Ok, when i started this art of mine i really had no thoughts of what to do in the future. So now its time for me to make a decision.

So i started doing craft shows back in december 2011 (started them really late) and got two in before end of the year and did okay. So far this year ive done 4 shows. Some better than others. But my dilema now is i dont see a big profit. I make a little but not for all the work i put into my products, buying supplies, packing, unpacking, setting up, travel and gas. I have alot of products. From painted glassware of all kinds, journals, altered boxes, altered canvases, birdhouses, bookmarks etc etc. Id like to slim down but as soon as i think i dont want to do that product anymore....it sells. its such a game to play. So now i find myself wondering what to do. Do i keep up with the shows or do i start selling on Etsy and Ebay and stay away from all the hassel of the shows. Or try to do both. Ive not tried Etsy or Ebay yet, a little anxious about that and i dont know why.

Anywho, i just wanted to throw this out there. I just dont know what to do.

 

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Hi Christina, I prefer online selling because I think it would be less hassle than doing shows and fairs. For selling online, there's a learning curve in that you'd need to take good photos of your products, write good descriptions and figure out shipping - maybe that is what makes you anxious? But after awhile you might find that it's a piece of cake.

You should post in the Business group - http://community.art-is-fun.com/group/thebusinesssideofsellingart - There are artists in that group who have experience with both (in-person shows and online sales) so they might be able to provide some valuable insight!

Thank Thaneeya, I wasnt sure where to post this. Right now im fustrated and anxious. I love doing my shows but sssooo much work for such little money. Some say to raise my prices but heck as our economy is now i have ppl that want to "bargin" with me...and im cheap.
 
Thaneeya McArdle said:

Hi Christina, I prefer online selling because I think it would be less hassle than doing shows and fairs. For selling online, there's a learning curve in that you'd need to take good photos of your products, write good descriptions and figure out shipping - maybe that is what makes you anxious? But after awhile you might find that it's a piece of cake.

You should post in the Business group - http://community.art-is-fun.com/group/thebusinesssideofsellingart - There are artists in that group who have experience with both (in-person shows and online sales) so they might be able to provide some valuable insight!

Hi Christina
I had much the same problem as yourself when I tried to sell crafts. People admired my work at fairs but it didn't sell well even though it wasn't expensive. I knew nothing of Internet selling (still trying to learn, gona look at Etsy today), anyway, I held house parties, along the lines of Tupperware parties and my goods sold like hot cakes, I had a ball as well and felt really appreciated for my work. Might be worth considering something similar, alongside of on line sales.

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