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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, do any of you sell your signs? If so would you please share how you market them? I would really like to sell mine but I don't know how to go about it. I am afraid to invest too much time/effort/money into it and then fail. Everyone I have made one for (friends and family) have loved them and says I should sell them, and my husband is certain they would sell, but I have posted an ad on craigslist and not gotten any responses. I don't know how else to advertise them, I don't know if people are seeing my ad, but just not responding, or if its just not being seen. I'm sorry if this question has been asked before but I tried searching the forum and didn't find anything. Advice or tips are appreciated, thank you.
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Welcome aboard. There's any number of ways to sell, the problem is getting people to buy.

If you know someone that sells at a flea market, see if they will take some signs on consignment. Or, set up a table at a flea market yourself, won't cost much, and you get to test the waters. Maybe hit up a consignment shop to take a few. You've got to have people know what your're selling, flea markets have a lot of people who will get a look. I do not guarantee results.

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You could try selling through ebay or etsy. (Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies is a sales portal for hand-made craft items, if you're not familiar with it.)

Maybe make up a few "generic" signs to create listings for, and then include some info in the listing description telling people how to contact you for custom-made options.
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Have you made up a web site yet? There are a number of sites you can get set up on for free. As stated above etsy is a good place to start. Also there is Zibbet.
Make up some business cards. When you talk to a stranger about what you do, hand them a business card. After you get your web sites there are several places you can post free ads other then cregs list.

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Local Craft Shows at schools etc. Rent a table for $10-$15 and have some to sell on the spot and take orders for the personalised ones.
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What kinds of signs are you making? Routed wood? Painted wood? Sign making touches a wide scope.

Your niche may be too narrow.

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I agree that flea markets, local arts and craft shows are good low cost venues to get your feet wet. Have large color photos of your work as well as physical samples.

Local floral nurseries also often have local crafts on sale. They may be interested in your work. Ask them what they would like to see in your signs: Rustic, Sand blasted, Natural or Stained finish, Bright Colors, Available Fonts, Humor, special order, etc.

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Tawnee,
Totally agree w/ FLOCKSHOT. Craft fairs and art shows are a good way to get started. You don't mention where you are located. I am in Southern California and there are craft shows somewhere every weekend. There is a national craft show organization that publishes a booklet (also an online version) that tells you where and when craft shows will take place and the cost to reserve a spot. It also mentions what kind of crafts are mostly sold. Don't remember the name. Search the Internet.
Take as much of a sampling of your work as you can. I have found that certain types of signs sell best: patriotic signs, pet signs (dog, cat, etc.), personal interest signs (golf, bowling, sewing, Grandma signs, name signs (Amber's Room, Boys Only, etc.), car signs (Ford, Chevy rules, etc.). A natural offshoot of sign-making is wood crafts. There are generic items, seasonal items (Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc.), almost anything you can think of. There are so many craft magazines out there it is almost impossible to look through them all for ideas. Many contain templates and painting instructions for each project.
If you start this as a business, materials, travel expenses, lodging, etc are tax deductible. So if there is a craft fair in Florida which happens to be near Disney World......

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Tawnee,
Totally agree w/ FLOCKSHOT. Craft fairs and art shows are a good way to get started. You don't mention where you are located. I am in Southern California and there are craft shows somewhere every weekend. There is a national craft show organization that publishes a booklet (also an online version) that tells you where and when craft shows will take place and the cost to reserve a spot. It also mentions what kind of crafts are mostly sold. Don't remember the name. Search the Internet.
Take as much of a sampling of your work as you can. I have found that certain types of signs sell best: patriotic signs, pet signs (dog, cat, etc.), personal interest signs (golf, bowling, sewing, Grandma signs, name signs (Amber's Room, Boys Only, etc.), car signs (Ford, Chevy rules, etc.). A natural offshoot of sign-making is wood crafts. There are generic items, seasonal items (Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc.), almost anything you can think of. There are so many craft magazines out there it is almost impossible to look through them all for ideas. Many contain templates and painting instructions for each project.
If you start this as a business, materials, travel expenses, lodging, etc are tax deductible. So if there is a craft fair in Florida which happens to be near Disney World......

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I route the design and then either burn or paint it. I have also made just regular painted signs that look distressed/rustic but it seems everyone is making those now due to "pinterest".
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