Monday, April 4, 2011

How to Start a Crafts Consignment Business

Alot of crafters will often sell their wares on Etsy or Artfire. But did you know that there is an alternative to selling your crafts? They are called online consignment shops. What is a online consignment shop? Well, it is similiar to a regular brick and morter consignment shop where you take your merchandise in and the cosignor sells your product for a particular price and then they get a certain percentage of the item when it sells. What is really nice about this concept is that you can see if your products will sell well online before you strike it out on your own.

If you would like more information on selling your crafts through an online consignment shop, there is plenty of information on the internet. Here are some articles you may want to consider reading:

Ehow article,How to Start a Crafts Consignment Business article, Selling Your Arts and Crafts Through Consignment

Craft Tips Arts and Craft Directory
Consign your way to success
Make Extra Money
Selling on Consignment
Where to Sell Your Crafts Online

There are probably many online craft consignment stores out on the internet. I am listing a few that you may want to take a look at. In no way, I am recommending any of these sites. But if you decide to consign your crafts, remember to do your research throughly.

Wendy's Craft Mall
American Craft Directory Crafter's Catalog
Handmade Catalog

I do not know of too many brink and morter craft malls in the San Francisco Bay Area. So far I only know of one and that is Cranberry Hill Mercantile in Sunnyvale, CA. At Cranberry Hill, one would rent a space and give a certain percentage of the crafter's sale. And each crafter who rented space had to devote so many hours working at the location. It has been awhile since I inquired information that it may have change. And I do distinctly remember that the person who I spoke to said that there is very little turnover. But with the downturn in the ecomony that may have changed. The other one I know of was across the bay in Newark. But that location has been closed for quite along time.

I would like to hear from anyone who has sold their crafts on an online consignment shop - the good, the bad and the ugly. Share any important lessons, tips, etc. sites, and articles that you would like to pass along to my fellow readers.


julia said...

I just started selling some of my merchandise on consignment over in Alameda (I'm in the bay area too). There's great little shop called Modern Mouse.
So far the experience has been positive (It's only been 2 months), the people who run the store are great and over these first 2 months, I've had more sales from the store than I've had in my etsy shop.

julia said...

didn't sign my original comment: ~julia :)