Progress – selling in shops

I continued to do two mini markets a month and with the run up to Christmas increased my sales month on month. With this boost in confidence I got into my first shop.

It actually happened in a spontaneous, unplanned way. I went into an independent shop that sold handmade glass coasters and enquired if the owner knew where I could get plain glass coasters. I wanted them for my pet portraits. This led me to showing her some photographs of my work that I had taken on my mobile phone. A few days later I came back with my best selling product flower tealight holders and some knowledge of selling to retail, after scouring the internet!

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An order was made on sale or return. I was getting less than I sold them on the stalls but would still make a profit, factoring in time spent painting them as well as materials cost. Definitely worth it and six months on I still supply Panorama in Topsham with tealights.

Spurred on by this success I approached another independent shop Exetra in Exeter. This time I was more professional and prepared! They sell gifts, including a lot of animal ornaments. They were great and not only ordered a variety of products but offered to take orders for my pet portraits. Sadly I wasn’t able to supply them in time for Christmas 2011 but I have a wonderful window display promoting my work. Despite the recession and doom and gloom there have been sales but just a steady trickle so far!

My next blog will be expanding into cyber space!

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3 thoughts on “Progress – selling in shops

  1. Hi, just discovered you on the Folksy forum and thought I’d pop over and say Hi. There are not too many wordpress bloggers on there and I find it so much easier to follow a WordPress Blog than Blogger one. Well done for getting your products in a shop, it’s not something I’ve even attempted yet, mainly because I like going at my own pace and making what I want when I want! Linda x

    • Hi, thanks for popping over and I’ve now discovered the crafty network, which is a great site. I’ve not done a proper craft fair yet, just half day mini markets. Unfortunately due to a long term health condition I think I’d find it too tiring being all day but congratulations on your success. Hence selling in a shop suits me – paint my glass, deliver it and leave the rest to them!

      • I agree craft fairs can be very tiring, I certainly feel it when I get home! They are also very hit and miss and you can make a loss! At least if you are selling via a shop you can do it all year long, without upfront expense, you are vey lucky to have found such a good way of selling that suits you. Linda x

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