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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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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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