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Online Selling for Crochet Question

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

10 thoughts on “Online Selling for Crochet Question

  • December 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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    Thank you for these loving and insightful articles and comments. You were amazingly calm and caring! If you look at the numbers of likes, shares, and comments on Crochet Crowd, it is easy to see and read the love and appreciation we all have for the self-sacrifice that makes this site so successful. There simply is nothing else like Crochet Crowd, thank you so much to all of you who make this possible!

  • December 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    I found this article very challenging, like Mikey stated I see it from both the consumer and producer side. I am certainly not sure why someone would expect to “advertise” for free. I don’t think there is any place to advertise for free. Something I would like to mention though is if you are going to sell items online first of all make sure someone wants what you are selling, don’t make something before hand that might or might not sell. it not only frustrates the crocheter but it could end up costing more in the end. Also if you do have a person interested in you making something for them then what I do is require 1/2 of the amount we agree to before I start. This enables me to get the right supplies I need but to finish the project as well for the other half. It also encourages the buyer to not “back out” of the purchase because they might lose that money. If we both agree to end the project I always return the money they have deposited because they may decide they want something else down the road and I wouldn’t want to burn that bridge so to say…again this is my opinion and MY way to do things.

  • December 17, 2015 at 7:29 am
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    Very interesting subject to discuss, there is nothing free in this world of ours. We have to work hard for what we have, even if it takes more than one job to do so. Crocheting is a hobby for me, sometimes my second job from my full-time job and I enjoy every moment of it. Would I like to do more with it, yes…………….but as Mikey wrote; it takes a lot more than just a finished piece ; there are costs involved before making that small profit. There are policies in place some may follow some may not.

    Yes, I’ve made a few items for co-workers that asked me to make them something they have seen and I ask for less than what I spend; I’m not greedy nor expect to become rich.

    I also make pieces to give as gifts and I am in the process to making pieces for charities. I may not be the best at my hobby; but I still keep learning and achieving a goal for every little/big piece I make and I feel good about it. And for every crochet item I make, I ALWAYS, always give a thank you to the pattern creator/designer who allows us to make these beautiful pieces – whether they are free patterns or when I can afford to do so; purchase that pattern.

    I respect everyone and their talent, thank you so much for this gift of creativity.

    • December 17, 2015 at 7:35 am
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      I just seen a comment from yesterday from another Donna (not me). I added my last initial to keep it easy.

      Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!!

      Donna K

  • December 17, 2015 at 12:00 am
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    Your viewpoint is spot on & accurate. To find a place to sell your product AND expect that there will be no fee for doing so is an unrealistic expectation. For the last 10 years or so I’ve been involved in a different hobby where it’s fair to say that I sell a product. In order to reach the buying public I created my own website and pay a monthly fee for that, whether I have a product available that month or not. It’s part of the cost of doing business. There is no free lunch. 🙂

  • December 16, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    It’s seems pretty silly to believe you can sell your items anywhere but your own website for nothing. Even craft fairs have entry fees. It’s like going to the store and asking them to give you valuable shelf space with nothing in return. Someone pays the rent the utilities, the staff, cleaning lady etc.. so of course that’s not going to happen. In all my years of crocheting I have found that it’s much better to give my things as gifts because honestly all the blood sweat and tears that go into everything I make most people cannot afford to pay for. My daughter-in-law has been learning this slowly as she spends money and time on items to sell and ends up more in the red than not. People want a bargain they think it’s a cheep hobby after all, when they could not be farther from the truth. I produce a few dozen baby blankets a year along with other items and even if I get yarn on sale it’s at least $35-40 a blanket and my time of course is valuable too. Nothing is free in this world!

  • December 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm
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    I’m right behind you Mikey, I’ve worked at selling my own craft work for the past 20 years and have never come across anywhere that will sell your work for free. You always have to pay some kind of commission. I cannot understand the thinking of this crocheter . . . .if their was somewhere where you could sell your work for free I think we would all know about it!
    To the crocheter, just think some artists and craftspeople have to pay 50% commission, think yourself lucky to only pay a few percent! I’m sure you can set up Etsy with just a bank account, why nor ask them direct!

  • December 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm
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    I created my own Facebook page (for free) that I post my creations. I’ve had a few people order stuff from me from through it (including a wholesaler who commissioned me to make a certain type of children’s hat with her yarn). I have also recently created my own (free) website through wix.com. Neither of these certainly get anywhere near the exposure or traffic of say ravelry, amazon, ebay, ali express, or other (non-free) sites, but I’m not expecting to make a living off of selling my crochet creations. I think if you are expecting to have a more steady income, or larger exposure, you need to expect to pay a certain amount for that “privilege”.

    • December 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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      Is wix. com really free? What is your website name? would love to see it

  • December 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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    It’s called the cost of doing business. If this person decides to sell “in-person” they are going to have to pay for a space at a fair. They would be wise to invest in their own table(s), clothes, displays. Then you have to buy at least sticker labels for pricing if not stringed tags. You will need paper and printer ink to print price lists and business cards. Finally you will need to come with at least $100 in change. So you cannot even sell “for free” offline. She needs to take a free small business class with her local Chamber of Commerce. p.s. she may also have to send a % of her profits to the city and/or state in sales tax.

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