How to Make Money by Making and Selling Quilts
Okay, it is not news that some quilts are worth a lot of money. I've seen quilts that can go for thousands of dollars at auction. It would be wonderful to make that kind of money with just one quilt, but lets be realistic. The odds of making a quilt that's worth that kind of money is 1 in a million. But I do believe that it is realistic to think a good quilt could be sold for $50 - $200 dollars or more, depending on the quality, size, intricate patterns and interest in the quilt.
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Where to Make Money Making Quilts
That's the beauty of quilts. People all over our great country love quilts. I think it is because it's our heritage. This country was founded by settlers, who made quilts, and all through our history women have been making quilts to keep their families warm. They also found a way to add their own style to the quilts. Because of Americans love of quilts, figuring out where to sell our quilts can be pretty easy.
One of the best places to reach the most people and potential buyers is on Ebay. Since Ebay is an online auction site that reaches across our country and beyond it is a great place to start. A quick search on Ebay will show hundreds of quilts of many different styles and skill levels. This is also a good place to figure out what you should charge for your quilt based upon what others are selling for.
Another great site is www.Etsy.com. Etsy is a site that devotes itself to handmade or vintage items as well as art and supplies. There you can create your own store and sell as much as you want. There are many other sites for selling handmade items as well, a quick search online for "selling crafts online", will produce a list of many sites devoted to selling handmade crafts online.
For a more traditional way of selling quilts, there are Art and Craft Fairs that always welcome new vendors to display their wares. Flea Markets are also a great place to spend a weekend selling your quilts. If you have several quilts saved up, setting up a table or small booth is all you need to showcase your quilts. Some towns have flea markets open seven days a week. Many of them will allow you, for a monthly fee, to set up a booth and will sell your quilts even when you are not there.
Small specialty shops can be a great place to make money on your quilts. Such as maternity shops or children's shops. They will many times agree to sell baby quilts or juvenile quilts and will take a small percent of the profit.
Consignment shops are also a good place to sell quilts. Especially if you can make quilts that appeal to their clientele. Which is where you have to be discerning about what kind of quilts you make. For instance, a quilt with a hunting theme may not work in a mother and baby consignment shop but it would work well in a sporting goods type shop or maybe a men's clothing shop.
When considering local shops in your area talk to the shop owner or manager. See if they accept local crafters products and find out how they charge commission.
My favorite although maybe not the most profitable way to make money by making quilts is by word of mouth. If you make great quilts and you get even just one buyer, that buyer will tell friends and family and you will get asked to make more. While this is a great way to make more money per quilt, because you are making a custom piece, it is more time consuming.
So if you can make quilts, it doesn't matter what kind, there is a market for them and there are many ways to make money by making quilts. So make those quilts and get to selling. Don't keep that talent to yourself!
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