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Sewing for Profit

Robin_Lumb | Posted in General Discussion on

How do you find places/outlets to sell projects for profit?  I live near Philadelphia (Montgomery County); besides flea markets and the few consignment shops in the area, does anyone have any ideas.  I have ideas for unusual jackets, ponchos, pillows, etc. using my serger, but want to find outlets for this creativity *before* I quit my full-time job and really sink my teeth into this.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


  1. GinnaS | | #1

    Isn't New Hope, PA, an art and crafts type of town?  Maybe you could contact some shops there to sell your items on consignment.


    1. Robin_Lumb | | #2

      thank you!  I think I'll go "shopping" this week...

      The other idea that crossed my mind was home shows.  I was thinking of making my friends and sisters each an unusual piece for Christmas, and then asking them, after I've made lots more pieces, to host a home show for their friends.  Has anyone else done this?  If so, what were your successes/failures in this venture?

      1. GALEY | | #3

        I am friends with two groups that have Christmas bazaars consisting of the things they have made during the year.  One is a group of 3 that shows in one house the weekend before thanksgiving;  they have so much merchandise that just to display one piece of each takes the whole house.  The hostess camps outs during this time at another house.  This merchandise is all Christmas.  They always sell out.  Another group is the mother and her 3 grown daughters; the mother is the full-time craft producer and each of the younger women make a few simpler things for some christmas spending money.   Their bazaar is the first Sunday in December and they always sell out--people skip church to be among the first to attend!  This bazaar consists of wearable art, jewelry, Christmas, home decor--you name it.  The hostess has told me that she makes $15 an hour for the time she spends on her crafts.  In this community that is very good pay for a self-employed crafter.  Her items are  always of the latest style and the highest quality.  The first Cheneille vest I ever saw was at her bazaar many years ago.  I want to encourage you to have a little inventory:  two similar jackets, two  similar vests, two or three similar ??? because if a potential customer sees something she likes and you can offer her one immediately, then you have cinched the sale!  Finally (at long last) there are antique/craft businesses that have one room assigned to one dealer and the building manager handles the sales; you do not have to be there all the time.  I don't know about security for the kind of high-end work you have described, though.  Good luck and God bless use as you use the talents He has given you.

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