Not sure why Google won't let me post a reply so thought I would try a new
thread in response.
1. You can sell a lot on eBay if you make good stuff that people like. Stic
kley is still flaming hot. People want a deal on there but of you can contr
ol cost and have production type speed/labor, you can be profitable. Small
items are better because of shipping hassle.
2. Etsy is a higher-end eBay type place and you can actually sell for real
prices. Make small things so shipping is easy. Smaller audience but buyers
3. Local art fairs, etc. Don't do those "only" because you can get skunked
(zero sales) real easy on a bad day or bad fit. It takes a while to learn t
hat business and see what sells and to learn what shows are good and gettin
g into the juried shows, etc. But can be one good source among many.
4. Consignment is tough. They want at least 30% and often 50% but if you ca
n find some places it can be easy money. I make "Antique like" faux finishe
d stuff and it sells through consignment some.
5. Roadside setup. I made Adirondack chairs and could seel a truck load any
weekend I wanted to park in the wine country area near my home. Also sold
my faux antiques along side the road in the gold-country area. Any tourist
areas. I never had a permit, just took cash and never got hassled except on
ce and they just said "move along" it was more of a traffic issue than sell
ing. I have a "Square" now and can take credit cards this summer season whi
ch I plan for Gold Country again.
6. Local cabinet shops, the big ones, often get requests for custom stuff t
hey don't want to bother with. If you can impress them they may throw work
your way but you need to keep visiting once they say maybe.