One of my goals for 2010 was to sell handmade things. And here is my little online shop.
Fear not, it was never part of my game plan to ‘go commercial’ – the height of our ambition is to cover the cost of the sheep shearer, even better if we can cover the other small sheep keeping costs (some winter feed, foot spray etc) if we can, then we shall be self sufficient in keeping sheep. Besides, I love making things, and this gives me a good reason!
We are not natural sales people. In fact it was just an idea until we got a little push.. in the form of a local art shop asking if we would do some handspun wool to sell. They try to source everything locally, and we are so local we could probably join the shop to the sheep with a length of our yarn! So we spun some wool, and provided skeins in the natural colours of our sheep, black and white, and some dyed with natural materials – buddleia and onion skins. And some sold the next day!
Since then, we have sold more in the local shop, and I have dabbled with making other things, such as the felted bowls, and experimented with blending colours to make batts for spinning. I tentatively opened an etsy shop, and have had a couple of sales there too. Now I have put the items on my main website, so they are available in £s too.
I find it funny how appallingly bad at the sales side I am – I’ve been shy to mention the shop here. but I promise not to always go on about it.