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    Does anyone have their own shop that they sell their / other people's crafts through? If so, what is involved in this and do you feel it's worth while? I am daydreaming at the moment and if this were ever to happen for me it is a long long way off, but thought I'd ask so I know what's involved. As usual, any help, tips and advice much appreciated!!!
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    I was thinking about doing something along these lines, half a shop for my craft supplies and the other half for ready made crafts. But i'm just daydreaming too. I find it hard enough paying for goods on a website let alone the costs involved with opening a bricks and motar shop. If ever i come in to any money or have less commitments then i'll seriously consider it at the minute i'd have to much to lose and stretch myself to the limit financially.

    Is it something your thinking of doing?
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    • #3
      I do like to dream...

      I would like to, but as I said it would be a long way off, selling my crafts through other means hasn't taken off yet so I'm not rushing into such a venture! If I did, I would like to sell my crafts though it plus other crafters. I have no idea of the costs and what's involved though so thought I would ask should it be something I venture into in the future (in my little dream land...)

      I just would love to work for myself and take control of my own life. At the moment I feel a bit like a puppet, living life to someone elses specification. The idea of running my own business seems like such a good escape route
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      • #4
        I think i've mentioned it before but i went to Bath one weekend last year and there is a fab shop right in the town centre that sells findings, beads etc and also made up jewellery that the various members of staff had made.
        They were soo busy there was a queue out the door.
        I also read an article in Coast magazine recently about a group of 6 friends who started up a business selling their various crafts in a shop in their village, they then branched out and have over 100 local suppliers for the handmade stock in the shop.
        Oh to dream.....
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        • #5
          I think success has a lot to do with location. Bath is a very good one.
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          • #6
            Yes and i bet they have to sell a shed load of beads to pay the rent.
            It's just a risk you have to be prepared to take i suppose.
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            • #7
              I used to sell my cards in a shop that was dedicated to local handmade crafts but it had to close after about 8 months of trading as the owner was working night shift in Sainsburys to pay for the shop!! It was in Ripon which is a busy Yorkshire town and it was on the road that the cathedral is on. The owner had a great selection of goods in there - really good actually - and everything was well presented. The owner could be a bit full on though and sarcastic which would have put some customers off. The prices he charged for crafters to put their work in there was very cheap - £5 a month - and he got a cut of the sale too. I'm not sure what more he could have done to make the business work except be a bit nicer to the customers!!
              You would have to think very carefully about where the shop was located and how much to charge crafters to put their work in there but it could work given the right location.
              One thing he did offer was that if you were at a craft fair and someone wanted something made specially then the customer could pick up the item from the shop if they were in the area at the time - something to consider if you do go ahead at any point!
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