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Old 05-17-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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CafePress - Have you ever used it to sell your designs?

If so, how did it go? Did you sell much? What advice would you give others who want to try it.

I have put some of my daughters designs on there, to sell on t-shirts, to encourage her enthusiasm for art.

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Old 05-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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The only place I have heard of is Etsy. And everyone I have known that has put their stuff there for sale, has had no bites. I have bought one thing from Etsy. A neck warmer. One that goes into the microwave oven.

There is an eclectic shop in Everett and they will buy a limited amount of your handmade jewelry and other items. Also along Newbury Street in Boston, which is the Rodeo Drive of Boston, has shops that buy handmade stuff also. In Malden, they have a senior shop. Most of their stuff is baby stuff you can buy as gifts for the newborn. It is beautiful work. Everett and Malden are both blue collar cities and these stores made it through the recession. Most of the shops on Newbury Street have closed.

I would suggest she try to find a small shop in her area and see if they would be willing to put her stuff on display for a commission. And she has to remember, the store knows its customers and what they are willing to pay.

Also with the warm weather coming, she might consider buying a table at an outdoor flea market on the weekend. Depending on the size she wants to rent, it can cost anywhere from $10 and up. One table should be enough to start. What isn't displayed on the table, can be stored underneath and brought up to replace what is sold on the table. Just make sure she keeps it clean and covered until she puts it on the table. Don't price it too high. And bring something to take her out of the shade. It helps if she has someone with her so she can take bathroom breaks. Also try to get a spot up or near the front. Very few of the visitors make it to the end. Look in your local newspapers for flea markets in your area.

Hope this information is of help. And I wish her good luck.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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No but I buy stuff from there a lot and its a great site!
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies folks!

What type of stuff do you buy on there, jennyema?

Here is the shop I made on CafePress, for those who are curious. Or, if anyone has any comments about what would persuade them to buy, or put them off buying at my shop, would you post the reasons here, if you have time.
Lydias designs

I have only started on making the shop, so that is why there are only 2 designs there so far.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:01 PM   #5
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Lydia, can I make a suggestion?

I noticed some of the clothing had a "Made in the U.S.A." label. Is it possible for all your merchandise to be a U.S.A. product? I know a lot of folks would not mind spending a few cents more for home made products. I realize trying to find original stock made in this country may be difficult. Not too much is made here nowadays. But Made in China vs. Made in the U.S.A., well I wold rather have a U.S.A. product.

I hope you don't mind my intrusion. I love your designs. Good luck with your endeavor.
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Lydia, can I make a suggestion?

I noticed some of the clothing had a "Made in the U.S.A." label. Is it possible for all your merchandise to be a U.S.A. product? I know a lot of folks would not mind spending a few cents more for home made products. I realize trying to find original stock made in this country may be difficult. Not too much is made here nowadays. But Made in China vs. Made in the U.S.A., well I wold rather have a U.S.A. product.

I hope you don't mind my intrusion. I love your designs. Good luck with your endeavor.
I don't think she has any say on that. As I understand it, you upload your design to Cafe Presse and they print your design onto stuff when someone orders something.
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I don't think she has any say on that. As I understand it, you upload your design to Cafe Presse and they print your design onto stuff when someone orders something.
I understand.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:04 PM   #8
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Indeed, I have no say on where the t-shirts come from, except the one that is marked 'Made in the USA'. I think, they would all be of good quality though, because CafePress has a good reputation. :)
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