You put a lot of time, care and money into making your custom crafts. So why shouldn’t you get a little something back? Find out how to display and sell your crafts, and earn enough money to keep your DIY hobby alive.
Go to Local Louisville Events
Louisville has a long and rich history of folk art and handmade wares. You can see this history in Louisville museums and art fairs, and you can even join in on it. There are many craft-centric events happening in Louisville every year, and some of them allow artisans to sell their wares.
Try renting a booth at the St. James Art Fair to display your goods, or get space at local flea markets. The Peddler’s Mall and similar markets provide spaces that allow you to sell your DIY crafts directly to customers. Local craft bazaars also appear at Louisville high schools and other public areas. Keep an eye on the local papers to see when these events are occurring, and learn how you can participate by selling your goods.
You can certainly find opportunities to sell your crafts locally in Louisville, but don’t stop there. Get online to make even more sales. Use craigslist to advertise locally, create an Etsy storefront to sell directly to crafts lovers, and build your own website. Establish a PayPal account and use it to add buying buttons to your site. PayPal will process orders and send notifications when you need to act, so all the really hard stuff is already taken care of.
Use social media to advertise your products and show off new goods. Social media connects you with friends and family, but it can potentially connect you to anyone in the world. As Tweets and posts are shared and passed around, your crafts might spread to the far corners of the globe. Use social media profiles to point people toward your online storefronts and relevant contact information so they may place orders.
Spread the Word
Some forms of print media do still work, especially on the local level. Get business cards and flyers that contain the necessary information, and start giving them away. Carry business cards with you to spread your contact information, and hang up flyers around Louisville in public gathering spots.
Displaying and Selling Crafts
Making money from your crafting skills takes even more time and effort, because promoting is never easy. Sometimes, it’s not even free. You might need to print up materials, buy domain names and rent booths in order to create a selling platform. But if you market well, and you have quality products to sell, all this hard work will pay off. Start displaying and selling your crafts, because why should you keep them all to yourself?