How to sell handmade cards

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Posted on 12th October 2016 by Papermilldirect
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When you create a handmade card for the first time, there is a little kick of excitement.  Not only did you thoroughly enjoy the time it took (crafting is amazingly theraputic!) but you can also give it to a friend or a family member.   Ten or twenty handmade cards later and I'm sure you are familiar with the feedback

 "you should be selling these cards!"

Handmade 3d card with butterfly

Handmade Card from Ruby Wren Designs

 

You're flattered of course, but in reality it's something you have been considering for a while - turning your craft hobby into a fully fledged card making business... So what are the realities of selling your handmade cards online and at craft fairs? We can provide the card and paper - but you need to work hard on the rest!

It's going to be hard work of course - but immensely rewarding, turning something you love to do, something creative and fun, into a profitable business that you can run from your own home. This series will be looking at all the various aspects of turning your card making hobby into a small home business!  Just keep reading, we'll be posting every week and finding some experts to offer advice along the way  :) We will be addressing all of the above questions and more, but we would love your help to get us started!  If you are a handmade card maker, whether you are already selling your work or not, could you let us know in the comments section, which areas of selling on and offline and building  up your handmade business you find most difficult or worry about the most? What is it that is stopping you from actively selling your handmade cards? We're all ears! I'll be hanging around in the comments area below, pouring the tea and doling out the choccy biscuits - looking forward to hearing from you.

Tagged: selling cards at craft fairs, how to sell cards, selling handmade cards

4 thoughts on “How to sell handmade cards”

Sheila

23rd July 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hi, I have beenmaking handmade cards for about 6 years now. I only sell to friends as I have no outlet. I suffer from agoraphobia so it is difficult. I have recently started a blog and wondered if that was a way for me to sell cards,but there are so many online card website/blog these days am worried that my cards won't sell.

Janene

23rd July 2012 at 9:39 pm

Hi I sell cards at my local Age Uk, I volunteer there so very handy. I get regular orders both as general buy off the shelf cards and also more personalised cards. It did take a while to establish but I get regulars wanting to buy cards they also tell their families and friends so I get orders from them as well. All my profits get fed back into the day centre so I will never be rich from it, but it gives me a hobby that I enjoy

Linda Trott

23rd July 2012 at 8:35 pm

I started selling my handmade cards at a local car boot sale and it proved to be so successful I now also sell my cards on a stall at my local Farmers market and it has proved to be hugely successful. The advantage of being in a regular spot each week is that my customers know where I am and I get a lot of repeat business. Also by offering a personalising service and bespoke cards made to special order I have more work than I can cope with at times. I will never be rich but I am happy just to craft full time for a hobby.

Ally

16th July 2012 at 11:07 am

Hi, This looks like a really interesting series. Thank you. I have been making cards for a while but not been selling for long. I have a very small folksy shop which I find difficult to promote to be honest.I also have a blog which I try to update as often as I can. I've done a couple of craft fairs, which I much prefer. I try to sell seasonal papercraft gifts as well to try and make the stall more appealing. It's a very difficult area to be in because a) there are lots of other card makers out there as well as professional stands (such as Pheonix)) and b) each item is quite cheap, so you have to sell a LOT in order to recoup the cost of the stall, public liability insurance etc. I still love it though! Allison

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