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Has anyone tried selling handnits through an ebay shop?

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duchesse Tue 22-Jan-13 16:36:49

I've been getting a lot of compliments recently for my wool& alpaca hats and neckwarmers so I'm going to try selling some while I'm convalescing from an operation in the next few weeks, and see how it goes. I would be very grateful for any advice whatsoever.

I'm thinking of setting up an ebay shop to sell them.

And if so these are my questions:
Does it work? Ie do they sell through ebay?
Is it too late in the year to sell woolly hats and scarves? <glances at snow coming down and thinks not>
Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?

NotADragonOfSoup Tue 22-Jan-13 17:06:22

I'm not convinced Ebay is the right place. I always associate it with grabbing a bargain rather than paying for a handcrafted item.

duchesse Tue 22-Jan-13 17:34:49

That;s what I was slightly worried about. Do we have a UK kind of Etsy do you know?

backwardpossom Tue 22-Jan-13 18:28:23

The UK version of Etsy is called Folksy. Good luck!

duchesse Tue 22-Jan-13 21:37:12

Thank you! That looks very promising.

yuleheart Tue 22-Jan-13 22:35:47

Definately folksy and etsy over ebay

bigbadbarry Tue 22-Jan-13 22:38:19

I think folksy and easy too - and watch your pricing, you don't want to end up paying people to wear your precious items!

PurpleFrog Wed 23-Jan-13 09:34:29

Are you using your own patterns? You have to be very careful with copyright on Etsy and Folksy.

duchesse Thu 24-Jan-13 13:31:52

Good point Purple, thank you. Although there's only so many versions of a wooly hat you can make... I imagine that like literature most things have already been done.

Seabright Fri 25-Jan-13 07:15:15

The lady who runs the Yarn Obsession has just published an ebook on how to prove crochet for sale, I imagine it would apply equally to knitting.

I've bought it, but haven't read it yet, I think you can get the first chapter as a free sample.

2beornot Fri 25-Jan-13 07:20:48

My mum sells her cardigans via Facebook, and she is constantly knitting to clear the backlog!!

It takes a little while to grow it but to begin with you can add your own friends and spread by word if mouth!

duchesse Sun 10-Feb-13 19:19:46

Ah 2be, thank you! Very good idea. Does she have a separate page for the knits? Or does she sell them from her own personal page?

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