Making Quick and Easy Items for Sale

When I first started considering making things to sell at art markets, craft markets and vintage markets, I went to a woodworking show. One of the seminars was a Q&A session with someone who makes bowls for sale at these markets. I’ll always remember a key piece of advice from him. He said that trying…

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Third Way to Increase Profits

A while back, I wrote a couple of articles about how to boost profits. The first was to control your costs. You can find that article here. The second was to increase your price. That article can be found here.

“How Do I Know?”

Yesterday at a local market, I had a couple ask me the most important question they could ask.

Venting About Bad Market Managers

I am sick and tired of market managers that use vendors just to line their own pockets and make them look good.  What about you?

Embracing Thieves and Robbers

While I was taking pictures at a market this past weekend, I saw this really cute hand-made item that I took a couple of pictures of to share with you. The vendor in that booth accosted me and accused me of stealing from him. He was right, but in the wrong way.

Boring is What Sells

I was talking to a vendor that I had not yet had the opportunity to meet at a show this past weekend. She is a jeweler and I’ve always been fascinated with the process of making jewelry – particularly rings. I wonder how they get a seamless joint in a ring like that. I was…

Lets Talk Numbers

Everybody wants to ask the question, but no one wants to actually say it. “How much do you make at a market?” or “What makes a good market?”

Adaptability is my Superpower

No two shows are the same. Even with the same people and the same organizer, one show will differ from another. You have to be adaptable.

Sales Tax and Pricing

It doesn’t matter how small your business is. You still have to collect and pay sales tax. Oh, and here in Texas, your sales tax payment is due today! Yay!