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    Hi,
    Has anyone had experience of selling their crafts in an Avon like way rather than craft fairs etc. Party host, commission etc. I would like to test this and wondered what experiences people have of this method.
    My craft/art is photograph based, photo art and photography. Print only, mounted, framed, canvas and full mixed media work. prices range from £5 to as much as I can get!
    I am very new to selling my work, and have had 2 venues, both fantastic response, and potential for the future, and got me thinking that this may be a good way to market.
    Thoughts are welcome, good bad or indifferent!
    Barry

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    I have thought about the idea of selling cards through some sort of party but at the moment its an idea that's just sitting on the back burner. I really need to research it in detail (but that's definitely a post-Christmas activity)
    Lucy Blossom
    Shop and blog: http://www.lucyblossomcrafts.co.uk
    https://www.facebook.com/LucyBlossomCrafts

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    • #3
      I wrote an article on my website about selling your handmade jewellery through parties. Obviously though, you can adapt some of the advice for whatever you are selling. Hopefully it will be useful

      http://www.ejrbeads.co.uk/jewelleryparties.htm
      Emma
      www.ejrbeads.co.uk - unique art beads & more
      www.ejrbeads.co.uk/shop - beads, polymer clay, glitters and inks oh my
      www.facebook.com/EJRBeads - Like me at Facebook!

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      • #4
        Parties come and go and you would have to check if 'In' atm. They can be very good as you have a captive audience and most guests will buy something however small. I used to give 20% commission in goods, plus a hostess gift and maybe a lucky dip with a simple game to get the party started. Commission should never be in cash terms as that would mean the host would have to declare as an income and opens up a whole new can of worms. You can also scale the comm to a higher percentage if sales of over say £300

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ejralph View Post
          I wrote an article on my website about selling your handmade jewellery through parties. Obviously though, you can adapt some of the advice for whatever you are selling. Hopefully it will be useful

          http://www.ejrbeads.co.uk/jewelleryparties.htm
          A fabulous and fascinating read, thanks for sharing, I can see lots of things I can adapt for me.
          Lucy Blossom
          Shop and blog: http://www.lucyblossomcrafts.co.uk
          https://www.facebook.com/LucyBlossomCrafts

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          • #6
            Fantastic read thank you for the link.

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            • #7
              I too have been thinking about parties for my cake decorations. For anyone that does them, do you need extra insurance?
              Carol
              Pop Up Zoo Greetings cards - Raising money for Sands in memory of my precious son Ben Folksy Shop, Facebook Page, You Tube
              Carol's Yummy Bakes - My new business Website, Facebook Page


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              • #8
                Thanks for the link

                I have to also endorse your article... that was very a interesting read... maybe not quite "Booker prize".. or JK Rowling, but a really good selection of ideas and advice, and as someone pointed out adaptable to many crafts. I recommend it being read.
                Thanks for the link...
                Barry

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                • #9
                  Has anyone made like a catalog to hand out to friends or families just to get the word out? and then it can be passed around?

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                  • #10
                    This is certainly worth considering and the article linked in this thread is absolutely brilliant.
                    "Conventionality is not morality" Charlotte Brontë

                    https://www.facebook.com/tornupart

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