Free Stuff Friday

Enter to win The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online by Kari Chapin from Storey Publishing. Learn all about how to make money doing something you love! handmade 260x300 Free Stuff Friday

For your chance to win your own copy of The Handmade Marketplace answer this question in the comments section:

Do you sell any of your sewing or crafts? If so, do you sell your items to make a living for some extra income, and do you sell online or at local craft fairs?

Post your answer by 9 AM ET on Monday, when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck!

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98 Responses to Free Stuff Friday

  1. Ewise says:

    I am trying to narrow down my product line in order to decide on which why to go and what will sell where I live. I want to sell locally and maybe online for my income and family’s extra income.

  2. Muriel Prentice says:

    Yes I sell my sewing & embroidery items for income. I also do alterations and custom sewing. I recently turned this into my full time business when I lost my job due to company merger. I do sell at local craft shows and am now branching out to on-line.

  3. Carol Frentzel says:

    I sew and sell at Craft Fairs but am now interested in selling online. I am a senior citizen and do it to supplement my income. I also make items for gifts and do some sewing at home for other people as well as alterations.

  4. I make children’s clothing, purses and bags . I sell them on line and at craft fairs. So far I only make enough to cover supplies. I hope someday to make a profit.

  5. Sharon Leach says:

    When I sell it is at art and craft fairs. It has been a few years since I did that. My other outlet is a bread and breakfast that my husband and I go to. I do sweatshirts for them that advertize their business. Also give a way fsl angels to the local cancer center. I do 25 a month for them.

  6. patty truitt says:

    yes, i need all the extra income i can get. the only problem is keeping my sons girlfriends away from the purses and hats…

  7. Pat G says:

    I bought a machine to try and earn some extra income from home. I am self taught and so far still learning. What I have made I have given away. I did take some to a craft fair and didn’t sell a darn thing. Would love to have a book that helps me make money from my hobby turned income.

  8. Mar says:

    I sew a lot of gifts for family and sew and craft for my church Christmas Craft Show, but my sister and I are planning a commercial venture!

  9. Ruth says:

    I have made stuff for family and friends. I have also sold a few things over the years but now I would like to sell online for extra money. Times are tough and I am not getting any younger. I think doing what you like to do and making money at it would be awesome.

  10. Margaret Murray-Evans says:

    Sell a few things for extra money, but would love to expand the market.

  11. Amy R says:

    Most of my sewing is for family or for gifts, but I have done custom sewing here and there.

  12. Marjorie Porter says:

    I retired from a office job 3 years ago and started a a small home sewing business. I sew piecework for a small local company and also sew for my friends and family.

  13. Anne Tormo says:

    I am just getting started at this and would love to win the book!

  14. says:

    I will be selling some handmade bags, scarves and Ipad quilted envelopes this December at my first craft show in our community. I want to sell my creations for extra cash to buy more fabric ;) i am thinking about selling on Etsy too.

  15. Sue Haver says:

    In the past I did sewing for the public, including alterations. I’m considering starting a sewing business again. I do sew for my family and friends and for gift giving.

  16. Joyce Person says:

    I sell items to make some extra income, sell online and at local craft fairs.

  17. Cindy H. says:

    Everything I make (quilt, embroider, etc.) ends up being gifts. Everyone tells me I should sell the stuff I make – This book might give me some inspiration as to how to do so.

  18. Amy says:

    I sell my items online, at craft shows, and at local shops. My goal right now is to sell enough to buy an embroidery machine. Maybe one day I will do it for the income but right now it’s for the machine!

  19. Judith Bice says:

    I sell my items for extra income. I sell to individuals that order locally. Advertise by word of mouth and referrals.

  20. Anne Kivisto says:

    I sell mostly to friends and at work and through friends – I would love to get online and/or into a shop of some sort. I make lots of things out of other things!

  21. Jeanne Redshaw says:

    I have sold a few things including handmade bags for Native flutes. I donate items for charity events fairly often and also make gifts for friends and special things for me too. I hope to sell my handiwork in retirement a few years from now so I would love to have this book to help me get ready for this venture!

  22. Tina says:

    I don’t sell my crafts yet. This book would be helpful in taking the steps to do so!

  23. I have sewn/made crafts in the past to sell, but not a lot. I currently do machine quilting to bring in extra income and do have customers all over the US besides locally.

  24. Kendra Lipscomb says:

    I sell my crafts, but not enough to pay the bills. It gets busier around Christmas time. It’s mostly friends and family, but I have a Facebook page that I do some business on and am thinking of opening an etsy shop.

  25. Marjorie says:

    I sew and craft for my family, for gifts and to sell for a bit of extra income. I do local craft shows and arts festivals and do some selling online. I would love to learn to market better and increase sales so that I could generate income rather than just supporting my sewing habit :)

  26. Lilach Oren says:

    My name is Lilach I’m mom of 3 amazing kids, we live in Israel and I’m sewing Handmade accessories for women, teens and children
    I’m selling my sewing / handmade on Etsy to make a living but with all the changes on Etsy…. I’m pacing some hard time lately

  27. Barbara Parmer says:

    Yes, I have sold things I have made for extra income. I have also sold things online and at craft fairs. Enjoy sewing and crafting, especially during this time of the year.

  28. Cheryl says:

    I have sold my sewing and crafts. Lately, it’s been hard to find customers. Previous customers have been from word-of-mouth. I’ve thought of Etsy but I’m not sure which items would be good sellers. My goal is to make a living doing this.

  29. Catlyn L says:

    I dont currently sell any of my handmade crafts online. It’s such a big market to get into and having a resource like this book would be a wonderful help!

  30. Fiona Hilton says:

    i sell all of my hand made handbags through my website, my facebook page, to friends and family also. I am trying to set myself up with a few craft fairs this year also. i am hoping to make this my full time ob, as i am a wahm, and would like to always be there for my children – both boys aged 3 and a half and 1 and a half

  31. Faith says:

    I have tried selling some of my handmade items in the past a small craft fairs. I have been told that I should open a webstore to sell my items. I make and sell my items as a hobby. It would be nice to make it a living though :)

  32. Sharon says:

    I don’t sell anything I make, so I sure could use a book to tell me how.

  33. Audrey Wallace says:

    I sell my sewing and crafts for extra income at a local thrift store. I also sell at local craft fairs, where I will not incur overnight expenses.

  34. Debrah Frazier says:

    I am constantly coming up with new ideas of craft things to make and sell to the public. I have had booths in craft bazzars but since I am attempting to supplement my dissability I am always om the look for new outlet options.

  35. Erica says:

    I started sewing with hopes that I would get good enough to sell items at craft fairs and possibly online. Since I’m self taught, I’m concentrating on getting “good enough”. But once I get confident in my abilities, I have no clue on how to take the next step. This book would be awesome!

  36. Deb Close says:

    I give my items away mostly to family and friends and to raffle or to “pay it forward”. So many people say I should sell online or craft fairs since I can no longer work. Haven’t the foggest idea how to start.

  37. Patsi says:

    I mostly make items to donate for Greyhound Rescue auctions and benefits. Would really like to start selling my items at local fairs and even on ETSY.

  38. Sharon says:

    I make and sell my sewing krebs for extra money, I need all I can make since my 23 year old son passed away give months ago I need to pay funeral expenses, but I should say I’m trying to sell my items

  39. Nicole B says:

    I sell my craft but very sporadically. I would love to open an online shop but just not super how to do it and be super productive.

  40. Kim Greaves says:

    I make handbags and sell them at the local craft store that is open during the summer. I sell to supplement my income to fee my addition…. fabric, sewing supplies! My daughter is pushing to go to Etsy or another online market, but I haven’t got there yet. I also love to give my items as gifts to friends and family. Thank you for being online for us who live out in the country and are not near any fabric/craft store.


  41. Shirley says:

    not at this time…

  42. Cookie Clayton says:

    I don’t really sell anything, although sometimes I’d like to know who and were to. I usually either keep the myself because I can’t part with it, or give to friends and family.

  43. Eileen says:

    I sell some of my hand made items online, and also do alterations – for extra income. Giving hand made and/or embellished gifts is a top priority, however. Just love to use my sewing and embroidery machines in any way I can.

  44. Angela Cianfaglione says:

    I give my handmade items as gifts, but looking forward to selling them. I had a good positive reponse from family and friends to follow my dream to share my goods with the public.

  45. Crystal Carawan says:

    I mostly sew items to give as gifts to family and friends, but I do also sell items as well. This book would be perfect for me, because I want to have a business from home and would love to learn how to get started even more in this venture. I sell my items through mostly from connections through family and friends.

  46. Karen says:

    I sell my things at craft fairs but am working on going online as well. I sell things to make extra income but would love the opportunity to turn it into full time.

  47. Tamara Dynevor says:

    Managing to make a bit of money by word of mouth, and friends and family etc, but am looking to expand.

  48. Lynnette says:

    I sold stuff at a Christmas bazaar at my kids school once, but I usually give stuff away :)

  49. Sandra Estes says:

    Yes, I sell crafts for some extra income.

  50. Suzanne Ripple says:

    I mostly give away as gifts. I just love to embroider and sew, especially for my family.