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Thread: Thinking of opening a craft boutque....

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    Super Member Deborah12687's Avatar
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    There is a nice building that is right next to me were I live and they just got done renevating it. The old light bulb over my head gave me an idea of opening a boutique for the holidays were quilters and crafters can set up there quilting and crafts for sale. I would have to charge for the space. If it goes well I may just make it year round. So what is your opinion on doing something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah12687
    There is a nice building that is right next to me were I live and they just got done renevating it. The old light bulb over my head gave me an idea of opening a boutique for the holidays were quilters and crafters can set up there quilting and crafts for sale. I would have to charge for the space. If it goes well I may just make it year round. So what is your opinion on doing something like that?
    I for one would be thrilled to have something like this available in my area.... uh, could you move to SE Mich and do this.... ha ha ha

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    Put the word out and ask around to be sure yu have enough people who would put their stuff there to be sold!!

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    This has been tried more than once in my area and it never worked. People wanted to spend rummage sale money on crafts.

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    Check out insurance costs first - there are things you have to be insured against that may be costly!!

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    I sure wish I was closer to you so I could rent a space. Could you have people send stuff to you to sell for them? Like a commission type thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    I sure wish I was closer to you so I could rent a space. Could you have people send stuff to you to sell for them? Like a commission type thing?
    That's a great idea. Maybe interested in something like that myself...... Think you have a market in your area to keep something like that going?

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    I need to research more about the liabilty and what it would cost for the insurance. The other thing is the rent of the building.

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    Do the research talk it up you might have something. But keep in mind it will not be easy or everybody would be doing it.

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    if you lease the building i would make sure insurance is part of the contract which it usually is. you are negotiating a short term lease so you want to think about things like how long you want to execute lease, how many days, utilities, security (if needed), rest room facilities & supplies, if items left overnight how secure are facilities. are you planning to just do this over the weekends, or have the facility available all week? will the crafters need to bring their own table and chairs or will you supply them? will the crafters need to pack up their stuff every time and bring back with them? just sme things to consider.

    i am doing something like this for my sister circle supper club. so many of us sell crafts, sell jewelry, a couple of authors, sell candles so i am securing a site for us to rent & set up booths and then advertise by flyers and local papers to open to the public. we will only have our site for one day and they will need to supply their own setup (chairs/display tables).

    good luck with your idea. there are many crafters that are looking for space to display their wares. many go to flea markets or craft shows but not all of them. just develop your idea and i am sure there are crafters in your area who are going to appreciate a venue to sell there wares.

    there is a young woman in my city that does this type activity about 5 times a year and call it a woman's day out. vendor's buy booth setups and it is advertised to the public. it is very popular.

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