Did you ever think of selling on eBay? Are you able to create fantastic woodworking crafts & want to make them profitable? If so, read on and enjoy…
Selling Woodworking On eBay
Creating your own products to sell online is definitely a unique way to be your own supplier. A lot of people really love to buy unique items that cater to craftsmanship. If you have good skills you can do well.
Traditionally when you think of wooden items that are for sale, you think of the traditional items you see at crafts sales. It used to be that spice racks, paper towel holders, and picture frames were the most common item.
This has always bothered me since they are such basic and mundane items that don’t really cater to the skills of real craftsmen. Even in my 11th-grade shop class when most guys were making sconces, I wanted to make something practical.
So I built a cabinet to house my stereo. To me this made sense. I bought the wood for $11 and ended up with something that we used in our home for years. This is how buyers think as well, give them something they can use and that they cannot regularly find in a typical department store.
Selling on eBay: Target Audience for Woodworking
Think of who your target audience is when thinking of a product to make. Large target audiences give you a better chance of selling your product on a regular basis.
The typical woodworking items discussed above are often purchased by an older target audience.
The problem is, they are not a large user of internet shopping portals. This group is changing and starting to access shopping online, but start out with a better chance to make consistent sales.
Another idea to keep in mind is to do your research. Take the time to look through the portion of the completed items of eBay. You can find out a lot about what items sell by looking at auctions that already closed and sold their items.
You can do this in several ways including accessing the What’s hot section of eBay, (go to sitemap at top of the page and then scroll down halfway down in the middle of the screen) I have found that unusual items sell the best.
Selling on eBay Example; Table Legs
Think about this, table legs. Table legs that are handmade and unique, sell very well. Don’t take my word for it, do your research. A lot of woodworkers come online to buy a part of a project they cannot make themselves. Most table legs require the use of a lathe to make them.
A lot of shops don’t have a lathe in their arsenal. Woodworkers tend to stock their shops with a limited budget with the die-hard basic tools. You can also use a legacy ornamental mill to make some excellent table legs that will fetch high prices.
Most people will wince at the thought of spending the bigger dollars to get the mill. However, you can make some items on it that you cannot get or make anywhere else. I call these short cut tools. They make killer projects but cost premium dollars.
The extra dollars can be justified quite easily by making more sales and the tools area tax write off if you structure your business. I use woodworking shows to get great ideas on what to market. The vendors are eager to help you figure out a unique product that you can make with their tool. Again the key is to think outside the box.
Selling Woodworking & Other Crafts on eBay in 2021
Do you like to spend your free time making something? Does your hobby include woodworking or scrapbooking? These are things that you can turn into an eBay business.
Here are some examples of hobbies that would make great eBay businesses.
Selling on eBay: Woodworking
Woodworking can be a highly profitable eBay business. If you make holiday decorations, or items for the front yard these can be a great way of making some money with your hobby.
There are all types of woodworking crafts that can be made to sell through an eBay business. Maybe you can draw plans for woodworking projects, this could be another idea for starting your own eBay business.
Take a few good pictures of the woodworking crafts you make and then put some up for auction on eBay. See what type of response you get to your items. If you have a lot of people bidding on your crafts you know you found a winner. If not try another project.
Selling on eBay: Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking is a huge business right now. If you know have scrapbooking supplies you are not using eBay would be a great way to get rid of them. If you know how to make digital scrapbooking kits you could start your own eBay business.
There are so many different types of digital scrapbooking items that you could sell. Do you know how to make embellishments or different types of text? Maybe you can put together an E-book teaching others how to use the different types of software for scrapbooking.
Any business to do with scrapbooking would be a good idea to consider right now.
Selling on eBay: Jewelry
Jewelry can be a great eBay business to consider. Homemade jewelry has a big following. If you know how to make jewelry you could give this a try. Take some pictures of the items you make and post them on eBay.
See if you get a big response. If you can make customized jewelry this would be a good thing. Someone might see a necklace you made and think how great it would be if it was made in their favorite colors.
Selling on eBay: Knitting, Quilting, or Other Types of Sewing
Do you like to knit baby blankets, or make baby clothes? Maybe you enjoy cross-stitching. These could all be turned into an eBay business. There are many people that do not have the know-how or they simply do not have the time to sew.
They are willing to pay others for their hard work and time. Making customized quilts and blankets could be a very profitable eBay business for you to consider. Take pictures of some of the items you have made and then see what type of response you get on eBay.
Maybe you know how to make cross-stitch patterns or quilting patterns. Do you like to make quilting squares? Use your hobby to start your own eBay business.
Stating an eBay business from a hobby can seem like a scary thing, but take a shot. Take pictures of the things you make and post a few on eBay. See if the item would get enough attention to be worth making more. You will soon be on your way to having your hobby become an eBay business.