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    Hi,
    What is the best place to sell my crochet items and other crafts online? I've never sold anything online before.
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    Depends on you definition of "best". I have a shop on Bonanza because you only pay them when you sell something, versus a monthly or yearly fee. But be warned - you better have a friend that is well-versed in social media to help you, because one person can't do it all anymore.

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    Many people use Etsy, too. Just a thought.

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    Last time I checked, Etsy requires a fees that are more expensive than Bonanza. Not to be discouraging, but there is SO much work to properly running a shop that I would discourage you from doing that. Remember, you'll either have to sell cheap or have something really unique to make a shop work - or have a thousand friends that are willing to buy from you. Or do such a fantastic media blitz that you end up with thousands of followers and therefore sales. I would suggest that you find an arts/crafts show(s) to rent a booth from and sell your wares there, or a farmer's market, or a flea market. In my old neighborhood there was a church that did a fundraiser for themselves - they rented out table space (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and people came in with their crafts to sell. Some people even do a "garage sale" type craft show in their own front yard a couple times a year. You just want to scout out the locations and make sure you're selling in an area that has money, otherwise you'll be wasting your time.
    The first craft show I did was in a mall - 3 days for $85 in 1995. The area was not in good financial shape and I did $40 in sales. Then a friend told me about a 3-day Christmas Fair that was held at the local college a few weeks later. They had a one or 2 dollar entrance fee, as well as charging the crafters for space. There were a lot of lookers to be sure, but this was a group of people that were much more serious about buying - I did $1000 there.
    Develop a thick skin. Many people have no idea how much yarn costs much less the time involvement. Some people even think you shouldn't be paid for your time, or paid very little. Mickey (The Crochet Crowd) had a woman once offer him $50 for an afghan he had designed and crocheted. He was polite to her, but the materials alone cost $80! And trust me, he's not the only one to run into that issue.
    Think it over well - and good luck!

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. There was a craft and garage on July 28. there were't very many people that came to the craft sale. I didn't sell anything, They're going to have another craft sale in October but there won't be a garage sale and there will probably be more people that come to look and buy because it will be closer to the holidays. I was just wondering if I could sell something in the meantime.

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