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    Hello everyone. A few years ago I posted about an idea me and my husband had about having a mobile craft shop and got a really good response and you were all really encouraging. Well between then and now we've parted ways (good riddance) and I'm now thinking about doing this myself. We had already bought a mini bus which my ex started to convert so I have the transport sorted but I'm needing some advice on my next steps.

    I'm not sure what type of crafts to sell, should I sell supplies or the finished items? What licences do I need? I'm already registered as self employed from a little part time sales job I've got so am ok for that side of things and like to think I'm quite business savvy.

    Any help would be welcome as I'm desperate to get cracking asap.

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    Hi. Welcome back Sara. Nice to see you again. I am sure someone will be along shortly with some suggestions for you.
    Carol
    God helps them that help themselves.

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    • #3
      Hi Sara,
      As you told u and ur husband already running a mobile shop... why don;t u go for same items, same business policies...because market is same and u have some idea about that market. Decision is urs... One more thing u can buy bulk gift items (corporate, domestic, wedding etc.) from manufacture, then sell it. India is a very good country for designer-colorful craft and gift items. Try to Contact with them.

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      • #4
        I think this is one for some robust market research - it's an interesting idea but much is going to depend on what you sell and where your bus parks up. Be waiting outside a WI meeting at the end and you might get good sales for example. Or follow the fish van man or the veg man around as in each case people are already coming out to a van
        You'll need spe******t insurance for the bus and a good way of communicating with customers so they can ask you to carry stuff to their location ahead of your visit (emails?).

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        • #5
          Would you have to have something like a street traders licence or some such thing. Trying to remember back when I did the markets. I know things change.
          Carol
          God helps them that help themselves.

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          • #6
            I love this idea!

            I remember reading about an someone selling art supplies from a van quite a few years back and I just googled them. They are still doing it: http://www.artvango.co.uk/info/index.html

            I do think selling supplies might be a better option - more chance of repeat sales, options for classes, etc. but there's no reason why you couldn't sell finished crafts too.

            Good luck! Let us know how you get on!
            digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
            blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
            hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
            blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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            • #7
              Getsam said
              "As you told u and ur husband already running a mobile shop... why don;t u go for same items, same business policies...because market is same and u have some idea about that market. Decision is urs... One more thing u can buy bulk gift items (corporate, domestic, wedding etc.) from manufacture, then sell it. India is a very good country for designer-colorful craft and gift items. Try to Contact with them."

              I don't understand, we are not already running a mobile shop. we had the idea a few years ago and my ex bought a mini bus but nothing happened as we split up.
              How do I contact India to ask about craft and gift items?

              Pearl said:
              "I think this is one for some robust market research - it's an interesting idea but much is going to depend on what you sell and where your bus parks up"

              I hear what you're saying but I don't know if i can wait that long and doesn't it cost money to do research. My ex did do some market research but i never got to see the results and besides that was in a different county. I was hoping to get an idea on here about what might sell well or perhaps i could start selling lots of different things and see what sells the most that way i can get cracking sooner.

              Critchley said:
              "Would you have to have something like a street traders licence or some such thing."

              Oh no i really hope not i have no idea how to sort that out. Do you think anyone would check i didn't bother at least until i worked out what sold best?

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              • #8
                It's a great idea, and I think selling supplies is probably your biggest potential seller, at least to start with because lots of people like buying crafty bits and pieces. Don't overlook things like having the proper licences and insurance - you don't want to get into hot water just because you hadn't checked something out (they won't take lack of knowledge as an excuse) to see what restrictions are/maybe in place. Have you considered where you would park it and when? Once you've decided on what you'd like to do I would call your local trading standards office and talk to them about what you propose to do.

                It certainly would have a unique selling point, so don't be put off by the organising you need to do first. Good luck and keep us all informed because it sounds really exciting.
                Lucy Blossom
                Shop and blog: http://www.lucyblossomcrafts.co.uk
                https://www.facebook.com/LucyBlossomCrafts

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