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Discussion in 'Woodworking' started by rusty, Jan 5, 2018.

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  1. Jan 5, 2018 #1

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    I made and sold all unique children's furniture for several years. Had to quit when the economy tanked years ago. Is there a market again? I still have my shop set up have not used it for several years.
     
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    I think it depends on your location..
    I did woodworking for over 40 years..

    It sells in some regions and not others.

    Here in West Ky,
    Every hillbilly that has a garage is doing woodworking/crafts,
    Can't give the stuff away ...there is no industry/jobs here.


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    Good luck, maybe a flea market in a large city ?
     
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    Bird houses sell well around here
     
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    Check out your local farmer markets ... We have a number of folks here selling kids wooden toys and such. One gentleman sells tin ware. (very cool)
     
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    First and foremost --- Rusty --- Warm Welcome from the Arizona Valley Folks. Second there maybe a market for this in the West Cost big cities where people have no real skill set but too much money. Exclusive / unique marketed products could demand premium money. How you goe it marketed is the magic question. Anything can be sold, it you know how to market it. A rock in a box made a man a millionaire.
     
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    Good to have you here Rusty. Kick off your shoes, stoke the fire, and grab a cup with us here!

    (Rusty is a fellow admin/moderator on many forums with me.)
     
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    Yes, it is good to see Rusty here.
     
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    I've tried the trying to sell stuff I've made. To me it wasn't worth the trouble. I started giving away things I made! That was more fun.
     
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    I have a friend who is an awesome woodworker. He too would rather build something, then give it away to friends. He makes some awesome pull toys for children and has a blast handing them out to kids he sees wherever he goes. He made us 4 redwood wine bottle and glass holding tables for our patio, and made a redwood glider also for my patio. He also made me a small train pull toy for my grandson, and now that he is older, will forever be kept on my shelf in the office because of its beauty.
     
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    Angie, used to build something very similar to the single bed and the doll rocking chair.. I donated about 40 child's rocking chair to Toys for Tots one year.
    At one time we sold about $5000 in crafts yearly. After the economy crash In the Bush years, crafts quit selling and have never completely recovered here. Most of the shows never came back.
     
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    Rusty, have you tried selling stuff on Etsy? You can sell your wares there.
     
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    Craft shows went away for the most part and now those that used to sell at those shows are selling on facebook. My Mrs used to make dolls, ugly ones but people loved them. She sold them on E-bay mostly for over $100 each, one lady bought over 10 from here and requested certain themes, she spent over $2,000. My Mrs competitors back then were all on e-bay, now they have a facebook page for their shops from e-bay. They had email lists from e-bay and just now send the email list a link to their facebook page, they even auction stuff on their facebook pages. No cost compared to e-bay, no taxes, no reporting requirements like on e-bay. I am looking for a lot of facebook to get shut down soon.
     
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    In my area , we have a Local Classified online ,

    It only covers West Ky , and it is really a good place to buy and sell about anything,
    I do see some wood crafts on there on occasion .

    Just for you to get an idea what its like... her is a link to it.
    https://www.vci-classifieds.com/

    Jim
     
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