Thursday, 10 February 2011

Managed to surface

Afternoon all!

Had a migraine for the past couple of days so I've been trying to rid myself of it!  Anyway today I feel human, which is good.  Lots of housework etc to catch-up on and zero crafting done.  I missed the Handmade Monday Makes this week on I will try and join in on Monday next week!  I also need to catch up on everyones blogs, lots of interesting stories to  read I hope.

I have a question for all of you wonderful, wise, experienced craft folk - how do you approach local shops/galleries etc to sell your craft.  What do you do? How do you prepare? Pricing? How does it work? etc etc

I await your guidance!


  1. I have some things in a local low key gallery. I was doing a craft fair they'd organised and one of the other people there left things in the cabinets, so I just asked if I could too. I think it was useful for them to be able to see my stuff all set out. I don't sell very much through there, just bits and pieces. They take a percentage on anything they sell

    Hope the head is better, I suffer them too!

  2. In the past I have just gone into the shop/gallery and asked who I should speak to about them buying my things. It's a good entrance and it's hard for them to ignore you when you're stood right there. If that's not for you then I'd phone and ask for their buyers details then write/email a few pics and then follow up by ringing again a few days later.

    As most places are sale or return it's not that hard getting your stuff into them. Galleries that buy pieces at wholesale prices have usually approached me.

    Hope your feeling a bit better after your migraine,


  3. I recently purchased a book from Amazon. The book is written by an American crafter called Kari Chapin. It's called The Handmade Marketplace. It is, as far as I can tell a well known book amongst us crafty types. Whilst the information in it with regards to monetary values etc are of course for the American audience, the book is a little pocket of great info. It covers a little of everything we need to know, written in a way that there is no info overload. She gets interviews with other crafters and gives reference to site, how to sell in brick and mortar etc.

    I would really recommend the purchase if you can! Get a second hand copy from Amazon and you've wasted no cash at all!