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I've been wanting to sell some of my projects. I was thinking about selling them on Esty. What I'm wondering is it worth my time or does stuff on Etsy sell
 

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Selling things online can be tough due to the commissions that the web sites take. For me, many of my projects are not shippable. That makes etsy tough to use. Custommade.com is a site I sell through. They take a good commission, but it's nice when I slow down. They allow you to search for jobs in your area. Customers can also find you. Good luck!
 

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I've never heard of that site before. Ill look into it. I never really wanted to make my hobby feel like a job but things are getting slow at work so I gotta do something. Thanks for the info buddy
 

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The hard part is figuring out what will sell and what won't. Try not to make anything you can buy at walmart. I made a fretwork shelf one time to sell and I thought to make it special, I made it out of solid mahogany. The cost of the wood drove the price up and I had several people interested in it but the price put them off. One lady came right out and told me I should have used a cheaper wood so watch your cost.
 

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Honestly, I have been selling my work for about two years now. I still find pleasure in going into my shop and immersing my self in woodworking.

Stuff that's good for etsy are cutting board and unique, but practical items. This cutting board is cherry and mahogany with walnut dowel inlay. Materials cost about $20 and I sell them for $50.
 

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Man that's a nice looking cutting board. Thanks for sharing all the tips everybody. I think the hardest step in selling my work would be the first step. I see the point about using cheaper material
 

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I've been wanting to sell some of my projects. I was thinking about selling them on Esty. What I'm wondering is it worth my time or does stuff on Etsy sell
I've heard VERY mixed results about Etsy. I have put my bowls on there and never sold a thing but other folks on various forums have reported much better results.

Depends on what you make and the price. CHEAP seems to do well :smile:
 

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I've been wanting to sell some of my projects. I was thinking about selling them on Esty. What I'm wondering is it worth my time or does stuff on Etsy sell
It cost about $0.20 to post your item (you pay at the time you post), it stays out there for about 4 months, then they take about 3.5% of the sale. You can take the pay-pal. If you have the product to sell and can sit on it it is worth trying. My wife uses Etsy to sell her glass work.
 

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I like to sell my projects whenever I can--if I'm not gifting for weddings, benefits and such. Ebay doesn't look good to me--all the woodworking stuff is waaaay too cheap--import stuff or people just aren't proud of anything they do. Haven't tried etsy yet, but do have it all but ready to go--time and prices seem to be holding me back, plus the idea having to monitor email/answer questions.
Have had the most luck with local "Trade Days" in surrounding towns, nice folks and can see what sells--often not same stuff in different areas.
Dave H
 

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My wife makes signs out of boards that i cut down to size for her. She hand paints and finishes them. She sells them at a local "Community Store" where all sorts of crafts are sold by local hobbyists.

I am thinking of opening one of these up when i retire.
 

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How many items do you have available to sell? Ive seen people do well at weekly farmer's markets and monthly art fairs. It might be worth the cost of booth space to get a huge amount of local foot traffic and hand out cards even if you don't sell anything the day of the event.
 

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shipping will kill the sale most of the time

the weight of wood item's is to much and doesn't work, i have tried it, we will say a item cost's $20.00 and shipping is $15.00 is the item worth the money, most of the time not , i have tried ebay and esty both not worth it , i set up ar 2 craft show's on the week end sometime i do good and other time's not so, it is a crap shoot ? thanks for reading
 
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