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10 Places to Sell Your Handmade Creations and Goods

10 Places to Sell Your Handmade Creations and Goods

Crafting is loads of fun, and it is a wonderful way to relax. Do you know what would make it even more fun? If you were to be able to make extra money just by doing something you love. There is actually a lot of money to be made in crafting. Sure, you have to pay for supplies and put your time into it, but you were going to be doing that anyway. Why not sell some of these handmade items? Even if you don’t make a fortune (although many people do make a decent living simply by selling hand-crafted items), you will make enough to pay for your craft supplies so your hobby will be virtually free. Here are 10 places where you can sell your hand-crafted creations.

1. Etsy

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    If you want to try your hand at selling your creations online, Etsy is a great place to start. This is basically a site for crafters to show and sell their work. You get to set your own prices when you list your items for sale, and sell as many items as you wish.

    2. Shopify

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      Another great online option for selling hand-crafted items is Shopify. You can create your own online store for just $9 per month, and there is a free trial period. Be sure to check out the Shopify Business Encyclopedia, where you can find tips to improve your e-commerce skills.

      3. Folksy

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        This is a UK-based site for people to sell their hand-crafted items. If you can make it, you can sell it here. People are selling everything from hand-made soaps to jewelry to photography and a whole lot more.

        4. eCrater

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          Here is a free tool you can use to build your own online store for selling hand-crafted items. It only takes a few minutes to set up your store, and you can even import eBay into your eCrater online store.

          5. iCraft

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            If you create items that are from your own imagination, this is a great place for you to sell them. This site is for selling original, hand-crafted items. It is not used for vintage items, commercial products, and food items.

            6. Misi

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              This vendor site for crafters gives you an online shop that is “free for life.” This is another UK-based craft marketplace, and they make money by charging a small commission on the items crafters sell. There is also a forum where you can get loads of great advice on getting started, marketing, and more.

              7. Craft Fairs

              Throughout the year, various charitable groups and other organizations hold craft fairs. You can rent tables at these fairs for as little as $20. Summer is a great time to do this, because there are many tourists looking for locally-made items to take home with them.

              8. Markets

              You may also want to rent a table at a local market. Again, this can cost as little as $20. If you have a lot of items to display and sell, it may be worth your while to buy a table, canopy (for outdoor markets and fairs), and display items to make your booth look more attractive to potential customers.

              9. Local Stores

              Many locally owned and operated stores sell items that are made by local artists and crafters. In fact, you will likely find that some stores specialize in selling only locally-made items. You either pay rent for a space in the shop, or they take a small percentage of each sale.

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              10. Consignment Stores

              Here is another good option for selling in stores. They will take your items on consignment. This means that you don’t have to pay for them to sell your items up front. They display the items, and when they sell, they take a percentage of the sale (usually around 20-30%).

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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