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There are also the option to create your own website with a built-in store, like with StoreEnvy. The downside is that there's no community aspect because you're on your own site

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Storenvy can also take massive cuts of your profit if items are purchased from your shop through their marketplace as opposed to directly from you site..... I just don't know what I should go with.

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I've heard that about Storenvy, I made an account but never used it because I just kept hearing bad feedback. Etsy is big and hard work to get noticed, but I've found the community aspect invaluable, and they do a lot of tax stuff for you which for me makes it worthwhile!

 

Oh I forgot to tell you - my friend and I signed up for a craft fair! 

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Met with my friend today for craft fair planning... it's happening. ^_^

That's exciting!!! :) let us know how it goes!

I'm excited to share that I've actually got commissions on the go right now! I'm redoing my Succbus drawing in a larger more detailed piece for an aquaintances. I will also be doing a drawing g of The Keeper from The Evil Within video game..... my grandma also wants a painting, but that's more difficult because I do creepy art and she doesn't want creepy art :P

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I see your Instagram art, Gabby, it's great. :) Maybe for your nan you could do flowers or something in black and white? Still your style, but less creepy. 

 

I will, I bought supplies today... it's not for 2 months but I am treating this as the opposite of a homework deadline. 

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I'm selling my stationery (sarcastic greetings postcards, feminist rant postcards, nerdy mythological Valentine's postcards etc) as well as my pocket mirrors and a little 'make your own stationery' lucky dip type thing where I'm basically reselling washi tape and markers to get people, especially children/people who by October will be buying children Christmas presents, interested.

 

My friend is selling her supercute felt brooches which I have a sneaking suspicion I may buy before the fair's begun.

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That sounds super fun! I'd come see if I wasn't oceans away haha

I want another event to sell at. Luckily I've got comission and such to work on in the mean time. Hoping to hear of some events or have a gallery show.

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Thanks. :)

Gallery shows are really expensive to get into in the UK, what are they like in Canada? I have a friend who's a professional artist and she has to pay to be considered in competitions. <_<

I don't really know what fees are but I know there are lots of artist run galleries around here I can apply to have a show at.

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Guys I have a craft fair conundrum. Do I order loads of postcards that I'm pretty sure will sell but that don't have a high profit margin, or do I order a set of notebooks that have a potentially higher margin but that I've never sold anywhere so might not sell anyway?

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Get some of both and use this first experience as a way to gage what sells vs whay doesn't. Just don't order more cost wise Than you think you'll sell.

But if you think you'll sell lots of post cards, get a bunch. Profit isn't the only thing. It's also about networking and raising awareness for your business.

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That's true. It's kind of a moot point right at the moment, as I had to pay my blog domain today so I'm low on funds until I get paid in October, and I have to order more mirrors too. I can get minimum 25 notebooks - I might take the plunge. :)

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£35, for the A6 ones. I can sell them at maybe £4.50. Mirrors cost £30, at fairs and in real life they're £2.50 (Etsy has to be higher because of fees.) Postcards are 80p each, IRL I can only feesibly charge 90p and do deals for bulk, because no one's going to pay more... Again, Etsy prices are higher.

I could get them cheaper, but the quality is crap and I won't sell anything I wouldn't buy myself.

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I ended up with a ton left over from the fair I did, but I broke even with the cost of preparing for it and I'm just selling the rest now :)

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