Earning money through arts and crafts

Jon

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Over the last year we have gone to numerous farmers markets around Leeds/Yorkshire. You see known brands there but also people who literally look like they have baked 20 cakes and put a table up.

Then there are the knitted clothes and little crafty toys..

All the stuff seems to sell VERY well and if you have got the skills to make the stuff then apart from the transport to the fairs/markets and hiring a table or two it looks like there could be good money to be made.

Anyone got any experience of doing this?
 

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Hi Jon

I'm a big fan of handmade crafts although I'm not that great at making anything! However I have made some money in the past by making jewellery - especially personalised jewellery for children. Handmade stuff for children seems to sell really well especially if it's personalised!

Selling crafts seems to work really well at Christmas time from my experience or during Summer Fetes / School Fairs. There's also a website where you can find local craft fairs to exhibit at if this is of help to anyone: http://www.craftfairsuk.co.uk/

Hayley :)
 

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I know a few people who do such things, one person in particular has built up her own mini empire within the dolls house and accessories sector. She makes very realistic looking food items. I think a lot of what she does seems quite unique, I want to do something crafty but finding something unique that will sell is the problem. Either that or something very popular where there is plenty of room to survive among competitors.
 

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