crochet stuff all kinds of places. About 18 months ago a new community market opened up in my area, and the owner accepted me as a vendor. I have made almost $300 there in the last 2-3 months!

    Posting on Facebook is another good idea. I have gotten tons of orders from people who see pictures of things I have made, and want one made for them.

  2. Linda Cee says:

    Sounds like a book to look for since I’m planning on selling my things online soon, thanks for sharing!!

  3. Lucy says:

    I’m so excited! I’ve been considering selling my stuff for the longest time. I just recently googled that book and found out my local library has it! I can’t wait for it to come in!

  4. Brenda says:

    Dont forget to mention to order the book at the Crochet Spot – site to help our fav crochet site. I just did. Thank you for the tip.

  5. Heather S. says:

    I am currently a seller on Etsy, and I’ve had a few sales. I haven’t tried selling offline yet, but I’ve considered trying. I just don’t know the first place to start! Looks like this book might be helpful! Thanks for the tip!

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