Best Craft Ideas and Where to Find Them
Great craft ideas to sell are everywhere! With the advent of the internet, you can now do some very specific searches without even leaving the house. A few places you'll be familiar with, but I've added a few more that perhaps you haven't thought of. They not only allow you to see what's being sold, but you'll be able to get an idea of what's selling and what's not.
Whether you are proficient at ferreting out new arts and crafts ideas or need the following tips, the point is; to create a habit of developing new ideas on a regular basis. No matter what type of craft or jewelry you make, you'll need to generate a fresh, new supply of ideas on a regular basis or sales will suffer.
I do at least 6 craft shows per year. There is a break between the holidays and Spring craft shows, and at the end of each season, I do these searches to see what's new, check for trends and find inspiration for new craft ideas.This short lull between January and early Spring is the perfect time to assess feedback from customers, examine what the hot sellers were for last season, and what didn't sell so well.
Whether you're just starting out, or looking for some new arts and craft ideas for next season's collection, this is the perfect place to start.
One quick note before we start searching. If you read my first series of articles starting with Get Creative!, you know that I'm not advising you to go copy the crafting ideas of others. The goal is to use the sources for inspiration. Whatever you find that you like, think of what you could do differently, or what you could do to make that crafting idea better. With that said, let the search begin!
Here are a couple places to see what's selling:
1. Google Image Search. I'm sure you're familiar with this, but it's one of the best sources for viewing a parade of photos featuring the arts and crafts ideas you're searching for. Be specific. Do you make or want to make birdhouses? Then do searches for "handcrafted birdhouses", or "handmade wooden birdhouses".
2. Ebay advanced search option. Click on it and modify your search for the craft ideas you would like to view, and "completed auctions". Pages will come up showing what sold and how much it sold for. You will also see what items did not sell, giving you further clues as to it's popularity.
3. Online Craft Malls such as Etsy. Go to Etsy and perform a specific search. When you find an item that catches your eye, go to their shop. At the left you can see when they opened their shop, and how many sales they've had. This will give you an indication of how popular their items are. See how many items they have for sale in their shop also. If they don't have a large enough selection, this also will affect the amount of sales. Once again, the purpose of your search is inspiration and to gain a feel for the popularity of the craft idea that you wish to create. Not to copy someone else's hard work.
4. Amazon book section. There are a couple different things to look at here. One thing to look at is the "Dummie" books, and see what kind subjects they have that might fit into your search for profitable craft ideas. They do massive amounts of research before making an "Idiot" book, so take advantage of their advertising budget and see what subjects are popular enough for them to write a book on.
A second search you can do in Amazon is in the book section. Do different searches within "crafts" and also more specific searches. See which books come up first and check their popularity.
5. Craft Fair Investigation. You'll obviously have to turn off the computer for this one, but it's one of the best ways to find crafts ideas to sell. Go to as many craft shows as you can. Observe and talk to vendors. Ask them about their craft, and how the show is going for them. It's all in the approach. If you view other vendors as strictly competitors, then they'll feel that. If you feel we are comrades, people will talk to you quite honestly. You don't need to interrogate each booth either. Check out the busy booths and see what
interesting craft ideas they've created. Same goes for the not-so-busy booths.
There are many other methods, but the above ideas should be enough to keep you busy for awhile.
If you have some other ways of finding good arts and crafts ideas, please feel free to comment below!
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