Many folks don't even realize how much money is to be made in "arts and crafts", this might not seem like a viable source of income, and perhaps, before the internet it wouldn't have been. With the advent of online sales, things have changed.

Listed on this page you will find links to several sales channels, as well as several ideas and some really great suppliers for all your crafting needs.

Also just as proof, here is a picture of an item I made that I sell for around $30.00

Total cost to make= about $1.90

This is just one of literally thousands of items you could easily make in your home. Most people either give up to soon or think they aren't making enough and quit. By all means, if you can make things and get thousands of dollars right out of the gate, then do it. Most will need to pace themselves and remember a few very important things:

  1. Do a good job, and don't get discouraged.
  2. Keep an open mind, everything isn't going to sell right away. Keep them for stock.
  3. Don't try to get retail. My wife made some earrings and said "I want $20 a pair" and she tried, but in the end we sold them for $4-$15 and still made a nice profit.
  4. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Try to vary the items you make, try one thing then pick something else. This does a couple of things. First it makes stock. Second it makes investment. If you have only one item to sell your chances of making a sale are smaller than if you had a dozen items to sell. Make some things and then move on to another project, investing only small amounts as you go, it won't be too long before you have several thousand in "retail" to work with.
  5. Try several different selling methods. Online sales are great but don't turn your nose up at the yard sales and flea markets. Also spread your net online to cover some of the smaller sites. You may only make 25% of the sales, but there are dozens of sites (.25 times 12 is 4) so all combine you may be throwing away 4 times the money. Also single sales are an effective method as well. Take some good pictures and print a flyer of half page ad, leave your phone number or website and leave some at the doctors office and laundromat...the salon, tuck them inside magazines or pin them to bulletin boards. If you are ambitious you might even try the shopper paper in your area. A $50 ad might bring enough results to make it worthwhile.
Scroll down to see links to some selling resouces

Places to buy Crafting supplies.

Places to sell

Everyone knows ebay...

This list will include several decent places 'not ebay'

This site holds a Handmade only format. Click here

One of my favorites
My second fave is here