If you have made and given baby quilts as gifts, chances are that you have given some thought to selling baby quilts.
Making and selling baby quilts is a legitimate business and it can be as big or as small, as part time or as full time as you would like. If you have had some complements on your baby quilt creations and want to turn those kudos into profits, you have some options.
If you want to customize baby quilts, place inexpensive classified ads in your area newspapers. It doesn’t need to be wordy, just enough to get customers to call you. Something like: “Your nursery. Your colors. Your custom baby quilt. Phone #.” Then, you can quote customers on a personalized theme. Expand your advertising by putting ads on free online classified sites and hang your ad on community bulletin boards in the towns in which you hope to do business.
Another way to start selling baby quilts is to make your creations and sell them as is. That means you will not work one on one with a customer to design a quilt based on their theme or color schemes…and there’s nothing wrong with that! You will make the quilts you want to make, then offer them for sale.
To create truly marketable products, you will need to know current trends in colors and themes for nurseries. For example, if hot pink and zebra stripes were all the rage in baby chic products last year, be ready to change to the current trend. It might be brown and turquoise for girls and camo and black for boys instead of traditional pinks and blues.
You could sell your pre-made quilts several ways. Try selling at a craft fair or baby expo. You could rent space at a flea market or consignment shop, and could even set up a roadside stand as long as it’s not infringing on local solicitation laws. Think about working out a selling agreement with local hospital gift shops.
If you want to sell baby quilts in a craft fair type setting but there isn’t one scheduled for ages, put together your own mini craft fair. Invite other craftspeople from your area to join in (maybe even charge them a small rental fee to have a table or booth). Advertise it and wait for the customers to show up! If you plan this type of selling arrangement shortly before holidays or as part of another community event (like a local festival), you should receive good traffic.
You can also sell baby quilts through online auctions. Some auction sites, like eBay, allow the seller to establish a “store.” With an eBay store, you could sell ready made baby quilts or advertise your custom baby quilt creations… or both.
Once you see your baby quilt business taking off, consider expanding to sell quilted other accessories, like quilted roll-up nap mats, small pillows, matching quilted wall hangings and other quilted décor. No matter how you choose to start selling baby quilts, consider adding the possibility of personalizing them. An embroidered name in the corner adds an extra special touch and gives you another income opportunity as long as you have an embroidery machine. Charge an additional $10 to $20 to add a name. Small embroidery machines do not have to cost much. If getting one is out of your budget, connect with a local embroiderer to have the work done for you.
Packaging is a breeze — fold and secure with ribbon and a simple bow. Now, you are ready to start selling baby quilts.
Penny has been a quilter for more than 27 years. She enjoys quilting and learning and teaching new techniques.f you are looking for an Internet quilting club with a wide variety of resources for all level quilters, check out http://www.TheQuiltingCoach.com .
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