How to Make Money for Crochet SuppliesBy Emilee Gettle – 16 Comments
Do you crave yarn like you crave food? When you walk into an aisle of yarn, hooks and patterns are you tempted beyond your means? If this is the case, it might be time for your talents to start making you money, so you can support your love. There are several options available to those who want to start their own home business around crochet. I have outlined some below, but it only takes a few creative moments to come up with other ideas to make a little extra crochet “mad money” on the side.
Craft Shows and Festivals: More than likely there are several fun community events in your area that would let you set up a table of your wares. If you have a friend who likes to crochet or does other craft projects, split the booth costs and bring her along too. Why not try this as a girl’s day out and make a little money on the side.
Craft Boutiques and Flea Markets: Perhaps in your local area you might have a store that offers crafters an outlet to sell their products. These fun specialty shops are a great place to sell your crocheted goodies, especially since their clientele is in the market for something handcrafted. If the booth price seems a little steep, try splitting it up between your friends to lower the cost. It’s a great way for everyone to benefit!
Etsy.com: Why not dive in and open your own Etsy storefront online? It is super easy and there is very little expense. You also have a worldwide audience who are seeking out unique, handmade items. However, let me underline the word unique. You want to market your products as something no one else has. Make them extra special and spruce them up with your own creative touches. If you want to start selling crocheted washcloths, take them to a new level. For instance, make your washcloths like granny squares, crafted from organic cotton, include a crocheted scrubbie and package them in an irresistable way. You could also start selling patterns you’ve created.
Remember, a worldwide audience is wonderful, but it also means you have stiff competition from your fellow crafters. Try to brand your products with a sweet little name that is catchy and easy for your customer to remember. You want them to come back for more. It is also important to be timely when shipping your products so you can rack up that positive feedback, which might just mean more sales for you.
A Friendly Reminder:
Starting a business around your love of crochet is an excellent way to support your hobby and provide you with a little extra spending money on the side. It does take some time and dedication, but most of us die-hard crochet enthusiasts have been learning those skills while we work on projects stitch-by-stitch to completion. Home business are created in exactly the same way.
Do you have tips on making money off your crochet projects?