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    Just curious, it would appear to me that there are a lot more craft outlets in the northern (loose term) part of the country than there are in the south, certainly south east.

    Do people make an actual living or do they do it part time. It seems to be very difficult in the south east, or maybe there is no interest in what a person does

    Jenn

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    I think the cost of living may make it easier to start out on your own in the North but I definately wouldn't say there are more outlets up here. I struggle to find venues to sell my work....craft fairs are either really tatty or way overpriced . I spent some time in Brighton a few years ago and I'd love to relocate to a 'craft friendly' city like that.
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      im from the south east i dont sell my stuff but we dont have many craftshops but the internet is good for getting stuff ive never been to a craft fair but im waiting for one in my area i think people from harlow are more into bootsales than craft fairs and dont really appreciate handcrafted items and are not willing to pay for them not all but the majority so it would be pretty hard to start a buisness
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        Thanks for your replies, I agree abut the boot sales. we werre in crafts 30 plus years ago and you could do a craft fair or an agricultural show and literally sell out. Now my daughter is desperately trying to get going, with designer knitwear and with spe******t jewellry. Its hard work and she is really are not getting very far. She has a web site which has lots of lookers but no sales from it, hence my remark that do people not want what a person does.

        Anyway we all plod on dont we

        jenn

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        • #5
          where abouts in the south east are you from Jenn? I lived in kent before I moved to gloucester. I know what it can be like down that way!

          I only ask, because I know there is a member on here, Apple tree craft fairs, who organises craft fairs, and only allows handmade crafts, not manufactured items as some 'craft fairs' do. I know that she has recently added Bewl water to her list of venues.

          I'm sure she won't mind me posting her site for you here it is

          http://www.appletreecraftfairs.com

          HTH

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          • #6
            How about getting involved in Craft Mafia? I know that there are branches of it in Manchester and Glasgow and I'm sure there is one in London. Oh just checked and there isn't - how silly is that? Erm - I'm not sure what else to suggest I'm afraid but has your daughter tried selling online on sites such as Etsy and Dawanda. That way her work will be seen all over the world and might give her a boost. Also if she doesn't have one already then she should set up a Flickr account (just be careful not to put your website under the photo's etc or they will be re-moved but it's fine in your profile). Also a blog helps to get your work out there too!
            Hope I've not confused you and good luck to your daughter!
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              Thanks Sweet, I already kn ow about appletree crafts. trouble is they are a fair way from us, and as I fell downstairs early december (19 weeks ago) and broke both my ankles and my left leg as well, Im only just beginning to walk again, look like wobbly joe, so I am unsure about driving very far at the mo and chipping norton which is the nearest to us is a fair way, we are just outside oxford which years ago used to be very good but there doesnt seem to be anything around the city or close by that we could even get a taxc to, thanks for your reply, appreciated

              jenn

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                swirlyarts, thank you, what is flickr and what is a blog and how do you do both. thing is I do a lot of paperwork etc for my daughters and I am not up to technology LOL. Im too old so need telling about these things.

                I really appreciate everyones replies, its so heartening that peeps actually do reply.

                jenn

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                • #9
                  Flickr is an online photo storing website but you can join groups on there to show off your photographs. If your daughter is taking pictures of her work for her website then she should put them onto flickr too as millions (or at least 100's of thousands) of people look at Flickr. Here's a link to my Flickr photographs to give you an idea of what it does/looks like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

                  A blog is a bit like an online diary - but you obviously choose whether to make it more business based than personal. I have two blogs - a showcase for cute stuff here and my own personal blog here.

                  Hope that helps!
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