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Books: Handmade to Sell


HANDMADE TO SELL:  Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz

 By Kelly Rand with Christine Ernest, Sara Dick, and Kimberly Dorn

 (Potter Craft)  Hot off the press, and written by the founders, organizers, and executive staff of Hello Craft, a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters, this book gives you the A-Z advice on running your own handmade business.  From sourcing inexpensive materials, photographing your products, and setting up a booth at a craft fair, to launching an online storefront, branding and sales, all on a lean budget.  Handmade to Sell covers many subjects you may have questions on, and offers different options for each step of your way.  It is also full of fun illustrations and some photos.  If you are contemplating a new handmade business of your own, or already have one and want to make it more efficient, this is a great book to consider.



The winner is Jodya with following comment:  “The perfect how-to gift of encouragement for friends with talent & dreams for starting their own handcraft business! Hats off to the authors for leading the way.” 

Potter Craft is giving away a copy of this book to one lucky winner.  To enter drawing, please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, July 15, midnight Pacific Time.  This offer is for U.S. Residents only.  The winner is chosen on a random basis.

Thank you for your participation.


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Posted by Living Crafts on Jul 12, 2012 09:12 AM | 411 Comments

411 Responses to “Books: Handmade to Sell”

  1. Colleen says:

    hmmm …. close to retirement and wondering what to do …. perhaps making a little money doing something I love !!!!

  2. DianeM says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win this book – it would come at a perfect time for me as selling my own crafts is something I’m very interested in doing. Thanks!
    Smiles, DianeM

  3. Nanette says:

    What a novel idea. I have been thinking that if more people made items and then used the barter system or selling them rather than going to the store, we would all be better off. I feel we need to get back to basics and appreciate our skills.

  4. Sheralun says:

    looks like a great book!

  5. Sara says:

    This would be awesome, I’m thinking about buying it anyway if I don’t win!

  6. Erica says:

    This looks like a useful and fun book- something I could appreciate right about now!

  7. Kerstin says:

    Wonderful idea for a book!

  8. Ciji says:

    As a teacher in a mixed-age kindergarten, I am always on the hunt for new, practical and beautiful craft ideas. This looks like a helpful resource!

  9. Anna says:

    neat! i’d really like to read this.

  10. Donna says:

    This could really help my small business, thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Laramie says:

    This sounds good! I will look into it and suggest it to several crafty friends! Thanks for the write up!!

  12. Renee says:

    Looks like a great book!

  13. Kelli says:

    I am so interested in this book — I would like to open a crafty business.

  14. Kelly S says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win this book! I just started an online business and have no idea why it isn’t doing well :(

  15. Reba says:

    This book is just what I need…thanks!

  16. Rachel says:

    Just what I needed and just the right time for it to be published!

  17. Michelle says:

    would love to win this book!

  18. Catherine says:

    Making something that I love doing means a lot 2 me and this way I can share them with others

  19. Sal says:

    Looking into selling some of my hand-spun yarn. This looks very helpful!

  20. Kristin says:

    Love it!! Thanks so much!

  21. Sharon says:

    A book every crafter could use

  22. Nancy says:

    Look like a book that needs to be in my library! :)

  23. Linda W says:

    “Would love to read this before launching my terrarium business.

  24. Heather Lelu says:

    sure would love this!

  25. Brie says:

    Winning this book would be just the sign I need to get things started :)

  26. Shayne S says:

    Sounds like a really interesting resource – I would love to know more about selling my handiwork.

  27. Marney says:

    I think its wonderful to have a book out there to inspire people to not only start crafting to make a living doing something they love! Brilliant!

  28. Liz says:

    Looks interesting. So many possiblities to sell homemade items with the internet.

  29. jeanne says:

    Sounds really good and thorough, but will it work for the poverty county I live in where people are so tight they won’t even pay for the cost of materials for artwork?

  30. emma says:

    This would be perfect for me

  31. Bernadette says:

    Will make an informative read I think. Hope to win!

  32. Blossom Dawes says:

    Looks wonderful!


  33. Diane says:

    would love this book ! I have lots of ideas and don’t know where to start.This would be a huge help.

  34. Mary says:

    Creativity brings about my spiritual being.

  35. Pat says:

    I’m not a seller, but sure I’m a crafter.

  36. Angela says:

    Sounds like it is full of great information! In times such as these, a lot of people could use this kind of help…

  37. Marybeth B says:

    I would love to own this book!

  38. arlene says:

    Very much need and want this book!

  39. Jacque says:

    I had just checked out this book on Amazon! It looks like a good book to help us get started.

  40. jennie says:

    Would love to get my hands on this book! Have toyed with the idea of making to sell forever, & would love a bit of guidance!

  41. stevie says:

    I have two daughters who love to craft! This looks like a great book – full of ideas. Thanks for the offer!

  42. Jamie says:

    Trying to start selling things and need all the help I can get!

  43. Nancy says:

    I would love this as a reference book. Thanks for the offer!

  44. meridith says:

    This looks like a great book!

  45. Kimberly says:

    I would love more information to activate my business. To work from home and help bring back ‘handmade’ is important to me.

  46. I have the ideas and have even made many, many prototypes… but trying to sell them, pricing, stocking a “store”, marketing… so many questions that I am left not knowing where to start! This book sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance!!

  47. Michelle says:

    This would be so useful right now for my daughter and I.

  48. Carol says:

    Been thinking about selling knit projects. This book would definitely be a helper. Thank you.

  49. Carol says:

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom on how to turn a love of crafting and creating into a business. So many people have told me “you should make those to sell” but I have never figured out if there is a viable way to turn my craft interests into a business. I can’t wait to read your book! Portland, Oregon is chock full of crafty people — including Crafty Wonderland — so I know you will sell many books in this town. Wish you great success with your publication.

  50. Marilynn Britton says:

    I would love to win this book

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