Craft Overload? Have a Backyard Craft Fair/Sale

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 5th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Looking for a way to make some extra money? Have a craft fair. Get tips here.

Craft Leftovers

You meant well. You had every intention of finishing that quilt for your neighbor's first grandchild. That 50% fabric sale just couldn't be resisted. But somehow time got away from you. Those well-intended projects perhaps were completed, but well beyond the promised date. It hurts to look through your attic at the pile of craft items and ideas that have long been forgotten. It seems that all that money you spent just went down the drain. But wait! There is a solution that might help you to retrieve some of your hard-earned money. Have a backyard craft fair/sale. Autumn is the perfect time to do it too. Here's how.

Gather All Items

Check every nook and cranny, storage bins, and place everything in one central location. It's easier to organize when you're working in one set area.

Break items down into smaller components - Separate the piles with similar items together.

Set Aside Unfinished Projects

You might possibly have the opportunity to finish them before the sale or sell them "as is". A potential customer might appreciate that a project has already been started. That might work to your advantage.

Pricing

Don't expect to recover all your costs but make it enticing enough to sell. It's not worth squabbling over a few pennies.

Make a Time Commitment of 3 Days if your Schedule Allows

This should be dictated by the number of things you have to sell. Make it a reasonable amount of time that will allow you to sell the majority of your wares.

Advertise in Advance

Place an ad in your local community paper and other venues in your area. Let family and friends know too. Signs giving directions will also draw traffic in.

Have the Sale in your Garage or Backyard

No need to rent a space when you can use your own backyard or garage. While there's nothing wrong with renting a space, you're trying to save money.

Display Items Attractively

Your purpose is to attract customers to purchase your items. Don't try to cram everything on one table. You may need several tables so that items stand-out. Purchase some table covers from a dollar store or use some that you might have in your possession.

Get the Kids Involved

Have them set up a table selling bottled water or soda pop for about 50 cents. Shoppers do get thirsty.

Conclusion

Hopefully you won't be bringing back a lot of these items in your house. Be willing to negotiate on the last day of the sale. And before you go on a crafting frenzy again check for things you already have. If crafting is no longer on your list of priorities, perhaps you can pass the torch on to someone who would enjoy being the recipient of your craft plunder.


Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons.

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Arts And Crafts, Arts And Crafts Display, Crafts, Earning Extra Money, Garage, Pricing, Selling Arts And Crafts

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

possibilities!...:0) -and a fun creative way to recycle old into someones new-:0)...thanks Lee.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

You're so right D. Thanks.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Lee, I loved this article. I have so many craft materials. I do love doing projects but sometimes I get behind. A couple years ago I had so many items that I went through them and gave some to my friend that loves crafting too. For now I have everything neat and orderly but that could change at any minute. I have two favorite craft projects I like to do. One is decorating candle holders and the other one is book marks. I love books so that just makes sense for me. LOL Smiles to you this morning.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. It seems like you are quite a crafty person. Glad you are organized with it.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Oct 2014 (#)

What a great idea! I just donated crafting supplies to a Pre-K teaching friend of mine, but you are so right that a sale is a good way to go -- people could take started crafts and finish them to give for holiday gifts! What a great article and idea!!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl. Yours is a great idea too. By giving them as gifts would make tbe holiday budget stretch.

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author avatar Retired
7th Oct 2014 (#)

What a fun article! I'm not a crafter, but I'll bet I could add some of my excess office supplies to the mix. Lol ... Love the pictures, too, Lee!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

I bet you could Susan. Thanks a lot.

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author avatar ajit12
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thats a very inspiring post thanks so much for sharing this post.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you ajit12.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Susan, I loved your comment. I could add a few office supplies myself!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Great idea!

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author avatar puncakceria
10th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article. Thank you for sharing this.

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