Handmade Items: What to Sell and Where
There are truly countless options when it comes to handmade items that can be sold. The range of possibilities is limited only by your imagination, interests, and skills. When considering what handmade items to create and sell, it’s essential to consider your interests and passions. If you love knitting, for example, then creating and selling handmade scarves, hats, and blankets would be a logical choice. If you enjoy woodworking, then creating and selling handmade tables, chairs, and other wooden furniture would be a great option.
Additionally, it’s important to consider your current skills and abilities. If you already have experience working with textiles, then creating and selling handmade clothing, scarves, and other textile items would be a logical choice. On the other hand, if you’re new to crafting and don’t have much experience, then it may be best to start with simpler projects that don’t require a lot of specialized knowledge or skills.
Another important factor to consider is your target market and what kind of products they may be looking for. It may be helpful to do some market research to find out what types of handmade items are in high demand in your area, and what kind of prices people are willing to pay for them.
Overall, when it comes to selling handmade items, the options are truly endless, and it depends on your interests, skills, and target market. By combining your passions and abilities with market research, you can create and sell handmade items that are both meaningful to you and in demand.
Here is a list of ideas for handmade items that sell:
- Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and pendants
- Clothing and accessories: Handmade clothing, scarves, hats, bags, and purses
- Home decor: Candles, pottery, vases, wall hangings, and home fragrances
- Personal care products: Handmade soap, lotion, scrubs, bath bombs, and lip balms
- Paper goods: Handmade cards, journals, notebooks, and scrapbooks
- Food items: Homemade jams, jellies, baked goods, pickles, and candy
- Crafts: Handmade toys, stuffed animals, and other crafts
- Furniture: Handmade tables, chairs, bookcases, and other wooden furniture
- Art: Handmade paintings, prints, and sculptures
- Beauty and skincare: Handmade cosmetics, skincare products, and hair care products
- Textile items: Handmade quilts, blankets, and other textile items
- Pet accessories: Handmade collars, leashes, and other pet accessories
- Kitchenware: Handmade pottery, kitchen knives, and cutting boards
- Stationery: Handmade journals, notebooks, and other stationery items
- Accessories: Handmade wallets, keychains, phone cases and other accessories
- Decals, stickers, vinyl and wall arts
- Handmade candles, incense, and aroma diffusers
- Handmade pottery, ceramics and other decorative items
- Handmade hair accessories, such as headbands, hairpins and hair bows.
- Handmade knitted or crocheted items, such as scarves, hats, and blankets
- Handmade soap, bath and body products
- Handmade leather goods, such as belts, wallets, and bags
- Handmade glass items, such as vases, ornaments and sun-catchers
- Handmade upholstered items, such as cushions, and footstools
- Handmade soap, bath and body products.
This list is not exhaustive but it gives you an idea of the wide range of handmade items that can be sold. Remember that the key to success in selling handmade items is to create high-quality, unique, and desirable products that appeal to your target market.
Where do I sell my Handmade items?
Ah, the age-old question. Where can I sell my crafts? I thought you said if you make it they will come! Well yes if you market properly. Marketing plays a huge role in your ability to sell your products. You can be the most amazing artist, you could make bath bombs so soothing a bomb could go off and you wouldn’t move from your tub, you could make ambrosia that tastes like it was sent straight from the banquet of the gods, but none of that matters if people don’t know you exist. Here are a few places to get your stuff out in front of an audience.
- Craft fairs and markets: Look for upcoming craft fairs and markets in your area, where you can set up a booth and sell your handmade items directly to customers. Facebook Events is a good place to start when searching for upcoming events.
- Art and craft shows: Look for shows and events in your area that feature handmade goods and apply to be a vendor.
- Local shops, antique markets, and boutiques: Contact local shops and boutiques that sell handmade items and inquire about consignment or wholesale opportunities.
- Your own website: Create your own e-commerce website to sell your products online. This will give you more control over your brand and customer experience. Shopify is a great option but there are many other options out there.
- Online marketplaces: Use online platforms like Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and Handmade by Amazon to sell your products to a global audience.
- Social media platforms: Use social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to showcase your products and connect with potential customers.
- Online communities: Join online communities, such as forums and Facebook groups, that are focused on handmade goods and sell your products there.Here’s a more extensive article on places to sell your handmade items online. (Update with link)
It’s important to note that different platforms and channels may be better suited for different types of products, and it’s important to choose the right platforms and channels that align with your target market and business goals. Additionally, it’s important to invest in marketing and promotion, to reach your target audience, and drive sales.