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Old 04-06-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Can you really make money selling crocheted hats?

I am contemplating becoming an Etsy seller, but don't know if it will be a waste of time. I love to make knit and crochet hats, but just don't know if I will be able to make any money at it. There are so many etsy businesses out their, so I'm not sure what I should do! Any suggestions? I'm not looking at getting rich, but any extra income would be great! I have a huge stash of yarn already, so I wouldn't have to invest much.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: Can you really make money selling crocheted hats?

If your items are unique, well-made, and priced correctly you can make money on Etsy. It does take a good bit of work to get out there, but people do find success!

You probably won't get rich doing it, but you can make enough for a little extra money on the side. I sell enough to at least pay for my yarn addiction

If nothing else, it is not expensive to start an Etsy shop. At 20 cents per listing, you can open a shop with just a couple dollars. Since you have a large yarn stash already, you won't be risking much money. It sure can't hurt to try, so give it a go!
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I agree, I think it depends on your workmanship and products. I'm sure you can make a bit of money, but probably not rich by any means. But really, if you enjoy it and already have the stuff for it, why not?
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I'd say go for it. I make sewn and crocheted hats and do pretty well. I'd suggest looking at Artfire over Etsy. Artfire is a flat rate with no comission if you go for a Pro Studio, and Free if you go for a Basic Studio.
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See, and I didn't like Artfire I have 3 shops on Etsy, so that kind of shows how much I like it there. I think more people know about Etsy too..
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Yes, absolutely! But you have to price your items so that you do make money, and make sure you factor in all your costs, like packaging, labels (hello, CSPIA) fees (e.g. paypal), printing costs, time you spend photograhing and listing your items....

In terms of getting noticed, that's the harder part. Use your social networking skills for that one...
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