What are the best-selling crafts?
Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy answer to which crafts sell best. You see it all depends on where and when and how you are selling. What items sell at craft shows in one area of the country may flop elsewhere. Many crafts business owners have found that items which sell better in the Fall may not do well in the Spring or at other times of the year.
According to one craft industry survey, artisans working in glass, metal and mixed media brought in the top sales. Wood, clay and textiles followed. Did you know that knitting or crocheting scarves and things for kids are always popular and can be turned into cash?
One place you can learn about handmade things that sell best online is at Craftcount.com. This site lists the top Etsy stores by category. You can then go in and look at items these sellers have done well with. Of course, there’s more to these Etsy sellers success than mere product. They’ve typically done a good job marketing and promoting.
If you want to know what items sell at craft shows, check out crafts business magazines like The Crafts Report or Sunshine Artist because they sometimes give reviews of shows and report on the best selling crafts. Just remember that is only going to tell you what sold at that show.
The problem with chasing after the best selling crafts is that the craft business market is constantly changing. By the time you’ve found hot crafts that sell, the fad may be on its way out and you don’t want to get stuck with inventory of something that’s no longer “in”. You also want to be careful not to copy someone else’s work (copyright infringement).
If you are serious about starting a craft business, the question you really should be asking is “How can I make and sell crafts that are trend-proof and sell consistently?”
There are several things you can do to make crafts that sell, regardless of trends or fads.
- Quality always sells. Make unique handmade craft items and make them well. And people will buy them.
- Themes always sell. Create your crafts business around a theme(s) like cats or frogs or angels. People love their themes and create related products.
- Scarcity always sells. Create a limited edition set of items and state in promotional material that you will not repeat that limited edition again.
- Added value always sells. Add creative extras, like a nicely framed story, a certificate of authenticity or a DVD telling how the craft came about.
- Personalized crafts always sell. When possible, charge an extra amount and add personal names to a craft item.
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