Intarsia and beautiful boxes question

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Blog entry by rivergirl posted 11-22-2010 12:44 AM 1559 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine builds the most incredible intarsia projects and inlaid boxes similar to the really good stuff on L/J. He also builds rather large train cars- they are inlaid and really fancy.- super high quality craftsmanship. My question is, other than ebay and perhaps, do you builders use any other online sites to sell these types of items? My friend just lost his job and needs to try and make some money to pay household expenses. Thanks so much!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 01:04 AM

the other best thing to do is try to go to upscale craft shows either in your area if you have them or the closest large city where ever the money is….he could create a ebay store…that way he can post exactly what he has to sell for a certain price…in that it is the holidays , it would be a good time to get his wares out to sell, otherwise it sometimes can take awhile for things to get moving…so he will want to take advantage of the season now…i wish him good luck

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 01:06 AM

thanks for posting
i was going to ask the same for myself

perhaps someone with more experience
can answere this

i’ve never even bought anything
from those sites
much less sold !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Steven Davis

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 01:28 AM

Setting up your own web site and store lowers your costs and can be “kitted up” pretty well. It is important to have a professional site.

Since he is into trains, train web sites would be good.

If his work is very fine, check out local art galleries and stores that sell such items.

Craft fairs often require some up front expenses for the booth and your marketing material and such.

Good luck!!!

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 03:37 AM

If he has really nice pieces the juried craft and art fairs are where he needs to be.
For his trains he might be able to google train collectors and see if they are interested.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 04:00 AM

I am a self proclaimed Ebay expert. I’ve made thousand sof sales and still operate three seperate powerseller accounts. I have learned that you can sell anything on ebay for almost any reasonable price if you know how to market it. it is far more than just a matter of posting the item and they will come. there are strategies that will attract customers and take advantage of impulse buying. If they are wiling to apply themselves, this can be the place to make a living.

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 04:19 AM

Couple ideas to do along with the above. Check for an upscale art gallery or jeweler nearest to your area and approach them about the boxes. Many times they will take items on consignment or even be the middle person with a person they already know is interested.

For the trains, google for museums that focus on trains and then approach their gift shops. Depending on your location that may need to be done by photos, email and shipping.

Targeted products need to be focused. There is an Air Museum near me that has wooden model planes that it sells in the gift store on consignment. A couple pet stores in my area sell custom and completed dog beds on consignment.

Be prepared for 25% to 50% consignment fee.


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#7 posted 11-22-2010 04:20 AM

Jim – Any book or references on doing Ebay right?


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#8 posted 11-22-2010 08:45 AM

I’m with steve, Jim. Care to pony up the ebay information- more specific. I for one get the vapors if I have to list anything on that hellacious site.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 10:28 AM

The only other site I know of is CustomMade. They are offering a free membership lately.

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 01:35 PM

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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