being a small quilt business

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by , 03-30-2013 at 09:45 PM (853 Views)
Hi everyone:

I am in a quandery. I have a quilt "business". What we do is create quilt kits (fabric choices) out of our extensive inventory of fabric which comes our way by thrift shops, quilt shops, fabric shops on-line, and the majority through quilter's stashes-Buy-outs...I keep costs down in order to expose more people to the hobby.

Up till this point, I have only done quilt shows. Several people wanted me to put my one of a kind kits on-line to purchase. Originally I said, "this could be fun." Now after looking at the whole concept to selling on-line, it's not that easy.

My sales are way under $5,000/year. Does anyone have any solutions or advice as to what to do? If you are a quilt shop, I would love to hear from you. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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  1. buckingtrout's Avatar
    First suggestion is look into what quilt guilds you have in your area and contact them to see if maybe they would be interested in letting you come to a meeting to show/sell your kits.

    Second suggestion is to maybe try out the market online by taking a photo of say 5 unique kits and put them up for sale on or to see what the response is. I know on both that unique pre-selected cut fabrics in a theme or specific look are often what new quilters are looking for, since they want to make a quilt not necessarily take the time or the work of collecting fabrics that coordinate. Etsy is less expensive to list on, and usually you can get a better price on this site.

    The last suggestion is the creation and maintainance of a website online to specifically sell pre-cut fabric sets... but this is something that would require both a lot of time and attention... you could learn easily enough how to build your own site online but unless you wanted to commit yourself to this type of work, I would try the other two suggestions I've made before going this route.

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