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10-12-2015 12:39 AM

I’m looking to try and supplement my income with some small pieces to sell at my MIL’ shop.

She has a consignment shop with a bunch of “Crafters” and told me to put some things in.

I made a bunch of cutting boards and some envelope openers.

What do you all make and sell that don’t require a long time to build?

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 02:00 AM

Shadow box frames

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 02:31 AM

Boxes can be done quickly, ornaments if you have a scroll saw, wine bottle balancers, growler/6 pack totes, tool totes, etc.

Think items that people would buy for gifts for christmas.

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 02:36 AM

Look on Etsy see what others are selling.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 02:36 AM

Wooden spatulas, cutting boards, pepper mills, picture frames, bowls. I went to a craft show this weekend, and there were only long grain cutting boards offered.

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#5 posted 10-12-2015 01:17 PM

Cutting boards have been our top selling item every year. The following are also very good sellers, and we evolved the designs of these products to provide higher margins than cutting boards:

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#6 posted 10-12-2015 02:50 PM

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 03:05 AM

I make and sell small cedar boxes. About 300 a year now for over five years. I inlay images into the hinged lids. The item that I make the most money on is rubber band shooters. I sold seventy two of them at a pumpkin festival in a very small west Texas town this past Saturday. I use free materials I get from builders scraps and make four per hour and sell them for $5 each.!!

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 04:19 AM

After building three or four of anything, I get bored and want to move on to something else. :-(
That’s just me.

Crates from scrap 2×4’s

Cutting boards, serving boards, trays.

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 05:35 AM

Trivets, Christmas ornaments, picture frames, what’s your fascination? Go to a craft show & see what folks are buying. If you’re scroll saw inclined, put your mind to work. What does the Mrs. Need in her kitchen? Bathroom? Etc.?

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#10 posted 10-14-2015 11:27 AM

Getting the wife’s opinion is a good idea. Take wife to craft show to get ideas. Realistically, you are trying to sell mostly to women. Do not just make things that you like. Too often you will just take them home. As much as possible, try to be unique. You want it to appeal to customers, but you don’t want it to be just like everyone else’s. Customers like something special.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 10-14-2015 03:19 PM

What Monte said, if you’re selling at a show and even online, most are women, so when I make stuff to sell at shows it’s either booze related for guys or stuff that women will like haha.

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