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Old 05-10-2010, 03:05
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Default making and selling items... when did you know?

when did you know you were ready to start selling your handmade items?

i started making bows and flowers for fun, but i worry that the quality is not good enough to sell. my skills are no where near all of yours!!! LOL my bows aren't perfect, i get hot glue all over, things are crooked LOL I am a hot mess!

how long did it take you to master everything and feel comfortable selling your handmade items?

FYI i don't want to start a big biz or anything, maybe just make some money back so DH doesn't think it's a huge money-sucking hobby
i would probably sell to mainly friends and family
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:10
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Default Re: making and selling items... when did you know?

I think having my two daughters helped me the most. They were my guinea pigs. If they wore something a bunch and it fell apart (my baby pulled my first korker apart during lunch one day - after that, I always sewed my korkers!!), then I altered and improved the accessory. If you don't have little ones to try your items out on, then I'd ask a good friend or family member. See if they would be willing to test out some items for you and give you detailed feedback on how things held up, if they have suggestions, etc.
And practice, practice and before you know it, you won't have any glue showing, crooked bows, etc. You'll be a pro!
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Default Re: making and selling items... when did you know?

I started selling my daughters things on ebay after she outgrew them.. Then decided to actually offer them new to others. Thats how I started
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I started just to see how it would go. My bows by far are not as great as the ladies here! It has gone pretty well and I'm not tring to make a huge buisness out of it. It's something fun for me to do, and it saves me TONS of money from buying them when I can make them myself lol.
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Default Re: making and selling items... when did you know?

honestly, I never would've started selling if it weren't for the encouragement of friends and family. When I would put bows on my girls (who were then 1 and 2 yrs old) people would ask me where I got them and if they could buy some from me... it just kind of took off from there. It took me a while to be super confident, but I am pretty proud of the things I make now
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I started out by making bows for a church bazaar and after the bazaar I had people from the church as well as community members asking where they could get more. I started selling from a gourmet/wine store near my home and it has grown from there. I cringe to think of the bows I was selling to begin with! They were horrible!! But, everyone has to start somewhere and with time and practice you will improve! I totally agree with testing your products for durability before selling them. I let my 2 yr. old daughter wear and play with every new thing I try to see if it will hold up to my standards before selling it. IMO, if it can't pass the Kyrie test (pulling, chewing, throwing, smashing, etc.) then I won't sell it!
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